Sunday, May 9, 2010

An update and nursery pics

Well, I have become one of those bloggers. You know, the kind that disappears after returning home. Life has been busy. Our transition home was a little difficult. She was great, I was a little numb.

Co-owning a business has it’s perks, but sometimes I wish I just had a job where I could leave the office and not take work home with me. I was able to take off four weeks, but that also left me with piles of things to catch up on. This is our busiest time of the year. We are preparing for summer classes, trying to decide on a schedule for the fall and spring, getting ready for our dance recital next week and we are in rehearsals for two musicals. Needless to say, I am not caught up yet.

I don’t really feel like I had the chance to soak in what we saw in Ethiopia and mentally deal with it all. We are still trying to figure out what God wants us to do with this knowledge and our experiences there. Almost everyday we wish we were in Ethiopia. We want to go back so desperately. That being said, we know we are where we are supposed to be. We have loved seeing our family and friends meet Sophia and fall in love with her. My friend, Lori, did an excellent job of communicating her emotions in her recent blog post. They spent a month in Ethiopia, so I can’t imagine what their transition home has been like. Please read her post and know that is how Michael and I feel. Lori and her family stayed at Bejoe’s, so we spent the last few days of our journey in Ethiopia with them.

Sophia is developing new skills everyday. She rolls over from her stomach and her back. She is trying to crawl. She is very strong. EVERYTHING must be in her mouth. She smiles and laughs all the time. When people meet her they ask me if she is always that happy. Yes she is. She is a delight and we feel so blessed that God trusted us with His precious child. It is an honor to be her Mommy and Daddy.

Amy took pictures of Sophie’s nursery right after we got home. For some reason a few of them are blurry, but I haven’t found the time to retake them. If I don’t post them now, it may never happen! I can’t really take much credit for the cuteness that is her nursery. Amy and Michael really deserve all of the credit. My mom, dad and Amy helped with the final touches while we were gone.

Amy made the adorable birdhouses. To see better pictures of them, see this blog post.

Michael painted the trees on the wall. The birds are decals.

My dad made this bookshelf and there is another under the other window. The deer is also a wall decal, like the birds.

Here are some more decals. Sorry about the blurry pic. The decals were purchased from this etsy seller. Amy bought them for Michael and I for Christmas.

We don't have doors for her closet, so Amy bought these curtains and added the ric-rac. So cute.

Again, I have Amy to thank for these bird counting cards. I love them and they look great in her room. I really do have the BEST sister!!!!

I hope all of my mommy friends had a great Mother's Day. I know I did!


Robyn said...

Happy Mother's Day! Good to "hear" from you again!

Sophie's room is SO adorable :)

Mark and Heidi said...

Oh my goodness! That room is right out of a magazine! I absolutely LOVE it!

So glad Sophie is doing well. Sorry you are overwhelmed with work. Hoping things get better on that front!

Happy Mother's Day!!!

Eryn said...

I love love love her room! Precious!

Happy Mother's our previous experience in world travel and temporarily "living" in a 3rd world country, there was a period of "re-entry" to our culture. the culture shock coming home was far worse that culture shock entering that country. We wanted to sell everything that seemed unnecessary and give the money to hungry families. We slowly adjusted to the reality, that everything we have and posess ultimately came from the Lord and we are where he has put us. It's SO hard to reconcile our vastly different worlds. Praying for you!

Lisa said...

Happy Mother's Day Katie! That has to be one of the cutest rooms I've seen! I love the birdies.

KillerB said...

Happy Mother's Day, Katie! Sophia's nursery is adorable. Amy and Michael did a fantastic job.(You really do have the best sister!)

Tracy said...

WOW! That is an amazing nursery! I love unique and creative!

The Busters said...

The nursery looks amazing!! I am seriously so impressed. Definitely give yourself some time to readjust and don't be too hard on yourself. I remember after I lived in Japan for a year it took me a while to adjust and Japan isn't a third world country. But the differences were stark enough that I went through culture shock. I can't imagine going through that with a new baby to take care of and the transition to motherhood. It's a lot so you have every right to be overwhelmed. I'm thinking of you!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I may have already sent you an email and/or a picture I have of your little one. I took pics of a lot of the sweetness I saw when we were at Gladney the end of Feb and first week of March. there are a number of pics I never matched up with a family. I have one of your little one tha tI recognized from pics on your blog. I apologize if I have already emailed and/or sent this to you. I just know from my own heart that all the pics are priceless of your little one before you got to hold her personally. Email me or comment on my blog and I will send it to you.