New Life

Cheetahs for the Twins

To be filled with diapers and clothes


Ready for the nursery

Matt and Stephanie are bringing Noah and Ezra home today. What joy and relief to have their two little boys home after waiting for their adoptions for so long! Stephanie and I have become blog friends during the last couple of years. When she sent me a photo of their nursery, I knew I had to dig into the African fabric stash to create something for the twins.  A cheetah baby caddy seems just right.

Also, it seems right to celebrate life today in contrast to yesterday’s dreary post. I should know better than to write when I’m feeling such gloom. It doesn’t really do me any good and it certainly doesn’t help to sound the alarm when I always feel better in the morning. One of the many kind responses included this insight and this great verse:

“Always be joyful. Pray continually, and give thanks whatever happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NCV)


20 Replies to “New Life”

  1. Thanks for sharing the verse and the article on it. It’s one that had escaped my attention previously, yet really speaks to me today. The baby caddy is awesome! It will be perfect with their nursery. You are such a good friend.

  2. No apologies necessary for the gloomy blog – some days even the sunniest of us have bad days and we’re lucky to have so many outlets to utilize! I’m in awe of the crafts you seem to whip up so quickly. Those are gonna be some lucky twins!

  3. I would rather know about your gloomy days than have you pretend like everything is ok all of the time. We may not know each other in “real life” but that doesn’t mean I don’t care about your mental health. 🙂 Thank you for having the courage to share.

  4. The baby caddy goes great with the nursery. Your friends must be so excited (and exhausted after those flights!) to have their boys home. My husband and I are also adopting from Ethiopia and are waiting for our referral. It’s exciting for me to see families bringing their children home.

  5. Glad you are feeling better!
    So did you find using grommets difficult? I haven’t tried them yet in my sewing adventures. I think I need to though as this type of caddy will save my sanity when it comes to mail! Any tips and tricks for grommet rookies?

  6. I would be grateful for the ability to cry/scream and show anger. Some can’t do that which is just unhealthy. Loss hurts and I don’t believe Christ expects us to smile then…

  7. Cute! I tried to comment the last few days but it wouldn’t let me for some reason. I love the bean bags you made, those are so cute and would help a little one learn how to spell their name.

  8. Congratulations to the happy new parents! My friends Matt & Meredith are leaving for Ethiopia next week to pick up their new daughter.

  9. Jesus wept, too, when His friend Lazarus died. No need to apologize to us for your grief!

    You have grown so much as a seamstress! What a wonderful gift you have made for your friends.

  10. Have you ever watched Joel Osteen??? I love his message – he is always full of hope and faith and is so positive…..we need a message like that these days – a positive message – I always remind myself of his message when I am feeling a bit down – God wants me to be happy!!!! He wants me to enjoy life, he wants me to have a great time……this is always a kick in the pants for me……

  11. [I’m playing catch-up on the past few days posts.]

    1. So cute! And useful, which is always a bonus. AND totally unique, because how many of us can dip into our African fabric stash?

    2. I’m glad that you’re feeling renewed today. I really wished I was close enough to give you a big hug and soothe you with cold drinks yesterday. (Cold drinks cure what ails you in these here southwestern states, in my opinion, especially when shared with a friend.)

    3. The bean bags for Roscoe? Too cute! And, as a parent, extra points for providing a carrying case. That’s a huge thing in our house: containers.

  12. Love it, what a sweet gift! As for yesterday’s post, we ALL have days of doubt. I needed some of that insight too, thanks for posting the link 🙂

  13. Wow… Your blog is as wonderful as ever.
    I wanted to comment because the six degrees of separation betwee us seem less than all that right now.
    I wonder if Matt & Stephanie met other adopting parents from the US while they were in Ethiopia?
    Check out
    to see the blog of a friend who brought home twin girls and a boy this month from Ethiopia

    Keep up the good work, Kelli!

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