Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Earning Her New Digs

I think it was Warren G and Nate Dog that said, "You've gotta be handy with the steel hammer, if you know what I mean, earn your keep."


Kate helped M to the Izz-A all weekend putting together the pieces for her new room. She helped put her big girl bed together and helped paint the toy shelf that Daddy made.


Sunday: our day of rest! Thank goodness!


Junior just didn't have it in him to find the humor in the fact that Kate thought his nose needed a fresh coat of paint.

Her room no longer looks like a nursery. It's a 'big girl' room as we call it. Click here to see the before: Kate's nursery.
And this is the after:

And I ordered these cute art prints and matching door sign from etsy. They should be in any day now.

I love reorganizing, moving around furniture, and remaking over rooms, but this one was bittersweet for me. I can't believe my little girl doesn't need a crib anymore, and that she actually sleeps better in a real bed. The first night I saw her lying in bed, I had to smile to myself as I found comfort in the fact that she still looks so little in a 'real' bed. I was so glad she did. She's still little to me. And it seems she's growing up way to fast, as cliche as that sounds.
Tonight I copied some lyrics into the little journal that I keep for her from the Sidewalk Prophets song, "The Words I Would Say":
Be strong in the Lord and, never give up hope.
You're gonna do great things,
I already know,
God's got His hand on you,
Don't live life in fear,
Forgive and forget,
But don't forget why you're here,
Take your time and pray,
These are the words I would say.
Thank God for each day.
Before I had a child I used to think about what it would be like to have kids, and how I hoped that they'd be good at this or good at that... a great athlete, prom queen, valedictorian or whatever. But now it's not that all. As long as my children love the Lord with all of their heart, and have a heart serving Him and others before themselves, I'll be one proud, happy mommy. When it comes down to it, none of that other stuff really matters, at all.
Wow. I just realized I quoted a rap song (old school as it may be) and a praise and worship song all in one post.


Abby said...

Hollie! I looooove it! I am living vicariously through you with all this girly stuff! You did a great job :D

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a fun big girl's room! So pretty and bright! Looks like she's a born decorator. What great thoughts about motherhood too!

Suz said...

Her room looks adorable! I love it! Amen to the last part! I feel like that is the most important part of my job is to teach Kyah to love and live for Christ!

Jenn said...

I love Kate's new big girl room! And I love the Sidewalk Prophet song. At night, especially when we first brought Halle home from the hospital, I had to sing that chorus over and over to myself to be able to go to sleep. Especially the "God's got His hand on you, so don't live life in fear" part :)

Sherrie said...

What an awesome transformation. I love it!

Dana said...

So cute Hollie; love those owls! Kate's big girl bed looks JUST like Darci's....I LOVE IT :-)

petrii said...

Her room is just adorable. I love the owls. What a GREAT idea!!! And she is such a cutie helping her daddy with her "big girl" room.

I LOVE that song!! Have it on my i-pod and LOVE it!!!

Have a Blessed day,

PS: Haven't seen a sideways baby bump pic lately ~~ just sayin' =)

Cindy said...

Love the room!! It looks wonderful!!

Rebecca Jo said...

The room is AWESOME!!! So appropriate for a BIG SISTER!!!

I want tools with eyeballs on them! How much more fun would working be?

Megan said...

Oh the room looks so cute!! Love it alL!

The Catons said...

where did you get her darling owl quilt!!! LOVE it!!!

Kat said...

"Regulators! Mount up!" I thought it was hilarious that you quoted Nat Dogg and then used Bible scripture in the end. I love that. :)

That room is SO BEAUTIFUL!!!! WOW! Just gorgeous! :)

Kerri said...

So cute and girly...love it! Where did you get that owl tree decal? That makes the room!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

Her room looks great! Question- in her old room, how did you make the cushion for her window seat area? I need to do something similar and I am so not crafty!!

Abbi said...

LOVE her new big girl room and bed! adorable!!

writing4612 said...

So cute! My mom made a journal for both my brother and I, which I love. I still have it.

The Popes said...

Where did you find her bed?!?! We are redoing my daughters room and I can't find a wood twin bed that isn't a million dollars.

Is that one from Pottery Barn?

Melissa Jo - mjp photography said...

Hey Hollie, Have you seen the Easter Candy isle at Walmart....they have adorable Owl Candy dishes...that would match her room so well, they even have candy through the isle in boxes with the adorable owl on them too! You'll have to check it out, let me know if you can't find them!

OH, can you tell I'm loving this room!! Is it bad that when i saw this stuff I thought...oh I have to comment to Hollie about these goodies? hee hee!!!