Saturday, August 7, 2010

Check, Check, Check

Since time is running out I decided to get going on my list. Did I mention one of the dressers I'm using in the nursery was my baby dresser? It's a taller chest and was just a light wood stain. I sanded it today and painted it a soft white color. I'll post pictures when I put the drawers back in and get some new nobs. It looks pretty good if I do say so myself. I can't wait for my mom to see the transformation. I know she'll love it.

Tomorrow we are planning to paint the nursery. We are just going with a light blue wall color. I have not purchased any bedding, but I have two different sets picked out. Depending on the sex of the baby we end up bringing home, I will order the bedding then. We have a cradle our friends offered to let us borrow so we will use that in the beginning anyway.

My classroom is almost finished. It's starting to come together. Now I just need to spend some time getting some plans done and figuring out what I need to teach in 2nd grade. I might be ready by August 23rd...time will tell.

Does anyone else who lives in Texas think the weather has been super hot? I just don't see how people work outside in this heat. I've also seen a lot of dogs outside and it just breaks my heart. My little guy is ready to come in pretty quickly after I let him out. I certainly don't blame him. It's so hot, our pool water feels like bath water. I laid on my floaty today with the water hose running on it just to cool off a bit after being outside sanding the dresser. Sorry, if it seems like I'm complaining. I'm definitely not. I love Texas and I wouldn't trade the heat for a long winter with all that snow in Michigan.

I know I've said many times before how much I love our church family. We have the best church. I prayed for a church where I felt like I belonged for a long time, even before I moved to Texas. I wanted Barry and I to get involved in a church and just have our close friends there. And it happened. We love our church!

Wednesday nights have been wonderful this summer. Our theme has been From Ordinary to ExtraOrdinary. Each week we've had a different theme. This week was prayer. There is always a short video by one of our members each week and then a discussion. Barry and I have been table leaders this summer...which really means nothing except we facilitate the discussion at our table. There are questions to go along with the video so it makes our job easy.

Our table had some good discussion this week and we talked about how different prayers have been fulfilled or how sometimes our prayers are not answered in the way we want them to be answered. During the discussion time, Barry mentioned that we feel so blessed that so many people have been praying for our adoption and that it has meant so very much to us. Our minister and his wife who we absolutely love were sitting at our table too. Henriann stopped us all right then and said she thought we should stop right then to pray for us and our situation. It was really a moving prayer for me. I'm a crier to begin with, but having everyone hold hands and just pray for us and for the birth mothers who are making decisions was a really special time. We know God is in control and has the perfect baby for us. Our prayers have really been more for the birth mothers during this process. I cannot begin to imagine the difficult decisions these women make. The depth of love they have for their child is a beautiful thing. It makes me cry to even think about it (it's the crier in me).

I know I'm not doing a good job of explaining how wonderful this time of prayer was, but I guess it was just something you would have needed to be there for. We are blessed by wonderful people who have supported us during our fertility struggles and continue to do so during the adoption process and while we wait. (It's not just our friends from church either.)God has definitely led us to the place we needed to be at this time in our lives. And for that I thank Him.

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~Rachel~ said...

I know what you mean by the power of prayer moving you. It is a hard emotion to describe! I am so glad your church is a wonderful support system for you. I have a very nice church as well but I’m not sure I 100% fit in there. However, I think a place of worship is what you make of it…and if God’s word is being taught, that is the important thing.

I am so excited for you with your adoption. I just know good things are around the corner. And the dresser your restored sounds awesome…you’ll defiantly have to post pics of that and the baby’s wall color!

Samantha said...

I second your feelings on the heat! It has been absolutely ridiculous this year. I'm counting down the days to October! Maybe we'll be lucky and it will cool down sooner.

I cannot wait to see the pictures of the nursery!

J said...

I truly believe in the power of prayer! God listens, I know that. We may not love some of his decisions but He knows best, I try remembering that.

I can't wait to "meet" your baby when he or she finally arrives and is welcomed into your family. The adoption journey is such a fun roller coaster. One day you can be a "normal" person and then bam, you get the call and your changed forever.

Kelli said...

How wonderful to have a great support and prayer warriors at your church! Know that I am praying for you too!

Can't wait to see the nursery!!

Megan said...

What a great moment to share with such wonderful friends. I'm sure it meant the world to you!

I'm so excited to see where God leads you guys!!

Naomi said...

Your church loves you too! You and Barry are a HUGE blessing to us! We are so thankful for you all. I am glad we get to partner with you to pray for this whole process. We love you!

Andrea said...

Call me a crier too, because I cried just reading your words. I'm so thankful you are blessed by a wonderful church family, as that helps to sustain this journey.

Know that I pray for you and Barry and I know your small miracle is moments away :)

And I'm so HAPPY you are working on the nursery, so wonderful. Keep us posted on how it finishes up :)

Much love and have a nice rest of the week...and enjoy the rest of your time off.

Hoping for our own Peanut said...

That is great youre using your dresser! Everything is coming together it seems. :) And I think blue is a great color for either sex. After all, my fave color is blue and Im a girly girl!!

Stay cool!

Anonymous said...

Don't worry about complaining about the heat - it's hard to enjoy it when you can never get cool! I do love the changing seasons we have in Michigan though. It helps that I have learned to enjoy snow sports!

~Katie said...

Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog. Loving yours as well! Keep your chin up. I am praying for you!

Sam said...

That sounds like a very moving moment, with the spontaneous prayer. I totally would have cried, too. :)

Saige said...

Doesn't it feel so good when you can cross so many things off your list? There is nothing like a good sense of accomplishment.

Texas HAS been hot. I didn't realize you lived here too! I totally hear you about the pool water. You get in to cool off, but it doesn't really cool you off when the water is 88 degrees. Its better than nothing though. I am so completely ready for winter!

Good luck with getting ready for school. I hope this year is a banner one. :)

Stacey said...

Oh, the wonderful feeling of getting things checked off of a list! I can't wait to see the dresser (sounds precious) and the freshly painted nursery.

Jennifer, I totally understand that feeling. I cry every single time someone prays over us and our situation aloud and from the heart. It is a very moving experience to hear your heart's desires spoken to the Lord by people who care about you so deeply. So sweet.

P.S. YES, this Texas heat is brutal! :(

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