Hello Out There

We’ve been sort of in a fog, and then really busy with exciting things. When we found out we were ending our plans to adopt from Ethiopia, I can now admit that I was devastated. In shock really. I just longed and mourned for that little one, and was just a little confused about where to turn next.

In the midst of the fog of March, I wandered into a beautiful little shop in downtown Lewiston. Northwest Handmade Goods, go it’s adorable (527 Main;). As soon as I walked through the doors I was in love. The place was beautiful, the store owner Erika is so charming, and the merchandise was perfection and fun. Erika hand picks handmade items from all over the northwest, it’s kind of like the best of Etsy. And she has a great eye for beautiful things. And then an idea popped into my head, ” I would love for a few of our pieces from Junk In The Trunk Vintage to be in here. Oh what’s that you don’t remember……I love junk! I like to thrift, hunt, and repurpose old things and make the beautiful again. Remember this:

This was Chase and I’s first time putting Junk In The Trunk in a flea market (Funky Finds) back in September. Since then we have mostly been selling our “junk” online. So I finally had the courage to ask Erika. I was blown away when she already knew of Junk In The Trunk. She walked me back to a whole room, and I was beyond flattered when she asked if we wanted the whole room! Eek! It was a ray of light through the fog. We have completely immersed ourselves in it for the past few months, and it has been so therapeutic. I am in heaven, thanks for the opportunity Erika!

My trunk always has junk in it!

We go on a lot of treasure hunts on the weekends.

Laken and River are the best little sports and quite the “Junkers”. The Junk Hunk has had a blast doing DIY projects and repurposing. I could not do this all without his talents;).

This is our sweet new sign that Jenny at Northwest Media designed! And some shots of the store.




The break, and creative energy has been so wonderful for this mommas soul. We have an exciting announcement. We have started to pursue a domestic adoption! I am so beyond melted and know this is right where our paths were meant to turn. I know I’ve mentioned the call to adopt before. But I should clarify that I feel like Ethiopia was only part of the call….and a very important piece to our journey. I wouldn’t trade my love for the people of Ethiopia, and the compassion that is now in our hearts for the care of vulnerable families there. This piece had made me the person I am, and was an amazing part of my growing faith.

During our struggle with our decision my bracelet arrived from Farmgirlpaints (Instagram). “I searched the world for you.” When I ordered it, I had a little Ethiopian in mind. This was going to be the billboard for my heart. I was a little sad when I first opened it. But now I rock it, it’s my favorite piece. I did search the world for whomever ends up being our next child. And we hope to share all that we learned on this journey with our little one. The journey to him has made us better people. He is our greatest adventure.

We are now finished with all of our paperwork and are “active ” with our agency. During the past month we have set up our nursery for a newborn! A birth mom will pick us to parent her baby when she is likely still carrying him. So we have to be prepared for a tiny new member in our family. Eek!

I spend a lot of time daydreaming about rocking him in this chair. Chase paints a rocking chair for each of his babies. He chose orange this time. I found the softest vintage chevron afghan on Instagram. And the bicycle pillow is from Northwest Handmade Goods. His nursery is “our greatest adventure” themed.

We just printed and sent in our profile book. It’s a book that birth moms will look at to get to know our family initially, and help her to chose who she wants to parent her child. It was extremely lovely to write. After imagining little contact with our international birth family……we are really excited about the opportunity to know and love our babies birth family, if they choose too. Here’s a few pages from our profile:







Just last night we were emailed a “situation”. When we are waiting we will be notified of “situations” that our agency feels might be a good match with us. We read the situation (story, circumstance, etc) and decide if we would like our profile to be presented to the birth family. From there she/ he makes a decision that is best for her baby. Unfortunately this particular situation was not right for our family…but it was lovely to be moving in the right direction again. We are looking forward to what is down this new road;).

These two have been enjoying the sunshine, and spring weather. Here are some pictures from a beautiful spring adventure in the wildlife park.



And a few other gems





One thought on “Hello Out There

  1. Kristi says:

    We also adopted domestically. We received “the call” after our daughter had been born. She was 17 days old and living in interim care. We arranged to pick her up The VERY NEXT DAY!!! Our nursery was only half finished so we went to Babies R Us that night and shopped for the essentials like crazy people:) We also planned on having a relationship with the birth mother. This mother chose closed adoption so we’ve never met her and know little about her. A big shock for us because we knew many birth mothers are now choosing open adoption. Our beautiful daughter is now 4 yrs old and quite the character!! I saw you on IG. Feel free to check out our pics on IG- pphipps20:)

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