October 26, 2008

The Reveal

I know a lot of you have been waiting for this moment as anxiously as I have. My construction is done! What was supposed to take 2 1/2 weeks ended up taking 3 months. It was incredibly frustrating and I am still not done battling with the HOA. The windows are "still under review" according to a letter I recently received from them. My construction crew told me Mr. Old Former Engineer Board Member was recently seen looking at my windows with binoculars. Please, I beg of all of you, if my life ever becomes that pathetic, go ahead and pull the plug.

Enough of that, here are some photos; the first is my bedroom with the wall completely enclosed.

My dining area with the new lower ceiling. I was even able to hang a lamp.

Two photos of my new and improved living room. The construction crew did something to my gas fireplace and it is no longer operable. They told me to have it fixed and send them the bill.

This is the first of the two new rooms upstairs. It is a playroom/loft area where we can read, watch Disney movies, play and be rocked to sleep in the new comfy glider.

Did you pick up on the jungle theme?

Finally, the new bedroom for my little girl who I plan to name Janissa.

This is a cool growth chart from my BFF Dana. It matches the room perfectly!

I hope you enjoyed that little tour. My office is a work in progress. Stay tuned for photos of that room when I finally get up enough strength to start putting the new desk together. It arrived in two extremely heavy boxes that I had to have others get up the stairs for me.

October 17, 2008


Marie Francesca Breda was only 5 years old when she died this week. She accidentally swallowed a bead. By the time they were able to remove it, her brain had suffered great oxygen loss. She lay in a coma for a week before Jesus came to take her home. My prayers had been requested and I prayed long and hard for this little girl whom I had never met. I prayed so much that I felt a connection with her. I loved her. I looked at her photos daily and read entries written by her family, friends, relatives and complete strangers. Somehow this little girl in the last week of her life brought thousands of people together to pray, to remember what is really important in life and to realize that our sole purpose in life is to love and to be loved.

I am not a mother yet, but God willing, I should be within a few months as I wait (impatiently) for my referral for a little girl. I recently read a story written by a mother who recently brought her adopted daughter home from Ethiopia. She hadn't fallen in love with her daughter yet. Entries by other blog followers told her she was doing fine, that the love would come. Quietly inside I disagreed. She anticipated this child, she knew about her and had seen photos before she went to pick her up. Why didn't she love her? Other stories she had written gave me an answer. This woman does not believe in God, so she never prayed for her daughter. Marie Breda proved to me that it is possible to love someone you haven't met yet. I have been praying for my future adopted daughter ever since I made the decision to adopt and I already love her so much that there is no doubt in my mind that that love will only continue to grow each day. Prayer is a powerful ally to have on your side.

Marie, may you rest in the peace of your Savior and may your family find peace in knowing you are now at peace.

October 12, 2008


At the request of my sister-in-law, Kathy, here are some pictures of the walls.

This is going to be the playroom.

This is the 42" wall separating the stairwell from the playroom.

This is the bedroom. That is going to be the closet.

And these are some of the adorable clothes that will go in the closet!

From what I understand, texture and paint will happen this week. Hopefully carpet goes in on Saturday. Then it's just final inspection and trim work.

Please continue to pray for Marie Francesca Breda who is hanging on to life by a very thin thread. Her family is asking for a miracle.

October 9, 2008

An Angel Needs Your Prayers

Please pray for this beautiful sweet angel, Marie Francesca Breda. Thank you.


October 8, 2008

Whoo Hoo!!

My contractor called me this afternoon to tell me that I passed inspection! Yippee!! He said when I come home from work tomorrow I will actually have walls.

That means I will no longer need to use my decorative pillows for privacy.

It means that soon I will have a door on my bedroom.

And I will be able to walk into my office.

And have guests stay in the guest room.

And actually open my refrigerator all the way!

And for those of you who are a bit visually impaired, here are two pictures of the windows.

What it should look like:

What it does look like:

Now what do you think?

October 5, 2008

They Will Match The Existing


So, my contractor told me that the new windows "would match the existing" windows. That is what I told my neighbors when I asked them to sign off on them prior to construction start. Do these windows look like they match?

I didn't think so either. The Board and Management Company are going to have a field day with this one. Oh joy, I am so looking forward to the upcoming week.

On a positive note, we had a shower for Stephanie on Saturday. This is her first baby and she received so many wonderful gifts. Friends are such a blessing! The greatest blessing was that Kathryn was able to fly home from school in Florida for the weekend and surprise her sister.

The food was good.

The company was great.

And a wonderful time was had by all. Congratulations Joseph and Stephanie. We can't wait for Clair to join the family!

October 2, 2008

Fire Anyone?

YAY!!! The fire sprinkler pipe that has been in the middle of the new hallway for 2 months is gone! Finally! I have more holes in my kitchen ceiling, but that's okay - because the pipe has now been relocated. The sprinkler work in the garage is finished, too. So as soon as they get Fire Department inspection (Selvin, can you do that yet?) they can finish the additional beam in the garage, get rough inspection, drywall and finish everything up. I'm waiting for a firm date before I schedule carpet installation because I've already had to cancel on them once.

In celebration of construction moving forward I was going to post a photo of my baby's bedding to give you an idea of the color scheme and theme of the room. But being so technically challenged, I couldn't find the photos on my computer, I believe because of a new program that I recently installed. So instead, I'm showing you how my name looks in Amharic, the primary language of Ethiopians. FYI, there are over 120 languages spoken in Ethiopia.

And this is what my (soon-to-be) daughter's name looks like in Amharic. Those of you who don't yet know what her name is, see if you can figure it out.