Assembling and Packing

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Hi! Have I ever been busy! Whew!

[Takes deep breath, and big sip of coffee.]

How are you? How is everything going out there? Good? Thank you EVER so much for the ornament kit orders. Oh me oh my. I am so thrilled. It's been a fantastic week of crazy work, lots of help, late nights, many trips to the post office, lots of laughing, lots of ordering in dinner and lunch, lots of snacks (as you know), lots of felt, lots of labels, oh, just everything. It's been a lot of fun, actually. But I literally haven't had time to talk. Usually we have this project done by the end of October; here we are, one month early, though we started at the same time we usually do. It was awesome. Thank you very much for every single one of your orders — they mean so much to us. We still have lots of kits left (though the Sweet Homes are going faster than the others, so I think those will definitely run out first), but everything is assembled now, and I am completely caught up on orders. So I'm very happy.

We have had one problem that I know of so far, and the fault is all mine. In the Sweet Home kits, I discovered after several hundred were already assembled and shipped that I never even ordered the Red #321 embroidery floss for the French knots and the hanger on the wreath. That was not a good moment!!! After I discovered this, we bought all of the red floss they had at our local fabric stores and cut those skeins into lengths of floss and included a length in each kit, so watch for that piece of floss, tucked in near the lace and rick-rack. You need very little of the red — just enough for a few stitches in decoration — so if you have received a Sweet Home kit that doesn't have a piece of red floss included in it you can totally use a few plies (I would double or triple it) from a spool of red sewing thread and you'll never know the difference. If you don't have an easy way to get a hold of any red thread or red embroidery floss, don't worry for even a second — just email me with your address and I will send you a piece of red floss ASAP.

Thank you also for all of the super-sweet and hilarious comments on Andy's post. He was home all day the day he posted, and he was checking the computer every few minutes and giggling over all of the funny things people said. It was seriously adorable. Thank you for that.

Oh, these days! They're intense! The adoption plans seem to be on track and going well so far! The baby's due date is November 11, but there are reasons to be concerned that she may arrive early, so we are living in a state of high anticipation, waiting for the phone to ring and feathering the nest in the meantime. I think we have everything we're supposed to have, which feels really good. It's sort of challenging to make sure that we have everything we'll need to have in Illinois as well as in Oregon. But I think I will finally have some time today to put together a box of things to ship out to Andy's parents' house, where we'll be staying for several weeks.

I'm so glad we've had this time to prepare. It's all still kind of surreal, I have to tell you. I say my prayers every night, and think about the baby and her beautiful mother pretty much all day long every day, and write my letters, and try to send all of my love and good energy to them both across all of the long miles between us now. I truly hope they can feel what I am thinking and feeling. With any adoption there is a lot of uncertainty. There's uncertainty with any pregnancy, as well, of course. But adoption seems to take baby uncertainty to a whole new level, since there are so many different kinds of uncertainty happening all that the exact same time. I try not to live in the uncertainty, and try to let myself truly cherish and enjoy every single minute of this preparation time. I really want to just enjoy it all.

Because oh man. WOW. We are thrilled. Words simply fail.


sending luck and love. we're thrilled right alongside you guys. xo

Piles and heaps and mounds and large laundry stacks and tanks overflowing with love and prayers to every one of you. SO much to think upon. Hearts SO full.

I'm so excited for you and sending you lots of positive thoughts from the UK! Can't wait for my ornament its too. Good luck with everything!

(And that is a ridiculously adorable room.) <3

(And that is a ridiculously adorable room.) <3

I'm so thrilled for you and Andy and for that cherished new one you will be bringing home. Praying that all will go well for everyone concerned.

Susie Sears Taylor says: September 29, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Love Love LOVE the snow suit hanging on the wall!!!! I would say you are ready. If you forget anything when you go remember there are lots of stores in Illinois too! I hope you will be able to post while you are there to keep us all updated. As you can tell by the comments, all of us are waiting right along with you to hear the good news. If you don't want to post a picture of the baby (and I would understand why) I hope to see a picture of little hands and feet at least. Clover will be thrilled too, in one way or another. I saw a picture once of a young family who had the bottoms of their four big feet and two tiny feet taken in black and white. It was adorable...also hands would be cute like that. If you do that in Portland you might be able to squeeze in a couple of hairy paws from you know who.

We are hoping to travel in a couple of months to meet OUR new baby girl...but she is all the way in Ethiopia and I FEEL you on the uncertainty! And having everything we need here at home and to care for her in Ethiopia for a week, in our hotel room...scawwy!!! I love following you along in this journey so very much. It's comforting to read so many of the same sentiments I'm feeling expressed so eloquently. Your blog brings me so much joy...thank you for putting so much love into it!!!


Lisa in Lincoln says: September 29, 2011 at 10:23 AM

So, so happy for you and Andy! Your excitement is contagious! My kit arrived and I am excited about that - thank you! I re-read Andy's blog - what a hoot! He is quite entertaining! I chuckled all the way through - again! I trust you have a newborn Chicago Bears t-shirt ready?!! I am wishing and praying for the very best for all of you.

Such an exciting time! Sending good thoughts your way (and loving the absolutely adorable glimpse of the kid-space you're putting together!).


Of course, you will have all the things you really need both here and there: your arms, your voices, your mouths (for kisses, kisses, kisses). Your burning desire to care for that little person. All else is gravy (and some pretty damn good gravy if the photo on your post is any indication--I want to live in that baby's room!).

I'm SO SO happy for you both (well, all 3 of you!). I know I lurk and don't comment much, but I think of you often. I've been praying right along with you that everything works out!

Oh, I have missed your lengthy posts so much. Thank you for taking the time to fill us in. I am delighted and thrilled for you all. Enjoy every minute of anticipation and the small wonders and large joys that come next.

I am so happy and excited for you and Andy. I pray that everything works out as the way you want it to be. God Bless! I'm sending my prayers to you all the way from New York. You guys will be such lovely parents.

Alicia, our daughter's adoption was finalized 24 years ago today. Time passes so quickly. Enjoy every moment!

Alessandra Loiacono says: September 29, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Sending you and your family all the good thoughts and prayers! Best of luck and can't wait to meet your baby girl!!

Prayers and well wishes for all of you. What a brave, wonderful person to give her baby such a sweet and loving home.

I am so excited for your little family! All the warmest wishes and thoughts and love for you and Andy and Baby Paulson. (eek! how awesome is that!?!) :)

Congratulations!!! prayers for healthy baby, healthy mom and peace. what a wonderful season you are in! many blessings to your growing family.

Having lived through that process twice, I send you wishes for calm, and overflowing happiness. And of course prayers that all will go perfect. That is one lucky little girl to have you two for parents!

I am just so, so happy for you two. What a wonderful time.

Sending many blessings and prayers your way! So happy for you guys!

I am so happy and exctied for you two. It warms my heart as I think about that little girl being waited on with so much love, and the wonderful life that awaits her!

Oh my GOSH, Alicia and Andy: You have a due date!! I am so happy for you. Soooooooooo happy for you. Gahhh! How wonderful!!! :)

That is so so so wonderful...yipeeeee
Enjoy every second, it has been a long long wait for you..nearly there x
love jooles x

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at




Since August of 2011 I've been using a Canon EOS 60D with an EF 18-200mm kit lens and an EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro lens.