Wednesday, September 30, 2009

mum's the word...

i'm still here - alive and well. sorry for the "mumness" in the blogosphere lately! i just haven't felt like i had much to say that was update worthy so rather than bore y'all, i just kept mum.

oh, and speaking of mums...i planted my first one of the season yesterday because fall has finally made it to kentucky! i must say that fall is my absolute favorite season so i'm truly looking forward to seeing lots of changing leaves and cooler breezes. i'm also hoping that this new season may bring a new season for ryan and i as well, and that it may be the time God has already ordained for us to become parents. i guess we'll see :)

however, even though i know i am constantly blabbing about how hard it is to wait for a placement and how impatient i am, i can honestly say that i have felt something changing in my heart recently. after ryan spoke with our SW last week and she said that we shouldn't expect more calls any time soon, that really changed things for me. i found myself a lot less anxious and obsessed with thinking about how much longer. instead, i have really been trying to focus on what God would have ryan and i to do to serve Him while we wait. i have been praying for weeks for my anxiety to subside and for my focus to be less on the waiting process and more on Him, and i know He has heard my prayers!!

just yesterday i received a sweet message from a friend's mom with some encouragement about waiting. it was an excerpt from the devotional book, A Shelter in the Time of Storm, by Paul David Tripp. the devotion talks about how faithfully abraham waited on God for his wife sarah to bear the child God had promised them. they didn't just wait for weeks and months like ryan and i have been, but they waited for years, YEARS!! i just can't imagine! and instead of abraham's faith wavering, him growing fearful, and becoming distrusting of God during that time, his faith increased! Romans 4:19-21 says:

"without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of sarah's womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform."

wow! that definitely convicts me. i have found myself over the past few months focusing more on the placement call that we are waiting for than on our Sovereign God who gave us the call in the first place to begin our family through foster care and adoption. my favorite part of the devotion says:

"while it is true that abraham considered the facts, they weren't the focus of his meditation. no, his focus was on the God who had made this promise. every day abraham would get up and remind himself that the God who had made the promises on which he was waiting was absolutely able to deliver them. the God who made heaven and earth would have no trouble causing an old woman to deliver a promised child! abraham didn't fill his mind with his own weakness and the seeming futility of the situation. no, he filled his mind again and again with the glory of God's immeasurable power, and as he did, he grew stronger and stronger in faith."

i hope that as we move forward into this new fall season, i would be able to emulate abraham's attitude towards waiting for his promised child. i know that our God has called us to serve Him through serving children in the foster care system, so i know that He will be faithful to bring us the right child(ren) in His perfect timing!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

my new baby

i finally joined the rest of the world!! i now am a proud owner of an iphone :)

i have enjoyed getting it all set-up over the past 24 hours and am still learning lots of tricks. i debating for awhile about whether or not to make the switch from verizon to at&t but finally took the plunge yesterday. *well, the decision was actually pretty easy b/c we found out that ryan's work cell phone bill was $400 over last month because of all the time we talked. he got it worked out with at&t and doesn't have to pay all those overage fees, but we decided that mobile to mobile was very necessary if he didn't want to get fired!!*

so far i've gotten a good amount of contacts updated, synced my music, set-up my work email and my home email, and downloaded a few apps. any other recommendations? i know i'm kinda behind the times so suggestions would be lovely!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

later rather than sooner

ryan finally got in touch with our SW this morning. we have an appointment with her on october 7th since 3 months has passed since her last visit. she didn't really give us much hope that we should expect to get a placement any time soon. her exact words were, "just keep living your life as if you're not getting a placement any time soon. then, when you do finally get a placement, you'll be surprised." hmmm...not exactly what i was hoping to hear. something like, "it should be any day now" or "i have some children in mind for you all" would have been great, but oh well!

now i'm wondering if we'll even have a placement by christmas, which really makes me sad. i thought for sure that last year would be our last christmas with just the two of us. anyways, i'm trying to remember today that God's timing is perfect and He doesn't have to work within the boundaries of our social services office. we'll just keep plugging away and hopefully we'll be a more completed family soon!

