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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Exercise in Expectancy & The One Year Mark

After spending the day with our moms on Sunday, I decided to spend the rest of the afternoon doing what I do best, time consuming DIY projects.  I have been thinking about what to put above the crib for weeks now.  The focal point of the room.  The area I will stare at from the rocking chair for hours on end someday.  I wanted it to be a statement. 

I considered our child's name, but not knowing what we we name the baby, or the gender, that was out.  Especially because I wanted to do this project before the baby comes home.  I thought about quotes like "Such a big miracle in such a small baby," and or a Bible verse like "I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made."  Nothing was really thrilling me though.

Then Joan came to visit last week.  She came bearing gifts (that fabulous crib mobile you will see in just a minute), and brilliant ideas.  She turned me onto another adoption blog which had 1 Samuel 1:27 above the crib.  I loved it.  I mean LOVED it.

Enter my lovely Cricut, Sure Cuts A Lot, some inexpensive vinyl, and behold my $3 creation:



This was my first big vinyl project, so there are definitely things I would do differently next time.  But it does the job for now.  The little secret that makes me feel really happy is the font I used for "child, prayer, and Lord," is called Segeo Script, and is the same font used in our adoption profile.

Anyway, as I was putting the letters up (which took a painstakingly long time), I couldn't help but feel like I was putting the cart before the horse with this quote.  For our child yes, I have prayed, but no, the Lord has not yet granted my desire. 

And that my friends is the moment I truly felt like I was an "expecting mom" for the first time. 

It has been one year since we began this process.  I have made my desires known, and I know my prayers will not go unanswered.  They have not been answered yet in the ways that I have expected, but I know that I am a better person for going through this journey, I am closer to my husband, and I am learning more about my Father.  Those are all good things!

A few weeks ago I stumbled onto the blog of another waiting family, and I read this, which has really stuck with me:

Waiting in expectancy means that you TRUST your Father.
Waiting with expectations means that you have DEMANDS on Him.

Oh, that my expecting may be backed by TRUST and FAITH!









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6 comments:

  1. Really cute!! That's one of my favorite verses :)

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  2. Love the in front of crib pic!

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  3. That is such a cute idea! Love the scripture as well.

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  4. Yay, it looks great!! Soon enough you can take that same picture with a baby in the crib ;)

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  5. That is so cool! What an awesome thing to meditate on for those sleepless nights with your little one:).

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  6. praying for you and supporting you

    so glad you have a nursery going...i really treasured putting ours together : it seemed less like waiting and more like preparing...


    blessings

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