Friday, February 24, 2012

a toddlers perspective....

Last night my sweet Ebear out of the blue - says "mommy when I was a baby was I in China?"  Of course I said "No, you grew in mommy's tummy, and were born here...."  He happily said "oh" and moved on to the lego playing. It prompted this mommy to take him and me on a trip down memory lane....  so I'll share our trip in pictures....

So I told him this picture is of you in mommy's tummy and this was your room where you slept......


 And this picture here is right after you were born... of course he says "what is that stuff all over me?"  I quickly moved on... I don't need any more questions from this inquisitive little toddler!!



And this sweet picture is one happy mommy with her sweet little Ebear!!  I am more than grateful that the Lord saw fit in his mercy to allow me not only to carry my children in my tummy - but also to carry some of them only in my heart.

a child's perspective .....

Needless to say the kids were just as excited as we were about finally getting travel approval!!  It was so hard not to go and wake them up on Tuesday night after we got the phone call - don't worry I know better so I didn't.  But you can believe it was one of the first things we told them when they woke up on Wednesday morning.  This is a conversation between DP and Luke that morning as daddy was fixing his breakfast....

"Daddy, guess what, we got travel approval!!!'

"Yes we did.... I guess Mommy told you!?"

"yep and now we need to pray and thank God."

Love the perspective of our five year old.  We are truly thankful that God's hand has been upon us in this whole process.  We have just begun studying Nehemiah at our church and it has been such a great study and so applicable in this process of waiting and praying.  Nehemiah prayed daily that God would grant him success - and he actually prayed this for very long time before God granted him success - but God did indeed grant him success.  We can say like Nehemiah did "for the good hand of my God was upon me."  Praise be to God!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

guess who's going to CHINA????

WE GOT TA!!! Yes we got our travel approval just a few minutes ago!!  Could you hear my joyous screams of delight wherever you are???!!!  More details to come later!!!!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

the story of the quilt....

When DP and I first began the process of adoption my friend Tammy told me to let her know when we had to decided to go ahead and move forward.  So I let her know and she said that she had something to give to me.  Tammy and her husband at one time had been in the process to adopt from China as well - but the Lord had other plans for their lives.  Well while they were in the process - other families who were also in the same process began to send quilt squares to them.  In China to welcome and celebrate new life there is a tradition to make a Bai Jia Bei or 100 Good Wishes Quilt.  It is custom for friends and family to donate a patch of cloth along with a wish for the baby.  Part of the patch should go into the quilt and the other part in a memory book for the child.  The quilt is said to contain luck and energy and is passed down from generation to generation.  Tammy gave me all her quilt squares and the cards that came along with them.  It just so happened that my friend Angie had just taken a quilting class when Tammy had given me all these squares.  So what did I do??  I called Angie and asked her to make a quilt for me.  She has quite the story to tell about her adventure in making the quilt and maybe I can convince her to blog about it.  I am so thankful that Tammy thought of us and gave us all the quilt squares and I am so thankful to Angie for taking the squares and turning it into a beautiful quilt and mini blanket for our sweet girl!!  Enjoy the pics....

front of quilt

back of the quilt, the binding says faith, hope and charity...

front of mini quilt

back of mini quilt

This room needs an occupant

I am so thankful to have had a few showers for our little princess.  I am so blessed to have such sweet friends and family.  Thanks to all of you she has a super cute room and she will be quite the fashionista!! Here are a few pictures of her room - now we just need her!!







Yeah...... I am ready to go get her.......

I wanted this .... so I made this......

In getting Linnea's room ready I had been searching for a cute little crib skirt that had some pink and purple in it.  Well finding one that wasn't going to cost me an arm and a leg proved to be quite a task.  In my searching I came across this on targets website....


Now this is super cute but I didn't like the brown and I wasn't willing to pay the price on the tag - so I took this super cute idea and made this.....


I googled crib skirt tutorials and found some really simple ideas and this is what I came up with.  If I do say so myself it looks pretty close to the target one.  This picture really doesn't do it justice - the ribbon is a purple and pink but you can't really tell in this picture.  I have to give a shout out to Angie - she taught me how to sew and the art of finding really good tutorials!!  And to my Mimi - she let me come and use her huge sewing table that Pop Pop made her years ago in her basement.  So... what do you think??!!

update...

So I don't really have any news to report of on the adoption front.  We are currently waiting on travel approval and that could come anytime between now and the next 2-3 weeks.  Yeah I am hoping for the now part.  In the meantime I have been busying myself sewing, rearranging rooms in the house,  getting Linnea's room ready, and really spending some quality time with my three little princes.  Oh how I love my three sons ;-).  Daddy was off at CFA seminar this week and the boys and I were home - we had a little Valentines date night and rented the movie Dolphin Tale - super cute if you have not seen it.  They helped me do some of my rearranging around the house (I think I am nesting.)  They really know how to step up and be the "men of the house" while daddy is away.  And of course you know I never slept alone - imagine that!!  We are now all a bit under the weather.  I know it sounds strange to say but I say bring on the sickness now so we can get it all out of the way before we travel.  I am so thankful that I did not end up going to seminar with David as on Sunday I ended up taking Ethan to an urgent care center his ears were hurting him so badly.  I certainly don't want my kiddos to be sick and want mommy while we are gone - that would be terrible.  Hopefully the coughs and colds well get on out of here.  Daddy came back home tonight and we were all glad to see him.  Thankful we are all under the same roof again!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

a mothers heart......


Does this picture not just scream ADORABLE!!!!  Look at that precious face!!! Is March here yet?????!!!!!   These are Linnea's sweet foster parents.  It is soo evident how much love they have for her.  This foster mother clearly adores her.  Not only can you see it in her face - I think I can feel it in her heart!!  I must admit I cried as soon as I saw this picture tonight.  My emotions were on overload.  Such excitement to see our sweet girl, sad and happy for her all at the same time.  Happy because she is coming home with us and has a mommy, daddy and three brothers who already ADORE her, happy because we have the opportunity to tell her about the ONE who adores her way more than we ever could.  Sad because she is leaving all she has ever known and she will truly grieve the loss of these people who obviously love her so much, and sad because it is likely that this family who loves her so much doesn't know the One who loves them so much.  If you think about it will you pray for Linnea - her little world is about to be turned upside down.  Pray for this family - they will grieve too - adoption for foster families is bitter sweet but most importantly pray that God would reveal himself to them if He has not already, and pray the same for her birth mother.  I have this sweet picture in my mind that one day we will all be united with Him and Linnea will not only be at the feet of her creator, but she will be with both families who loved her so much and the mother who loved her so much she took her to a place where she would be found and gotten the medical attention she needed.  I am so thankful for adoption on so many levels......