Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Long awaited baby room pictures

On the May long weekend I took a couple days off work to get this project completed

This will end up over the closet door, it is the only thing incomplete, but it looks cool against the window also.

Really enjoy painting, it was a refreshing project, although painting the closet and door white was TIME CONSUMING...

Corner of the bed, very cute flower!

Doesn't go with the room ,but we are keeping a bed in there, this way if baby is unsettled there is the chance for Cara to feed them and sleep and still allow me to have a decent night sleep(I am planning on helping with evening stuff, but Cara will be shouldering more of that time).

This bed will go when baby 2(we assume Julia) comes into our family and we will replace it with another crib.

We are going with a bug theme and the clouds, sun, flowers and dragonflies are a start,we have some butterfly mobiles to put up and some wall stickers of bugs, once the kids get older.

Storage is going to be tight, but we will make it work!

Sun light on the ceiling. It looks cool, but really washes the green out of the room and makes it more yellowy. :)

We are really happy about how it turned out and can't wait for it to be complete...just add one baby!

Garage sale fun

We went garage saling last Saturday, and got some great deals. Above is a couple of outfits and 3 dvd's that are mint condition.

More fun stuff, this whole stash we got for under $30!!!

Cara has a deep desire to put every child in tights, and has finally been given some room to pick some up for our own.

We got a bottle sterilizer, a baby mat mobile thing, 10 or so receiving blankets(not pictured)...

We got a couple small buckets of little peoples stuff and the farm set. We got animals for the Noah ark set, but now are hunting for the boat...very stoked about these toys!

I am not big on garage sales, but this has warmed me up to it, clean stuff, great price, it was fun!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

We are out there

Got a call last night about some potential matching situations in the US.There were 5 birth moms looking to match and our adviser there called us to see if she could show them our profile.

What this means is that in the next few days these moms will be looking at our "storybook"(our profile of who we are, where we live, why we want to adopt etc.)and deciding whether to pursue an interview with us to see if a match could happen.

It is exciting to be in the potential category, makes this seem more "real". I have been anticipating the reality of having a little African American baby to call my child, but it just hasn't seemed real until now. Now we are out there and we could be matched...that is is a real test in trust. Once you do your paper work, you can't do anything else to control the outcome...that is a challenge for someone like me who likes to be hands on during any process and help get the results I want.

So we wait, but with a bit of a butterfly in our stomachs anticipating some hopeful news :).

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

What I did on Monday

Monday was a good day,so I thought, "HEY, let's post about it!"

Had a good night of sleep, woke up without an alarm and in time for some morning cuddles with Cara, then it was off to work.

Staff meeting included our 2 Assistant directors of camp, who are awesome folks, and fun to be around. I appreciate, with the interim pastor, his focus on prayer. We actually spend time praying for needs in our church, and seeing answers.Brief time of comparing notes from Sunday and what is ahead this week, then I was off to work on camp messages...time is closing fast and much needs to get done...

Detour(welcome to my world), end up cleaning up classrooms and the gym so they are usable, so it is around 11:00 before I get out of office. Hung out at Wendy's for lunch and got a BUNCH of ideas, 3 out of 4 messages now have a theme. I am STOKED!

Going to follow and Indiana Jones type idea and have puzzles and challenges to open the message and the conclusion of those points to a key word and teaching point in the message which will direct us to the Bible to discover what truth the kids can apply to their lives.I found a hat that is close, but need to find the whip...not sure that advertising in the church bulletin would be a good thing..."wanted for kids camp 1 bullwhip." :) :)

Back to the office to do phone calls and interview a camp staff person. Seems like another gooder, so our staffing is coming along good.

Cara calls me and tells me she has mowed the lawn, man was that a blessing! Figured I would have to do it at 9 at night when I got home as there wouldn't be time this week for it. I really feel loved when she does stuff like that. Acts of service is definitely my love language(if you don't know what I mean you need to read Gary Chapman's book The 5 love languages, a great read to help you know how to best love ANYone you are in a relationship with.)

Then it was off to Kung Fu. In a couple weeks I test for my first sash, which will be good, but I am hitting a wall in that there is some stuff I have done and know, but tweaking it to be just right is making my brain block so I am stalling on stuff. Stalling is deadly, you don't go with the flow of it, you end up getting socked in the head or ribs or something when you do the technique with a partner. Fortunately we don't do that much partner stuff at this level, it is just annoying as I want it to be smooth come the testing. Otherwise it is still really enjoyable and a good way to start the week off.

After that a quick shower and then watching a show I am currently addicted to-Jon and Kate plus 8

It is the daily adventures of a family who, through fertility treatments, ended up with twins, and then later sextuplets. The kids are soooooo cute, and they are quite entertaining. He is laid back, calm, faithful dad. She is,at times a high strung, ultra organized, sometimes controlling-but hey wouldn't you need to be with 8 kids- personality. Not sure if it is the cute kids, the fact it is reassuring to see another family deal with daily chaos to make my world feel better, or what, but what a fun show!

Went to bed waaaay too late but it was a fun, productive, positive day, a day worth making note of!