Friday, December 23, 2011

A letter to the baby

Posted by Angie at 7:30 AM 2 comments
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Dear Baby,

Merry Christmas!  There is a very good chance that you are in your first mommy's belly right now kicking and squirming about this holiday season.  I hope you are having fun in there!  Snuggle up, enjoy it, and grow healthy and strong for me.  Or are you already born?  There are going to be some tears in your future, some heartache, and some hardship that no baby should ever have to experience.  But hang in there little one!  She loves you and we love you.  You are so loved by so many people already!

Right now, our house is glittering with holiday spirit.  Your dad and I are going to make cookies today.  Then we are going to watch a Christmas movie and snuggle on the couch.  We will probably look up at the mantel, which has a rustic manger with a little baby, like you.  Mommy will probably convince your dad to light a crackling fire in the fireplace.  Your mama does not like cold weather, so she snuggles up close to it with a mug of hot chocolate on most nights.  On the other side of the room we have a tree decorated with colorful ornaments, twinkling lights, and silvery tinsel.  Your dad tells me that we are going to have to ditch the tinsel next year.  He is afraid you might eat it if you are home and crawling around.  He already thinks you will be a mischievous little one and has imagined so many adventures for the two of you.  Are you going to be an adorable little troublemaker like him? 

When Mommy does her Christmas shopping, she has trouble staying out of the baby aisles.  She doesn't know whether to buy pink or blue, so she just ends up wanting to buy it all.  Next year, we will hopefully know.  Next year, we hope you are in our arms for Christmas.  We want to wake you up in the morning with Christmas music and dance around the house in our pjs.  We want you to play with your stocking and enjoy any snow flurries that might make their way down to the South.  We want to talk about Jesus and fill the house with delicious smells from the kitchen.  Mommy and Daddy are doing these things this year and can only imagine how much more fun it would be with you.  We are so looking forward to becoming a family of three. 

We do not know you yet, but we love you little baby!  We want to wish you a Merry Christmas.  We just couldn't let this season pass us by without letting you know that we love you, so much, and are so excited to meet you.

Love,
Mom and Dad

(Note to blog readers:  I'm off to enjoy a wonderful week with family and friends.  I'll be back January 1st.  Merry Christmas!)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Friends for Adoption Sneek Peek

Posted by Angie at 7:14 AM 1 comments
What is going on over here?

Looks like someone couldn't wait to get into her Friends for Adoption gift.  Meet our cat Haley, 15 years old and as mischievous as ever.  Check in January 1st for the actual swap post!

On a related note, I love wrapping gifts.  I enjoy the satisfaction of seeing all my pretty little gifts under the tree, waiting to go out into the world.  This year, as I pull out the paper, tissues, bows, and bags, I can't help but think...will I have a little one "helping" me wrap this time next year?  Running amok with my ribbons and bows?  Tearing my paper?  Covered in tape?  Peeking in the gift bags?  One can hope :-)

Much love,
Future Mama

Monday, December 19, 2011

Taiwanese Cooking Adventures: Shrimp Fried Rice and Crab Rangoon

Posted by Angie at 8:56 AM 3 comments
After all the fun we had making dumplings, I'm surprised it took us so long to try something else!  Recently we finally did...homemade Shrimp Fried Rice and Baked Crab Rangoon.

This is the recipe we used for the Shrimp Fried Rice.  It turned out perfectly and tasted so good!  I absolutely recommend this recipe.


We also tried to make a batch of baked crab rangoon.  We used this recipe and just folded them differently.  We also doubled the recipe because we had so many wonton skins, and used more imitation crab than called for because we had it.  Unfortunately, the extra crab made them too "meaty" for my taste and not creamy enough.  We were able to successfully freeze some of the extra and cook them another day, though, which was lovely!


Future Papa is already asking when we can make the shrimp fried rice again.  He swears it is better than the takeout we get.  I'm not convinced about that, but it is certainly comparable (and more affordable)!!  It's so much fun to cook these dishes and imagine a little one enjoying them in the future...
 
Much love,
Future Mama

Friday, December 16, 2011

Big news!

Posted by Angie at 7:15 AM 14 comments
His Hands, the adoption ministry we are adopting through, has officially informed us that we need to begin our home study!  What does that mean?  Well, that means that they think there is a good chance we are getting a referral soon...

...the next eight months soon...

...fly to Taiwan next year soon...

WOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Now, if y'all would excuse me, I have paperwork to complete and fundraising ideas to execute!

Because we are having a BABY!
Will our baby look like this?!  source

Our first home study meeting is scheduled for January 7th.  What an exciting New Year this is going to be!  Happy weekend all :-)

Much love,
Future Mama

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

She'll be home for Christmas!

Posted by Angie at 7:03 AM 6 comments
Guess what?  
This precious little girl is going to be home for Christmas! 
Look who met her mommy and daddy this week in Taiwan. 
And yes, this also means we have officially moved up the waiting list another slot!!!
{from His Hands Facebook page}
And in case your heart could use a little more cuteness, look at all the His Hands babies waiting for their parents to make their way through the court process and get them in the coming year...

{from His Hands Facebook page}
That sure makes my heart smile, how about you?
 
