Sunday, September 28, 2008

All baby, all the time

"While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about." (Angela Schwindt)

I got to do something very exciting today: I dressed my child with a sweater that I hand knit. I have knit so many baby gifts over the past four years for other people, and finally it's Sam's turn to wear something made with love by me! I can't remember if I posted this when I finished it or not. It's the chunky cardigan from Simple Knits for Cherished Babies, made out of Cotton-Ease in "Maize." I knit it this summer and it fits him perfectly, so hopefully he can wear it this fall.

He fell asleep in the car on the way home from church so I just put him down with it on. We went to St. Gert's for the baptism of some friends at the parish, Jim and Katie and their little boy Neil (who was not happy when that oil was put on his head!). I didn't take any pictures of them (oops) but took one of this Nigerian family who was also having their baby baptized. Aren't those headdresses cool?

It's pretty much all baby, all the time around here. It's been a week and already Sam may be over the jet lag. He's sleeping at night, anyway. (Knock on wood.) He's napping a lot today, which is new. He's had some stress from all the change and we've had to re-evaluate how many new people he should meet in this first weeks. I've been blogging about that at our adoption blog.

Meanwhile, our neighbors watered our plants while we were gone and our little tomato plant is bearing fruit. There are seven cherry tomatoes on there right now, and Andy reports he ate a few while we were gone, too. I can't wait to have a real garden, but this is a moderate success for a deck garden. In addition, our many basil plants are doing well (indoors). I should make and freeze some pesto soon. When I'm not holding or playing with the baby!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Samuel Dieu

"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see." (John W. Whitehead, The Stealing of America)

Introducing Samuel Dieu Schlumpf Butler. We are home from our two-week trip to Vietnam to adopt our son. It was an amazing trip, and now we're all trying to get over our jet-lag and help Sam get used to his new surroundings. It's all quite disruptive and scary for him, as you might imagine.

I'm sorry I forgot to remind Spiritual Knitter readers to follow our adoption blog while we were gone. But you can go here and start reading from Sept. 5 to catch up. Thanks for all your well wishes and prayers. We are a family now!

Thursday, September 04, 2008

It's curtains for you!

"Tell the timid to take heart; the Lord our God will come." (From the monastic liturgy)

So, if you had only six days to get ready for a 2-week international trip that also happened to include "childbirth," what would you do? Make curtains, right? That's what I did last week: painted our bedroom, made drapes for that room, and made curtains for the baby's room. Of course, these are things that have been on my to-do list all summer, but I just couldn't get myself to do them. I think there was a part of me that never really believed this would finally happen. Well, now it is!

We wanted some drapes to darken our bedroom (Samuel will probably sleep in there initially since he's not used to sleeping alone), but I didn't want to spend a bundle. I found this Pottery Barn duvet cover at a thrift and decided to cut it up and make curtains. We had a lot of windows to cover so I needed lots of fabric. It took more seams than I would have liked because I had to cut around a hole, but they turned out pretty nice and match the wall paint perfectly. That pretty much took me all day Saturday.

I also made these cute curtains from an Ikea shower curtain for the baby's room. They also match perfectly, and the shower curtain was only $20. They need to be lined so they'll be darker but I found some room-darkening curtains at Target on clearance for $6 that should work for lining. Because I'll have so much time to sew once Sam's home!

There were so many details to finish up this week, but we're coming down the home stretch now. I taught my last class last night and today we're packing everything up. Tomorrow by this time we'll be in the air on the way to Ho Chi Minh City! If you want to follow our adoption journey, we hope to post to our adoption blog if we can get past the firewall.