Monday, September 20, 2010

What's going on?

So, every so often Paul will call me and tell me it's time for a new blog post. :-) He did that today. I said, "Really? About what?"

"I don't know but its time," he said. So here goes....Want to know what has been going on with us?

Saturday was my birthday. Some days I feel so young, others I feel so old. I turned 32. Hmm, 32, where did the time go? Paul made me a wonderful dinner and we spent some time with some good friends. I also got to see most of a Beth Moore simulcast. I couldn't believe how many friends took the time to wish me happy birthday on Facebook. It was a wonderful day!! (And it will be my last birthday without my daughter!!)

I promised pictures on the post where I was telling about the nursery so here they are...

This is the armoire....
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This is the doors of the armoire...
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This is the crib....
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I love the details of the crib...
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OK, I know I have told some people but I don't know if everyone knows her name or not, so I just want to let everyone her name. Her name will be....drumroll....Clarissa Jane!! *Trumpets here*

I have been collecting stuff for Clarissa for a little while now so here is a picture of her stuff....
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In there is a cute, pink lamp my aunt bought for her. The yellow dress is a Disney Belle costume I came across for free. I sure hope it fits! My mom got her the doll and the little pink princess purse. I bought the little bows for her hair. I went to a consignment sale intending on only buying non-clothing items but I couldn't pass up a few things. I have no idea how old Clarissa will be when she comes home but I bought a size a good bit ahead of what I'm thinking she'll be. The teddy bear in the back we will be taking with us when we go to pick her up. It is the softest bear I've ever felt. The beautiful, silver picture frame in the front is my newest edition. A friend bought it for me for my birthday. It has her name engraved on the top and she already paid for gotcha day and the date to be put on later. I loved it.

OK, if you have stayed with me this long, stay just a little longer. Paul and I bought some new shirts I wanted to show to everyone. We got them at You should definitely go check them out. They do wonderful things.

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Paul's new shirt...
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I think I'm also going to take my birthday money and buy some other adoption T-shirts. I wish I could buy from every adoption fundraiser to get more children home! I'll post more pictures of our new t-shirts as we get them, so I can tempt all of my friends into buying some stuff. :) If you are reading this and have a t-shirt or fundraiser going on, please post a link in the comments. I sometimes forget where I see shirts I like and don't know how to get back to them.

I didn't think there was much going on but this turned into a huge post. I hope someone makes it to the end.

Hope everyone has a good week!!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

10 years already?

Today is Paul and my 10 year anniversary! On one hand, I can't believe it has been that long, but on the other hand I feel really lucky we have made it this long. When I look around me, I feel like 10 years is something of which to be proud. I love my husband!! He is the greatest man ever (for me anyway :-) ). We have so much fun together and I love every moment I share with him. We have had our ups and downs. We have had so much fun traveling together, but we have also faced infertility head on. No matter what has happened to us, I would not trade one second of it. I can't imagine being with anyone else.

Every year I cook a new meal, something we have never tried, and we sit at the dining room table. This is different because we are normally in front of the TV. This year though, I was a bad wife. I postponed the meal so that I could get my mom to help with the nursery. I know, I know, our daughter won't be here for months, but I just couldn't help myself. She is in charge already and we don't even know who she is yet. LOL I'll post some pictures as soon as I find the cord for my camera. (I lose everything!)

So, we talked to Julie, our caseworker, on Wednesday and she told me that our paperwork was mailed to Rwanda on Tuesday. YAY!! She also said that with all the things that are going on right now it will take a few weeks to hear anything back. It doesn't matter to me where we are on the list, just that we are on the list! We don't have any clue on a timeframe, but that's OK.

Please continue to pray for the families that didn't make the deadline. They are going to have to make some tough decisions in the next few days and they are going to need lots of support. My heart breaks for them and I will be keeping them in my prayers!