38 months on the wait list, over 3 and a half years on this adoption journey, 4 years ago that God tore the veil off our eyes and broke our hearts for the fatherless. What a journey this has been! We continue to wait at the top of the list and pray for strength and endurance to continue on in total trust and faith. God has been so incredibly faithful to carry us through, to give us divine peace, grace to trust Him, and deep joy to celebrate with dear friends who’s paths have been quicker than ours. He has given us people to pray for us and our daughter, blessed trips to Africa, and a true understanding that this is about more than we originally thought it was about. Grace upon grace upon grace. He is good, and we will wait for our Nyah until she comes!
Last night our awesome church body had our annual Streetfest, and we had a blast! We were at some dear friends’ house this past weekend and they let Oliver borrow a Patriots football jersey/helmet, which he was thrilled about. He has become an absolute football fanatic this year, which has actually been super fun, as football is my favorite sport to watch (specifically pro football). The Broncos are our very favorite, but Oliver’s school mascot is the Patriots, so this uniform was perfect! He has some hand-me-down baseball pants that were perfect, topped off with his soccer cleats! I’m pretty sure he has been wearing this outfit non-stop this whole week. :) Sullivan got a Donatello ninja turtle mask/shell/bostaff for his birthday in August, so he was pumped to wear that for his costume. I wasn’t going to dress up, but at the last-minute decided I could pull together a mild pirate costume, and Seth did his annual raid-the-costume-closet at our church and came up with some sort of “hippy clown” costume. :) And there you have it! Here’s a picture of my printed pic from the Streetfest Photo Booth:
With today being Halloween and Throwback Thursday (#tbt for all you social media peeps), I got nostalgic and made a collage of pics from 2006-2013. Sweet babies. Enjoy!
Loving how this turned out. It feels bright and airy and lovely and cozy all at the same time. So thankful to have a guest room! We haven’t had a guest room since Oliver was a baby, and I am really excited to have a space that is devoted to hospitality. Since both Seth’s and my parents live out of town, I’m really thrilled to have a space for them when they come to visit!
(Also, I was thrilled to inherit that amazingly huge aloe vera plant from my sister-in-law this summer when she moved out of state! I’m going to rope my mom into helping me split it up and repot part of it when she comes to visit in a couple weeks!)
A fun transformation that I’m excited to finish is our guest room! It was built originally as a bedroom, but the family that lived here for 50+ years before us knocked down a double doorway through one of the walls (living room wall) and made it their formal dining room. They made a beautiful bay window, which I love, and there is tons of wonderful light in this room!
So the first thing we did was frame up and finish out the wall that was open into the living room so that it turned back into a bedroom. The mirror you see in the first pic is the closet doors. The first pic was taken from the living room through the part that we walled back up, and the second pic is taken from the actual doorway that goes into the hallway. Then we took down the window treatments, trim in the middle of the wall, the floor-to-ceiling wallpaper, and the chandelier. I’ve watched enough HGTV shows to know what to do with a great old gold chandelier when I see one! Paint of course! I sprayed it white, and my handy hubs installed it in our current dining room/eating area off the kitchen/family room. And I love it! Because several of the other rooms had wallpaper that was put directly onto unfinished drywall, we hired out some of that work. And since we had a few other walls that we framed-up/built that needed to be finished/textured, those guys went ahead and mudded/textured the walls after tearing down the wallpaper that messed up the drywall anyway…..it was all a big mess! But we were super glad to have help.
So here is what the room looks like now…
And since my parents are coming to visit in a couple of weeks, I’m on a mission to complete it this week! We will caulk and paint first, and then I pretty much have all the components that will go in the room, so will just put it all together! I mostly have a vision of how I’d like it to turn out, but I’m not completely sure on a few things. So we’ll see just how it all ends up. :) Stay tuned!
I finally made some headway on the playroom this past week and “finished” it for now! It’s so nice to have it functional and feeling put together, and the boys are loving playing in there. I got all of Oliver’s school stuff organized in some of the cabinets, and I think this will be a great place for our few homeschooling days as well! Here are a few before/after pics (the before pics are from when the previous owners lived here):
Before, looking toward one end of the room (the room is long and narrow):
Looking the other direction (angled):
After, looking the same direction as the 1st before pic:
And the other direction:
(I’m realizing after looking at these pics, I never took down their dream catcher from the ceiling fan! Need to get on that..) I still am looking for window treatments to add, and then for now, we’ll call it good! Since we’re painting so much in this house, I thought initially that I’d just be fine with all the wood trim/beadboard, etc. in here. But after painting the walls the gray, it doesn’t feel like it flows very well! This room is just off the family room, so up those 2 little steps (there is a pocket door there) you walk into the family room, and specifically into the area with all the newly painted white cabinets/built-ins. So it really makes the old wood/counter/etc. in the playroom stick out. And all the old “white” ceiling molding in the family room/bedrooms is actually more of a “pink-white”, as you can see from the door at the end of the room (that goes into the backyard). So obviously that needs to be painted now as well. :) I think after the holidays I’ll probably be in major nesting mode, hopefully getting ready for baby girl, and I’m thinking this room might get its second overhaul. But, for now, I’m really happy with how clean, put together and functional it is! And the boys are truly loving it. It’s amazing how much better they play when they have organized, clean spaces to play in. And it’s been fun to pull out some old toys that have been in hiding during the moving process, too! The storage in this house is amazing, and it is so great to have these cabinets in this room for toys, coloring books, office/kids crafting supplies, games, puzzles, etc. Hooray for continued progress!
Time just keeps on ticking! This past Sunday, Oct. 20th, marked 37 months on the official wait list to be matched with our precious girl. We’ve been at the top of the list for a few months now, but even that “top of the list” status doesn’t hold any promises. So we continue to wait…just like we always have…for the unknown. Could get a call this afternoon, could be next year. (I’m really hoping for this afternoon. It feels like a GREAT day for a referral!) I mean really, how is it possible to live sanely with such unknowns?! By disconnecting, and that’s exactly what I continue to do. Connected just enough, but disconnected just enough to be able to live in the here and now. We will be shocked whenever it happens – it’s been so long, I don’t even know how we’ll react at this point! It’s a moment I’ve dreamed of for exactly 3 years and 7 and a half months. It feels like such a distant dream; I think we’ll just be shell-shocked when it finally happens. :)
We daily pray for her, and the boys daily talk about her like she’s already here. Oliver’s family portrait he drew at school consists of Dad, Mom, Oliver, Sullivan, and Nyah. When talking about boys vs. girls, they always include her in the number of girls we have in our family. Every night they pray “for Nyah to come home soon.”
I feel like it’ll be soon…but I’ve felt like that before, so I’m scared to feel it again. :) Hoping with open hands. Trusting that God knows and has a pretty cool plan for us. And practicing my patience. Wowwy, that one’s tough sometimes. But all of that is continually refining me. Even so, it is well with my soul.