Thursday, July 31, 2014

His Laugh...

Our baby J has got the BEST laugh of anyone I know. He gets cracked up, and his little giggle gets us all laughing...



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...Painting











Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tuesday's Tidbits...

Just a few of the random happenings around here lately...


My boy perpetually has bruises all over his body, and usually one on his forehead, at all times. He is getting much more steady on his feet, but I still find at least one new bruise every night.

My boy is also becoming very clear in his verbal skills... he is mastering his sounds and pronunciations. This is both a good thing and a bad thing - good that everyone can understand him and he is not as frustrated, but also bad that everyone can understand him when what he says is not so good.



My babies have asked every day since returning from Montana when we are going back on an airplane... Little M made a petition and had baby J sign it. A petition.

Yesterday little M asked me to make her a paper chain to count down her days until she can go to first grade. I am happy that she is excited, but I am pretty devastated that there are only four weeks of Summer left...I hope that baby J gets this excited about starting school, also.



Little M had gymnastics camp last week, and halfway through, she decided to ask her teacher if her baby brother could come... baby J is the right age to tag along, but when little M and I talked about it at the beginning of the Summer she wanted to go to camp by herself, not with her baby brother. I have decided that this is a very good sign of sibling attachment... and baby J tagged along with her on Friday. He was beyond excited, and didn't cry when I left. I am hoping that this bodes well for when he starts preschool in a few weeks.



There is a special kind of lunacy that happens at our house every day, around five in the evening. People who were previously friends decide that they shall be foes for the remainder of the evening. People become tired and grouchy. It becomes all about survival up in here.

Baby J was given a pirate dress up set last Summer at the hospital when his foot was being casted, and for some reason the sword from that set has become a favorite toy around these parts the past couple weeks. Many arguments have been broken up over that ridiculous sword... The other day baby J had it, and little M wanted it, and from the other room I hear "J, if you give me the sword, I will give you quarter. Quarter means mercy, don't you want mercy?"
And J replied, "No. No mercy, I want the sword." I was almost glad we only had one sword, it made me laugh so hard.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Big Boy Room...

In the swapping out of kid's rooms, little M moved into the bigger room, which she will share with tiny P, and baby J moved into the smaller room, which used to look like this...



And now has no more pink.



Little M's little room actually was just perfect for her... except the closet. No little girl should have a closet that size...




But that tiny little closet works out just fine for our boy...


We used all the same decorations as in his old room, and just added a few new things, like the cork boards above.


We hung his ladder and his bookshelves, and we will add a bean bag chair or some kind of chair in the corner so he can play and read.


I still need to come up with something creative for a headboard, but this is the boy room!



Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday...

But God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if he doesn't come through. ~ Francis Chan







Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites...

This post will resonate with adoptive parents, I know... All the paperwork, all the worry and prayers, nagging people you've never even met, and worrying about your child who is sick in another country without a mommy...you know this is the easy part, right?

There is a little girl who's so special to so many, and so many people around the world have been praying for her, hoping for her, and following her story. If we are Facebook friends, you have seen me  share some of her story, which is amazing. She had a very special heart, but her precious heart was failing, and a few weeks ago she received the amazing gift of a new heart... her story is amazing, and I love the way that Meredith shares it here. Lily's mommy blogs here, if you want to go back and read her amazing story.

I often say that I can never forget the kids that I have seen when we were in China visiting our children's orphanages... This post by Sonia sums up what I have felt many times, as does this post by Johanna, at Stop For Flowers.

After all that heavy reading, you now need to read this article by Jen Hatmaker...because she built an office from scratch, made a craft, and is stinking hilarious. You're welcome.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Girl's Art...

Instead of big canvasses in her room, little M wanted "a lot of art, a big group of it" on her walls.

We scavenged the dollar bins at the craft store, and went through things we already had to come up with the pieces for the girl's walls...



It was fun to make everything together with little M, and I enjoyed hearing her ideas, as well.


We got a couple small canvasses, and little M chose a purple paint and painted them...



Then we printed out maps of where each girl was born in China, and cut the map into a heart shape. Little M decoupaged the maps onto the canvas, and...cute! I think these are my favorite pieces in the room.



You can't really tell, but little M did each canvas in a slightly different color of purple. She was very proud of this choice... bless it.



I got a few sets of cork trivets from Ikea (cheapest ever! Holla!), and little M and I painted those in her colors, also.


These became some cute cork boards, and the pictures can be easily changed out (sorry we are not allowed to show tiny P's pic yet...but trust me when I say she is the cutest!)



We had some fun post cards that had colors that matched, so we cut them up for a bright splash of color...


We used our butterfly paper punch to make some fun butterfly art, and we found the little birdhouses in the dollar section and painted them in our colors...



We used some fun wrapping paper a friend gave me (thanks, Jen!) This wrapping paper is super cute, and is reversible, with stripes on the other side, so we used the stripe side on the opposite wall, and even cut out some of the little owls for a little framed specimen art.



We have a coloring book that is made up of Paisley designs, so little M and I colored a couple pages to frame for the room. Paisley...fitting, right?


We found the big white letters in the dollar bin, also...



For the larger canvasses, we bought glitter card stock letters, and put some quotes on the canvasses... Super easy and quick!

I love that this was something little M and I could do together, and that she is so proud of her art walls... I am pretty proud, myself!
For the whole room, we spent less than $25 on art. That something to be proud of!