Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hold the truck....

We are so blessed to have a couple who have said that they will hand deliver a package to Nevaeh when they go over to Ethiopia to pick up their children in the near future.(hopefully next week right Lisa&Jason!) We are forever grateful for you doing this for us. We will pay it forward and take packages for others when we go.

I had a fun time getting the package together. Right away I knew I wanted to make a blankie for Nevaeh, so off to the fabric stash to pick something out. (**note-for future mom's making a blanket to send in the mail, do not use MINKY! It's too bulky. But that was hind sight, and I picked minky with pinkish binding. Also to those fellow quilters you will appreciate this next bit.

Since we are in the process of moving all of my quilting supplies were packed up so here's how I made Nevaeh's simple blankie. Cut out 2 pieces of minky with SCISSORS. We had no rulers, or rollers, so we eyeballed it to try to make it square. (my mom was helping me.) We also had no pins so I just sewed without them. Those of you who have worked with minky know it is VERY slippery. Some seams had 1/2 inch seams.....and some had about 1 inch seams!! I trimmed them with my scissors and made do. The binding was picked out by J, and we sewed it on.(no pins again!) I then proceeded to do hand stitching binding. My close friends will know this IS NOT my favorite part of quilting, but I did it. I was tempted to send it over to my friend M,(you know who you are!!!), but thought, nope, do it my self. Take a look see. No close ups of my blankie, cause it is not square, the binding is funny but MADE WITH LOVE!!!

All the time quilting I was thinking of what we were going to call our baby girl. Lots of names were going thru my head. The night I finished the binding was when we decided on Nevaeh. We love it. Quilting is a relaxing thing for me to do, and it allowed me to focus on her name. The blanket turned out just great in spite of all the little "quilting faux pas"!!

I also bought 2 onesies(that say- mommy and daddy love me) with a pair of pink pants, one sleeper, 1-one piece outfit, 3 socks and a little birdie shirt. Oh and a pair of Robez owl shoes. (most from the 2nd hand store.) I was on the hunt for a little toy and a friend from here gave me one of her daughters(thanks S), but because my blanket was so bulky, I couldn't fit it in :( Also the same pal hooked me up with laminating paper. I just mentioned to her that I wished the school was open so I could laminate some picture of us to send to Nevaeh. Well low and behold, I check my messages the next day, and she had talked to the ladies at the place she works, and even though they didn't have a laminater, one of the ladies offered her own laminating paper for us to use! Wow, I love small town. It worked out great.

The last thing I put in the package is a little note to Nevaeh. Yeah, I know, she's only 4 months old, but work with me here. Maybe the letter will get tucked away and it may come home with her. I can then scrapbook it for her to read at a later time.

Oh yeah, about holding the truck. So I get this all squeezed into a freezer zip lock bag and look at the time. It was just about the time the mail truck leaves. (Okay it was already a few minutes after) I called to the post office and ask if it has left yet.

"Well it's just pulling out. Is it an important package?"
"Well's on it's way to friends of ours to send to Ethiopia...."
She cut me off and said "I'll run out and stop him....come down right away. We will get that package out today."

Again, I love living in our small town. Who flags down the mail truck for you!! Love it. All for you Nevaeh. The package made it out, and now en route to Ethiopia.


PS. If you zoom up on the picture of all the items, you can see that the minky has a paisley print on it. Paisley was one of the names we were deciding on. But Nevaeh isn't a Paisley. She is a Nevaeh.


Kadence and Adam. . . and Mommy said...

Just wanted you to know that I think of you and your precious family daily. Your words are so heartfelt and so filled with joy. I feel blessed to get to read about your journey of adoption. As a mother myself I know that there is nothing more fulfilling in life than holding, squeezing, kissing and loving my children.

I cannot wait to hear your little Neveah is in your arms.

I know this sounds weird but I don't even remember which blog referred your blog. haha But I'm happy they did.

God Bless!

Carolyn said...

Great story- I LOVE that they held the truck for you!! Can't wait to hear that your care package has been delivered!


Anonymous said...

Nevaeh is going to love all her goodies. I can't believe you got all that in one ziploc bag! I am very impressed. I haven't tried to pack my care package yet but maybe I can add more than I thought.

p.s. J is so beautiful and very photogenic.


Carla said...

Thats so great that you were able to send a little bit of your love to Neveah. Hopefully she will be in that blanky soon. :)

lyndsey&kevin said...

OMG I freaking LOVE the OWL Robeez, ADORABLE. I love that they held the truck for you!! Great story to tell Nevaeh one day..


Anonymous said...

I love the minky blanket! It looks so soft and cuddly. I love that you were able to focus on her name while you were sewing it.

Yay for small towns and holding the postal truck.

Tanya Duerksen said...

I've had a hard couple days here so have been on the verge of tears all day. Well reading your post caused the the dam to break. What a beautiful story and I have tears streaming down my face as I picture the lady stopping the mail truck and thinking of Nevaeh snuggling in the blanket you made. God is so good. Thank you for sharing, at least I got to cry tears of joy. God bless.

Lisa and Jason said...

Awww. . . what a beautiful story! We feel so priviledged to be taking the package for you. I hope we get to meet Nevaeh very, very soon and promise to give you all the details ;)

Ramona said...

I love this story. And to hold the mail truck- that story will have to go on a scrap book page! Isn't it great to send something to your little one? We've got our package spread out on the couch until it gets picked up tonight.

Rana and Yvan said...

Yeah!!!! So glad they held the truck for you!!

Just think our wee babies will get their care packages together :)

wow - you did good with all the stuff in the care package! I thought we got a lot in!

lyndsey&kevin said...

Thanks for the comment... so true... I could have though... damn penny... no sense being negative when we have the option- right


Shelly said...

I'm so happy for you. God is just so good. He cares about every detail and will go to whatever length he has to to show us His love. He will even hold a mail truck for us. 8*]

Rhonda, Kristin, Eden said...

So nice...I wrote Eden a letter each time we sent a package too...who cares if they are too little, it's more for us anyway :)

Rachel said...

That is so wonderful! Awesome story!

The Passionate Housewife said...

Hi..just came over from the blog frog (mckmamas community)

Read your post on toddler discipline techniques and wanted to respond that you were so gracious with one of the other posters who criticized you..thank you for being such a shining example of Christs love.

I love the name you have chosen for your little adopted daughter! Funny,I have that name picked out for a future little one as well.(though, I can't remember where I saw it :)

I just wanted to take a quick minute to encourage you...

Lani - the flowerlady said...

How fun is that!!!!! If you ever need to laminate anythng again, I have a little laminater and come on over! Man, I just love it that we get to walk beside you in this thing! Soooo much fun!

Sharla said...

I am just still so excited for you about your referral!

Your post made me wish that I lived in a smaller town though! My mom grew up in a small town and I still take the kids there every year for the country fair and the parade and I just love the feel of it.

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