Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Well, we had our lice episode about a month ago, and ever since then I've been really paranoid about lice.  Then, we were exposed to them again (for real, not just in my head!), so when we got home, and my head kept itching, I decided to mix up 2 T coconut oil and 12 drops tea tree oil and smear it all over my hair.  I figured that then I'd comb it out and know for sure.  I discovered a couple of things: first, I didn't have lice.  Second, 2 tablespoons of oil is a ton of oil, even for as much hair as I have!  So it took quite a bit to wash it all out, and my hair is still slightly oily today.  I've decided, though, that the peace of mind was well worth it.  And if I ever think I have lice again, I'll only use half of the oil!

Saturday, December 20, 2014


I've been a bit busy lately getting things ready.  I made this blanket, since I realized that he has no blankets at all.  With the other kids, I always crocheted a baby afghan, but I decided to make a toddler comforter this time, since the little afghans I made were usually mostly used to cover up the babies in the car, and our little guy is already two. He will need some sort of comforter for his bed, and this will work in the crib and later when we transition him to a toddler bed.  Plus, my hand/wrist is not as good as it used to be, and I don't know how long it would take me to make an afghan now.  So I found this cheerful fabric at Wal-Mart and got to work.  Now I'm thinking that I should make Malachi a comforter, too, since he actually doesn't have one, or any type of covering for his bed.  He just uses several smaller blankets, but I think he'd like an actual twin-sized one.  He does use the comforter I used as a teenager sometimes, but it's red and black, and I know he'd love green.

This blue and yellow comforter is warm and cozy.  It's not too great for cuddling on the couch, though, as it's too bulky.  But it should keep him warm at night.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We passed court!

Yesterday, our adoption paperwork went to court, and we passed!  So we are now the parents of a two-year-old little boy.  We won't get to bring him home for about 6-8 weeks, though, and we are waiting to hear what the travel dates will be.  I'm still not posting his pictures on here yet, just to be on the safe side, but once we get back to Eastern Europe to hold him, there will be lots of pictures of my little one.

Monday, December 8, 2014

4 Stockings

This weekend, we got the Christmas decorations up.  Nathaniel and Elijah did the outside lights.  Elijah put up the tree, then Malachi and Lydia helped him decorate it.  I set up the Nativity and the fireplace area:

The kids were excited to pick out their stockings, and to have four this year.  (I have made several stockings for the kids, and each year they pick which one they will use.  The only exception is the snowman one that Elijah made several years ago - he often picks that one.)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sunshine and Rain

Yesterday, I was in my room when it suddenly got so very bright that I thought someone had turned on the light.  I was the only one home, though, so I quickly realized that the sun had come out and illuminated the room.  It has been so gray lately that I had forgotten how very bright our house gets when it's sunny!  It was lovely.  Of course, today there has been no sun, only gray and rain.

I did add a few aprons to my shop today.  Lydia enjoyed modeling for me.  She's been a little fussy after school this week, needing more attention and easily upset.  I think she's just been so tired after our busy Thanksgiving weekend.

She smiles for the camera, though!