Friday, December 28, 2012

Boothe's Nursery

a year later, here's pictures of Boothe's room!  There are actually pictures in the picture frames now, but if i wait to take pictures of those to post, then it will likely be another year! ;)  I love how it turned out!!  I'm a horrible photographer though, so I'm afraid these pictures don't really do the room justice.  At least you'll get somewhat of an idea, & I'll have some record of it!

walking in from the hallway (ignore the shadow...i told you i'm bad!;))
a wider view

the front wall...see more about the couch here

the wall to the left...again, i wish i was a better photographer-this isn't a great pic.  The frames are now filled of sweet pictures of boothe & our family (I am extremely blessed to have 2 great friends that are AWESOME photographers!) The print that is in the middle of the empty frames belonged to one of matt's grandfathers.

i know this is blurry (i just cropped from the above pic), but i wanted you to have a close up of the prints above his bed.  The one of the left has an image of the globe with Africa in the middle & says, "compassion for the Earth & all who inhabit it."  LOVE!! My mom found it, & it could not be more perfect! Maybe i'll get a round to taking an actual detail picture of them, so you can get the full effect. ;)

sorry...another bad picture...but here's a detail of the bedding.  I fell in love with the tie die fabric about the time we got on the wait list. I finally decided i could make it work for either boy, girl, or gender neutral so bought several yards & waited for probably close to a year before doing anything with it! My sister's mother-in-law graciously made the bumper pad, sheets, & skirt for me.

the wall opposite of the bed.  searched long & hard for this dresser, but sooo glad i did! one of my favorite pieces of the room!  i think i already touched on the shells in another post, but had that & the stars early on in the process too.  The stars are a nod to the Ethiopian flag.  The ball in the tray & the small yarn animal (a camel) by the vase are also from ET.

another angle from the opposite corner of the can get a better sense of the star placement.  pretend the extra clutter on the dresser isn't there :)

the back wall (taken at a different time, so there are different sheets on the bed incase you are wondering!) The yarn banner above the closet (& the one with his name above the mirror) were from a shower that my friends threw.  I loved seeing all the pictures all together that i insisted on keeping them!  The top clock is Ethiopian time & the bottom our time.  Remember that jacket?  Boothe has gotten some wear out of it, but i just leave it up as decor.  Sure glad I spent that $5! ;) The giraffe stacking stools were a fun find from ET!!  I wish i had a better picture of the rugs in front of the crib :(

a close up...i just love 'em & hope they'll be a family "heirloom" of sorts 

a gift from one of the other "Southern 6" mommas...the saying is beyond truth & a fun momento of God's grace & provision

a neat tip that i thought of & happy to pass along...use wall mounted magazine holders books! Boothe loves digging for them, & it works especially well for people like me who may not have the room for a shelf.  (go ahead & pretend like there are labels in the slot & that Boothe doesn't pull the bows out of the bumper works wonders for me!!;))

just for fun, my handsome little man :)

I hope to be back soon with an update of our little family since we've been together just over a year now! I'd also like to say that I'm going to catch up on here with his birthday, holidays, "gotcha" day, etc., but i still need to blog about his homecoming so that's probably not likely! can dream they'll eventually be on top of things again ;)

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hello world.

Hi old friends, if there are actually any of you left in my little blogging world. ; )  I've been meaning to get back here for a while, but I just can't seem to make it a priority these days.  However, Ethiopia has been on my mind a lot these past few weeks, & a little surprising to me, I'm sad I have no plans to go back in the near, near future.  To help fill the void, I thought I would celebrate our mile markers that we have in June by posting pictures from our first trip to meet our little man - Boothe has been home 6 months as of the 15th & the 23rd was the anniversary of our referral & seeing his sweet face for the first time.

P.S. a few quick updates from the last post: all 6 babies stuck in our political mess did come home by Christmas.  Three of them actually came home on Christmas Eve! : ) You all will never know how much your prayers are appreciated still to this day.

also, as I was typing Boothe's name, I remembered a post I did talking about the debate Matt & I were having over it... we landed on the 4 name option... Boothe Tegegn Russell Baxter, & we love it!! We even sing it to him using the tune of John Jacob Jinglehiemersmit (sp?) : ) Boothe is Matt's grandfather's & great grandfather's middle name.  He has always wanted to use it if we had a boy, & once I met his grandfather & saw how much he & Matt were alike, I knew we had to use it too.  Tegegn (pronounced Te-gain) is his name given to him at birth, so it was important to us to keep it as a prominent name.  It means God found [him,] which could not be more appropriate.  Russell came into play because it's my dad's name & seeing how this is the first "son" in his life with 3 daughters & almost 4 granddaughters, we thought it was time for him to have a namesake! ; )

On to the pictures...geesh, i'm wordy...this is why i never post! : )

 he was asleep when we got to go in to see him

 just opened his eyes

 oh, hey there momma

look, there's dada 

 first family pic

already thinks dada is SO funny:) 

these ladies will never know how much they mean to me 

 soaking in our last time together after finding out our case was on hold

saying good-bye...still brings tears... 

the families that we shared our week with - the baby girls in the middle on the back & front rows were also on hold with us...they were 2 of the babies that came home on Christmas Eve:)

LOVE, LOVE my little man...LONGING for a perfect world...