project crib repurpose

 so with decorating our baby room, i’ve been obsessed with doing as much DIY as possible, and decorating with random finds. it’s been really fun putting it all together and i’ll have a post dedicated to the room soon! but for now, just a post on my old crib 🙂

my parents saved my old crib all these years thinking it would be fun for me to use it for my kids someday. of course they never knew that there would be laws about drop-side cribs and all that so they took it out of the rafters and asked me what we should do with it. i quickly ‘pinterested’ and saw some fun ideas of what you can do with old cribs.

here are my brother and i looking super weird in the crib, crazy kis!

and hopefully my mom doesn’t kill me for putting a belly pic up but that’s me in there, so fun!!

this brings me to my dad. his love language towards others is acts of service. all you have to do is talk about a fun project and before you know it, he’s out in the garage helping you bring your idea reality. it helps that he is super creative and talented. all i did was show him a picture and he went right to work on taking apart the old crib.

my mom took some behind the scenes pics for me 🙂

so he made a cool bench out of the crib, and the other color wood was a piece of wood leftover from when we got some new shelves, he’s so resourceful!!

then it came to me and i painted it to match the other furniture in the nursery. i did chalk paint, sanded it after, and waxed it.

and to finish it off, sewed a pillow and pad (well dez mostly did the pad) to match some other things in the room. can’t wait to show you the whole room!

voila!! what do you think of my repurposed crib? great for a little reading seat?

Expanding our Family

 after two years of marriage, we thought it would be about time to start expanding our little family of 2. we were very excited and anxious about the unknown, but month after month, nothing happened. we watched as all of our friends had their first, second or third children while we still waited and longed for just one of our own. we had a lot people asking questions and making comments all along the way that were really tough to answer or respond to because we didn’t share this part of our life with many people. i was so shocked at what people were willing to say and ask and it was usually too sensitive in the moment for me to tell the truth. so i just always defaulted to ‘we hope to’ or ‘soon’. it can be a very long road full of sorrow…

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick…”

but when it takes three years to finally be blessed with the one thing that seemed so easy for everyone else you learn a few things and are blessed by things.

we learned to be patient even when we don’t, and probably never will, undersand why we went through what we did. we learned how to approach talking about children with others, not realizing how hard comments and questions can be to handle in the midst of grief.

we learned to really live this verse: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7

even through the toughest times, I was still able to live my life, rejoice with friends who were having babies, and get through it.

though i have always had strong feelings about everyone having the human right to life, going through this experience has only deepened my feelings and beliefs about the issue. see below images for more.

i’ve always believed, but this has only reminded me that god really does provide. i deepened a friendship with someone going through the exact same thing, i’ve had a wonderful group of women there for me through the tears and praying for us all along the way, and i’ve gained new friendships. but god especially provided by giving me such a wonderful husband, i can’t imagine anyone else to live both good and bad times with than him.

we were blessed by growing together during the last 3 years, making our marriage stronger, crying together, traveling together and just learning to love each other more. as much as i would have given everything to have children when we first wanted them, i now wouldn’t trade anything for all this wonderful time we’ve invested in our marriage. this will make us better to handle our marriage in future trials and make us better parents.

“…but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12

we finally had our prayers answered and the answer was yes. we are so thankful for this wonderful blessing of life. because we had some help to get where we are, we got to have a few more ultrasounds than the average person. it was incredible!!

the above is at 6 weeks. it’s basically a ‘diamond ring’ as the doctor said, and the ‘diamond’ is the heartbeat. yes, at 6 weeks, before most people even know they are pregnant, their miracles have a beating heart, drumming life through their bodies and capable of love.

the above is at 7 and a half weeks. just a week and a half later and there are visible arms and legs!