*"so when they met together, they asked him, 'Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to israel?' He said to them: 'it is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority." -Acts 1:6-7
*"trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." -Proverbs 3:5-6

Saturday, September 19, 2009

yard sale saturday & GO CATS!

we had our yard sale today, and it was a HUGE success. my mom, my sister, our friends from church and us all had some stuff for sale, and we made about $1100 total!! we were ecstatic! it's feels great to get all that "junk" out of the house and to have a little extra cash in hand. i really wanted to get some pictures of our crazy set-up, but after much sleep deprivation last night, the thought slipped my mind this morning. i guess i need to learn how to function with 4 a.m. wake ups for once we have kids, but boy, early mornings like that really kick my butt :)

plus, after all the yard sale success, we got the pleasure of watching our beloved university of kentucky cats beat the university of louisville in football today! i'm admittedly not a huge football fan (i really like baseball and can handle watching most basketball games), but it was soooo nice for the cats to get the W over the cards. my mom's a lifelong cardinal fan so it was definitely heartbreaking for her when i chose to go to UK, but oh well - GO BIG BLUE!

hope you had a nice saturday too!

Friday, September 18, 2009

choosing thomas

*i was moved beyond words by this family's courage, love and obedience to God:

"for You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. i praise You because i am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, i know that full well. my frame was not hidden from you when i was made in the secret place. when i was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." -psalm 139:13-16

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

the people of w@l-mart

*so i absolutely love this blog:

it makes me laugh out loud, and it is a true representation of things i have seen with my own eyes many times in wally world. whenever you are in the mood for a good laugh, just check out some of the blog entries and it will make your day! you might even spot a photo from your local wal-mart...i did! :)

it's on september 4th's entry. i recognized the shopping center in the background immediately. thankfully, it was not as bad as some of the others, but i guess that i would expect nothing less from a wal-mart in kentucky :)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

sweeney life update

well, it's been awhile since i've updated on here about happenings in our lives. not too much interesting going on yet as we are still waiting to receive a placement call for a foster-to-adopt baby (or babies!), but still some stuff worth sharing. *i think :)*

ryan has been busy traveling a lot with his new job, and is really starting to like it. he's been all over the country this summer, including oklahoma, las vegas, tennessee, boston, etc. and he's got more trips planned for the future. soon, he'll be off to atlanta, topeka, and back to boston. i was hoping to get to go on a few of his shorter trips with him, but i've decided instead to keep banking my off time at work for when we get a placement. i think i have a little over 5 days of comp. time built up so far, so i'm planning on taking at a week off whenever we get a placement. i can't remember if i've mentioned before what ryan is doing now or not, so i'll just mention it again. he's selling those jumbo, annoying LED signs that scroll messages, pictures, etc. to sign dealers across the country:the company he's working for has been around for 15+ years now, but it's been pretty small until recently so they've only ever had the owner doing sales. ryan is the first legitimate "outside sales rep" they've had, so he is busy setting up lots of new accounts and is pretty much pursuing the entire US as his territory. fun stuff.

although there have been some ups and downs with this new job as he's trying to get set-up, we have been really blessed for him to have it. i can tell a significant difference in our marriage and our spiritual lives since he left hh gregg. we have way more time for each other now and actually get to go to family and church functions together, which is pretty new to us even after over 3 years of marriage. we are so grateful and know that God has been providing for us all along in His perfect timing.

speaking of timing...yes, that leads me to a foster-to-adopt update!! we have now been approved for 2 months and have still yet to receive a call that we could really consider. we have received the 2 placement calls for the sibling groups of 4 kids, but just knew that we could not possibly have handled such a large jump into parenthood - it wouldn't have been fair to us or the kids. i have admittedly been pretty discouraged that we still haven't received a placement yet, but i am trusting that God doesn't have the right kid(s) for us lined up yet. who knows, maybe they aren't even born yet?!? anyways, ryan and i have been praying about calling our social worker this thursday just to touch base and see if she has any news for us. i'm sure that she probably won't but i think it will be good just to hear her assure us that our day is coming! i just keep waiting, praying and wishing for the phone to ring...but so far we have heard a resounding...NOTHING. maybe soon, though?!?!?
while we're on the subject of foster-to-adopt, please say a prayer for our friends who got a baby girl from the program about a month ago. her case is going to court tomorrow so pray that everything goes smoothly. this is just a pretty routine hearing *so we think*, so just pray that no major revelations come from court tomorrow - unless they're good revelations, of course! we got to babysit for her and their other 3 kids last night and they're always such a great family to be around!! we'll be beyond lucky if we end up with kiddos like theirs someday :)

