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Tammy J

Oh goodness, I am in tears!! What a touching story!! What wonderful people you guys are, and how blessed you are to have these special girls with you!! :)


I love all the adoption talk - I was adopted also and it is wonderful to hear these stories! Thanks for sharing. Adoption is all about love - your girls definitely have lots of people who love and care for them :)


Charyce - what a sweet post! And I love the photos. You are so right - adoption is ALL about love, and it takes more than most people realize.

Auntie Sonia

Loved these photos. I remember meeting Shandell, when I went with you one time, to drop Lainey off to her. Lainey was still an infant. At the time, you were still fostering her and Shandell was trying to still be a parent to Lainey. I remember Charyce, you cried all the way home. I held your hand and was very honored to have been there for you. How much I appreciate the steps you take to keep a special relationship with the birth parents.
Lots of love to Lainey, Aubreigh, Taytum, Keaton and Kanyon. xoxoxoxoxxo Please tell them how much their Uncle Kurt and Aunt Sonia love and miss them!


Holy Crap--how did I miss this post? Well, no worries-I found it:) Although I already knew the story--I loved seeing pics of Jeremy and Shandell--boy are you rigth--Lainey looks just like him! I wonder if he saw it? Sometimes we don't see the likeness in our own kids and all. Tay looks like Shandell as well. I Am amazed at it all!

Shandell Mackey

I'm sure glad I found this web site! I love seeing all of us together. that was an amazing day that I'll NEVER forget..I love you Lainey, yes you look just like Jeremy(I always said that)!! WOW I feel blessed!I love you Tay, WOW looking at these photos I can really tell that you and I look alot alike. It's like looking at a picture of ME when I was that age..
Kent and Charcye you are the most AMAZING people I've EVER meet in my life. I think of you often in my day to day life!! I can't thank you enough for everything you've done in my and the childen's life. You truely are ANGELS!!! I love you !!! I miss you ALL I hope to see you all soon..xoxox


so many folx think they are exempt from open adoption if they go through the state. "but these children weren't placed, they were taken. the birth parents are bad people" seems to be the rationale. i know every circumstance is different, but i really believe it's in the best interest of the child to at least really try.
props to you for not letting any sense of entitlement, pride, insecurity, or enmity keep y'all from the greater blessing of more family! bless you for setting an example!

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McGregor Family

  • Child of God
    We are the McGregors! It's hard to miss us. We are a lively bunch! Our family was established in 1996 when two best friends decided to take it to eternity. Kent and Charyce were married after meeting and becoming buddies at BYU. Soon after getting hitched, our family tripled in size when we adopted 2 children and had one of our own all in a span of 20 months. Lainey and Taytum joined our family just days after their "tummy mom" gave birth to them and Aubreigh made her appearance right in the middle. Those girls sure gave us a run for our money! Fast forward a few years, and we bravely ventured into the childbearing again- welcoming our 2 little boys, Keaton and Kanyon. Compared to the post-traumatic memories of our first go at the toddler years, these boys have been a breeze! Kent is currently keeping busy in his OBGYN residency program while Charyce tries to keep it all together while running the household, mothering the little punks at home, and dabbling in way-too-many outside projects and hobbies! All in all, we are a happy not-so-little family!


  • Lainey-bug
    Delainey, or "Lainey" depending on where you know her from, is cool without even trying to be. She attracts people to her effortlessly and loves a good social outing. She is a lover of "lions" ever since Grandma gave her a Lion Buddy pillow for her first Christmas. [Mom hates her lions because they leave lion "poop"(stuffing) everywhere she drags them.] Will she ever tire of these beasts? She is playful and creative. So creative! A favorite pastime of hers is surprising us with her ability to eavesdrop on adult conversations.


  • Biker Babe
    Aubreigh is a tenacious, clever, and spirited girl that loves animals and adventure. (Don't be surpised if you find conspicously in every picture of Aubreigh a small animal, insect, or other furry being.) She has been known to be very athletic, all the while embracing her feminine nature. Nothing like taking a good pair of her favorite sparkly, "noisy" shoes on her many expeditions of tom-foolery. She has an infectious laugh and a funny bone that enjoys a good tease. She has a mothering nature and would walk to the ends of the earth for anyone, (wearing, of course, her best skirt and high heels.)


  • Frog prince
    Taytum is a little bit of everything all at once! Is it possible for such a little heart to hold so much inside? She is an expert at bouncing and fan of short hair, (apparently from her many self-imposed haircuts.) She knows how to melt your heart in a split second, but you'd better brace yourself for her jump-huggin' hellos! She should write a book "How to teach your infant to whistle." She's been a whistlin' fool from the time she pushed those ruby lips together and expelled the first brilliant sound. It must be that happiness in her heart just needs a way to escape, like the steam from a kettle.


  • A boy in his boots...
    Keaton, aka The Boy, Kay Kay, Keat, Little Man, the-cutest-thing-ever, and Bubba... Can he do no wrong? Not if you ask any of us girls in the family! He is the favorite target of many puckered smooches, as fun as a football to throw around, better than candy as far as sweetness, and so enjoyable that we all fight over who gets to be the first one to say goodmorning to him when we hear him awake and singing to himself in his crib! Now, a mother knows that with each day a boy's mischieviousness increases and soon there will be more trouble than one can handle. But it seems the trouble this boy brings is always worth the vivacious smile that accompanies it!


  • Oh Brother
    Kanyon Makai McGregor A little bundle of joy joined our family on October 13th, 2007. Kanyon is a Libra, enjoys taking long naps and eating good meals that make you want to belch. Favorite hobbies include sqeaking and grunting, sucking things, and putting his hands on his face. Pet peeves include babies who cry too much and being naked. Kanyon is sweet and humble and would never admit that it gives him great pleasure in seeing his sisters fight over who gets to hold him next. He knows how to make you smile and finds great satisfaction in the simple things of life.