Wednesday, November 25, 2009

100 Prayers Quilt Fabric!

I have an insane love of fabric. I could go to a fabric store everyday and just look at fabric! There are so many choices and so many combinations - it just sparks my creativity. It is fun to see the fabrics friends and family are picking out for Lily's quilt.

Cupcake and matching stripes from the Robinsons - Kaitlyn is in Jonah's music class and her parents like to call her "Cake-ers"

Candy fabric and cat fabric from the Konyndyks - Jen is in my Bible study, her daughter Anna is in Andrew's class and Jen also cuts my hair! - Anna had to have the cat fabric but Laken and Jen liked the candy so they bought both!

Flower polka dot and cherry polka dot from our good friends the Brinks! Mitch and Nate went to seminary together but we really got to know them in NY. We always have a great time together! The Brinks also provided one of our adoption references for us!

Blue/yellow/green flowered fabric from the Andrzejewskis - "old" church friends who we love to laugh with! This fabric is used on the corner of one of their kitchen cabinets to protect little heads that might bump into it - "just like God reaching out His hand to protect you" write Jodi on their card. Very sweet!

Wild Boer Day tshirt from Suzanne! Suz was my RD (Resident Director) when I was at Calvin College and I got the privileged of being on her staff when I was a RA (Resident Assistant). We lived in Boer Bennink and Wild Boer day was a crazy day we invented. How sweet of Suz to cut up her "beloved" shirt!

Math/Ruler fabric from Mrs. Gabrielse - Andrew's Kindergarten teacher. This is fabric she has used in her classroom frequently. She was the first person to turn in fabric!

Dark Navy glittery star fabric from Jennie Fewerda at church - she picked it out because it reminded her of the stars in the sky. Check out the awesome Lily she painted on her card! The back says "Of all the blessings of heaven, one of the greatest will be you!".

I love all these fabrics! I especially love the reasons why they were chosen and what they will represent to Lily when she comes home! These show you how varied all the fabrics will be - I hear we may be seeing cow fabric and woodgrain fabic!

THANKS to everyone that is participating in this quilt for Lily! We truly appreciate it and know she will too!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Rooms and Beds

Lily will be almost 2 when we come home and she will hopefully be sleeping in a crib still. We are setting our crib up in our bedroom so that she is close by but not "in" our bed. But, in the off chance she does not like the crib at all, we decided we would spring for a twin bed a tad early. We do not know what her sleeping arrangements are at the orphanage. The only thing we know is that she is restless at night and sleeps well if her back if rubbed. Hence, the crib in our room! We will either get an Aerobed or a trundle with mattress for her twin bed so that one of us can lay down with her and not have to be on the floor.

Friday Nate, Jonah and I drove up and down 28th street to all the furniture stores. We had checked out Talsma's and JcPenny online before this excursion. Amazingly, we found a great deal on a whole bedroom set at Klingman's. It is a discontinued style and it was another 25% off! We got the whole set for less then the bed/mirror/dresser combo I liked the most at JCP!

I totally love the whole set and can't wait for it to come. Since it was such a great deal we had to have it delivered sooner then later so it will be here the Monday after Thanksgiving. Jonah will move to the basement with Andrew or end up sleeping in Lily's bed if he doesn't do well down there. It seems like we are doing all of this a tad early but when we get our Travel approval there are only a few weeks before we actually travel and there is enough to do in those last 2 weeks.

Monday, November 16, 2009


Today we received our LOA! This stands for Letter of Acceptance. This means that China has officially approved our match and Lily is our daughter! We only waited 17 days for our LOA! There are families that have waited over 100 days for the LOA so we were quite shocked to find out our's came today. We will receive it tomorrow, sign it and drive it to Bethany's corporate office in GR. Then there will be more paperwork to fill out for the US government and we wait for our Travel approval. Bethany thinks we will travel before the end of February! We were planning on April so this moved it up quite a bit. Align Center

Since we have our LOA we can also now post pictures - here is Lily Elizabeth!

Lily is 19 months now - she turns 2 in April. Her right side is smaller and shorter then her left (about an inch shorter). There could be more involved but for now we are trusting in God and praying for healing. She is sitting, standing, and walking with support. She is babbling and likes to talk on her caregivers' cell phones. She likes to kiss the caregivers' cheeks and is particular of who gets to hold her. Apparently if you give her a toy she does not want, she throws it down. That sounds familiar in our house! :)

Please continue to pray for Lily and for our family. A lot of changes are coming for all of us and we know it won't be easy. We appreciate all the prayers and encouragement!

I know everyone is loving the warmer weather this November! Here are some pics of our time outside.

Riding bikes! Jonah figured out how to actually pedal and Andrew if flying on his bike!

Jonah loves to wear Andrew's baseball helmet. Just a tad large I think! :) He decided he wanted to "climb" our tree. He is only about 2 feet off the ground here.

Reading stories with Grandma. Grandma and I went to see Beth Moore in Springfield IL and she graciously rode all the way back to MI with me and then took the train back to IL on Monday.

Our friends from college - Erin and Josh Hutt - are moving to Ohio in a couple weeks! We wanted to see them before they moved so we hung out Saturday morning. The men raked the neighbor's leaves and the kid (and adults!) had fun jumping in them! It was great to spend time outside together!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fall Fun!

Jonah wanted to be a Fireman for Halloween this year. I planned on sewing him one but Diane from church found this one at the Love INC store in Allendale for only $1! It is also a raincoat so it will be sticking around here for awhile. He loved it! Andrew wanted to be Batman but since he doesn't know who the "real Batman" is, we went with a homemade costume. He likes to wear it around the house too! Now all they want is CANDY!

Today we let the boys play in the leaves a bit before we bagged them up. I think they had some fun! Gracie joined in too - she liked to run through the pile and lick the boys when they were laying down. Fun times!