when in shock, craft.

There are a hundred things I should be doing now. I should copying documents. I should buying medicine. I should be setting doctor’s appointments. I should be thinking about packing. I thought for sure once we got travel dates that this would all of the sudden feel real. I’m in shock. Hazy fog kind of shock. Still wondering when it will really sink in…??

So, yesterday I opted for a crafting break.
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I made a Travel Countdown Banner. It will be a fun visual reminder of the days ahead for the kids (and me). We will leave on a Thursday and our daughter will be placed in our arms forever on the following Monday. We will be gone for about 2 weeks and then we will come home and life anew begins.
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We have two sets of family dolls. The first set is our adorable felt dolls and I have tucked them away for Little One once she is ready to play with it. The second set is our little peg family. I didn’t realize how much fun FireCracker would have ‘role playing’ with the dolls. Her favorite is ‘her little sister’.
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If you notice, she always arranges them where the girls are with the mom and dad…and the boys are separated. Hmmmm.
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She was explaining how to boss the boys around and that no boys would be allowed in their room…and that they will play all day together and never get tired.
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I’m thankful for chipped purple fingernails and tiny dolls that are already bringing out sisterly love.
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“Mommy, put her by me.”
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For those wondering:

Hoop Art from Sparrow Mercantile

Teach Me to Be Brave from Heartbox Studio

Put a Song in My Heart from my friend Amy

Peg dolls from Once Upon A Peg

Family Rules Poster by Alexander Creative

Wall photo collage tutorial

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  • Lori Kroh - Too cute. Love her! My crafts are all packed…so I procastinate by looking at Pinterest and magazines. aahhh. coffee and perusing. then, I wake up to reality! aagggghhhhh! Love the banner. and the peg dolls. The days are shorter now…because you know the end. :0)

  • Sarah Wolfe - Beyond thrilled for you and your family and the excitement of these upcoming days. Especially for your little one… She doesn’t even know the grace of God through you guys is about to enter her little life. I’m counting down with you :)

  • Rachel B. - Awesome post! I love how God gives us good distractions like crafting. It’s just another way to keep us looking to Him and trusting in Him.
    Praying for and praising with you all.

  • tracy - I am so over the moon excited for you guys!!!! :) :) :) I feel like this has been the longest wait ever so I can’t even imagine how you guys feel. I can’t wait to see pictures of your little one snuggled up with her sister! <3 Congratulations!!!

  • Abigail C - The title of this post really made me laugh. It’ll probably sink in when you land in China :D

  • April - My heart could burst with excitement for your family! Your posts have nearly brought me to tears these past few days (which isn’t hard since I’m pregnant!) Can’t wait to see pictures of all of your kids playing together! Praying for traveling mercies and God’s mighty hand of protection on you all.

  • Jenni Ashcroft - I want you to know that about a million people are just as shocked! lol Isn’t that funny?! You have sort of brought everyone along on this journey with you to this moment and I want you to know that someone in Texas has an anxious stomach that has your name on it! lol I will be praying for all of you!:) P.S. Love the banner:)

  • Mindy Harris - you have the coolest house and do the coolest things.
    i wanna be you when i grow up!
    so excited you get to get your baby girl SOON. whohoo!

  • Chantel - What an exciting time! I find that often when I am overwhelmed I will do some crafting or reading. Sometimes you just need a break from it all. :)
    Your home is so adorable. I definitely don’t have the eye to be able to for decor in my own home but I always appreciate it in others’.

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - clearly you made the right choice here! Woo-hoo!!!

  • tracy a - i’ll be posting a picture of my banner later! that way we can count down together. (not that you are even caring if I count down….that is just a weird part about a blog…i feel like you are a part of our lives, but i totally realize that it is like a one-way glass!) this is why i’m so looking forward to November and hoping it all works out!!

  • Kerry - Joyous sniffles. Again. =)

  • jenny - love the banner! And I am in love with those peg dolls! Thanks for posting the links to all of your fabulous things. :)

  • Sherry - How exciting, this is such a cute idea! Do you mind sharing the name of the paper you used?

  • Christina - Too cute! Hope she has an easier transition with her new Chinese sister than my daughter did- she was similarly excited but when reality hit it was crushing at first- but now we’re in a good place and it is an incredible joy to watch them together. Today my older daughter saw a picture of Gabby Douglas standing next to a (white) girl and she said to me “oh look at her with her sister” and I realized she doesn’t see ‘sisters’ as having to look the slightest bit alike and I love that.

  • Jen - So cute {your little one} and the banner is beautiful. It must be so exciting, yet hard to realize that you will have your little one in your arms soon! I can’t imagine!

  • rachel - adorable post…and i love the banner! congrats!! ;)

  • Mathildel - I’ve just read your last two posts and i had to read then twice. 19days! And you will be holding Little One :D
    SO,SO,SO HAPPY!
    FĂ©licitations! Congratulations!

  • RachelC - In shock….I remember right after I “got the call” that we had been chosen by a birth mom and our son would be born in 2 days, I literally sat in the floor and stared at the wall for 2 hours. I was completely paralyzed….joy, excitement, shock, fear, uncertainty….I had nothing….no diapers, no bottles, not a stitch of baby clothes, and I sat in the floor staring at the wall. Looking back, the “shock” is such a great memory for me. It was the crazy beginning of a beautiful, messy journey. What a ride…… Happy for you, friend.

  • Amanda - I can’t help but just cry in excitement for you! Praying for your sweet girl and your family.

  • Maria @ All Things Luxurious - Oh my goodness — how incredibly sweet. I love all of the photos in this post. Your little one is so beautiful!

  • Rushton Waltchack - Congrats on TA!!! So excited to journey along with you and pray for your transition! I’m here if you have any packing questions :) Have fun getting ready for the adventure of a lifetime!! ~Rushton

  • Katie - So sweet. :)

  • Ruth@GraceLaced - I am rejoicing with you! …and how cute are Fircracker’s curls? My, how she’s grown!

  • Rhonda Elder - So excited for you! Can’t wait to see her.

  • Rhonda Elder - “our little peg family” link isn’t working. Thought you’d like to know.

  • Kingsley - Hello Ashley!
    I was wondering about that great glass soda bottle that reads “Love.” It is on your amazing fun mantle. Any chance you might know where to get one??? :) Thank you.
    P.S can’t wait to see your new little “song.” God Bless!

  • Bri - Dear Ashley,

    I just wanted to stop by and tell you how inspiring your blog is to me! I am currently in college, and although I love expressing my creative side, I find it hard to do on a tight budget and busy schedule. I love coming to your site and seeing the “little” projects you do with the kids like the fabric canisters. It’s always refreshing to see something I could create with little cost, but still get something so pretty out of it!

    Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

    God bless.

    Bri

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