Much love,
Future Mama

Slowly but surely, we are movin' on up the list to a referral! 
July Babies: 
A Referral Story

August Baby:

October Baby:
 
November Baby:

Monday, December 12, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree

Posted by Angie at 7:07 AM 0 comments
"The perfect Christmas tree?  All Christmas trees are perfect!" 
-Charles N. Barnard

I couldn't agree more with this quote!  A couple of weekends ago, Future Papa and I picked out our Christmas tree.  This is our tree from last year...I'm excited to get this year's tree looking just as beautiful!

Of course, once it was up we had to complete the tradition of lying under it and staring up into its branches.  My brothers and I did this every year growing up.  There is something peaceful about laying under the tree, looking up at all the twinkling lights and colorful ornaments.

I cannot wait to share this tradition with our future little one.  This month, even more than ever, I find myself thinking of our child.  Is our little one born?  Are we missing his or her first Christmas?  Or is he or she in the stomach of a woman, making the most difficult decision of her life?  

But next year (maybe next year?  hopefully next year?), our precious little one will be snuggling between the Future Papa and me, gazing up into the branches of our Christmas tree.  I CAN'T WAIT!  But I'll have to.  I'd love to hear about your Christmas traditions!  What is something that you do every year with your family?  

What about fun Christmas traditions for kids?  I would love some more ideas!!

Much love,
Future Mama

Friday, December 9, 2011

...like Christmas

Posted by Angie at 7:33 AM 0 comments
It's beginning to look...

 ...a lot like...

...Christmas at our house!


I plan to spend the weekend cleaning, cooking, and catching up on some much needed rest.  Hope y'all have wonderful weekends too!

Much love,
Future Mama

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

When to start the nursery prep?

Posted by Angie at 7:18 AM 5 comments
When is it time to start creating a child's bedroom in an adoption?

I have not been working on the nursery.

And it's not because I don't want to work on it, because I do.  At least, I think I do.  Maybe.  I think my biggest hesitation is related to quiet fear and nagging doubt.  Right now, we have a cozy guest room/office and our bedroom, complete, decorated, and serving their respective purposes.  Will an empty room, ready for a baby, make me sad when I walk by?  Or will I be excited to see this physical reminder of the adoption process in our home?

I think I am going to start soon.  I will start moving around furniture at least.  This will be my Christmas gift to myself, to allow myself to shift furniture and let the reality of our adventure to parenthood become a bit more real.  I will dream a little more, prepare a little more, and make a little more room in my heart (and home) for our first child.  I will make a little more room for hope.

But, while we are still in the dreaming stage, I'll share some inspiration I have found for the walls (all from my pinterest boards).

 



Much love,
Future Mama

Want to see all the nursery plans?  Here is some tree art for the room and here are some early thoughts on possibilities.

Monday, December 5, 2011

A Christmas Tradition: The Pickle

Posted by Angie at 7:21 AM 6 comments
Ever seen one of these?

{I couldn't seem to get a good picture of ours on the camera, so I am using this one, found here}
One family tradition I can't wait to share with our future little one is that of the Pickle ornament.  My darling hubby searched high and low for one last year, enlisting my in-laws in the shopping hunt.  And now, we officially have one. 

Ever heard of the tradition?  I believe it's German in origin.  Here's the way we celebrate it.  The parents hang the pickle ornament near the top of the tree, for all to see.  Then, on Christmas Eve, Santa hides the ornament within the boughs of the tree.  He also puts some sort of treat (usually golden chocolate coins) at the top of the tree, attached to the angel. 

Christmas morning, after the darling kiddos have opened their gifts, the search within the boughs of the tree begins.  Whoever finds the pickle first not only wins the chocolate treat, but also luck for the new year.

Cute, right?  My brothers and I are a touch competitive, and loved this tradition.  It's much harder to find then it sounds!

What about you?  Ever heard of this tradition?  Have I convinced you to run out and find a pickle of your own?

Much love, 
Future Mama

Thursday, December 1, 2011

November Swap

Posted by Angie at 10:10 AM 0 comments
Friends for Adoption is a "buddy system" that links adopting families together so that they can encourage each other through the twists and turns of the process.  Each month, you and your Friend send and receive encouragements (with a $15.00 limit) in the mail.  This post is about my gift to Brooke.  Even though my husband and I are saving up for our own adoption, we believe we should support others financially, with prayer, and with encouragement as we are able.  Find out more about Friends for Adoption, including how to sign up, here

Happy December 1st!  I love this month, but before we jump into all of its adventures, I have one last little moment from November to share with you.  Last month was a busy one, with another His Hands baby going home, decorating projects, Thanksgiving, and, of course, musings about the adoption process.  It was also incredibly busy for Brooke, with a fundraiser, adoption law changes, and agency changes.  So, I decided going simple would be good for both of us, and sent her something I knew she would enjoy.
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A gift card to Starbucks!  I don't actually drink coffee, but I know that those who love it, realllllly love it.  I imagine it to be a relationship similar to my relationship with hot chocolate in bed after a long day.  Yum.

What did Brooke get me?  It's adorable!  Hop on over to her blog to find out!

Also, this post is a reminder to all of you involved in Friends for Adoption...it's now December!  Which means you have 2 weeks to get your encouraging gift/letter/package of smiles ($15 or less) in the mail to your Friend!

Much love,
Future Mama

Want to catch up on our past swaps?  Need some gift ideas?  Here's the July's swap, August swap, September swap, and October Swap!
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