What I Wore Wednesday 7.9.2014

First, thanks for your input on yesterday’s post.  We’ve decided to pick out a couple paint colors and then let him decide when he comes for his day visit.  We’ll paint in between that and placement so when he comes to stay permanently, it will be ready for him. That way, he feels like it’s his room, but we’re not tearing his room apart first thing when he gets here either.  The tree and mirror are also going! Thanks so much for helping!

Alright, on to WIWW.  This week was more casual Summer.  Nothing ground-breaking here but I at least am getting out of my workout clothes.

 

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This outfit was a sort of casual date, if you call a Saturday morning visit to a furniture store a date.  These days, we definitely call it that.  It’s in a huge old school without air conditioning so I had to go with a tank top and shorts to keep cool.  The good news is we found what we needed and were in and out quickly.

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This was my outfit on Sunday.  Lexi ended up having a fever so the only place I went after church was Urgent Care.  The really good news is the fever and sore throat disappeared by Monday and no other symptoms. Thank you, Lord!

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I wore this on a simple work from home day. I did have to go to Charlotte to get a TB test to finish up the medical paperwork for the adoption. We also did some school supply shopping and a few other errands.  It’s so hard to believe supplies are already out.  And I had this little moment checking out at Staples realizing I could possibly have to do it all over again for another child in a few weeks.  I debated going ahead and shopping off his list, but ended up checking out and moving on.  But still, thinking of doing things like that in 3’s instead of 2’s surprised me.

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Another work from home day.  We did get out to get the car washed because they are finally working on our van tomorrow to get the dents out after the bad hail storm we had here last month.

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I hope your week is going well so far!

 

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Around the House, July 2014

For the skimmers, please check out the question mid-post in bold! I need paint color help!

Yesterday I mentioned we’re doing a photo book for the adoption so The Boy (how else do I refer to him since I can’t use his name? A nickname, anyone?) can become familiar with us and our home.  As I was going around the house snapping some photos, I realized there have been a few changes around the house I haven’t shown you yet. I suppose none of it is enough for one post on its own, but this will be a nice compilation of the latest changes around the house.

First, when we were expecting the other adoption to happen in May, we did a switcheroo with Lexi’s room with the tree house bed and the playroom.  We FINALLY got rid of most of the girls’ toys (hallelujah!) and were able to condense the remaining American Girl (etc, etc) stuff to just the closet in the playroom.

My mom found a dollhouse bunk bed on Craigslist that Lexi fell in love with. This convinced her to make the playroom into her room and leave the tree house bed for The Boy.

It’s an extremely small room so it’s hard to photograph, but here’s the playroom now as Lexi’s room:

 

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The room clearly isn’t done as she’s still settling in.

So, her old room is now becoming cleared out for The Boy.  He’ll get the cool tree house bed!  How awesome is it that we have that ready for him?

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I still have a bit of cleaning out to do.  I already removed the pink birds.  You can see them above the window in Lexi’s new room. I think I may just take the whole tree down.

 

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Also, the angels at the top of the bookcase need a new home as well as other paraphernalia that Lexi has in there still.

 

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And finally, that mirror seems a bit feminine. I was thinking a mirror with rope around it would be a good fit.

So, here’s the big debate in our house. Is the blue wall too much of a feminine blue? (And please, that is not an invitation to give me a lecture about reinforcing gender stereotypes, okay?  Okay. I mean, I did have my daughter in a blue room with tree house bed which isn’t traditionally feminine.  Anyway. Okay.) 

Scott and Emma think it’s too girly, but Lexi and I are ok with it.  Should we repaint the walls?  What color would you do? I was thinking some type of khaki/olive-y green color might be nice if we did. Scott was thinking just maybe a different shade of blue.

Help!

 

So, moving on to the rest of the house, I finally replaced our 15 year old ficus trees in the living room. 

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I replaced them with some IKEA shelving.  I shopped the house for some vases, plants and books and voila.

 

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Hi, Bella!

Also, I finally splurged and bought a huge map from IKEA for our bedroom. 

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I’ve wanted one since seeing Tsh’s in her house last October.  It really is a perfect fit.  I love it so much.  Sometimes I just like staring at it and really soaking it in. That’s nerdy, right?  Yeah.

And finally, I moved the pictures that were previously there…

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…and put them over by the fireplace.

 

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Scott just loved me when he had to hang those.

So, that’s our house for now.  It seems like it’s always fluid, always changing.  I think Lexi has now lived in each of the 3 original bedrooms.  But I love that we make the space we have work instead of paying for more real estate.  We could easily fill up a few more hundred more square feet in another house, but we love our location and who wants the hassle of moving? Not me!

And just for fun, here’s a picture from Palm Beach last year I’m thinking of including in the album.

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I think we could fit The Boy on there too, don’t you?

 

Don’t forget to chime in with what color we should paint his room!

Joy and Doubt

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Happy Monday morning to you!  I hope you had a wonderful July 4th weekend if you are in The States.  I had a nice, restful weekend, but not too glamorous. We had a cookout and swimming party at our house with our family Friday for lunch.  Friday night the kids stayed with my in-laws and went to watch fireworks.  Scott had to work an extra shift Friday to manage the fireworks traffic in town. 

I stayed home Friday night and watched Ender’s Game.  It’s not really my type of movie, but I read the book last year and couldn’t not watch the movie. Scott hates sci-fi so it was actually a good chance to watch it. The book was much better, but Asa Butterfield is pretty much amazing.  They really couldn’t have cast that much better. I actually tried to go see The Fault in Our Stars but our theaters seemed to stop all their times after 4pm Friday so I couldn’t.  I guess my cry-fest will have to wait for another weekend.

