Working and Wandering

Whew- what a busy week! Among other things, I was painting, painting, painting, and I’m so excited to finally be able to put the finishing touches on my third episode for The Design Network this weekend. I don’t know exactly when they’ll post it (I’ll blog about it when they do), but working on Sweet P’s room (and the stairwell) has really helped keep me nice and extra busy while we look forward to getting our invitation letter from IBESR in Haiti. It lacks one last signature from what we understand, so maybe it’ll turn up next week? What a great Valentine’s Day present that would be! (Speaking of the 14th, we’re going to Empowered to Connect in Birmingham, and we’re really looking forward to attending that. Have you ever been?)

And for those of you who have written asking, this first trip will be a two-week bonding trip. We’ll be observed by a Haitian social worker a couple of times while we’re there, and at the end of the trip, she will determine whether or not our match will be made official. As nerve-wracking as that may sound, I feel sure that our boy is our boy, and I am determined to not let my anxiety flail wildly around about that. I’m sure there will be enough nerves the day of our appointments, and God’s got this thing anyway…I just know it.

We’ll also attend our Embassy appointment at the US Embassy at some point during those two weeks. My friend who was there and attended her appointment last week said, “it’s intimidating in a way that any appointment you attended that required no less than four security searches would be intimidating”. Ultimately though, the Embassy is simply preparing for the day when the US government will make it their job to determine if our child (who, at that point, will already be legally deemed a Palmer in a Haitian court of law) meets the requirements to become a US citizen, and whether they will give him his visa for entry when it’s time for him to come home forever. Again, I’m determined not to let that eat me up this month either. Not. Gonna. Do it.

And along those lines, like I’ve mentioned before, Haiti is operating under new rules and regulations this year, so I’ve heard this new process described as being sort of like a rope bridge that’s being built as you cross it…each plank appearing underfoot the moment before you step onto it. Right now, our caseworker (Meredith) tells us that it’s looking like we may be able to bring our boy home about one year after our two-week bonding trip. So, maybe March of 2015? A lot of things have to happen with our paperwork between now and then, but we will be allowed to visit a few more times, which is awesome. And again, every family’s Haitian adoption process seems to be a little different from the next, so we’ll just continue to try our best to be open. This year will be over before we know it though, and I think it’s just as important for us to cherish this chapter, as it is to cherish the ones that will continue to unfold after it. This is the part where we get to find out about each other, and we get to experience love in this completely new and life-changing way. We get to fall in love! It’s a blessing and I don’t want to skim it away.


Switching gears, I was thinking we could link e-arms and go out for a sister-stroll today. Let’s head to the flea market where we can walk and talk and absorb, shall we?

Let’s do some synchronized gasping at the prettiest mint green floor lamp we ever did see…

Mint Green Floor Lamp

…and agree that this $18 vintage fixture would definitely have to come home with one of us if the base wasn’t bent so badly:

Vintage Bath Light Fixture

Let’s swoon together over this “handy” jadeite ring holder…

Mint Green Jewelry Hand

…and talk about how pretty this little table would look with a coat of paint:

Round Side Table

Let’s both just instinctively know that this cow & boxwood is “SO Miss Mustard Seed!“…

Rusted Cow Head Sculpture | Boxwood Wreath

…and let’s text Traci because we both remember her mentioning something about wanting a vintage croquet set on Twitter recently:

Vintage Croquet Set

Let’s chat about how we love this frame as much as the cross-stitch inside of it…

Vintage Cross Stitch

…and about how we both have a “thing” for old wooden crates:

Yeast Foam Wood Box

Wood Milk Container Box

Let’s open up these old quilts so we can see how they look…

Vintage Patchwork Quilt

…and let’s talk each other out of them because we don’t really need anymore old quilts.

Vintage Quilt | Purple | Green

Let’s gush over these lights and their gorgeous wooden beads…

Wood Bead Chandelier | Wooden Wood Bead Chandelier

And after that, let’s carry what you bought for under twenty bucks to your car, and carry what I bought for under twenty bucks to mine:

Brass Umbrella

Vintage Dominoes

A brass umbrella, books for baby, and dominoes for days…these are a few of my favorite thrifted things. :-)

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  1. Angie W says

    I am SO in love with the beaded chandeliers right now. Those were beauties. And that fun little pillow with the cute birdie! I wish I could have shopped with you – what a great trip. Your brass umbrella is very cool, too.

  2. Sarah Lahrman says

    I don’t think I would have talked you out of that old quilt…having kids means using blankets for more than just blankets! Mine love to make “forts” out of them and get flashlights and books and we have a great time reading stories together! :)

    I think we all are on our tip-toes waiting in anticipation for each adoption update. So great to hear you sound so positive and upbeat ~ God has a plan! My favorite quote I found recently, “Be patient, God isn’t finished yet”. Blessings to your family, Layla!

    P.S. – I think I would have walked out with that beaded chandelier…totally swooning*

  3. says

    Ok, so the umbrella stand was my purchase correct? :) What a lovely find. And what a beautiful way to look at the process of your adoption story. I don’t think I would be as patient as you. But, I know God’s timing is always perfect – sounds like you are resting in his time.

  4. Liz VK says

    Your new son will do very well with his new forever family. We adopted our son from Russia when he was 11 years old. He adjusted and learned English very quickly. He graduated at the top 10% of his class and is now in a security clearance job in our US Navy.

    What a difference a chance at life with opportunities makes!!!

    Waiting to hear about your adventures more.

  5. Mo says

    Hi Layla,
    Long shot, but I have been skimming old posts because I vaguely remember seeing one from a Flea Market in Birmingham. Was this an actual market? I will be headed there in a week and would love a couple out. You seem to be able to find good ones!

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