Sorry that I haven’t posted much this past week and very sorry to have missed Favorite Photo Friday. Lili was sick several days this week and needed a lot of holding. Of course this meant that a lot of things got put on the back burner and blogging was one of them. I’m also working on a little (actually big) project that I hope to have completed by October, and it is taking up much of my blogging time as well.
Lili is now feeling better and has been introduced to art. A few weeks ago we introduced her to crayons, which she loves and this week she was introduced to sidewalk chalk. Here are a few photos of Lili van Gogh creating her masterpieces.
Okay, mommy helped get her started and as you can see, mommy doesn’t have a lot of artistic ability.
Look at the concentration.
Creating this beautiful artwork is hard work and apparently Lili needed a break.
Okay, drawing on my arm is fun too. Maybe someday I’ll be a tattoo artist.
Guess art time is over. Wait a minute, what’s this tiny creature crawling across the driveway? Mommy says it’s an ant, but he’s really hard to catch.
Okay, so staying on task is not Lili’s strongest trait yet, but we’re working on it.
Let me fill you in on adoption #2.
We submitted our application to the new agency last week and they received and accepted it on Friday. We have another form that needs to be completed and sent in to the agency and then we’ll receive the contract and start on our dossier.
We can’t being our homestudy until the end of September and even though we’re using the same agency, we have to complete and submit a new application to them as well. We’ll do that about this time next month with the hope of beginning the new home study the first week of October.
As many of you already know, adoption is not an inexpensive venture and families who are dedicated to growing their families through adoption find creative ways of raising money to help with those expenses. I wanted to find a way that we too could raise some money to help out with our upcoming adoption expenses, so last month we had a garage sale and sold enough items to pay our application fee. In addition, we cleared our house of things that had been sitting unused for quite some time and still have some items that we need to clear out. Those items will be posted on Craig’s List and eBay over the next few weeks in the hopes of selling them quickly.
All of this brings me to the project I’ve been working on and am very excited about. In an effort to clean out closets and cupboards and to raise money toward our future expenses I came up with an idea that I hope proves to be a successful fund raiser for us. So, for the last couple of weeks I’ve been entering recipes into the computer as we create the Weeks’ Family Cookbook. The cookbook will consist of all the recipes we’ve enjoyed over our almost 23 years of marriage. In addition, we will include recipes from our children’s birth countries, Guatemala and Ethiopia. It will be a very simple cookbook, but one that I hope many will be interested in purchasing and will enjoy for years to come.
Like I said earlier, I hope to have this project completed and ready for purchase sometime in October (in time for the Holidays). I’ll post more on my blog as time goes on and will include a link for ordering the cookbook once we get close to printing.