in other news, we have been prepping for a huge yard sale this weekend! our neighborhood has a big sale this time every year, but this is the first time i'll actually be participating as a home owner, not just as a kid living with mom and dad. we got new bedroom furniture a little over a month ago, so i'm hoping to sell our old bed, along with a bunch of other random stuff, like the old range/stove from the kitchen before the remodel. my mom and my sister are also gonna be bringing over stuff to sell so hopefully we'll all get rid of lots of "stuff". have you ever watched the show "hoarders" on A&E? i watched it for the first time this weekend, and i felt more than inspired to get all our extra junk picked up around our house. i don't ever want to be confused for a hoarder!! *and no, this is not an actual picture from our house...*

also, tonight we're kicking off the first week of our new community group with church. while we're sad to leave our old clan in the dust, we're excited to be in our new group and to see how God will use it to further His kingdom. we had such a great time growing spiritually, building deep friendships and serving our inner-city community with the folks in our last group, so we're praying that He's got lots in store for this one too! it is so nice to finally be back in a place where we're living in community with other believers. we got a little spoiled in college when we were involved with campus crusade for Christ, but fell off the bandwagon a bit after we got married and were finished with school. thankfully, when we moved back home, we got plugged in with our church and we love it so much!!

so, what's new with you?? come on, leave me a comment, would ya? i know you're out there :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

just when i think my problems are big...

...i read stories like this and am so moved by the perseverance of God's people:

one of my favorite quotes from the story is from nancy guthrie, about whom the story was written and is currently carrying her 2nd child with zellweger syndrome: "Job, she writes, 'was blessed through his brokenness, by his restless pursuit of God. He had a new, more intimate relationship with God, one he could never have found without pain and sorrow. In the darkest of days,' she writes, 'we've experienced a supernatural strength and peace.' Like Job, 'we often cannot see the hidden purposes of God. But we can determine to be faithful and keep walking toward Him in the darkness."

wow. this is convicting me today. i am so easily convinced that my problems are the biggest in the world and i really have no idea of the pain and turmoil others are going through. what an encouragement to see other brothers and sisters living out their faith and persevering as paul encouraged us all to do in philippians.

"not that i have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but i press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. brothers, i do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. but one thing i do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, i press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." - philippians 3:12-14

Friday, September 11, 2009

september 11, 2001

in the early morning of september 11, 2001, i was merely a naive, 16 year old girl enjoying my junior year of high school. i woke up that morning looking forward to a field hockey game that day and getting to see my boyfriend after school. i drove to school on autopilot, trying to wake up with my ritual morning can of diet dr. pepper. i went to homeroom and then on to my first period class, just like any other day, so i thought...

i was carefree and happy, and why not? i had few worries in life, and most of them included silly things like bad hair days and trying to fit in. i had never before had a reason to think twice about stepping on a plane or worried about going to a public place like the mall. i had never even heard the words "taliban" or "al-qaeda" muttered. i had traveled to france a few months prior and felt like i had a good grip on the world and other cultures. i didn't know anyone resented america or what we stand for. in fact, i probably had rarely even thought much about what we stood for. i remembered seeing yellow ribbons tied around trees when i was younger to symbolize soldiers that were missed, but i had never missed a solider myself. i had not visited new york city, and didn't know what the world trade center was or looked like. the only knowledge i had about new york city's firefighters were what i found in their annual calendar that i looked forward to thumbing through each year. i had never seen a map of afghanistan or pondered what it would have been like to live in that country under an oppressive regime. i was desperately naive, but most of that changed on the morning of september 11, 2001.

i had just switched classes from 1st period to 2nd, when i entered dr. shoemaker's bible class. he had been told to turn the tv on because something big was going on in new york. i honestly thought it was an object lesson of some sort, just to scare us into reading our bibles more and making better decisions. we turned on the tv just in time to watch in horror as the 2nd plane hit the south tower of the world trade center. i still wasn't sure what i was watching was real. i kept waiting for dr. shoemaker to laugh and turn off the dvd, but that never happened. over the next several minutes, i realized this was no joke and an array of emotions washed over me. i was freaked out to say the least. i was shocked that this was really happening, and in america of all places! weren't we supposed to be invincible or something?!? i was so confused as to why someone would hate america enough to orchestrate such a thing.

