Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain...Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Swatches Galore

I loved so many of the swatches "Aunt Annie" sent.  It was a tough decision, but I did choose one.  Here were the options:

So what did I choose?  Well - I'll give you a hint.  I wanted to choose a fabric that would go well with these gorgeous pillows Granny K made for Eliza.  She incorporated the white pique that will make up the bulk of the bedding.

I love them!  So Aunt Annie is going to make bows for the pickets out of the new fabric, and Granny K is going to make a table cover.  Oh, and as for the rug that I labored's on backorder until the end of November.  Lovely!  We canceled the order - so it's back to square one on the rug situation.  I better get crackin' though.  Only 25 days until the due date!  Praise the Lord!!!  This child could be in our arms any day!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Get over it - and be a Proverbs 31 Woman already!

Nursery theme?  Nope, don't have one.  Colors?  Not really.  I have absolutely no confidence in my creative notions.  I would love to run with an idea, but spending money on "materialistic touches" makes me nervous.  Will I regret my choices?  Will Kyle not care for it?  Will we tire of it quickly?  I've thought about it so much it all just seems so unimportant compared to the blessing of the little girl who will be the most precious adornment in that nursery.  But truth be told making our house a home should be my joyful duty.  These hang ups...I need to GET OVER THEM!  They have led to procrastination and, in my opinion, a dull house.  I have been praying Proverbs 31 like crazy lately.  It has convicted me in so many wonderful ways.

~Will Kyle not like it = the heart of her husband trusts in her
~Spending money makes me nervous = she considers a field and buys it
~Will we tire of it quickly = she senses that her gain is good...smiles at the future
~Procrastination = she does not eat the bread of idleness

10An excellent wife, who can find?
For her worth is far above jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
And he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
13She looks for wool and flax
And works with her hands in delight.
14She is like merchant ships;
She brings her food from afar.
15She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it;
From her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She girds herself with strength
And makes her arms strong.
18She senses that her gain is good;
Her lamp does not go out at night.
19She stretches out her hands to the distaff,
And her hands grasp the spindle.
20She extends her hand to the poor,
And she stretches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.
22She makes coverings for herself;
Her clothing is fine linen and purple.
23Her husband is known in the gates,
When he sits among the elders of the land.
24She makes linen garments and sells them,
And supplies belts to the tradesmen.
25Strength and dignity are her clothing,
And she smiles at the future.
26She opens her mouth in wisdom,
And the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She looks well to the ways of her household,
And does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and bless her;
Her husband also, and he praises her, saying:
29"Many daughters have done nobly,
But you excel them all."
30Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain,
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
31Give her the product of her hands,
And let her works praise her in the gates.

So I did it.  I finally ordered a rug to go in the nursery.  I still had Kyle pass off on it, but making a decision was liberating.  I know that probably sounds ridiculous, but it's a step.  We've had the big things in place for a while.  My sister is making the crib bedding out of a very sweet white piquet.  I've had an accent color in mind for a long time, but unfortunately there are no fabric stores here in Morgantown.  So today Ann Forrest was gracious enough to take a bagillion pictures with her cell phone in Forest Lake Fabric for me to say yes/no.  She went straight to the post office and mailed several possible swatches for the accent bows to go on the pickets and I'll MAKE A DECISION!  YES I WILL! 

Setting up the crib

Crib and Chiffarobe

A few gadgets and gizmos...

So it's all just stuff - but it sure makes the anticipation lots of fun!  29 days until the due date.  Some say she'll be here a tad before the due date, I still say right on it or late.  The Lord only knows!  As much as I would love to know her Birthday, it's comforting to know that He is completely in control and there is nothing anyone can do to truly predict anything. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Showered with blessings - Part 3

My oh-so-amazing (expectant mother herself) sister-in-law Rebecca, her Mom and JT hosted a shower for us. 

JT...Mrs. Donna...Rebecca

Can I just tell you how far a night of fellowship with women who love the Lord and conversation that glorifies Him will take you?  It was almost a month ago and I'm still reflecting on the uplifting words spoken and sacred thoughts written in each note.  Each woman who attended is such an example for me and I am so grateful for their prayers and encouragement.

This may have been right after Ann Forrest
sat in her pink petafore with her white pants on.

Aunt Annie made Eliza's bow hanger.
It is hanging in her nursery & Kyle and I love it!

Mom gave me Eliza's first piano hymn book...

...and wrote the sweetest note about teaching
it to her one day! 

Mrs. Polly made the most beautiful blanket for Eliza.

Mrs. Kim came all the way from Lancaster!
She gave Eliza her first ornament and piggy bank.
Love you Mrs. Kim!

   I'm sure Marie Louise is giving me some sort of
"can't live without it" advice!  She has been a huge help.

Grandmamma Ann and Aunt Annie
What would I do without them?

I am due August 25 w/ Elizabeth Childers Boyce.
Rebecca is due September 27 w/ Campbell Gene Boyce.
Mrs. Karen - AKA "Granny K" will have herself a
Granddaughter and Grandson in about a month's time.

I love this peapod hat from Mrs. Bonnie!

Thank you Mrs. Ginger for the cutest sweater!
Eliza will definitely be needing this in WV!

Showered with blessings - Part 2

Several Boyce ladies showered us with blessings back home.  It was such a sweet family time.  I was able to spend some time with aunts and cousins who I don't get to see often. 
Thank you Tiff and Marianna for
hosting such a special day!

Aunt Harriett...Grandmamma Boyce...Granny K

Eliza gets her middle name from these "Childers" women.

My Cousin Renee'...Aunt Victoria...Aunt Sue
(Aunt Sue gave Dad - as in My Dad - a tea party set to use with Eliza. How sweet!)