Friday, November 28, 2014

adoptive families + affordable fashion

Forgive me for posting a selfie here, but I had to show off my new pair of Subsidy Shades.

Here's why I'm willing to plug Subsidy Shades:  the company's whole mission is to "[create] adoptive families through affordable fashion."  The owner is an adoptive mom herself.  She's constantly donating a pair of sunglasses to other adoptive families for use in their instagram auctions and I'm sure helps out in other ways that I don't even see.  So naturally, as adoption is clearly an issue near and dear to our hearts, I jumped on the opportunity to help promote the company.

I'm posting this today, on Black Friday, because Subsidy Shades is running a pretty sweet deal -- 50% off + free shipping.

I may have splurged on a few pairs for our (future) daughter:

Lovestruck Jelly Pink Heart Shades
Patriotic Wayfarers
Isn't she going to look super cute in these?!
Oh, and if you're wondering what I'm wearing above, those are the Tortoise Gloss Wayfarers.
Thanks for humoring me with this review.  Hope you'll check out the site soon and help support others in their adoption efforts!
(P.S.  Notice to the feds...  I did receive a pair of these sunglasses for free in exchange for promoting the shades on my blog.  All words and such are all mine.  Credit for the two photos immediately above goes to Subsidy Shades.)

Monday, November 10, 2014

long overdue update.

When I start to get frustrated with our adoption process -- with us -- I remind myself that we will get to our daughter at just the right time, whenever that may be.  It doesn't matter how fast or slow we work, our agency works, and governmental agencies work.  God has our child picked out for us no matter when we arrive.

That said --

The good news is that our home study is officially out of Indianapolis and into the hands of our international team in Detroit.

The not-so-awesome part is that we've had to clarify things a bit and there's one document we have to re-do, so until they can revise a section and we provide that updated document (working on it!), we're at a standstill.

So there's your not-so-exciting adoption update.  We're still trucking along, but slowly.

Aside from waiting, here's what else we've been up to in the past month or so:

I finished this quilt top (only 5 months after the baby was born!), which CJ helpfully held up for me:
I had a work meeting in Lafayette one afternoon and hopped over to West Lafayette to visit my cousin, Mindy, at Purdue.  She took me to get a Den Pop.  I was a little skeptical/scared of it, but it turned out to be pretty amazing.
 We then at the Triple XXX, which was on my life's bucket list.  I had the Dwayne Purvis All-American burger, which is a burger cooked in peanut butter sauce (I think).  It.  Was.  AM-A-ZING.

 We braved the cold temperatures at the last Indy Eleven game of the season.

I went to Chicago for several days for work.

I've been buying our future daughter some things here and there.  One of our goals is to help her maintain her Chinese heritage, so I was pretty pumped when I found these wooden blocks with Chinese characters on them.

Ellie (left) and Henry celebrated Halloween.

CJ has been hard at work on some projects for us.  Safety first around here.

He made this sofa table for me, partially out of reclaimed lumber.  I pretty much love it.