Monday, May 25, 2015

Work to home fashion

One of the troubles of being a part-time stay-at-home-mom and part-time teacher is that I need two outfits every day.  First thing in the morning I get dressed professionally and then when I get home mid-morning, I need to change quickly before sticky kid hands reach me!  I typically take off my dress clothes and throw on a t-shirt and sweats.  But of course this doesn't make me feel very good about my appearance, especially if we need to run errands that day!

One idea I had to remedy this was to keep a similar vibe with both of my outfits for the day.  Maybe the same color scheme and/or same jewelry and/or the same cardigan.  That way I'm sort of only thinking of one outfit for the day.  When I manage to do this, the results are usually pretty good!

Here's some example pics I snapped one day back in the winter!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WWRW: Teenager Picks

We're in the process of adopting a teenage girl who LOVES to read.  One of the ways that I've been able to connect with her is through books.  She loves Harry Potter, which I've read multiple times, but she also loves many books that I'd never read or even heard of!  She suggested for me two series - the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan and the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

I started with the Percy Jackson series because it seemed much more manageable - 5 books, approximately 300 pages per book versus Wheel of Time with 15 much lengthier books.  Plus Percy Jackson is young-adult-lit, which makes it a quick read with lots of action!  

In a lot of ways, Percy Jackson is much like Harry Potter.  The title character is a pre-teen boy who is a year-older in each successive book.  There is a prophecy that predicts that Percy will have to be the one to defeat evil and like Harry Potter, alludes to him needing to die to accomplish it.  Instead of a secret world of magic, there is a secret world of greek gods and demigods, a.k.a. half-bloods, who are children of the gods.  While it didn't come quite to the level of Harry Potter, it is a fun fantasy world and I imagine that my middle-school-self would have loved all the mythology!  

I haven't started the Wheel of Time series yet, but my husband tells me it is quite good.  It is lengthy and has a higher reading level than Percy Jackson, so I don't imagine it's one I can read while watching the kids in the backyard!  Its appeal is more high school to adult versus middle school and up with Percy Jackson.  Wheel of Time is similar to Lord of the Rings in terms of creating a very large fantasy world with a huge cast of characters.  I look forward to reading it!

Linking up with Jessica for What We're Reading Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

My daughter

We got to see her again.  We got 3 hours with her at a mall near her foster home.  So surreal.  Visiting with your 14-year-old hopefully-soon-to-be-daughter.  Surreal.  And amazing.  And so emotional to leave.  I feel like a chunk of me is missing.  In some ways very similar to the loss I would feel when John and I were dating long distance after each weekend visit.  But in some ways so different.  My mama-bear instinct is in full gear.  She is a child.  A mature and lovely and intelligent 14-year-old, but still a child.   And I have no way to communicate with her until our next visit!  

The stress and the excitement are causing me one heck of a backache and my sleep is all thrown off.  Strangely enough my body's response to all this is much the same as when I've been pregnant!  I guess my body doesn't care that I'm expecting a teenager and not a newborn!  


In other news, do you follow me on Instagram?  If not, you should click on over there and check out some of my recent posts.  I'm participating in an adoption/foster care share with #knittogetherbyadoption.  There's some awesome information and inspiring stories from a whole lot of fabulous moms.  

Sunday, May 10, 2015

This Mother's Day

In some ways, this Mother's Day is much like the ones in the past few years - breakfast in bed, church, and John handling the children for the afternoon so I can get some quiet time.  But I feel much different today than in Mother's Day's past.  Today I yearn for the child I met only a week and a half ago.  I've spent much of the day crying, wondering how she is.  We haven't heard back yet about setting up our next visit, so I have no clue what she is thinking.  Is she excited?  scared?  does she want this?  does she know how much we want her here with us?  does she even know that we said yes?

I bought this sign to hang in her room.  You are loved.   

Friday, May 1, 2015

Meeting my daughter

Yesterday I met my daughter.  Well, technically I met the girl that I hope will one day become my daughter.  Sure, it's a long way off to make that official.  Heck, we're a long way off from even having her move here.  Things could definitely still fall apart.  But I fell hard.  I was amazed at the instant connection I felt to her.  I was awed by her beauty and her spunk.  I miss her terribly.  I had to hold myself back from crying when the meeting was over.

We didn't even expect to meet her.  We drove nearly 2.5 hours expecting to only meet with social workers.  And then, while we were sitting in the waiting room, in she walked.  After 18 months of waiting to be approved and being so frustrated with the system, there we were, sitting in a room full of social workers who were on our side and wanted things to work and meeting our child for the very first time.  A room full of love and positivity and potential.

I can't wait to get our first official visit scheduled.  And the kids can't wait to meet her.  Both Blaise and Finn cried when they learned that we had seen her without them!  They sobbed as they told us how much they wanted to meet her :-)