and again at 10 weeks, almost fully formed. we could see both hemispheres of the brain and when she moved the wand around we could see the shape of a little human 🙂

the above three images are from 19 1/2 weeks. these just amaze me and bring tears to my eyes. i was barely starting to show and there is a fully formed human in my womb! we found out that she’s a girl at this appointment and she even started sucking her thumb during the ultrasound (3rd image). look at her little hand in the second image! at this point she was only about 10 inches long but she has all her parts including finger prints which she had developed weeks ago. she has an identity and yet in california i would legally have until week 24 to terminate if i had wanted. it breaks my heart that little fully formed humans who can suck their little thumbs can be dumped into the garbage. she’s perfect and we’re already in love with her.

this is how we told our parents her gender on mother’s day (there’s a little slip of paper inside the eggs that says ‘it’s a granddaughter!’) our parents were so excited!

four generations of women!

our friends made us these when they found out we were pregnant…

…and they inspired this video which is how we shared the news with everyone else:

 thanks to everyone who was with us from the beginning. and don’t feel bad if you didn’t know what we were going through, we just emotionally couldn’t handle sharing with everyone. we appreciate everyone’s continued support, love and prayers until our little one is safe at home in our arms. we’re so incredibly happy and thankful! and we wish everyone we know going through the same thing will be able to share in their own joy soon 🙂

Photo Friday #31

I was just looking through some old pics and realized that I’m horrible at posting pictures in a timely manner. We took this technically before our house was finalized but I’m sure glad we did because “they” (whoever they are) took it down fast! It’s funny to look at this pic again because I’m wearing long sleeves and a scarf…it obviously was before June when it got HOT! 

Anyway, here’s to home ‘ownership’!

Photo Friday #27

I have a very special photo Friday for you today 🙂 The gentleman and I have been working on our house which has included making decisions about art and decorating. While that is fun, sometimes it can be frustrating with how expensive some art is. We saw a piece we liked a while back and really wanted it but really didn’t want to spend that kind of money on it. My mom mentioned that she knew this awesome senior (he just graduated in June) at her school who is super talented. We asked him if he’d be interested in doing a piece for our house and he was all over it! This guy is talented!! He has really blessed us with a beautiful piece of art for our house 🙂 Believe it or not, this is the first actual painting he’s done! He also used some sticks to paint some of it which I think is really cool. I really wish him the best in college and in his life.
Thanks Abraham for this wonderful art you’ve created for us!

Photo Friday #21 & #22

Finally!!! More house pictures…I guess I changed something in my camera and that’s why some of them aren’t rotating…I’ve since fixed that problem but am too lazy to edit these pics, sorry!
Ok so first here’s the hall with the freshly painted walls and new trim/baseboards. The last post had the floor all covered up, there is nice cherry wood on the floor. We left that because of course you want to be able to slide down the hall in socks!
Here’s one of the rooms with new paint/trim/baseboards/fan and the beginnings of new carpet. (don’t worry, that’s not the color we picked, just the pad!)
Here’s the office/studio (former garage) with new carpet! New carpet feels so good between your toes. The old carpet smelled like animal urine, haha.
The progress in the laundry room…the grout makes quite a mess
The guest bath tiled but not grouted
and the master bath, with finished tile and a new vanity! we only had to go a week without a bathroom 🙂 (luckily we still had the old place for a week to shower – so our mornings were a bit crazy)
And after we moved in, we had a mini celebration, some champagne and strawberries 🙂

House progress

So we’re already all moved in and a lot of this stuff is already finished, but I figured I’d still post some of the progress pictures since they’re fun.
Here’s the future laundry room. There were some really crappy shelves and awful wood paneling all over the walls so that got ripped out and drywall went up.
The window in the master almost done
We decided to rip out the wood (i know, i know) and put in carpet so we could lounge around in the living room. The wood was really dark and showed every bit of dust. We did leave it in the hallway though.
The painting starts! The color doesn’t really look like this, the blue makes it look weird in the pic.
Dad cutting out trim and baseboards
progress in the laundry room
The hall paint and trim (this picture didn’t rotate for some reason)
Last but not least, The gentleman’s new toy!! Since we have a yard now we needed a lawn mower. He always looks at me like I’m crazy when I say, “let’s stop at that garage sale” but finally I got him to stop at one and check it out! Brand new in the box at a garage sale price!