the rest of the day was a blur. i remember sitting in the auditorium for a while praying as we watched the news coverage unfolding. the more i watched, the larger the lump in my throat felt. i prayed, i cried, i prayed some more and i cried some more. i just wanted to be home. when i got home, i remember my dad coming home early from work and my family being together. our priorities changed instantly. the american flag that my dad flew fairly often became a mainstay on our front porch. the trash tv that i watched regularly, was turned off. the upbeat music that i blared in my radio, was changed to something softer and more meaningful. our family talked about our feelings and shared openly about the confusion and sorrow. we prayed together, and felt God's hand of comfort amidst the confusion. we pulled together, and so did our country.

the details continued to unfold, and we all become more than familiar with the words "terrorist attack". we soon saw pictures flashed from far away places of men in turbans and long beards celebrating as the towers fell. names like "osama bin laden" were being uttered for the first time from many lips. flying on an airplane became a source of fear for many, even those who used to fly regularly. confusion and fear were running rampant. however, through it all, the american people stood changed. while american flags apparel had seemed so 90's before, it became a fashion staple. cars were adorned with bumper stickers and signs showing support for our country, our President and our troops. neighbors said "hello" to each other for the first time in years. our communities pulled together and sent help to the site of the attacks for clean up efforts. organizations focused attention on far away countries, like afghanistan and iraq, where most have suffered more than the average american can imagine. people started filling pews in churches that had been abandoned for a long time.

september 11, 2001 and its aftermath changed all americans, myself included: i am no longer that naive, 16 year old girl. i still wonder when i get on a plane if i'll get off again. fearful thoughts occasionally creep into my mind when i'm in a large crowd. i've seen the affects of the taliban's regime of terror firsthand. i know the impact war has on soldiers and their families. i am proud when i go to the polls to cast my ballot because i know in many places women cannot. i understand why america's freedoms are so special. i know many are out to harm our country but that we must not let it cripple us.

however, were those changes permanent? today i worry about whether or not many of the changes made, both individually and as a country, on september 11, 2001 are sticking. we must never begin to think that we are invincible. we must never begin to think that we deserve more rights than people in other countries. we must never forget those who gave their lives for the protection of others. we must never forget the suffering going on in far away places. we must never forget the One who lifted us up when we were in despair. we must never forget september 11, 2001. we must never be unchanged again.

Thursday, September 10, 2009, not our dog - the real "fenway park"

i'm soooooo bummed. ryan got to hang out at fenway park last night for the red sox vs. orioles game, and i didn't get to share in his joy, or be joyful myself for that matter :) he had to travel to boston for work on monday so he made sure that a visit to see his favorite team of all times was in the plans for his trip. i'm happy that he got to go see our beloved team but sad i couldn't go too! he took these pics last night on his iphone and uploaded it to facebook to share with me...what a dear.

the last time (and only time) i was in fenway park was the summer before ryan and i got engaged - 2005...i think. we actually decided that it would be fun to drive from lexington, ky all the way there and back in just 3 days *not sure what we were thinking, but we definitely had more energy then! my long-time friend, megan was living with me that summer in lexington and wanted to go too so we ventured on the road trip together. i think it was about an 18 hour drive so we left early in the morning and drove the whole way in one shot. we arrived in boston, cranky and tired but were pumped to be there. the 3 of us shared a room at an international youth hostel with a couple other strangers, which was out of our comfort zones to say the least. however, we survived the night there and managed not to get killed or robbed in our sleep, which was an added bonus for the trip!! the next day we got to explore the city and shop a bit before watching the bosox and the dreaded yankees battle it out. unfortunately, we must have been bad luck charms because they lost, but it still was fun to be there and see everything in person! the game was at night so afterwards we walked around the city and enjoyed hearing the famous boston accents all around us. (i admittedly usually don't like northern accents, but something about being in boston and surrounded by other red sox fans made it alright!!) the next morning, we woke up super early and made the looooong drive all over again so we could get back to work the next day. it was such a fun trip but definitely not something i could do today! i'm too old for that now ;)
anyways, hopefully i'll get back to fenway someday soon!! i love watching ryan cheer excitedly (and loudly) for his team. i can't wait until we have kids that we can indoctrinate in the ways of all things red sox too! *fyi - we didn't sign any papers with the state saying we couldn't push our fan-dom on them!!!! *plus - the bosox pulled out the win last night - 7 to 5 against the orioles. GO SOX GO!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

laboring on labor day

i spent much of this weekend with my hair in a pony tail, wearing nasty clothes and armed with a paint brush, fabric bin or trash bag. i cleaned my house from floor to ceiling, and yes, i even broke out the dreaded least favorite cleaning utensil. why, you might ask? it's all her fault, and her's. i started reading through their blogs on friday, and immediately felt something inside me urging me to ORGANIZE and CLEAN!!! i grabbed my keys, ran out the door, and found myself staring at various bins, buckets, and sorters in Target, Dollar General and TJ Maxx, all in a matter of minutes. i bought some great stuff and came home with a new zest for all things clean and orderly. (too bad ryan didn't share my same sentiment! he just kept rolling his eyes and thinking i was possessed.)

