Valentine For the Hubby

15 02 2018

I got his wrapped up about an hour before he got home. I wish I’d had time to make a box or bag for him, but I didn’t.

Here’s what you need to know about the love of my life.

He comes across as intimidating. I have NO idea why, but he does until you take the time to get to know my quiet wonderful man.

Something else you need to know. I think he likes it and kind of plays on it sometimes, especially as our kids have gotten old enough to date.

He also likes to laugh.

So the gifts were made with theses things in mind. And they were well received ๐Ÿ™‚

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thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

 

Links to files used in the projects

Corset, Pattern1, Pattern 2, I Don’t Like Morning People

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Little Cousinsโ€™ Valentine Party

11 02 2018

I’ve been sitting on this for a bit! Now that everyone has their things, I can share it ๐Ÿ˜€

The younger cousins got together and had their own Valentine’s Day party this weekend. They colored Valentines I cut out on my Cameo, did a craft, had a treat then played.

But I played well before they did when I put together matching shirts for the kids.

I like how they turned out and the kids were cute in them.

The white onsies are for the girls and the red shirts are for the boys.

Thanks for looking!





Signs That Adoption is Close

9 02 2018

During the last 21 months or so, the baby has been visiting his bio mom twice a week.

In the beginning, there’s always a parent aid involved. When parents make enough progress toward reunification, the parent aid role diminishes until parents finally get unsupervised visits which lead to over nights and even whole weekends with their child.

Our parent aid was involved until the very last visit. This woman, who was a stranger in the beginning, now feels kind of like family. She’s a woman who has been part of my son’s life since the beginning. A woman who made a tough, scary situation for me so much easier. A woman who likes hummingbirds.

So when I decided I wanted to make her a thank you gift for our last visit, I knew I wanted it to have hummingbirds ๐Ÿ™‚

Because I still want to vinyl all the things, I knew vinyl would be part of it.

Here’s what I came up with.

I liked the tile, but it’s big and bulky. Also, I wanted to color. So I took the image I put together for the tile and made it work for a card, too. My Silhouette cut out the vinyl for the tile then I tried really hard not to cuss (I was successful) while I tried to get the transfer tape to work for me. It finally did- mostly.

For the card, I printed the images and card design. I then had my Silhouette cut all the pieces out. I love dimension and knew I wanted it in this card. I used my markers and pencils to color bird and flowers then affixed the images on to the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo





And She Loved A Little Boy Very, Very Much…

3 02 2018

Tomorrow is our foster son’s last visit with his bio mom.

Last week we had court. A judge sat behind his bench waiting to decide the fate of three families, two sets of parents, and one little boy.

What had been anticipated to be a 1-2 day trial turned into a court session that ran over an hour behind then only lasted 30 minutes.

We lived miracles last week.

The day before court we had mediation with bio mom. She came into the meeting contesting the Termination of Parental Rights (TPR). But after speaking with us and I’m sure many sleepless nights considering her options, in the end, she decided to consent to the termination of her rights and agree to the adoption of her precious little boy.

I’m still unsure how to process that scene. We sat across the table and watched as the court document was signed. I still have trouble wrapping my head around the concept that a SIGNATURE is all it takes to sever those ties. It looks so simple, but was oh so amazingly swift and final.

I hugged her and thanked her. I acknowledged her sacrifice. I’ve learned that love comes in so many ways. She showed an act of love I’m not capable of.

We got word earlier that morning that bio dad’s attorney was asking for a continuance. Someone else hadn’t done their job correctly. So we expected the next morning to bring consent and TPR for bio mom and a continuance for bio dad.

While we waited. I sat with my son’s bio mom. She sat alone on one of the hardest days of her life and I couldn’t ignore that. Maybe I was the last person she wanted to see or talk to. I don’t know. But I asked questions about the children we share. How they got their names. Who they take after. What kinds of things she was going to do with the baby on his last few visits. Our parent aide has agreed to record her playing with the baby and sending me the videos so I can hold on to them for my children.

That hour they ran behind? Bio dad’s guardian ad litem and the court worked some things out and the GAL consented on bio dad’s behalf. I was surprised, too, when bio dad’s sister told me they were happy with how things were working out. She hugged me after court was done. I couldn’t believe we had the support from both sides of the family.

In the end, I couldn’t comprehend – I still can’t – the enormity of her loss. To gain my son, another mother LOST hers. But going through this journey with her for almost two years, the Lord has provided many opportunities for me to understand, to a small degree, the heart crushing cost to one mother so another could raise the child they both loved.

I wanted something special for this last visit. I used his footprints for this card andย  included the actual footprints with it so she has those too.

It’s so incredibly inadequate, but it’s all I have.





It Worked!

11 01 2018

In my last blog post, I shared the need I have to vinyl all the things right now.

I’m still at it ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve been trying to figure out placements and sizes of things on shirts. Specifically, a V-neck shirt for me.

I’m still working on that ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although there are great guides out there, I’m not standard issue. I’m fun size ๐Ÿ˜‰ but due to medical issues I’m like an extra value fun size.

So today, instead of working on the V-neck (because I don’t have anymore and we had a “winter event” that closed things down) I moved on to round neck and a saying that I’ve LOVED for quite a while.

This is the first “grown up” shirt I’ve been happy with. I think the size and placement finally came together for me. The fun part of this shirt for me, was doing three colors of vinyl and doing some layering. And it worked ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m not a baseball fan, but I am a Royals fan. And for someone who’s not a sports nut, I’ve learned a thing or two from this team.

Things in our lives aren’t always easy, but here’s the great thing – we can choose to sit in the dug out or to pick up a bat and swing for the fences.

I’ve found I’m not very good at sitting in the dug out.

Link to saying:ย https://www.silhouettedesignstore.com/view-shape/185137

If You’re Learning To:

What I’m figuring out through lots of trial and error, is that even with guides, placement and size can be affected by body shape and size. Traditional placement of things on a medium V-neck shirt I’m doing for myself don’t work. They’re too low. I’m learning it’s okay to tweak those guides. And because I’m learning this, I placed the saying on this shirt a little higher than suggested, but it works with my body and I’m happy with it. It could be my new favorite shirt…until tomorrow when I make another one ๐Ÿ˜‰





Mediation Day Tomorrow

10 01 2018

Tomorrow is mediation.
We’re praying for a miracle.
There’s a small, small possibility bio mom will consent after mediation. This is our prayer.

This can be a very hard day for the bio parents. They’re discussing what the future looks like without their child.

Emotions can make us build walls and block possibilities. We have the option of going in and not bending. We can choose to have the attitude of “too bad so sad for you”.

But one of the things the Lord has been trying to teach me the last few years is that LOVE is usually the best course. Hate, insecurity, anger, a lack of empathy – NONE OF THESE will help our cause.

It is a negotiation time, but my child is not a car. These people are not questionable salesmen. They’re parents losing their child.

So although love, empathy, understanding, and generosity don’t condone their actions of the past, they can certainly open doors to the future.

Here’s to open doors.





I Want To Vinyl All the Things

10 01 2018

My husband bought me a heat press for Christmas and now it seems nothing is safe from me and the HTV ๐Ÿ™‚

So tonight, I did a shirt and beanie for my youngest. For the most part, I like how they turned out, but I do think the words on the beanie would have looked better in white. But I was too worried about not being able to see the white as well.

Dang. May have to play some more ๐Ÿ˜‰

I also wasn’t sure if the knit beanie would be okay in the heat press. I’m kind of going with the idea that if something doesn’t melt in the heat press, it’s fair game for HTV.

The knit beanie didn’t melt ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s how they turned out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo

File for the shirt: I still live…