So, if you haven’t seen Friday’s post, I need you to read our latest adoption update.  For those that have been praying, I so appreciate it.  I do feel God moving in my heart.  I was telling someone yesterday at church that I’ve been trying to strike this weird balance.  If this is really happening, then I want to be joyous and excited.  I don’t want to tamper that joy with any doubts. And yet, in the next 4 days, this round of the rollercoaster could end. I could be getting excited for nothing.  And so, doubts do come up.  I don’t want to look silly with too-high hopes.

I remember feeling these feelings in the early days of getting pregnant with Emma and Lexi.  I’m super duper excited, buuuttt what if something goes wrong?  I don’t know if it’s smart to try to protect my heart from disappointment or simply Satan’s way of stealing any sort of joy he can.

I do believe, though, that God has been confirming over and over that this could really be it.  Both Emma and Lexi are in a really good place with the idea.  I can see a thread of God preparing this for generations, even—I can’t wait until I can tell you all the details.  I’ve run into significant verses a few times just this weekend.  For example, I was journaling about the adoption and how God might be using this for redemption. I wrote:

What was meant for evil is being used for good.

Minutes later, I hopped over to my friend Cyndi’s blog because she posted some lyrics from Danny Gokey’s new song Hope in Front of Me which, if you know my history with Danny Gokey’s music, caught my eye. She says:

This past year, our family has been through a difficult year. But through it all I kept clinging to hope. I know that in the difficult times, God is our hope.

The verse that keeps coming to my mind is Genesis 50:20, You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. 

Some might call it superstition, but I know God is so attentive and in the details that I’m convinced moments like these are little God-winks.  Even if this doesn’t turn out to be a permanent situation, I do believe we’re walking through the right door.

And so, I ask again for prayer that God continues to reveal himself and that we have clarity and wisdom as we move forward.  I especially want to pray for this little boy.  We’re putting together a photo album of pictures of our house and family so he can start learning about us.  I can’t imagine what he’s going through as a system tells him who his new family is going to be.  He has so very little control over his own life that already has been hard. I know in his own way he must be trying to balance his own joy and doubts. I hope it’s all joy, though.  And, as our heavenly Father, I have a feeling God is hoping the same thing for all of us:

All joy, no doubts.

 

For those that need caught up with our adoption story, you can check out all my adoption posts here.

Chosen

 

A big blank page is staring at me, thinking of the right way to tell you what could be one of the top 5 events of my life.

There isn’t a more bloggable event–it’s the kind of stuff bloggers live for.  Huge news.  And yet, it feels like blogging is the least appropriate way to tell you.

I want each of your numbers so I can call you individually and say, “Put me on speaker, I have some good news.”

So let’s just pretend we’ve done that ok?  You’re holding your phone, speakerphone is on, you’ve gathered the family and everyone is listening with smiles, your heart suspended just a few seconds.

And here’s what I’d say…

 

I just got a call from DSS and they picked us for a little boy!

 

Yep.

Earlier yesterday I got a call from DSS from a worker I don’t normally talk to.  She was asking if our records were up to date and whether we were still interested in a child being placed with us.  She didn’t give away a lot more than that, but I knew something was going on.

A few hours later, I was on a phone call with work and I got a text from Scott to call DSS ASAP.  I couldn’t because I was on a meeting that had to happen right then.  I asked what was going on and I found out over text…DSS picked a child for us.

Choking back tears. Heart racing.

Scott sent his name and age and I can’t give you details yet, but his name has both familial and Biblical significance.  It was like a big neon God sign in a text message.

I don’t know much yet and I can’t give you details even if I had them.

South Carolina holds placement committees when they are ready to place a child.  They pick 3 or 4 families and a group from DSS holds a meeting and determines which family they feel is the best fit for the child.  We were chosen for this child.

The next step is for us to be read his entire history next week. We then have a choice about whether to move forward and have a home visit with him. They’d like to place him by the end of this month.

This whole thing could come to a grinding halt next week, but we have our open door.  And can I just tell you that the process we went through with the possible adoption in May may have been an absolutely necessary step for this one?  A God thread.  The name, the circumstances.

And can we talk about the timing with Independence Day?  Freedom from the system. I feel like this could be it.  But we could walk out the door just as fast as we’re walking in.

Will you pray for us in the coming week?  Since the ball is in our court, we want absolute clarity and wisdom that this is the best choice both for us and him.

But y’all.

This could be our son.

What I Wore Wednesday 07.02.2014

So far this summer, I’ve spent a lot of time in really simple outfits.  In fact, I’m lucky to get shoes on. Many days, I’m still in my yoga pants at lunchtime after working out right before work.  If you take that into account plus my tripod being broken, WIWW has been sparse here the past months.

But, I’ve missed participating in WIWW and being put together a little more, so I challenged myself this past week to get back in the swing of posting.  Scott had to literally tape my tripod back together so I could use it! And with that, I have just a few casual outfits this week.

 

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If there is one piece of clothing I have loved this summer, it is my red shorts. Surprisingly, they go with a ton of different tops.  So while I never have gotten a lot of colored jeans, I do enjoy my colorful shorts.

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I wore this outfit on Sunday and remembered why I’ve been leaning towards dresses all summer.  It’s so hot! No worries, though, I spent most of the afternoon out at the pool.

Big thanks to my sister who bought me that orange bracelet while she was in Nicaragua last week with Bless Back Worldwide.

 

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I wore this outfit this weekend. We made a library run, picked up some groceries and went out for Mexican.

 

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend enjoying July 4th!

 

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