it all started in the kitchen: our cabinets were already pretty orderly as we just finished renovating the kitchen a year ago and i made sure to have plenty of space - including my 3 lazy susans in the corner cabinets that i absolutely love! however, our pantry is a different story. i don't know if it is just because we never really have much in the way of food on hand or what, but our pantry always looks helplessly empty, yet chaotic at the same time. we usually keep a large variety of cereal, breakfast bars and chips on hand but that's about it. the rest of the stuff is just random and totally unorderly - like 3 random containers of bacon bits, 4 boxes of different types of popcorn, a large assortment of neon, bendy straws, and boxes and boxes of weight watchers muffins. there is just no method to the madness! after reading this post, i decided to arm myself with some baskets and bins in order to make things more easy to find and to add the illusion that we actually have something in the pantry. this picture was particularly inspiring:

now, my pantry is far from looking this nice, but a girl sure can dream!! i decided on a lime green and navy color scheme for our pantry, after finding some great baskets and bins at the dollar general. armed with the new bins, i took all the various 100-calorie packs and other individually wrapped snacks and put them in the baskets, throwing out their old boxes. i also put the chips together in a bin (with all the random popcorn) and have a bin for all the random stuff. it really helps give order to the chaos and looks much cleaner than it did before with everything spread out randomly on the shelves.

next, i moved to the coat closet in our foyer: i pulled out of all the extra hangers, random shoes, sports equipment, scarves, bowling ball bags, etc. off the floor. i decided that instead of letting that prime floor space get taken up by a hodge podge of stuff, i was going to use it wisely. i bought a beautiful, dark brown basket from TJ Maxx that is perfect for storing shoes. i am a flip flop fanatic which involves frequently changing my shoes several times a day and leaving the other pairs laying around various places in my house. i decided that all shoes that i'm not exactly ready to put away can go in the new "shoe basket" until it's time for them to be put away. i have already noticed a big difference and am not having to constantly search for the other flip flop that my dogs have carried off somewhere... i also sorted all my scarves (and i mean ALL of the tune of about 25!) and put them on this jewel from ikea:

now, instead of the scarves taking up 2 fabric bins at the top of the closet, they hang neatly on this, leaving me room to fill the bins with gloves, hats, and other winter gear.

finally, i cleaned out my closets for clothes to give away. i try to do this at least twice a year, but i am a self-proclaimed pack-rat when it comes to clothes. i still own clothes from my high schools days which are long gone and the size on the tag proves it!! i currently have 2 closets - one in our bedroom with winter clothes and shoes, and one in our upstairs guestroom with summer clothes and shoes. however, because of the sheer volume of clothes that i keep, i also have to use our hanging bar in the laundry to store clothes as well since i cannot fit everything in my 2 closets. i have a serious problem, i know!! i love to find a bargain, and then i never want to let go of old stuff. anyways, after a lot of self talk, i pumped myself up enough to tackle these spaces. i knew that i don't wear even half of the stuff, so i needed to purge in a big way. i grabbed some trash bags and went to town.

usually when i purge my closets, i take a lot of time and agonize over every decision. this time, i did not. i decided that if i couldn't remember the last time i wore something, it had to go. i made 2 piles:
1. giveaway to the ukraine clothing drive
2. giveaway to the "my older sister needs some color in her wardrobe" clothing drive

i successfully pulled out 3 large garbage bags to send to ukraine and enough clothes for my sister to be dressed in something new for about a month :) success!! plus, as an added bonus, for the first time since moving in, i was actually able to fit everything from the laundry room into one of my 2 closets!!!!

so, after a busy weekend of laboring around the house, suffice it to say that i have been less than motivated to do much in the way of housework this week. maybe i'll start reading the organization blogs again so i don't have a relapse of pack-rat-itis...


