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Monday, February 28, 2011

A Nook & Some Faith

Kevin - wonderful husband that he is - bought me a Nook Color!

I am very excited. As I mentioned before, I *love* to read. Devour books. For example, yesterday when we were at Barnes & Noble (when Kevin bought said Nook), I read "Heaven is For Real," by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent. It's a really great book, about a little 4 year old called Colton. He came out of a very serious surgery with an amazing story about having visited Heaven. It's remarkably in line with a couple of other books I have read about similar things - "90 Minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper and "The Boy Who came Back from Heaven: A Remarkable Account of Miracles, Angels and Life Beyond This World" by Kevin & Alex Malarkey."

*Side note - I have really been drawn to these books the last few months. Not sure why, but they have helped me find footing in faith again. I should mention that I now believe this journey of mine - back to faith in Christ - began with hearing about this amazing artist called Akiane. Oddly enough, she is mentioned in "Heaven is For Real."

*Side side note - I even started going to church. For me, this is truly momentous. I would feel panicky even setting foot in a church because of a childhood incident. I believe that some things I dealt with in childhood became the root of my waning faith; what eventually became a lack of faith and then a series of long steps that led me to learn about other faiths before I could begin to find where I fit. I am just now finding it, but it feels good so far.

Another odd fact - I read the two other books I mentioned while I was in the book store. Which brings me back to the Nook! Kevin feels that this is an investment in his sanity, I think. I collect books. Two bookshelves are filled; there is a box full in the spare room and my nightstand is piled quite high with books. Now that I can store these on my magical Nook, I think he hopes I will not be bringing home a new book or two a week!

I've mentioned the books that have touched me the most recently, but I have several authors that I read rather...passionately. Christine Feehan for instance - I love all of the series that she is writing. I buy them the second I see them, usually. And Kim Harrison's 'The Hollows' series. I love Nora Roberts as well. And of course, Twilight. Truthfully, that list does not begin to cover the authors I read and books I have. I could go on and on and on.

But now...Now I can get them for a lower price, carry them ALL with me, and my Nook is smart enough to remember my pages in all of them. Plus they have Free Book Fridays. What more could I want?!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Crafty Me!

So, guess what!? (Nope, the quilt still isn't done...don't judge me.)

I have been bitten by the knitting bug again! And I went on a yarn shopping spree. Beautiful, squishalicious, yummy yarn. And I have pictures.

This colorway is called "Sprout," and is dyed by Nurturing Threads. The yarn is Aria Organic Merino. I heart their work, really and truly. I am still undecided on what this will become - either a romper, or a pants/sweater/hat set.

This one is called "Iced Giraffes," which matches an adorable fabric by the same name. It is also by Nurturing Threads, and is also Aria Organic Merino. And it has now been turned into this:

Newborn pants! I am also working on a soaker out of this yarn, and possibly a hat.

This is called "Tristan & Isolde." I got it not only because it's beautimous, but also because I like that story. Sue me. It's dyed by Mosaic Moon on (whom I also love) on Organic Bulky Merino!

This is one of my most favorite colorways. It's Mosaic Moon's "Copper Patina." I have been coveting it since Monkey was a baby, and I finally got my paws on it! I have not a clue what it will be, but whatever it is will be awesome.

I also have a couple of more gorgeous colorways on the way to me, and I will share them with you when they arrive. Plus a few that I am coveting and will find a way to own at some point!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

To Thine Ownself Be True...

It's from Hamlet. I haven't ready many of the classics, but I think I should start. I believe I will plan on them making to my reading list!

Anyway, it's a phrase I've been contemplating. I've had a lot running through my head, and haven't been focused enough to write about much. My apologies on that; but from here on out, I am scheduling blogging time. I miss it!

So many things have been on my mind - crafts I want to start and/or finish. Getting back to my Homemaking Notebook and back on the cleaning schedule. Sorting through everything I can find and selling/trading/donating things I do not want around. Adopting a bird. Kevin's training. Planning a birthday party for Brandon. Friends, family. Going back to Charleston to visit. The adoption plan of our second child, and the things associated with that! And there are lots of things in that arena that concern me. Going to church, finding faith. Who am I on this blog? True to myself? Censoring myself? Do I unintentionally misrepresent who I am - who we are as a family?

Not sure why my mind has been so busy, but it has been. I don't even know where to start! This blog started as an outlet for me, but I have forgotten that as well. So this is me, finding out who I am, how I got here, what is important as I grow and change, and as our family grows and changes.

Our adoption plans have been first and foremost on my (and Kevin's) mind. As we check in with Lifetime each month, it is mostly the same things. What have we done for further our adoption plan? Well, as things are winding down with things we can accomplish, what are we supposed to do? The homestudy is finally, officially done - signed - and turned in. This means that we are open for last minute placements, which gives us some measure of relief. We found out during our February check in that a couple of prospective birth families asked about us in particular, and that Lifetime was waiting on their paperwork! It is sooo exciting! We kept waiting on pins and needles for the phone to ring - and jumped to answer it every time it did. So far though, we haven't heard from Lifetime.

I wonder if the letter in our profile is enough. Will it touch a prospective birth mother? Will it make her like us or curious enough to learn more about us? Just how are we supposed to touch a mother considering adoption with so few words? Do the pictures show us? It's been just about six months now. Shorter than a pregnancy, and just as stressful (in a different way). But no defined end date yet. It's hard to plan - and boy, do I like plans.

And when we do speak to a mother, just what do we say? What kind of life does she hope we can give her baby? Does she have feelings on names? Diapering? Breastfeeding? Formula feeding? We cloth diaper - it's better for the Earth, but also more comfortable (I mean, we don't wear paper underwear!) and economical. Will that bother her? I have considered inducing lactation to nurse our next child - it was such an amazing thing to do for Monkey, and such an awesome bond. No bottles to mix or lug around, no formula to measure or buy. But how do I bring the topic up to get her feelings on the matter? Because her feelings are important here as well. Do I even want to do the protocol to induce lactation?

There are just SO MANY things to wonder about! I like to have plans of action for all situations, but this is one that I just don't.