As most of you who are regular readers probably know, my husband and I (and our four boys) are trying to adopt a baby girl. We have been waiting for four years. Any of you who are familiar with adoption know that it can be emotionally draining at times. There are lots of ups and downs.
We have signed up with a new adoption agency, and I really feel like we will find our little sweetheart soon. I have always had faith that we would bring a baby daughter or two into our home, but somehow I feel a little differently now. My hope has been renewed. All of us are excited. My boys pray every night that we will find our baby sister.
A few weeks ago we got a call about a baby due in January. It didn’t pan out, but it got me thinking. We could get a call from the hospital and have to fly out that day. When you are adopting, you don’t have nine months to prepare. You might not even have a day to prepare!
I have to admit that I do have a small bin full of girl clothes. I’ve been collecting them over the years. I guess you could call it my “hope chest.” When I have a discouraging day, I pull it out and go through all the cute pinkness. It makes me feel better. 🙂
I decided that I want to be really ready for this baby. I want to bring her home to all sorts of girly things. Clothes, blankets, jammies, hair bows, the works. But I felt guilty spending money when we haven’t even been matched with a birth mother. I talked to my husband to see what he thought. He thought it was a great idea. That was just the encouragement that I needed. Dang I love that man!
I hope that you will all bear with me if I occasionally steer away from home decor projects and share my latest baby creations. Because of course when I make them I have to show them to someone. And I can’t just call over my neighbors, they’d get sick of me.
Here is the first of my “hope chest” projects. My grandma taught me how to crochet when I was a girl, but I completely forgot how. I wanted to learn again, so I searched online for some tutorials. And I taught myself how to crochet again. I forgot how fun it is! I crocheted (is that how you spell it?) the edge of this blanket. Oh man, I love it! I can’t wait to have a cute little pink someone to wrap up in it. 🙂
Next up, burp clothes. . . Or maybe hair bows. . . Or ruffle bum onesies. . .