Monday, January 26, 2009

late night piecing

Last night, while Brian was playing basketball with the guys from church, I had a little fun with fabric. I decided to take a crack at my first Log Cabin square. Here's the finished square (please ignore the water stained ironing board cover and bad photography). I just picked a bunch of my favorite fabrics. There's really no rhyme or reason except that I like it!

That was so much fun that I decided to venture off on my own and started piecing together some scraps from another project. This is what I ended up with. I'm not sure what the final outcome will be. I'm thinking about making a really minimalist quilt with mostly white and these vibrant striped.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Cough, Cough, Sniff...

Our house has been filled with the sound of big coughs coming from little bodies. Both boys have been battling the cold bug this week, Levi more so than Cole. It reminds me of last spring when Levi had a trecherous cold. His little lips were raw and swollen from blowing his nose so much. We took this picture one morning while he watched cartoons. Notice the mountain of used tissues and the empty kleenex box. I think you might even be able to see his not-so-little upper lip sticking out. So pathetic. Anyway, I don't think it is going to get near as ugly this time. I'm just enjoying all of the cuddle time we are getting to have together.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Now you can see...

I promised before Christmas to post some pictures of the things I made to give as gifts. Now that the gifts have all been received, it's safe to show them to you!

A fun princess skirt for my neice! She insisted on wearing it under her dress on Sunday to church. That made her Aunt Beth very happy!

Matching fleece robes for my nephews
Unfortunately, Luke is growing so fast that his is already a little short in the sleeves. I don't think he minds but it was a little frustrating for me.

A knitted shrug for my little sister. This is my first attempt at a clothing item for grown-ups. It turned out pretty well if I might say so myself. I just wish it was a little bigger so I could borrow it!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

The wait continues...

I've had several inquiries lately about our adoption status. It is so encouraging to know that others are excited and anxiously waiting for our little girl. We are about 3 months into the 7-9 month waiting period. Our referral should arrive some time between April and June. We have to wait until everything passes in the Ethiopian court until we can go get her. Best case scenario, we'll go to Ethiopia to bring her home some time next summer. Some families experience quite a few set backs in the court process. We'll be praying for a quick and smooth court date for sure!

I've been sneaking a peek at several other blogs of families that have adopted from Ethiopia. Let me just tell you, "Those children are precious!". I am trying to prepare myself for her arrival without becoming too antsy. Easier said than done. So far, we have a new bed for her (a very girly white cast iron daybed), a drawer full of new hair accessories (Raynisha promises to tutor me on the techniques of caring for African hair), a couple of frilly clothing items, and two big brothers chomping at the bit to meet her!

I'm so excited to see what the Lord has in store for us as we embark on this exciting journey of becoming a bi-racial family custom designed by the Creator himself!