Thursday, September 3, 2009

an embarassing encounter with a picnic table

i admit that i've been pretty blue lately, and i think my depressing blogs are probably reflecting it. *sorry to put you through that!!* i'll try to be a little more cheery from here on out :) so, in order to mix it up a bit, i'd love to tell you about a funny encounter i had with a picnic table on tuesday afternoon...

i went to meet my sister for lunch at her office. she works for my dad's engineering firm, so the atmosphere is much more serious/uptight than what i'm used to. it's a company of about 50 employees, many of which know more about math than i ever want to. i digress... so, she had picked up mcalister's - one of my absolute favorites! - for us and my dad. it was a really beautiful day outside so we thought it would be nice to sit outside and have a little fresh air with our yummy lunch. my sister, jenn, and i sat down on one side of the picnic table and my dad sat across from us. *mind you, i had just been to a funeral, so i was wearing a dress, heals, and the whole nine, which already made it quite uncomfortable to be sitting at a picnic table, but i did it any way...stupid me!!*

we lunched and chatted for awhile, and as usual, my dad gulped down his food so he could get back to work, and thankfully, he went back inside. a few minutes later, another woman from the office came to sit outside at the table next to us. because of the type of dress i had on, it was most comfortable to sit at the table with my knees leaning to one side or the other. i had been sitting with my knees facing towards my sister while we were eating but since we struck up a conversation with the other woman, i tried to shift around to face her a little better. unfortunately, unbeknownst to us, most people at the office had been avoiding that side of the picnic table for weeks because the boards on that side looked like they were rotting.

i wish i would have known that before i shifted because when i did, i heard CRACK, and down i went!!! one piece of the bench had cracked right underneath us and i landed on my back in the bushes with my feet up in the air underneath the table. talk about embarrassing!! i'm so glad that no one else was out there but us girls, especially my dad, because i'm pretty sure that God and the whole country saw more than they wanted to! my sister lucked out and was sitting far enough on the other side of the bench that she was close to where the boards were nailed in so she didn't take a dive into the mulch bed like me. lucky girl!!

i laughed at myself for about 5 minutes before regaining my composure and brushing myself off. i guess God knew that i needed a little comic relief this week, but hopefully next time He provides some comedy in my life, it won't be centered around me :)

have you done anything embarrassing lately?? i have!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

if i know one thing... is that waiting stinks!
*and i am not good at it.
*and i REALLY hope we get a placement soon.
*and that every time my phone rings, i spaz out trying to find it.
*and every time it's not a number from the placement team, i am disappointed.
*and if you called and i sounded disappointed when i answered, please don't take it personally.
*and if i leave my phone for just one second, when i get back, i check it religiously for missed calls.
*and when i don't have a missed call from the placement team, i am disappointed.
*and if i called you back and i sounded disappointed, please don't take it personally.
*and since my new diaper bag arrived today, i will go home and furiously pack it.
*and it will sit in the nursery waiting, just like me.

AHHHHHHH!!! i hate waiting. that requires patience :(

(also, i guess i know more than one thing after all...)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

project nursery: crafts

ryan and i have been working on our nursery little by little since about june. there are still some finishing touches to do but i'm really happy with the way it has turned out so far. i have been quite busy lately trying to occupy my extra time with random craft projects, including ones for the nursery. i think i am just trying to keep my mind off wondering when we'll actually get the right call and who will be joining our family, so i've been doing crafts. i guess this is the foster/adopt mom's version of nesting :)

anyways, here are a few things i have been working on as of late for our soon to be bundle(s) joining our family:
*embroidery hoop/fabric wall decorations with little applique lab puppies on them to look like our lab yawkey
*an up close shot...(notice the neutral colors...surely yellow, chocolate brown, green and blue work for a boy or a girl, right??)
*the mobile that took me FOREVER!! - each circle has a different fabrics on each side (oh, and don't worry - something will be going on the wall over the crib, just haven't decided what yet...)

*up close and personal...

*burp cloths - ryan thinks that it's stupid to have decorative throw up rags, but what the heck! they're cute :)

*my first ever baby quilt - it's super soft! i made this several months ago when we were bound and determined to only accept a that we're gonna take either, i guess i need to get sewing again just in case...

i've still got more crafty ideas rolling around in my head, so maybe i'll post some more things when i get around to making those too. oh, and i'll post some more nursery pics soon too!!!

hope you're having a great day! the weather in kentucky is soooooo beautiful right now!! bring on fall...