Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Walls

***UPDATE***
The best email to reach Leah at for letters of your own is leahsms@gmail.com
You will love it!

I am so excited about this post and these pictures! But I am more excited about how cute my sweet baby boy's nursery looks!! This first picture is of the quote that my mom graciously slaved over getting on the wall. If you can't read it well, it says "Let him sleep for when he wakes, he will move mountains." That is such a precious truth to be displayed over our baby's bed. Levi is going to be an incredible man of God, anointed and set apart. I can't wait to see how he grows and to experience the amazing things he does for kingdom of God.

The next few pictures are my favorite. Let me tell you the story before you see the awesomeness. Several of you know a precious friend from DBU, Leah Combs (formerly Leah Mitchell) and have been able to experience her graciousness and talent. Well I had noticed on her Facebook page that she had these adorable wooden letters in her sweet baby Lyla's room that I hadn't seen before. I had seen wooden letters of course, but these had shadow boxes on them, or "shelves" as I called them in my message to her. (She didn't mention it though, hence the graciousness.) I looked EVERYWHERE for these letters online and in some stores, and couldn't find them anywhere. I finally decided just to ask Leah where she got them. (Sounds like the obvious solution, yes, but I have pregnancy dementia and can't always see what is right in front of my face.) Well in her message back to me, she let me know that she made them herself! Not only did she make them herself, but she offered to make them for my sweet baby boy! And they are beyond words. So let me let you see for yourself:



These are pictures of the letters before I "decorated" them with some things that Sean's grandma, my mom, and some close friends gave us. I was so pleasantly surprised with how amazingly beautiful they turned out!





Here they are with the few trinkets I decorated them with. The L has a little figurine that G-ma (Sean's grandma) gave Levi at the shower. The E has a stuffed bear given to him on a diaper cake by my sweet friend Michele Price. It says "my first bear" on it. Precious. The V has a piggy bank, also from G-ma, and it has a helicopter on it. G-ma's husband, Papa, who passed away before Sean and I met, was a helicopter pilot in the armed forces. I am VERY moved by that gift, because Levi will have a little part of his Papa in that small bank, the great-grandpa he never got to meet. And lastly, the I has some booties that my mom, Levi's Gigi, gave him. They have a space on the sole to write his weight, length, etc. They are so sweet. Mom has some with my info on them :) How cute.


Needless to say I am GIDDY about these letters! I am so excited! And if you would like to purchase some letters like these from Leah, she would love to make them! And you will NOT be disappointed. Here is her email if you are interested:
There is another email I have for her, but I wasn't able to find it. When I do, I will post it! And to Leah: Thank you, thank you, thank you so much! You have blessed us beyond belief!




Sunday, August 23, 2009

So I had an AMAZING "Family and Close Family Friends Shower" this past weekend, and it was crazy cool. It was at my sister's new house, and she went all out for this extravaganza, people. It was so great! We played some funny games and I got to spend some time talking with some people I hadn't seen in SO long.

But before I get to some pictures of some of my awesome gifts, here is the picture of the Petunia Pickle Bottom diaper bag that my cousin gave me for FREE. I love it, and it is my favorite baby item right now. Sometimes I just look at it...






This is a pic of the wall art that Sean's precious Aunt Pam got us. It goes perfectly with the nursery, and looks great up there! On the shelf are some blankets a sweet friend gave me, and the canvas basket is from my sister! Also, I don't know if you can tell, but there are two books on the shelf. One is from my pastors wife at my home church in Fort Worth, and it is called "God Gave Us You." I read it to Levi today, and we both really like it :) We both cried too...

The second book is from my 9th grade English teacher, Mrs. Hawkins. She was the best teacher I ever had, and one of the most influential people in my life. The book she gave me is called "The Big Blue Book of First Stories." It has several children's books in one volume, and is AWESOME.





This is the pac n play we got from my wonderful in-laws! It is really cool, and has so many cool things that go along with it. For example:




It has an "infant napper station" (or bassinet) and a changing table, so when I am in the living room or kitchen, I won't have to walk to the nursery and use that! Very convenient. And it also has:



A diaper stacker that holds a rather large box of wipes :) It is a full-service pac n play. And it matches and looks amazing with our stuff! Thanks Mimi and Pops! You guys are the best!

