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We’re Adopting!

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As some of you may know, we’ve been trying to adopt for the past three years. It’s been such a rollercoaster ride. Our original country we choose to adopt from did not work out for us so we had to kind of start over at the beginning of 2015. Nothing from our original dossier would work for our China adoption. As far as the paperwork chase, we needed everything again, including re-approval of our i800a form, home study update, more training, original birth certificates and marriage licenses. You name it, we needed it. And it all paid off because we received our very first referral in August 2015. We had so many emotions running through us. Since this was our very first referral since the beginning of this journey, we obviously had a lot of questions. After all was said and done, we accepted our referral and began our next leg of the journey to bring baby Nguyen home. This leg of the journey seemed like it was taking forever! We still had to finish up our dossier and have everything apostilled and then stamped at the China Consulate here in Houston. Then we had to wait for our Article 5 to be issued and wait for Notice of Travel. All in all, we’ve waited about 8 months since our acceptance and we’re finally traveling to bring her home! Thank you all for your support and prayers! Please continue to pray for us as we fly to bring her home.

My awesome Dad

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What can I say? I was and still am a daddy’s girl. It’s not that difficult to be since I’m the only girl out of 4 boys.

 

My dad is my rock. We had a bumpy start to our relationship as any protective parent would. There were a lot of things I was not allowed to do until I was 18. This included no make-up, though I would sneak it on at school. I couldn’t drive either, which was so not fair since my brothers were able to when they were 16! And the biggest no-no was having a boyfriend. That was the biggest bummer yet. But as all rebellious teenagers realize as they get older is how grateful these rules were. I’m glad I wasn’t allowed to date until later in life because I don’t think I would have met my wonderful hubby. Though I still don’t understand the no driving thing but I’m sure it was all for good reasons.

 

I would’ve never imaged my dad ever cooking, it was always my mom that took care of the food. But when she passed, he stepped up in a big way. He was there and he provided for all of us. Even as most of us are living our own lives, he still cooks for us at family dinners.

 

I love you pops!

My beautiful Mom

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My mom was one-of-a-kind. She fled from her home in Vietnam before the peak of the war to a refugee camp here in the states. It was there that she met my dad and after just 10 days, it was she who proposed to him. She was never one to wait for things to happen. She made things happen. She had a love for cooking and boy was it was delicious. People still remember her fabulous egg rolls and fried rice. It still baffles my mind that she was able to have meals for us everyday while still working a full time job. She never seemed tired nor did I ever hear her complain. She just did it. She took care of four kids and worked hard to provide for us. Oh, don’t let me forget to mention the cleaning. She loved to keep things clean. It was a weekly ritual with her. Every Sunday, she would be up at the crack of dawn to clean the entire house while I was still in bed. And I wouldn’t even think of trying to do it for her because it wouldn’t be as good as how she did it.

 

She was an amazing person inside and out. Though she was taken too soon from us, she has touched so many hearts.

 

She fought a good fight until the end. She was able to stay with us to see me marry the love of my life and celebrated my brothers’ 18th birthdays. As painful as it was to see her go, I know that she is in a better place now. She was a super mom and I hope she knew how appreciated she was.

 

I am not a mom yet, but I hope I can be as great as she was. I will love you always mom!

Baby Nguyen Quilt

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The hubby and I have been in the  process of adopting a baby girl from the Republic of Moldova, which we started in August 2012. As we continue to move forward with our paperwork, I slowly become more and more anxious. As I was cleaning my office one day, I realized that I have a lot of scrap fabric. I thought to myself, “what can I do with all this fabric?” I decided to make a quilt for our baby. I have never talked a project this large but I was ready for the challenge. I quickly found tutorials online to help me but I ended up using this tutorial from Fiskars. It seemed like a good beginner quilt project. I pulled out fabrics from when I first started to sew to ones that I recently used. One fabric that I choose was a corduroy from the first bag I ever made. Others include different prints with yellow being the main color. I choose yellow because it’s one of my favorite colors as well as my late mother.

 

 

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After cutting all the fabric squares and laying out a pattern, I started sewing the pieces together. I tried to be as precise as possible but the lines didn’t always lined up. It’s not the most perfect quilt ever made but I love it. I can’t wait for our baby girl to cuddle up with it.

 

When our paperwork is finally processed and we’re matched up, I plan on making another quilt, with fabrics purchased from Moldova. That way, she’ll have a quilt from her old home and one from her new home.

Year end review

Wow, 2012 came and went. What a fun and crazy ride 2012 was. There were not lofty goals that I set for myself but many great things happened for me this year, including our first step in making our family of two into three. I was fortunate enough to be invited to sell at a storefront in The Heights and became friends with local entrepreneurs like myself. I surpassed 100 sales on etsy, which included international sales! I also sold at a handful of craft shows this year, each was rewarding and a learning experience. I look forward to what 2013 has in store for me and I cannot wait for all the twists and turns it may bring.

A personal message

As some of you may already know and for those that don’t, we have exciting news. We’re in the process of adopting Baby Nguyen from The Republic of Moldova. We are currently in the training process and after that is complete, we turn in our paper work to schedule the homestudy visit.

 

We’ve started blogging about our process here and while you’re there, be sure to read The Story of Us; it’s a tear jerker.

 

Now that you’ve been able to absorb the great news, can you please help us bring Baby Nguyen home? Our first efforts for fundraising will be through this Raffle we’ve set up. Every two weeks, we’ll have something new for you to bid on.

 

Thank you again for your support!

Side Project

For the past couple of months, I’ve been helping my sister-in-law redecorate her house. We’ve been using items found around her house as well as new purchases, if needed. After finishing her powder room, we moved to the dining room, where I helped her create drapes for her windows. That inspired me to want to redecorate our house. We painted our bedroom, purchased new sheets and I will need to make drapes for the windows in there. Looking at our dining room, we wanted new drapes as well. I purchased these panels at Bed, Bath and Beyond and it just doesn’t fit our style anymore.

I was on the hunt for something new. I visited Jo-Ann’s to peruse through their home decor fabric, which as on sale for 50% off and I had an additional 30% off coupon, score! After many picture taking and email exchanges with the hubby, we finally found one that would work great. The top part of the panel would be a solid ivory, drapery lining, and the bottom half would be a printed taupe floral pattern. It was perfect for the room.

I did some rough measurements and figured that the window panel is 94″ long, with the top half being about 30″ tall and the bottom 64″ with back tabbed pleats. (Finished size is a little bit off, but it still looks great!) Here’s a little collage of the process I went to attach the two pieces, creating the hems for the sides and attaching the back tabs.
After hanging the tabs, I realized the bottom was a bit too long and I had to adjust. With a lot of ironing and pinning, I finally got it to the length I wanted. Here is the finished piece. The hubby and I love it and the room feels more like us.