Nesting

My heart is nesting, majorly. Though we have no ‘due date’ and no word on the adoption front, I’m feeling the effects of excitement, hope, and anticipation. My sweet friend and coworker gave us her children’s crib and changing table/dresser about a month ago and it’s been sitting in our house ever since. It makes me smile big time, it’s made all of this feel that much more real. It’s a beautiful set and I am so, so grateful she offered it to us to hopefully be used someday!

**Just a funny side not that the crib is in pieces, if anyone wants some good entertainment – I can call you to come over the day that David has to try putting it together…

I’ve went back and forth a lot on this topic – of getting the nursery ready. Is it a good idea or not a good idea? Sometimes I feel like I’m back to my childhood days of playing house with my dolls and stuffed animals – feeling like it’s all a dream and I’m playing pretend – but that’s not necessarily a bad feeling, it’s just a this isn’t yet real feeling. Most days, though, it feels like a really, really good idea! I feel like having the crib in our house reminds me that this will happen. Our dreams already are coming true and though we don’t know the when, the crib has given me more hope than I thought it would – hope when my arms are feeling empty but my heart still feels full.

I have more than 3 years’ worth of nursery pins on Pinterest to sort through to see what route I want to go with decorating but I think I’m going to take it day by day, step by step. If it starts to get too hard, I’ll back off. We keep that door shut to that room so it’s not in my face unless I want it to be. I truly believe that it really is up to each person in an adoption on whether to get the nursery ready or not and I don’t think I want an all or nothing on this one. I think just having the crib in our house has made the bonding grow and when we could only be given a moment’s notice – I want to at least have things started. So we’ll see! So far we are doing other things around the house that we waited on doing but need to get done before we can feel ready.

My other sweet friend and coworker (I have the best coworkers!) came over last weekend and helped me paint our storage room in the basement so our spare bed can be moved down there (out of the nursery). We also have some carpet ordered for our basement to replace the original 70’s stuff that’s down there now – David made it clear he didn’t want to move the guest bed twice so it’s a nice push to get that done. I’ve also been a de-cluttering fool and have taken full advantage of our community’s Facebook garage sale site to get rid of some stuff we no longer have room for, use, or need. I’d say I’m definitely nesting. And it’s a great feeling!

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And we have snow!

A few weeks late and my heart was really aching for spring already but if it’s going to be cold, bring on the snow!

My life after our home study has been pretty normal! We have been keeping busy – David with hockey, me with creating new things, and Bentley with learning new tricks! B is the easiest dog ever to train tricks to. He has mastered sit, stay, and ‘sit pretty’ which is where he sits up with his paws up (Gizmo did this beautifully also!) – all for cheerios. Unfortunately he hasn’t quite picked up on the ‘don’t bite your mama’s toes’ command but I think he’s more distracted by wanting to play 24/7 than anything! And it works; it most definitely gets my attention.

I fell in love with these pendant necklaces when I saw something similar come across my Instagram and instantly knew I wanted to make one for a friend who I felt needed a little glimmer of inspiration hanging around her neck. I learned how to make them and got all of the supplies and of course made myself one too! I posted a photo of these 2 necklaces on my Facebook page and was blown away with how many other people really liked them too!

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What I love the most about them is that they are very personal and inspirational, in my eyes, those are the pieces of jewelry that hold the most value. My most favorite ones are the Bible page verses – I think the little zoomed in snippet of a verse someone picks is really special, they know what the verse is and what it stands for in their life and it’s a constant reminder as they carry it close to their heart throughout the day. I’ve had a few requests for different quotes so I have also designed some myself.

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For now, focusing on creating things I enjoy is really helping me get through not only this time of waiting but also the blues of winter! I also hope to get some fun new Valentine’s Day prints in my Etsy shop.

Also this week – the Bachelor started. I was extra excited for this season because a lot of the near-the-end scenes were filmed here! Nope I do not live on an organic alfalfa farm. David got stuck watching it with me but was quickly sucked in as we laughed through meeting the girls. I could tell a few things were ‘staged’ but I’m pretty sure the people casting didn’t care what girls would be best matched with Chris but more so based on:

Craziness
Dramatic
Lack of common sense
Prettiness
Did I list craziness?

Either way, I’ll keep watching! Hello reality TV at its finest! But maybe I’m just 80/40 – 😉 Did anyone else catch that?

I’m also watching Parenthood. Shout out to anyone who loves that show! I am hooked. It definitely doesn’t touch my New Girl love but it’s right behind it. There’s been more than once I’ve had tears in my eyes or let out a little giggle. I love the actors and I love the family dynamics!

I hope everyone is having a great New Year so far!