Monday, June 30, 2008

This weekend we celebrated our 7 year anniversary by getting John's room complete! Nesting sure has helped my temperament and anxiety. Tonight, to celebrate, we are going to Shakertown, a beautiful farm that has a lake that we like to go to and picnic. I've posted some pics of our weekend efforts and a random picture of the quilt my mom-in-law made for us almost a year ago.

A quilt I made for John

The Frog bedding in John's crib

The nursery!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Seasons of Life

On to the fun of this past aunt and uncle had their 50th Wedding Anniversary! So, we traveled to Maggie Valley, NC and it was so wonderful to spend time with my family. It had been several (totally unacceptable of us) years since we had seen my aunt, uncle and cousins. Here are some highlights of the weekend...

My cousin Laura and I

Jonathan Creek in Maggie Valley, NC

Our Cabin

Mommy and Daddy

My aunt, cousin Kim and mommy

My Aunt Cis and Uncle Norman

Charley, and my cousins, Laura and Steve

After having gotten all of the paperwork sent off, we are getting more and more anxious for the call to travel. We know it won't be for several more weeks, but we are praying it won't be longer. We have been staying up late working on the nursery and getting everything ready for John. We are using cloth diapers, and so are washing and organizing everything we'll need. Still don't have pins for the old fashioned kind! We are taking a tip from the Wymans and using a really snazzy diaper called MotherEase. I love them so far even though we're waiting to use them on our little man. ** News Flash ** I am not really saying here the things that are pressing on my mind and, I am going out of my mind with the waiting and the whole thing of knowing that John is our son, but his paperwork still has to go through court and all that that means. I pretend to be fine on the outside, but I'm a wreck on the inside...not eating, getting headaches, feeling anxious. I wake up at night with my eyes wide open, listening to the silence and thinking...what's John doing right now? I want to be there watching all of these firsts. Everyone says, "in God's time," and I know that. But, that doesn't make it easier. I think if I had to say anything to someone in our place I wouldn't be very helpful. I would just say, "Yes. It thoroughly stinks. It is one of the hardest times of your life. And, the ache will only leave when your child is in your arms. So, hang in there and lean on God. Other than that there isn't much you can do to make it any easier." I caught a snip of a quote from In The Name of the King...
: "So this is where we pay for our sins?"
Solana: "No. This is where we pay for our virtues. Sins are more than welcome here."

Worrying. One of this girl's occupational hazards.

Monday, June 23, 2008

To Taiwan with love

Label/Receipt Number: EB77 xxx U S
Status: Delivered Abroad

Your item was delivered in TAIWAN at 10:47 AM on June 20, 2008.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Saving the Best for Last

Some friends threw a shower for me this past weekend! It was so special...Erin made a beautiful centerpiece for the table. It was decorated with tall willow and had chinese lanterns and little
pictures of John hanging from the branches. The cake was a pony! My mom and dad came up for the weekend! We went shopping for John's crib and found the perfect one! This isn't it exactly, but it's close enough.

Leah, a dear friend from college traveled down from Michigan, too. And, Charley's cousin drove down from Chicago. I am blessed!

Sunday night Charley went to his cousins house in Lawrenceburg for little Sam's birthday party. Remember the days of the Tooth Fairy? He was cute when he smiled before he lost his teeth. Now, he's a doll.

I love this picture of Rebeca and her Uncle Charley.

This weekend we are traveling to Maggie Valley, NC to my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary. We're excited to get away on a mini-vacation!

Drum roll please...

John's paperwork arrived from the TECO office on Saturday. We sent it off to Taiwan and now we just have to wait!!!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Oh Happy Day

It's Monday.

But, for me, it's a great Monday! And, I can't often say that! Charley is home. His flight back was bumpy. And, where I would have been hyperventilating, he said it was great! "Like a roller coaster ride!"

Friday night, by the way, was great. What a wonderful group of people. God is amazing the way He brings us together and gives us our hearts desires. I could not ask for a more welcoming, sweet, loving group of people. We were all alike. I should have known it would be easy. The children were precious and I caught a little glimpse of what it's going to be like when John comes home. There was another 'single' girl there with me. Both of our husbands were working and we got to talk a lot and sat together over dinner. God is so good.

Next time we meet, our John will be in this picture too!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Here I Go

This is how I'm feeling ya'll.

Tonight I'm flying solo to a get-together with some THOGL parents. The crowd includes parents-to-be and parents-with-children. This is new to me. And, I am dreading it a little because I'm husbandless. I have been looking forward to this for several weeks. But, suddenly the thought of going into a home filled with parents in the same spot as I am and others who have already walked the road before us is, to say the least, daunting. We are all believers and that thought is comforting. But, still...

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I just have to add that the camera I carry around with me is so handy. It's a Canon PowerShot and I love it.

Ok, so I'm missing my husband terribly. He's been gone for 13 days now and I feel like a little kid wandering around the empty house aimlessly without anyone to talk to our hug. It's awful. The other night on the phone I counted the amount of time he has been gone this past year. He was over it by the time I even started. So, he was gone for 6, count em', 6 whole weeks. That means, folks, that I saw my husband 10 1/2 months out of an entire year. I 'lost' 6 precious weeks with the love of my life. All right, I'm being overly dramatic. But,'s a big deal when my husband is not just any old husband, he's "the one!" Here's the home he's been staying at...

Well, I shouldn't say he's been 'staying' there in this house per say. He's been staying in one of their guest houses while he works on a multi-level pond and waterfall for them. I guess if I were i paradise, working outside, I wouldn't be so anxious to get home to our little old home either!

He's coming home on Saturday, though. He's not sure when he'll arrive on Saturday - it will all depend on the weather. Because, you see, his company has bought a plane. Yes, folks, you read that correctly. So, his boss is a pilot and flew them up and will go pick them up in Wisconsin on Saturday for the trip home. Considering that I only mildly enjoy a trip on a Big Old Jet Airplane my nerves have been tried a bit when I think of him up in the sky with some dude I don't know. But, then again, I don't know the pilots whose plains I board, either. And, this one he's flying in has two engines. If one goes at least there's a backup.

Now on to two precious things in my life...our son and the peace and tranquility of KY in bloom.

I was recently in contact with a couple who went over to THOGL to pick up their daughter and she took this picture of John! They were there when Ted called us with our referral for John! She just happened to have this picture of him on her computer when she returned to the States. He was about a month old in this picture.

Growing up in Atlanta, there were huge magnolia trees everywhere. We had one in our front yard on Fernleaf Circle and I used to hide out underneath it's huge branches and play "house." It had the best above ground roots and it was perfect for collecting berries and acorns and any other treasure a kid could find. This magnolia is just down the street from our home here in KY, though. I can't wait to show John all of the wonders of God's beautiful world.

This is my mom's gorgeous hydrangea in bloom in Atlanta. I am now going to show you my puny hydrangea that I just planted. The two cannot be compared. It just goes to show what sturdy cultivars can produce.

Last summer I worked at the UK Horticulture South farm and 'graded' hydrangeas. (By the way, without Jess my life would have been miserable.) This would be a 3 on a scale of 1-10. Mom's would - depending on the length of the stem - be a 10. I'm convinced of several things. First, mom's plant has been in the ground for 3 years. This is the third blooming season. It's a sturdier cultivar. And, third, I am good deal younger and not as wise as Mrs. Wells.

I just have to end this post by saying that without good friends, life would not be worth living. And, add a freshly cut field of hay in there too and this city girl is now a happy country gal.