The Minivan and My Pride

Isn’t it funny how certain things can be a hang-up? For me (one of them!) is owning a minivan. We always knew when we started another adoption that we’d have to buy another car. And this has been a point of discussion for several years. Well, not so much a discussion because J always knew where he stood on the issue and so I just sought to find other options – before giving in knowing that he was right. All along, I was hoping that some great new car would come out that wouldn’t be SUCH a gas guzzler as a SUV and have all the room of a minivan. Unfortunately, I have yet to find one. So about two weeks ago we found this ad for a Honda Odyssey that was for sale in NC. We drove the 2 1/2 hours to test it out. The kids loved it and wanted to...

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Newsflash

Newsflash

We have been interrogated (home study) and fingerprinted and begun to pay out large sums of money. Which only means one thing; we’ve got exciting news! Another adoption is in the works for our family.  It has been a bit over two years since e and little h joined our family and now we are ready to start again. Bringing in orphans gets in your blood; I’ve watched countless families go on to more adoptions since we’ve been exposed to the adoption network. It is such a strong call to care for the orphan and if God has called you to it, you cannot resist. This morning we retained a lawyer. Our road to expanding will be a bit different this time around. We’ll be adopting domestically instead of internationally.  Honestly, for me, it has been a...

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The Four Year Bishop Dress

The Four Year Bishop Dress

Four years ago my neice was three. Inspired by our southern home I decided it would be fun to learn to smock and to make her a little Bishop dress.  So I got right on it and took a class at a local quilt shop. I actually enjoyed the process, even though my hand cramped up a few times. Sometimes in the evenings it is nice to have a little project to work on here and there; I suppose that is why people take up knitting and such. After learning the basics I tackled the Bishop dress and finished up the smocking. It took countless hours and I know I began to doubt I would finish before my neice moved into the next size. Some friends and I even joked that maybe I would finish in time for my unknown future little girl. Turns out that was rather prophetic. My darling...

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Success!!

Success!!

Today was hair day. One year of trying. Two hours, ten minutes of intense braiding. We have cornrows.

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A Crown for the Birthday Boy (Tutorial)

A Crown for the Birthday Boy (Tutorial)

Tomorrow is e’s 5th birthday! And in typical fashion, everything is fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants and I decided to make him a birthday crown tonight. Since reading Amanda Soule’s book and seeing her cute crowns, I’ve always wanted to make one. Did I consult her book tonight? Nope. Just forged my own way. Ahh…well. I thought I would write it down for you and add some photos in case you have ever wanted to make one, too. It really wasn’t hard-the most time consuming part was the handstitching at the end, which isn’t necessary, but I thought it finished it off in a nice way. First, I cut out three crown shapes out of regular felt. Now, I would have loved to use wool felt but I don’t have the budget for that and since I...

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