Monday, February 9, 2009

Thank You and Keeping Busy

Thanks so much to everyone who has emailed, called or posted comments to my blog the last week. We have felt so supported and loved since hearing the sad news about our baby. We have decided to be put back on the waiting list and hopefully still adopt a baby girl from Ethiopia. Right now we are trying to keep ourselves busy and focus all our attention on Isabelle, who really has no idea what is happening and is still praying for a sister from Ethiopia every night.

Isabelle was snack girl again last week and we decided to go with a Valentine theme. We made watermelon hearts with arrow oranges going through them. We also had a ton of frozen strawberries we had picked last spring so we cut out cinnamon bread hearts and spread them with whipped strawberry cream cheese.
Isabelle picked out the napkins.

At ballet on Saturday morning Isabelle's class began learning the routine they will perform at their recital in the spring. What a patient teacher she has to teach three and four-year-olds to dance in a straight line and pirouette at the same moment! It's very cute to watch.
Isabelle says this part is called "shoo, fly!"
Fairy wings

And now, a big shout-out to Hallmark for commercializing Valentine's Day, thus making it imperative that we make homemade Valentine cards and gifts. Isabelle and I really do love to make crafty things together and this gave us the perfect excuse to splurge on new scrapbooking supplies. This project also occupied most of the weekend, which was really good for me.

I like to think I've contributed to the cause of stabilizing the economy with my own private stimulus package of chocolate, fancy paper and stickers. Ready to make Valentine's! Yes, she does have a monkey on her back.
Stuffing treat boxes for her friends at preschool and daycare. She had a nice little assembly line going!

These are the Valentine's Isabelle will be handing out. (Front)
(Back) Isabelle signed her own name on about 20 cards.
The finished product.
We made an extra special Valentine for her teacher. (Front)
Isabelle also helped me stuff treat bags for my kindergartners.
All done!
I am so lucky to have Isabelle!


Kristi J said...

I LOVE all the crafts...The kids and I also supported the economy by buying too many craft supplies recently :) Continuing to pray for your family...All this has had me praying and thinking so much about the perfect children God has planned for our lives...Maybe we'll actually get to meet and travel together now...not that you would have ever wanted that, but praying God gives you peace through this ordeal and brings you a baby soon from Ethiopia to love on...Julie did say, "there are a couple of baby girls just waiting on paper work there" maybe our gals are pals :) Hoping you hear from them soon, kristi

cb4swife said...

Still thinking about you and praying for you. What a fun time you and your daughter had...she seems like such a sweeet little girl. God Bless...Shannon

Rachel said...

I'm feeling a little inadequate now with Liam's Valentines. Isabelle's cards are so cute! I can't wait to see you all in a just a little over a week! Liam is ready to play!

"Indescribable" said...

looks like a little Valentine therapy might help pass the time and heal the heart! God is Good, He's shining through you!

The Redman's said...

Wow! You really did stock up at Target when I saw you. :) I love the crafty valentines! This is the first year that Jacob didn't want to be crafty with me... I just had to buy the store bought "Ironman" ones! Hopefully Grace will start being crafty with me soon. :)

Good seeing you and it would be fun to do an Ethiopia mamma get together sometime.


Maria and Family said...

Crafting is so fun!! I am praying for you guys :)

Kristi J said...

ok, so I was waiting to hear something from you...I saw where you just commented on my blog...any news from you guys?? You can email me if you want

praying you hear good news soon, kj

The Redman's said...

Just wanted to say congrats! I can only imagine that it's a bit bittersweet, but God is good, all the time, and what a blessing this new little one will be!!!

Can't wait to hear more. :)

be_a_Mary said...

VERY fun crafts!! I've been thinking about you a lot. And praying for you.