I am kind of lagging on the adoption front. My homestudy binder has been sitting there staring at me for a good week or two now, patiently waiting for my life to slow down so I can dig in to it. Between our big (HUGE) fundraiser garage sale that took over my entire house for about a week, and gearing up for the kickoff of our MOM's ministry, I have had no time or energy to dive into the homestudy. I did finally look through the binder and started my "personal profile". It's loaded with questions like..."are you and your spouse in the same page in regards to adoption?" UM YES.
I need to spend some time making a budget worksheet, making copies of our marriage license, birth certificates, etc...and lots of paper work filling out. U>G>H. But, it will help us get the ball rolling.
The fun news is, that the garage sale was such a blessing. It made me feel very full of hope and made this all seem alot more "real" to me. I am overwhelmed with God's provision, and have faith that he will provide all we need. It got me in baby mood. I've been daydreaming about her room, her clothes, what she'll be like, how old will she be when we meet her and bring her home...so many fun thoughts. My mom has been so sweet, on Sunday, while I was online daydreaming about "her" room, she said, "I bought something for your birthday (Oct 19) but I can't wait!" She made me close my eyes, and she had this for me when I opened them!
Her name is Coco....isn't she adorable? She is so soft and snuggly. I can't wait to give her to our girl!
I also ordered a blanket from My Blankee. I had this idea for her room, that it would be cute to do pink and brown with some giraffe mixed in (you know, to represent Africa and all). I had seen this giraffe blanket at a boutique, and I was just showing my mom the idea...when I went to the website, ALL of the products were 50% off until Sept. 30!! So, a $66 blanket (which I could never bring myself to pay, for a blanket!) became a $33 blanket (not so much I'd be ashamed of myself for buying it)...so I ordered a custom blanket, brown giraffe print on one side, raspberry pink on the other, with brown ruffley satin trim...it'll be perfect thrown over the end of the crib and hopefully be that special snuggly blanket! I can't think of anything cuter than that raspberry pink on a little dark skinned baby girl! Some of you are probably thinking, Really? Animal print in a baby room? but, I'm talking tiny accents. I'm hoping to find some super cool little giraffe keepsakes when we travel to Ethiopia to get our girl. It's sad that my brain is so stuck on daydreaming about this, I've thought WAY too much about it already. Walls the color of chocolate milk, some fun pink (brighter pink, not pastel pink) and chocolate brown accents...I found this on Etsy, which I think is totally adorable... grrr, blogger is too busy to upload my pics. That always happens this time of day! Anyhow, it's a cute mobile, that i'm pretty sure i can make easily. And, a a really cute wall art vinyl sticker think of a giraffe, rhino, and elephant stacked on top of eachother. So cute! and, I think it would be really cool to paint a verse on the wall in Amharic (Ethiopian)...
Okay, enough day dreaming. Time for real dreaming! I'm off to bed!