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Happy ‘Home Study #1’ Day!!!

We’re SO excited to have our friend/social worker, Beth, coming over for a visit today! It feels like the first real big step in our “paper pregnancy“, so we’re feeling really blessed to be able to spend this time with her today.

We did some laundry yesterday, and we still have to secure of couple of bookcases to the wall in our bedroom, but we were told long ago that this visit isn’t about how clean your house is, so we’re not going to stress about all the chores that still aren’t done.

Instead, we’ve decided to spend some more quiet time with each other so that we can talk about our hopes and dreams for the future, and about what kind of parents we hope and dream to be to our child. That feels like a good way to prepare for Beth’s first visit, and we can’t wait to share more about it all next week!

I started my friend Angie‘s book last night. It’s called Mended.

I scooped up two of them the other day- one for me, and one for someone reading this post! (Note: Mended is on sale for $5 at Lifeway book stores right now if you don’t win the giveaway and would like to purchase it.)

Here’s a short video of Angie talking about Mended: (Email subscribers will have to click over to The Lettered Cottage to watch.)

If you’d like to enter for a chance to win the extra copy I picked up, just leave a comment on this post between now and Monday (January 14th, 2013) at 8:00am (Central Time), and I’ll randomly select a winner after that.

Angie doesn’t know I’m blogging about her book today, (Surprise, Angie!) but like I’m sure our social worker Beth will prove to be throughout our adoption journey, she’s been such a bright light in my life and I cherish our friendship so very much.

Good luck, and thanks so much for swinging by for a visit today!


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  1. says

    It sounds like a wonderful journey you are on and I can’t wait to hear about it!

    This book sounds wonderful, and Iwould lOVE to read it!

  2. Dawn Ekblaw says

    As a mother of three domestically adopted children…who we have endearingly named the 3E’s…they are all true blessings from heaven for us.
    If I may make these few suggestions that I/we have experienced during our adoption journey…this journey may be exciting, yet emotionally exhausting; there may be times it appears that a baby will never come your way—but just lean on God–He knows best; stay strong as a loving couple; and things work on God’s time.
    Best Wishes!

  3. says

    I am rather new to your blog… and I’m glad I’m joining you near the beginning of your adoption journey!! :)

    This book also sounds awesome!

  4. Jeannine Larocque says

    Blessings from a Canadian friend to you and all here. So excited for your journey as parents. “Mended” sounds like a profound read :)

  5. Heather says

    I love Angie’s books! Can’t wait to read Mended! Would be thrilled to win, otherwise thanks for passing along the sale info! :)

  6. Lyndsay says

    Best wishes with your adoption. After having 3 children of my own, I have been feeling a strong desire to adopt, so I’ll be watching your process closely.
    Would love to win a copy of Mended, but will probably purchase a copy anyway!

  7. DeniseP says

    This book sounds like some needed inspiration! Blessings to you on your adoption process …

  8. says

    Thanks for being so thoughtful to pick up two books and give one away!
    I have a few friends who have recently adopted little ones from Ukraine. What a blessing adoption is – to the forever families and to the little ones.
    Praying for you as you go through your adoption journey.

  9. Dawn says

    Good luck with your visit. I know you will do just fine. I haven’t experienced a visit from someone as I prepare for an adoption but I would think it is far better to be in touch with reality (like laundry waiting for you) than to appear perfect.

  10. Teresa Minton says

    Sounds like a very good read and an inspiration. Many prayers and blessings as you add to your family.

  11. says

    Just watching that trailer of Angie talking about the book, I feel like I can totally relate to her and the journey her life has taken her on. Her book is one I definitely need to own. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

  12. Lynette says

    I have this book on my “To read” list. I loved “I Will Carry You” and am currently reading “What Women Fear”.

  13. Stephanie says

    I heard Angie speak last year at Women of Faith and was so touched by her story. I would love to read the book! BTW, love your blog too! :)

  14. Heidi DeJong says

    I began following your blog last fall sometime, and thought it was mainly an interior decorating type blog. What a wonderful surprise it has been, feeling like I have been completely drawn in to your lives and a witness to what God is doing for you. I’ve never met you, but find myself praying for your adoption. :) Isn’t life amazing! Thanks for your inspiration – you have not only inspired me to make my home “homier” (is that a word?) but to trust God more fully and enjoy the journey!

  15. Jennifer says

    This book sounds so great. Thanks for the chance to win it and good luck with the home visit!

  16. says

    That is how I feel regret so many times. Feel like this could be a book to help heal. Would love to read it.

  17. Siobhan says

    Thanks for sharing about this book. I have it on my list of books to look for. Each of us can relate to the image presented, in our own way. What a gift an author is given to put those thoughts, feelings, and relationship with God into words to help others.

  18. Valerie says

    Sounds like a great read – been in and out of seasons in my life when I don’t let Christ shine through. It is always encouraging to hear about other people’s journeys. I enjoy your blog – you are a bright spot because you are genuine and heartfelt – thank you!

  19. Karie W says

    Oh this book would be perfect for me to read. I am in real need of help right now.

  20. Treesha Moore says

    I have watched the video clip 5 or 6 times so far. What a beautiful message that we all need to hear. Thank you for the chance to read your friends book. I need mending.

  21. says

    I would love a copy of that book, I think I may have just made it in on the deadline for commenting! Thanks for the contest–fun! :)

  22. Ally says

    Prayers for your journey! Adoption is SUCH a HUGE blessing! (For BOTH parties!) 😉
    This sounds like an awesome book!

  23. BrendaS says

    What a beautiful thought. His light shines through our brokenness! I’d love to read this book!

  24. Ter'e Crow Lindsay says

    There is going to be a run on this book, for sure……we are all hoping to be winners!

    BTW, I am going back to the post on Katie’s Spaghetti. I wonder how many have tried it and if it was a huge hit. I am making it tonight! I hope you will share some more fav recipes with us.

  25. venita says

    I always love a good book! I hope your dream of becoming a mother comes soon–you and Kevin seem very ready! Exciting time in your life and for the little person out there somewhere who doesn’t even have a clue about how wonderful their life is going to become.