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What we've been up to...

Crafting, listening to lots of Pandora "Folk Holidays" [which i am looooving], a little baking, and experiencing gratitude anew for online Christmas shopping!

As much as I would love for our Christmas to be entirely handmade, it is just too time consuming, at least for this mama. But I did just finish sewing a Heavy Baby Doll for Indigo. I ordered the kit through Joy's Waldorf Dolls. The kit includes the materials and the pattern and you then sew/assemble the doll yourself. It will save you around $70 (the kit costs around $30), but I found it to be quite a lot of work. Now that it is finished I am very glad I did it, though.

The doll is filled with millet, a lighter grain. The head is stuffed with wool, which extends into the chest. The doll weighs around 3 1/2 lbs. You cannot believe how life-like she is. It really is amazing. The doll won't be a surprise for Indigo since I let her chose which doll she wanted from the website when I ordered the kit. Also, she's been around when I've been working on it, like on the weekends when Dan is around. She has been totally mesmerized by this doll. She loves that it is heavy. And you can put the doll in the microwave to warm her up, which makes her even more life-like. Indi keeps asking if she can "bring her home" even though we are already home -- I think she means keep her. I still have to paint on the face. Unless Dan wants to embroider it on again this year.

Here she is:

When I was a young girl, I remember my aunts baking gingerbread men cookies. While I don't particularly love the taste of them, I have very fond memories of the cookies hanging from my grandparents' mantel - one for every member of the family. So this week we made gingerbread men cookies. I found the recipe here. They were surprisingly delicious, but the dough was initially incredibly sticky, thus hard to roll out. The kids loved them -- I think they were gone in about 12 hours. I halved the recipe, because it said it made 3 dozen cookies. However, we only got 8 with the halved recipes, so next time I would make the whole thing.

The kids loved decorating them together.

This week we received three videos of Evangeline from the third party doctor, Dr Sofia. I think she was trying to take pictures, so they are incredibly short - like 1 second each, but we absolutely treasure them. She is even more beautiful and perfect and precious than in the pictures. It was such a gift to receive them, yet so bittersweet. Oh, how we long to bring her home! We are still waiting for a court date. We've been waiting for 7 1/2 weeks. I am just so discouraged by this. While she is considered healthy and "normal" she is experiencing motor delays which the U of MN adoption clinic doctors think will resolve when she is "in a supportive environment".
She can sit in the tripod position but cannot roll from back to front. She is 8 months old. As a mama who rarely put my kids down, it is just heartbreaking to me to think of all the time she has spent/is spending in a crib. Yes, the care at Toukoul is said to be good, but it's not the same as being in the arms of a mother.

We will most definitely post as soon as we hear something regarding a court date.

In the meantime, I wish each and every one of you blessings this advent season.


  1. OMGSH, I bet you were so excited to get new info on your little one. I hope you get to hold her in your arms soon. Have a blessed holiday!

  2. Beautiful doll Rachel! I want to make one for Yabbi!

  3. That doll is amazing! Is there anything you can't do? We have been loving the Christmas music over here too, it's on ALL day long. :)


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