So much has been happening around these parts, but first thing's first...I wanted to let you all know that when you see the latest issue of Fresh Style magazine on the stands, you should snatch it up! Because I was lucky enough to be asked to do their Crafts for Kids section and I had so much fun doing it. We made wall art and pressed-flower mobiles, super-easy paper posies, photo flash cards, a handmade jumprope and a special patriotic craft for kids with family or friends in the military. A couple of Paige's friends got to be in the magazine, too, which was pretty neat. :O)
Fresh Style for giving me the honor to work with them so much over these last couple of years. This is the fourth issue that we've had work in, which is so awesome! I'll be giving away a copy of this issue later this week, but I want to add a few more goodies with it first.
OK. So onto other news...
So you all know we are doing foster care. We had a little girl come stay with us for about 8 days and then she left to go to a wonderful, permanent home. We loved having her, and I'll admit, I cried when she left. But we were really happy with the way things turned out for her. Then we had a group of three siblings stay with us for one night, which turned into five days. Again, we just loved them, and again, I cried when the left. (Why do they have to leave??) Then we asked for a little break the next week because I was finishing up the book before the final deadline as well as two projects that I'm contributing to another book and two guest posts for other blogs and I was just. so. tired. Well...apparently foster care doesn't do breaks. Haha. We got a call one afternoon saying that they needed a home for a newborn and could we please pick him up from the hospital in two days? Uh....sure? We were like deer in the headlights!! (Happy deer. Excited deer!) So we scrambled to buy cribs and carseats and clothes and formula and all those other goodies all while spending time with him in the hospital, having family from out of town and finishing all my deadlines. It was the most whirlwind weekend I've ever had. But at the end of it, we had a sweet baby boy.
Of course I told myself what you're probably wanting to tell me right now: "Don't get too attached!" Oh yes! I know all about that. I was mentally preparing myself for that since the moment I heard that we were taking in a newborn. And, of course, I threw it all out the window after about three minutes of holding his cuddly, snuggly little self. My will was no match for his soft, chubby cheeks and tiny little hands that held onto my finger so tightly. I am in love with this little person. :O) So there. Let caution be thrown to the wind and the mommy-love flow freely! Because I think...the mose beautiful kind of love...is given on purpose, even if you know there's a good chance it'll tear your heart out in the end.
So, it's been snuggling and bottle-making and waking up every 1.5 hours and I'm loving it. (Except that last bit. That's not nice.) I wish with all my heart that I could share photos of this kid with you all. SO CUTE this one. I could just kiss his little face until...until forever!!
Also, I'm done with my book. (PARTY TIME!) and then it was my birthday, and my anniversary. That all happened, too. But that's not as exciting as babies!! :O)
I hope each of you is having a great day as you read this. Tomorrow after church we're having a fried chicken potluck at our house and there's nothing wrong with that. I wish I could have the whole church over every day. I LOVE having people at our house. So I'm excited about that.
P.S. Since everyone asks how Paige is doing with the new little guy in town, I wanted to share this photo...I asked her to give me a face that describes how she feels about Ace. (We call him "Ace", it's just a nickname.)
I think she likes him! :O)