Got an email today—and the soapstone has arrived! I love the green color and the veining. Our new kitchen counters are going to look awesome!
Now we just have to get it from Sacramento to Portland without damage. Hopefully it will all work out.
Generally, this is what we have in mind for the sink area in the kitchen. (I'm not actually sure where I got this picture—I lifted it from somebody's website somewhere. I wasn't always so good at keeping track last year.)
Update a week later:
The soapstone has been ordered and is on it's way to Portland!! And we're getting the soapstone sink made too. Possibly a foolish extravagance, but we're pretty excited.