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Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Big Reveal

Hi All, after many hours of work the nursery is completed to the point that I can share. I am still missing a few items but once they come in i'll share them at that time. Hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed getting it ready. It's been a long time waiting and although we may still have over a year to wait it's such a nice feeling to have it completed. We are still missing the crib and dresser but other than that it's a place I go into to reflect. Come home soon little Q....oh...and his name is now revealed.

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PS... the little saying on the wall says "Don't let the fear of striking out, stop you from playing the game.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

change table project

Over 2 yrs ago, I purchase a change table for $15, seeing as we were going to have an older baby, I figured why get a new one when I won't be using for very long. But now that we will be having a newborn baby I figured I may as well give it a good makeover as it will be used for awhile. Here are the before and after pics. You will also see the before of the nursery and that's it for awhile. Not sure if I mentioned it but the nursery is a surprise for Chris as well so I won't be posting update pics until it's done. Please don't try to let the suspense kill


In rough shape, not the nices color and god awful paper on the shelving

Little strawberry shortcake sticker and you can see the condition a little better

This beautiful paper was covering all 3 shelves.

After a lot of sanding, painting and some TLC.....

The pefect little place to change my little man's bum. Thanks Memere for the new change pad.

A little baseball decal to replace strawberry shortcake

and the paper has been replaced with a blue and green paper to go with the colors of the room. There will be cute little baskets on these shelves when i'm done.

And here the old office, no color no pazzazz, just wait till i'm done.

Won't that nuke be the perfect place for all his little books.

This is the sign I added to the door, everyone else is allowed in...unless your name happens to be Chris F :)

Back to work I be continued

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Paperwork gone

This morning I got up and headed down to our local post office with a large box filled with paperwork and 10 beautiful printed and binded adoption profiles, to finally mail it all out to our new adoption agency. Now all we are waiting on is for our social worker to finish the updated homestudy and all the work from our end is done.

As I was getting everything into the box last night I was super emotional and shaky. You would think after all this time that I wouldn't get effected like I do anymore, I mean it's only paperwork right?! Well that's what Chris was saying last night too... But it's not just paperwork, it's months of getting things ready, filling out page after page of our life, signing document after document after document, meetings with social worker and creating an 18 page document about our life together and why the birth mother should choose us. The next person to read the profiles in the box (besides the agency of course) will be a birth mom. She will be ready this document about us, seeing our pictures and deciding if we are good enough to raise her child. I can only hope and pray that the letter I wrote to her was good enough, that I included enough "perfect" pictures, that she looks at us and says "YES" they are the ones. It's tough writing something to someone that you don't know, and asking them to give you the biggest gift in the world...their child. I wish there was pixie dust I could include in each profile package that would send her a message of the love her child will receive. I am feeling excited and so scared all at the same time. I know you will all say "Don't worry, you'll get chosen" but the fear of not getting chosen is greater than the excitement of getting chosen.

Today I am taking on the task of painting the nursery and getting it ready as I want it to be ready should the day come faster than expected. It may seem to some like it's just painting a room, but it's so much more than that. I have such great fear of getting the nursery ready. Although, I have waited years and years to do this and am having fun with my little projects, I'm so scared that I will have to someday paint it again to neutral as it may not happen.

The bankruptcy last year came with a large brick wall that I have been able to disassemble one brick at a time, but there is this last little bit of the wall that just won't break, I think it will be there until the day I hold our son. I can`t wait till the day that the wall is completely gone, that Chris can also get excited again and that our son is finally home where he belongs in his beautifully decorated nursery.

I have to ask you all one more time to please pray that this will finally happen for us and that we will finally be able to experience the joys of loving something more than ourselves.

To the birth mother, please know that the package we sent out today was filled with love, hope and strength for you as you face some difficult choices in the coming months. xo

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Hi All,

Just a quick update to let you know where we are at. We have all the paperwork ready to go, i'm just waiting for clarification from our Agency to assure i'm sending the right stuff to the right people. We have completed all our social worker visits, and are now waiting for the social worker to right the home study and we are just waiting really. Not much else to do. I'll be mailing out the package by the end of this week and then we wait.

So unfortunately, our update at this time is we are waiting for the final stages to be completed and then hopefully within the next few weeks we are good to go.

I'll let you all know as soon as I know more.

Thanks for your continued support and patience...we are almost there.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Quick Update

Not much has been going on to babble on about, so here is a quick update for you. We have had 2 meetings with our local social worker to do our homestudy update, we are hoping to have one more meeting and be done. We, as in I, have gathered all the necessary paper work needed for the new's been a tough go as it seemed like so much more work this time, but it's now done and ready to be sent off, which I hope to have sent off with our final agency cheque next week. We will then be waiting on our home study to be completed and everything will/should be in place to get us on the list for expecting mothers. We are still hoping for the end of Aug/beginning of Sept, so we are keeping our fingers crossed that it all goes well.

Other than that, I started my new job 2 weeks ago and so far things are going great. It's currently a contract position but it looks like it won't be an issue to extend it or get something permanent, I just have to wait it out. I've been pretty good at getting up at 5:45-6am, something I haven't had to do in a long, long time, but getting to drive my new toy everyday makes it alot easier. I love it.

My parents are finally out of the bush so I can now talk to them again and will get to see them in less than 2 months. I am missing them so much, I can't wait. I just wish I would get to see my brother and his family as well. Hopefully soon.

And that's about it. We are happy as can be and have been busy getting acquainted with our new toys.....THE IPHONE4, one for each of us....they are amazing. Just in case you are out of the loop and don't know what they look like, here is a pic. Enjoy and be Just kidding.
Have a great weekend everyone.