Thursday, January 29, 2015

At Last....

We are so incredibly thankful for our newest blessing.  God is good.  And Gyunay is just so wonderful!  We brought him home yesterday.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Shower and Kitchen

This was a busy weekend.  Nathaniel spent most of it installing the kitchen counters, backsplash, and new sink.  It turned out wonderful:

Please ignore the dirty dishes. :)
And Sunday afternoon, Lydia and I were honored with a shower at our church.  We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our church family.  Right now, we feel greatly blessed and are just eagerly anticipating getting our littlest guy home.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Getting Ready

We've been getting ready for our little guy.  I finished his spring/Easter shirt! I plan on making coordinating ones for Nathaniel, Elijah, and Malachi.  And now Lydia wants a dress, too, (naturally), so I probably should get sewing. 

We've been sorting through the things we have for Gyunay, and I was planning on buying him some things this week, but now that plan has changed.  Our church is throwing us a shower next weekend, so I won't buy anything else until after that.  It was a surprise, as we weren't expecting anything like that, but it is most appreciated. 

On the house, we are moving along.  Nathaniel plans to install the rest of the counter tops this weekend, if all goes well.  I've been making great progress on the family room in the basement, too.   I also got all of the Christmas decorations down, except for the stockings, which we won't take down until after Gyunay gets to dump his out. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Book Review - Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

I received my latest book from Bethany House Publishing last week, but I waited to start it until a day that I knew I'd have lots of time to read.  I'm glad that I did; I didn't want to put it down! I finished it the day I started it.

I discovered author Elizabeth Camden by her last excellent book, With Every Breath, and so I was eager to read this one. It did not disappoint! Camden's thorough research is a joy to me. I love the historical details, and the mystery involved was gripping.

This story is set in Washington D.C. in the late 1890s. The main characters, Anna and Luke, are well drawn, with faults and strengths.  Anna is a librarian in the map room at the library of Congress (you can guess that I loved that!), and Luke is a Congressman from Maine.  Both characters had difficult pasts and have had to deal with the repercussions of their childhoods into their adult lives.  Biblical forgiveness plays an important role in both of their stories.  The dialogue between them is a treat, as well. I love wit and intelligent conversation, and these two have plenty of that.

I highly recommend this book. I look forward to reading more by this author.

I was given a copy by the publisher for the purpose of writing a review, but all opinions are my own.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Projects Galore

Happy New Year's, all!  I've been out of touch mostly since Christmas, but Nathaniel got me a new computer and now I'm up and running again.  And we are busy, busy here with projects, like this one:
Now, in this picture, the tile is not yet grouted, but you can see our new butcher block counter top and glass tile backsplash.  Also, my new butcher block cutting board is sitting on top, as is my great-grandmother's bread bowl (which I use every time I make fresh bread).  Nathaniel installed this counter and tile, but the rest will wait about a week, as I am currently treating them with tung oil. 
The other project we have going on is the new "lego room" downstairs.  We cleaned out the closet under the stairs and have turned it into the boys' lego room.  They are busy transferring the legos now.  They would like to paint the walls, which is fine by me, but we're not doing that just yet.  No pictures of the basement yet; it's still a disaster.
I do, however, have one cutie Christmas picture: