Shannon Falls, August 2012

Friday, February 6, 2009


Okay, so I'm a dork. I love homemade gifts. Tonight, at the risk of pushy, I called my grandparents in south TX. My PawPaw can work wonders with wood. We have a corner unit in our living room that he made and stained. I love it! It means so much to me, and it's an item I will always treasure. I had been pondering a thought for awhile, so tonight I finally asked. (You're wondering if I'm every going to tell you what I asked, right?) :) I called and asked my Granny if she thought PawPaw would consider making a toychest for Hayden's nursery. The stain color he used on my unit matches the crib perfectly; it couldn't be any closer. She told me that he had just been mentioning how he needed to make more stuff for us, and she thought he'd be thrilled to do it. I am so stinking excited. It's going to fit right under Hayden's window; they'll bring it in June when they come. So I'll have to wait just a little for it, but I am so thankful to have a grandfather who would give such a gift to my son. Maybe that sounds cheesy, but it's something Hayden will always have from his great-PawPaw. Plus, no one else will have one like it!

On another handmade note, I am stealing an idea from a college friend of mine. Her nephew was recently born and she made a sign for his door. It's adorable! I've asked one of my Sunday School girls who loves to do crafty things to consider making something similar for the nursery as well (boy, I'm pushy, aren't I?!). I'm posting a picture of it. Yes, it says Keatan and yes, it has a train, so I'm asking my SS girl to adapt it for a sports nursery. Maybe things are finally starting to come together. I want to get a rocking chair (I don't care if it's used/beat up/etc.) that I can paint and make personal for the nursery. Now it's just finding an inexpensive chair (not that I've looked all that hard!). All the gliders and ottomans we've looked at are just too expensive. So I really just wanted to post about the toychest.

And on the last note, I'm almost done with my Saturday classes for my alternate route 5-year teaching license. Oh, and please be praying. I think I can safely say this here (and please don't share with anyone who might teach with me), but I've submitted my application to another school here on the Coast. It would be a huge leap financially for us and the hours and resources are better. I'm praying it's what God wants because if not, I'll be miserable. If it doesn't work out, I still have my current position. Some changes are coming (maybe good, maybe bad), so I want to be where I can be most beneficial and productive.

So much for just a post on a toychest!


The Haines said...

Jamie, he will love the toychest and it will mean so much to your grandfather that you asked him to make it. My dad made Jackson one for Christmas and its my favorite thing in the house!

Heather said...

I love that idea...wish I had one for Mattie Leigh.

Suzy Q Daniel said...

I'm so excited for you all. I have a couple of things that my granddad made for me. One of them is a deacon's bench that means the world to me. It was intended to be used as toy chest for my child I hoped to have one day. God had other plans, but I still treasure my deacon's bench.

Take care,
Aunt G