Monday, December 17, 2007

blog shower, part 2

1, 2, & 3. Pam made us a fabulous book designed to add mementos and journaling and photos to record special moments to come. She also gave us a copy of a book by an author who was her own children's favorite, Jan Brett.

4. Beth made a special fanciful pincushion especially for our little visitors.

5. Stephanie created this delightful assemblage for us.

6. Lisa sent us these really fabulous (and heavy!) wooden blocks for building. Great for any age!

7. Wendy gave us a collection of wall-art flashcards, a cd full of childhood favorites, and a deck of activity cards. What a bundle of fun!

8 & 9. Heidi sent us a copy of the New Testament and a G.I.Joe doll. Her husband was a foster child in the 60's and he remembers with fondness playing with a G.I.Joe doll while he was there. That story made me cry when I read it.

10, 11, & 12. Cindy sent us a copy of her granddaughter's favorite book, the one that landed her the fabulous nickname of "Lovey". She also made two wonderful dolls and the most fabulous tuffet for storytime seating!

13. My friend Debbie's son, one of my favorite people in this whole wide world, returned home from school last week overjoyed. She'd just shared with him the story about what Rich and I are doing. At school that day they'd had a book-share. This sweet little boy picked up an ancient copy of Huck Finn just for us to share with our little friends. What a very good boy he is!

And that's what really astounds us about all of these gifts. You are all so sweet to help us prepare our lives and our homes for this great new adventure. The love pours out of every box we open, every card we unfold.

Before I went to bed last night I read a little of a book by Mother Teresa. I wanted to share with you a passage of what I read:

To children and to the poor, to all those who suffer and are lonely, give
them always a happy smile; give them not only your care but also your heart. We
may not be able to give much, but we can always give the joy that springs from a
heart that is filled with love.

The love and joy you've shared with us in the gifts and stories and encouragement will transfer to these little ones, I promise. It is fortifying for us, preparing us for the work ahead. We will give these children, these little faces that have seen so much already, we will give them our hearts. We will give them joyful smiles. And patience.

Lots of people have expressed worry about will you be able to let them go after you've loved and cared for them. For certain it will be hard. But when I weigh it on an imaginary scale...our heartache at letting them go countered by the gift of love we will give them (that we hope will stay with them always)...well, the choice is ridiculously simple.

God always asks us to do more than we think we can do. He knows best though that we can handle it. I'm putting it in His hands.

We picked up the crib on Friday night (as well as the bookshelves Rich and I are gifting each other with for Christmas!). Here's an update of how the room is looking...

We worked all weekend preparing for the home inspection. I cleaned out all the of the kitchen cabinets and pantry, rearranging and tossing and cleaning. Rich put together the bookshelves and they are now flanking the television in the family room. I've almost filled them with books already. Rich will install the glass doors hopefully tonight and I'll snap a picture soon.

Today I have a whole bunch of orders to go out (Thank you! Thank you!) and then I think I'll tackle the coat closet in the front hall. I'm going to try to tackle one major project per day. Maybe a coat closet doesn't sound major to you but you've obviously not seen our coat closet.


Junie Moon said...

The room looks fabulous and the gifts are wonderful. I am so excited for this new passage in yours and Rich's life.

La Belle said...

OH boy, what eye candy!
Hope you guys have a wonderful holiday!!!!

Anonymous said...

I just adore watching this process unfold. Your heart is prepared to love these children in an amazing way! Not only will you be able to share love with these children, but also Love in the form of Jesus Christ - a love they can take with them; a love that will never fail. God bless your home!

Mary said...

aren't the holidays the perfect time to be getting ready to welcome a child home? i really think so! it's so lovely to read about all this and you sound like your truly "nesting." good job mother amy!

Dawn said...

The room looks so inviting...and the gifts are so perfect.
These children will be blessed by your love and care.

This reminds me of some friends of our family who are, at this moment, in the Ukraine...adopting three siblings (boys) to add to their family of three daughters. Their story tugs at my heart as does yours.

Blessings on you, dear Amy and to your DH...and Happy Christmas, too!

deb said...

How wonderful - so much love! Did you make the quilt in the crib? I love the crib too!

The Rose Room said...

The gifts from the Blog Shower are wonderful and the room is just GORGEOUS.
You are doing a wonderful thing and if you have to give them back it will be heartbreaking but you will have touched their lives in a way that they will carry with them for ever:)

Jocelyn said...

The room is wonderful! What a fabulous place to welcome a child into.
I LOVE that bed. It is truly gorgeous.
Congratulations again on your wonderful decision. Best of luck to you both!

Missy Sue Hanson said...

This is so wonderful! And the room looks like any child's fantasy!!! Congrats again!

Cindy (Junque Art) said...

Wow, amazing gifts. Your home is beautiful! Amazing thoughts strong! I bet my coat closet would beat yours...that is on my list of to do's too. Happy Holidays!

Secret Leaves said...

This turned out so beautifully! It is perfect for the little ones--a little bit of cheer in lives that probably don't have a lot of that. This is such a courageous and loving thing you are doing. Good thoughts to you both and the children as well.