God is writing another story

God is writing another story. It starts with 3 Johnsons, a ministry to unwed mothers in Taiwan, 2 passionate God-loving ladies, an 18 year old girl and 1 tiny baby. Let's see where the story goes...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Imagine this

We have a few weeks to transform our upstairs spare bedroom (a.k.a. storage room or "catch all") into an inviting, girly, pink nursery for Selah.  Not because she will be home in a few weeks (If only!!) but because we will be submitting family photo pages to the judge who hears our adoption case.  One picture will of course be The Baby's Bedroom.

Transforming the spare room is quite an undertaking.  Imagine if you will, boxes, bags and piles stacked haphazardly on top of each other.  Books, toys, home decor, momentos from high school and college, future garage sale items, and so on.  There is no path from one side of the room to the other.  A person enters this room at their own risk.  (maybe I shouldn't admit to being the owner of such a room!)  Eek!!

We did get a good start this past weekend in preparation for our home visit with our social worker.  The boxes and stacks of miscellaneous items were sorted.  Some items were put away, like they should have been when we moved into this house 2 1/2 years ago!  Other items were tossed, including a large trash bag full of Noelle's old, outgrown and forgotten toys ("No mommy, don't throw that away!  It's my favorite!!).  And still other items we "reappropriated" to the downstairs spare bedroom (a project for some other day).

I did not take a photo of the room before we started clearing it out (why subject myself to further embarrassment?), but here is the photo of the bare start of a nursery. 

I'm still trying to decide on a color for the walls, and we will need to find some cute artwork to liven up the room.  But at least we have a good start.  At some point I will ask my dear hubby to search the attic for the diaper genie, changing pad and other necessities.  Hey ladies-- I'm open to decorating suggestions.  And can anyone tell me the best places to get cute baby stuff at a steal?

Have any of you adoptive parents experienced this feeling?  When you actually set up the nursery, everything becomes much more real.  You start to imagine the little person in the room.  You start to get glimpses of the future with your much anticipate child.  Your arms ache to hold the little one and your ears long to hear baby sounds.  And, you really really really start to miss your child and want her home!!



LisaKai said...

Hey friend! Try "Once Upon a Child" for gently used stuff. You can sell what you don't need there, as well. Maybe pull a color from the quilt for the walls but go deep rather than light so that it looks timeless, classic and not just pink Barbie. Does that make sense? Whatever you decide will be perfect, of course!!! I'll send you pics of our girls' rooms once they're done, too so you can see the madness we're dealing with here! :)

Jennifer said...

Oh yes please do send pics! I'll take your advice and check out OUAC. I think Chattanooga might have that store here.