Friday, September 29, 2006

The Construction is Almost Finished

Today they are building shelves in my closets, my fabulously large closets. They are also finishing little things like putting on the door knobs and setting the bathroom vanity in place. The plumber is coming this weekend to finish connecting the sink and the toilet. The painter is coming on Monday to paint the trim in the new master suite. He'll also be painting Gracie's room a different color.

I am so thankful that we are so close to completion. But, I want to move in now! I had grand plans to go ahead and move my clothes, shoes, etc. into the fabulous closet this weekend since it will be finished. Then I realized that there was crown molding in the closet!! Who puts crown molding in a closet? I guess they were striving for consistency. As hard as it is for me, I will be patient and wait for them to paint the trim in the closet.

Waiting, that is all I do. It's getting old. There is no additional baby news. I will let you know if anything happens.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Movin' On Up

I am now offically # 3 on the list for the referral of my baby girl. Wow, how exciting! I am elated for the mother who received her referral but, selfishly, I am excited for myself as well. I am just a little closer to my beautiful baby girl. She could have three heads and I would still think she is beautiful!

Another mother in front of me was told to expect her referral this week. This is too much for me to comprehend - I may be #2 by the end of the week. I have never been so excited to be in second place!

Okay - I must confess that I was getting a bit down because of the lack of referrals this month. Thank you Lord for bringing together these families!! I pray this means that Gracie's referral will come in October after all. Please keep praying for Gracie and I and for the other families. Waiting is so difficult.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

I don't have much to say.

My referral won't be here until next month. I hope that I can travel in January. I'd just like to move up the list.

Sunday, September 17, 2006


I know that I am being redundant. I can't help myself. Those of you who are adopting understand how I am feeling.

I should be getting my referral at any time. But I am trying to keep myself calm. I know that anything can happen. Here's the facts. There are supposed to be at least three referrals this month. I am number four, but one of the people ahead of me is someone waiting for a 3-5 year old girl. Logically one of these referrals should be Grace.

But Grace and my fates are so dependent on outside factors. Will the agency offer this mystery person an infant? Will they want an infant? Strangely the wait for older children is long. They might want to get their child now. Or they might not want to even consider a younger child. The uncertainty of it all.

I pray for referrals on Monday. I pray for Grace's referral on Monday.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

A Fashion Show-Wardrobe for Vietnam

A Rude Awakening

This morning the phone rang unusually early. I was certain it was a call about my referral and I jumped out of bed quickly. Due to construction I do not have a phone line in the bedroom. So I maneuvered furniture - sidestepped the sofa, breezed by the ottoman, stubbed my toe on a chair. Do you have a visual?

It was my father calling to inform me that the painter was coming at 7:00 a.m. I love my father but what a disappointment! I am very antsy these days. The call could come at anytime. They said three infant girl referrals in September. I am number three on the infant girl list and September is almost half over.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Beautiful Ellie

This is my Ellie. She is a five year old Yorkshire Terrier. I hope that I am a better disciplinarian with my daughter. Ellie is rotten and too smart for her own good (or maybe mine).

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Life is a Rollercoaster of Emotions

It is NOT like me, but I am so emotional these days. I think that it is because I know in my heart that she has been born and is out there waiting for me. Just as I am waiting for her. The thought of that is simply amazing. It really tugs at your heart. I am getting teary as I type this!

I really lost it the other day ( I was literally blubbering) when I received an email. It was from another mother in Tennessee. She and her husband are adopting a little boy with chubby checks from the Red Cross orphanage in Danang. I had emailed her to congratulate her and her reply took my breath away.

She said that they hope to travel by November. My agency almost always refers from the Red Cross orphanage. Since I will have my referral by then, she said that she would hold my Gracie and tell her how much her Mommy loves her. She said that she would tell her how I was waiting to bring her home. She promised to take pictures. She is such a special person. And I have tears rolling down my face as I write this.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

By the way...

I know that you have all been on the edge of your seat waiting for me to buy a new car. Well it's done. I bought a Chevy Tahoe. It actually belonged to my mother, has very low mileage and has been well maintained. It is a good carseat height. Now I just have to learn how to keep that tank between the yellow and the white lines!

There is Nothing Like Family

Yesterday we had a mini family reunion. My dad's only sibling died and couple of years ago and since then we haven't really gotten together with my cousins and their families. Yesterday we began a tradition. We have made the decision to get together every Labor Day. I am glad. We all share grandparents. We all have the same memories of Daddy J and Gracie.

To answer your question (you did have a question didn't you?) yes I am naming my daughter after my grandmother. She and I were extremely close. I miss her terribly, even though she died more than 9 years ago. She spoiled me shamefully and ALWAYS took my side. I am so thankful for all the great memories I have of my grandmother Gracie and I am thankful that I will have that to share with my daughter Grace.

I can already tell that my father will be like that with baby Grace. That will be very special for her. Maybe not great for me in the discipline area, but always a special relationship for them.

To depict the fabulousness of family, I leave you with a picture of cousins Kaitlyn (left) and McKenna.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Searching for a New Vehicle

I am searching for a new vehicle. It will NOT be a car. I bought a car when I totaled my GMC Jimmy a few years ago. It was a 97 model but I loved it so much. I would be driving it today if I could.

Therefore I am searching for another SUV. I really like the Envoy. Is it because I am searching for my beloved Jimmy? Is that why I am looking at another GMC?

The shopping is different now. While searching this time, I have to consider if the potential vehicle will be good for lifting a baby in and out.

That's exciting.