We also put up the quote that goes on the wall above the crib, but I didn't get a good pic of it. But trust me, it looks amazing. I will do that when the nursery is finished ;)

So there are officially only 70 days left until my due date. But the REAL news is that we are most likely going to induce labor on the 26th of October. That's only 65 days away! Sean, if any of you don't know this already, is in PA school, and is working incredibly hard to do well and to stay afloat. And it turns out, he has his HUGE anatomy final exam on the 29th of October! We are super nervous that if we don't get this sweet baby out before then it will come THAT DAY! We were pretty sure we wanted to induce early anyway, but this way we miss the final exam altogether. It is going to be rough for Sean any way we go because of school, but we have such wonderful super supportive friends and family that we know I will be well looked after! I have some really incredible people in my life that have offered (well, some have been enlisted, hehe) to stay home with me and do all the glamorous things that come along with a new baby like burping, changing dirty diapers, rocking the little screamer, etc. I know there are more people out there who are dying to do these things. I would be. Just let me know, haha.

Well, that's it for now. But there's always more to come!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Nursery Almost-Endings

Alright, folks, the nursery is officially ALMOST FINISHED!!! The only things lacking right now are as follows: the wall art (which I have some ideas about, but am not fully sure of what this will consist of), a mobile for the crib, a quote to go above the crib, a lamp for the side table, and any other cute things I decide I must have. This picture above is of my precious mother, who after doing MOST of the crafty things you see in the following pictures (my sister did the rest) decided she needed to fix the nick in the bottom of the crib with a brown and a red dry erase marker. How she is so creative, I know not. But most of this nursery can be attributed to her creative genius. She is amazing. And my sister is also amazing. Without them, none of what you are about to see would have been possible. They have spent the past week sweating, painting, sanding, staining, painting, and sweating some more. Needless to say, they need a break. But they love little Levi this much!
This is the top of the dresser. My mom painted the dresser brown and put the green polka dots on. Elizabeth Riddle, one of my most precious friends made the little stool with Baby Levi's name on it. That is two sonogram pics of LTC in the frame, and a sweet little elephant given to him by Meghan Hunt. I am so blessed to have friends like these!

I think I am going to put some canvas-lined baskets in this bookshelf. Believe it or not, this was actually a light tan color before Mom painted it. And it would not cooperate and had to be painted a billion times, sanded down, painted again, painted with laminate, and then it chipped and had to be painted...AGAIN. Mom is a trooper.

The hardware that was on this dresser was really beautiful, but it was really old fashioned as well. We decided these were a little more nursery-friendly, and they match the curtain rod, which is VERY important these days.

My sweet baby boy will be sleeping in here! Isn't the bedding my in-laws got me beautiful! And the crib has an attached changing table, which you can kind of see on the right.

This is the finished rocking chair and side table in all of their cherry-wood stained glory. My sister is a master furniture re-finisher! I cannot tell you how beautiful these two things look in real life! This picture does them NO justice. She would be happy to refinish any furniture for you as well, provided you deliver them to her fully sanded. She refuses to sand anything else for the rest of her life, haha.

Here I tried to get a good shot of how beautiful the crib is, and get a good shot of the ADORABLE curtains my mom made! She is a full service decorator, people! I picked out the material, and she made the curtains. If you have chills right now, I don't blame you one bit.

And there you have it. Aside from the few things I mentioned earlier that still have yet to be done, we are finished! And we are SO GLAD. If you want to come over and bask in the glory that is Baby Levi's new abode, and see for yourself it's overwhelming cuteness, please feel free. I plan on being in there a lot in the coming months!

I do want to say "Praise the Lord" for the absolutely incredible family and friends that have blessed us so far in this journey. I cannot believe how blessed we are for all of you to share with us in this adventure. Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything you have done for us! Thank you for displaying the unending goodness of the Lord in front of us! We love you!!!