Thursday, February 25, 2010

Katherine Anne VanMeppelen-Scheppink

With joy and thanksgiving we would like to announce the birth of our daughter, Katherine Anne VanMeppelen-Scheppink! She was born on February 22, 2010 at 8:54pm at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital. She weighed 9lbs, 5oz and was 21 inches long.

We thank the Lord for giving us this beautiful daughter and for making all things well! We came home yesterday and are enjoying being together as a family. We'll be sure to post more pictures soon!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

The waiting game....

We are ready and waiting for this baby to make his or her arrival! My due date was yesterday, so we're officially overdue... I must confess I am thankful that the baby didn't come early as I just wasn't as ready as I would have liked two weeks ago. But.... now we are ready, or as ready as we can be including:
  • almost a dozen meals in the freezer
  • 10 dozen cookies made(although, if this babe waits too long we'll eat them all!)
  • a very clean house
  • bags(for Mom, Dad and baby!) packed and ready by the door
  • a completed nursery(see pics in post below)

So now we're just playing the waiting game..... any suggestions to help pass the time?

The Nursery

The room we had designated for the nursery didn't need a lot of work, but as with most projects around here we did end up putting a little more work into it than we had originally thought was necessary. My dear hubby worked very quickly though and it was done in no time! I must confess I didn't do a single renovation-related thing on this room except provide loving support and snacks when necessary :-) Ben, however, spent several nights on the following:

  • ripping out the door frame into the very small closet

  • ripping out the old space-wasting shelves in the closet

  • sanding the bottom half of the walls to get rid of the leftover glue from the wall paper that the previous owner had painted over

  • running a wire for a light in the closet

  • pulling off the old trim

  • installing a new window

  • mudding the many holes and divits around the room

  • patching the ceiling

  • sanding and mudding a few more times

  • painting

  • cleaning the carpet

  • painting the new trim

  • installing the new trim

  • installing new shelves in the closet



The view from the doorway.

We bought the change table off Kijiji and Ben just had to fix up a few things on it and paint it. The rocker we also got off Kijiji and my dear mother made new, very comfy cushions it. The end table(which is difficult to see on these pics) we had passed on to us when we were very married, and because it was so dinged up my mom made a cover for it(I know, she's the best!). The crib was lovingly made by my Opa teBokkel for my older sister and she and the rest of us kids slept in it for all our baby years. It's pretty special to have for our little babe to snooze in too!

Standing in front of the window

Standing in front of the closet.

So now we're just waiting for our little son or daughter to make this room complete!

Stained Glass Window

Our house was built in the early 1900's and is identical to the one next door. When the houses were built they each had four stained glass windows giving both value and character. While our house stood empty before we bought it, all of the stained glass windows were stolen with the exception of our front living room window. We really like our stained glass window and always bemoaned the fact that we don't have the other ones. Well Ben's old boss, Frank, does stained glass for a hobby and offered to make us one as long as we paid for the cost of the glass. We of course agreed and Ben took a sketching of our neighbour's window along with a picture and passed them on to Frank. We just got the window a few weeks and we've been enjoying it ever since!

Our neighbour's original window.

Our new window.

View from our living room.

The "matching" window in our front living room window.