Oh, how I’ve missed you!
I’m sorry for my absence. Things have been real crazy around here, but I haven’t stopped praying for you! I never dreamed this space on the internet would become a place of community and friendship. I love it! And want it to continue to grow into something beautiful. I love meeting you here, and even more, love hearing from all of you and the stories God is writing in your sweet families. I can’t tell you how honored I am that you would take time out of your busy life, to look into mine.
My husband’s coworker told him, “Can you please tell your wife to write something that I won’t cry when I read?” Bahahaha! The truth is, I feel so silly writing about our lives, because I don’t feel as if ours is any different from yours. But, I share the deep parts of my heart with you, so I might as well share some nursery projects, right?
So the last two weeks have been super crazy!
1) Our WHOLE family got the flu. Wait for it…
the STOMACH FLU!!!!!! And it wasn’t all at once, we each had it within days of one another. Right as Brandon was getting better, Selah got it. Right as she was getting better, it hit me with a vengeance. So I called my mama for reinforcements, because that’s what you do when you can’t get off the bathroom floor. And you have a one year old that opens EVERY cabinet in your house and enthusiastically throws all the contents of the cabinet in the floor. Needless to say, YaYa saved the day, I’m 11 pounds skinnier, and have an empty bottle of Thieves essential oils. Thankfully, the flu is gone… until next year.
3) I have been working like a mad woman on a writing project! 🙂 YAY!!!! Every spare second (that I normally use to blog) I have been working on this project to meet the deadline. It has been my first “real” project and hopefully the start to many more. I hope to be able to share it with you pretty soon. I’m already praying for the eyes and hearts who will read those words. I love to love on women in this way! It’s my favorite.
I’ve also been hard at work stamping necklaces! Adoption is not cheap, so this has been God’s way of providing for us. I love how He does that!
This time, I have prayed more for God to prepare our hearts as we welcome him home, than I have been preparing our home for him. Our schedule will drastically change. Selah will no longer have every ounce of our attention. Brandon and I will have to learn again, who we are as a couple to TWO children. And we will have the enormous responsibility to love, shepherd, and teach Jesus to one more heart. It’s not that I am not as excited as I was to bring home Selah. I am SOOOOO excited to have another set of squishy cheeks to kiss (and yes, he already has her same exact cheeks)!
But shepherding hearts is way heavier than deciding the perfect bedding. This time, I know.
I know the love I will feel for him. I know what every hour of the night will look like. I know that it will take some
. I know how tired I will be, but I also know the beauty of this thing called motherhood. And all those years of
, make it even more beautiful.
So… because I have a one year old AND I
, I am just now getting around to preparing his nursery. We decided to move Selah to the bigger room upstairs and he would take the nursery closest to our room. In other words, I’m crazy. I am getting two rooms finished in less than six weeks.
, go on over there and follow her blog. Seriously, she’s the cutest, and I wish she could just come and take over my house! In planning the nursery and redoing Selah’s room, I am trying to take
advice and not be scared about making nail holes in the wall, and learning that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”
Hold on…quick side note. Last October, when I went to
I had no idea who The Nester was. Amber (Restless Arrow) and I walked in late to one of her family’s sessions. A real cute girl pulled up a chair for me beside her and I immediately noted how lovely she smelled. (I just notice things like this about people. Weird, I know.) So I leaned over to Amber and said, “Okay, so who is this Nester person?” And ever so quietly she said, “The girl sitting beside you.” Turns out after the session was over, I told her how lovely she smelled and asked what perfume she wore. When I told this story to my husband later, he was mortified. But, I left that session wearing THE Nester’s perfume. Because she shared it with me. And she is nice. And really cute. And she hugged me when she met me. And that meant so much to me because I’m a hugger too.
Anyways, all that to say, I’m trying to be crafty and stylish in my decorating these two rooms like my friend. But I’m not that kind of girl, so when I show you after pictures, just pretend, okay?
This has to be the most random post I’ve ever written. I’m not growing a human, but I definitely have something that resembles pregnancy brain. Or I’m just really tired. Either way, I’m just nesting over here like a maniac. Cleaning, washing clothes, buying gold deer antlers. Preparing our home for this new little soul, but more than anything, asking Daddy to prepare our hearts. Will you help me pray for that?
I’ve learned this about Him- no matter what circumstances I find myself in, they have something to say about Who He is. So now, in this exciting, crazy time, I’m enjoying more than ever, knowing Him. I can’t wait to explore a new side of Him during this little guy’s coming home to us.
And I can’t wait to see what the nursery turns out like, deer antlers and all.