Tuesday, July 22, 2008

One month down

Well, we've officially been on the waitlist for a month. Yeah! 1 down, and who knows how many more to go - but we hope it will be 2-4. I guess if you look at it from a "pregnancy standpoint", we're halfway through and we know what we're having, even without an ultrasound: it's a girl :) I bought a diaper bag the other day, and had a hard time justifying it, without a baby bump to show for it. It is sooo cute: dark brown with pink polka dots of course. And I found some baby bedding on sale, so I grabbed it. It's very girly, and very cute. It's the Wendy Bellissimo Teaberry from Babies-R-Us. I was going to use the same bedding that I used for Gracie 6 years ago, but I'm OVER the pink gingham. If anyone's interested, I'm going to sell my Pottery Barn bedding that is "like-new". It's a pink ginham crib bedskirt, and a bumper pad that is white with stitched flowers all over in pink, lavendar, yellow, green and pale blue. It is very cute. And I have pink gingham curtains to match. Let me know if you want to see pictures. I'll probably post it on the Nofolk Craigs List soon.
My mom was reminding me the other day that when we do receive the referral, we'll jump into crazy mode, so I might as well prep the baby room. It will give me something to do with these nesting instincts.
On another note, we had a care-group-wide VBS, and I helped one day, while hosting/teaching another day. We had 15 children at my house, between 2 adults. Yikes! But it really was fun and a blessing to be teaching the children about Christ. I am loving my church, and continue to be blessed by all at Sovereign Grace. Next Wednesday, I'm heading up to Maryland to attend the SGC Worship Conference. I'm so fired up! It will be great to focus on how to bring worship before the Lord, but also a time of singing, learning, and fellowship. My dad and sister are coming up from FW to attend, and we can fit in some family time as well.

Today was Grace's birthday, and I just can't believe that she's 6! This was not a party year (we're doing the every-other-year-party-thing), but we let her invite a friend to go the beach with us. We all had a wonderful time, and tonight we poured over her baby album. I remember waiting and praying- so long ago- for her, and it's amazing that she's been in my arms for 6 years already. It took just about 3 years to conceive that first time around, and here we are walking through something similar. It has been over 2 years now (with one miscarriage last summer) and at times I get sorrowful, or doubtful, but God is working behind the scenes and I can't wait to see what He has in store for us. One day I'll look back at this waiting time, and see how God was so gracious to have us on our knees. It is in those times that we draw nearest to Him.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Baby dolls

My sweet mom is starting to sew handmade baby dolls that are precious. She will make one for our new baby girl, and also for the other little girls in the family. After that she is wanting to host a doll-making party so that her friends can help sew dolls for Ethiopia. Isn't that wonderful? My family has been so supportive and this is yet another way that I sense their overall excitement and anticipation of what God is working out in our lives. Mom might drive out and see me the end of this month, and if that happens, we're going to have a doll party here as well. We will prep the patterns (we're still deciding which pattern to use for the parties- there's a great pattern at this website- www.nonidolls.com/dollyhugs.html) , sewing part of the babies, and then the girls can stuff them, do some hand-sewing, and decorate. What a joy to take handmade babies to little children whose hands are empty.