Meet my parents, John and Sheri! These high school sweethearts have been married for 29 years! My mom has loved my dad since she was 14 years old--FOURTEEN! They have been through many highs and many lows together all while demonstrating what marriage is suppose to look like. Now that their kids are grown up they are still striving to learn how to love each other even more. Together they have taught me so much and I am so thankful to call them "Mom and Dad."
Before I was pregnant with Isla I started fantasizing about creating a nursery. We didn’t have a spare bedroom for one so we had to get creative with the space that we had. But I had a vision on how we could turn out mud room/classroom/laundry into a room for our soon-to-be little one. And as soon as that stick turned positive we got to work!
I love to sew, craft, and create! The hardest part about not finding out the gender of our baby was me having to wait until she arrived to plan and finish the nursery. But now she is here and the nursery is finished! It is my hope to create step by step tutorials on how I made each item in this nursery so stay tuned! But for now I hope you enjoy seeing Isla's wildflower nursery!
This is the first room in our house that an actual matching bedroom set. The crib, dresser, and nightstand are all from Target. The best part about the crib is that it not only turns into a toddler bed but also turns into a FULL size bed! The changing pad rails also detach from the dresser. So this bedroom set will be in our home for YEARS to come!
I wanted the room to be pretty and frilly so I made sure to add lots of ruffles, and bows! I found this gorgeous fabric at www.spoonflower.com when I was still pregnant and I knew if I had a girl this was going to be my focal fabric! Spoonflower is a bit more expensive than most places so I needed to find an accent fabric from someplace else. And Hobby Lobby had just what I needed! Instead of making a standard bumper I decided to make a crib rail bumper. Our first crib had bite marks all along the rails from Trey and we wanted to prevent that from happening to this one. Especially if we are going to make it last for years past childhood.
Her Name Sign
For those who have not followed me long, Isla has a funny story about her name. It was suppose to be Quin! Before we were expecting we had talked about names and we knew that we weren't going to find out the gender. Both of us loved Quin either way. Quin Jackson for a boy, and Quin Isla for a girl. (Jackson is for Jackson Harbor on Washington Island, and Isla is short for Island, again after Washington Island.) So we started praying for Quin, I loved being able to pray for the baby by name even before we conceived. Throughout the whole pregnancy we called the baby Quin or Baby Q. My aunt had a "make your own sign" party and I made this sign. It was one of the only things I made that wasn't gender dependent and we had it up above the crib long before baby's arrival. But when Ross held her for the first time he decided that she looked more like and Isla, I totally agree! So he changed her name to Isla Quin. That flows a lot better too, don't ya think? But that left me having to get creative with her sign. I didn't want to completely do it over and I had too much time and effort into this one not to use it. So I got a few letters and some long stem wildflowers from Hobby Lobby a with some wire cutters and my faithful hot clue gun I had a her first name to add above the sign.
This turned out so much better than I had hoped! The flowers are the same ones I used for her name from Hobby Lobby. And that beautiful hook is from Amazon!
My Nursing Corner
My nursing corner is probably my favorite place in the house! And I am SO thankful that I am able to sit and rock her in the nursery!
This bird cage is the most special thing in her room. It is from my Grandma, something I have always admired at her house. I am so thankful she let me have it! With some spray paint, a white chain, and the matching flowers I was able to create a whimsical piece that pulls the whole room together!
It is so handy to have this night stand by the rocker! Within my reach I have the diffuser, sound machine, phone charger, and normally a big glass of water. And can we take a moment to admire that lamp?!? It was another amazon find and I just covered the lamp shade with some left over fabric! I LOVE it! Now I may just have to make some matching basket liners for the baskets!
Diaper Changing Station
I ended up making two changing pad covers, one in each print. That way if one needs washed I have a spare to use in the meantime. I took apart the original diaper genie cover to use as a pattern for this one. And the triangle banner was also made out of scrap fabric.
I made the “you are fearfully and wonderfully made” sign the day we found out there was “something wrong” with her. There are no words to describe the monsoon of thoughts, emotions, and panic that hits you when you hear the ultrasound tech’s shaky voice say “I found something on your baby’s face and I’m not sure what it is”
That night we didn’t know anything except there was a big tumor. We didn’t know if it was going to affect the baby’s vitals or basic functions. We didn’t know if it would change my birth plan or my desires to nurse. We didn’t even know the baby’s gender.
But we DID know one thing to be true. The ONLY thing that brought us peace at a moment like this. God knit this baby in my womb and this baby was fearfully and wonderfully made. And he loves this baby MORE than I do.
This sign now sits in the nursery as a reminder of that peace I had when my world was shaken. I sit here while nursing my perfect baby. I look at that sign and I am overwhelmed with thankfulness.
You are so much more than a brother to me. Watching your birth is still one of the greatest moments of my life. It was a miraculous moment that altered my life forever.
To me you will still always be the little boy gripping Buzz Lightyear permanently placed on my hip. You would make flying laser noises when you played. Plugged your ears when you got scared. And crawled into bed with me every Saturday morning. Even when I got married and left home I would get a text from you on your iPod everyday before school.
Here you are, you have reached yet another amazing milestone, your High school career is over and you’re starting a new chapter.
Now that you’re almost off to college it’s hard to imagine how much my life is going to change once again. I won’t have you here to keep me company during Ross’s trips. Or help entertain the kids. I have no clue who is going to drink all my pop and understand my references from “The Office”. And I just know my mustard is going to expire because you’re the only one who likes it.
I love you like a brother and a son. You have prepared me for motherhood in more ways than I can say. I can only hope that as I have learned lessons of motherhood from you, you have learned just as many life lessons from me.
There is no doubt in my mind that you will find your way in this world. You will be the man that God created you to be and you will follow his calling on your life. But now the journey gets a little harder. There will be obstacles, challenges, and storms. You get frustrated. Be tired. And some days I want to quit. But remember you are a strong man of God and he has called you to run this race.
Just as hard as the reality of life can be it will be just as amazing! I am excited for you to experience all the joys this life has to offer. And I’m even more excited for what you are going to bring to society.
So go do great. Be great. I’ll be here watching you, admiring you, loving you.
This song hits home right now!
I don't know if I have ever seen Avah more excited to take pictures than when I told her she was going to have a tea party with her daddy. She couldn't wait to get dressed up and play with the most important man in her life. It meant even more to her when she saw he got dressed up as well. Watching them have tea together was so special. I loved being able to capture their little date. If you are local, I am running a special for Father's Day so you can book your own Daddy Daughter Tea Mini Session!
My setup was fairly simple! We had the table and chairs, Mimi had gotten them for Christmas for Avah when she was younger. And the table cloth was 2 yards of white lace fabric.
I am so obsessed with this tea set. The style is exactly what I was looking for and the quality is outstanding! It came with 6 cups & saucers, teapot, sugar bowl, cream pitcher, and spoons. It far exceeded my expectations, especially for the price I paid.
Peonies are my absolute favorite flower! I have 3 bushes and every year I cannot wait for them to bloom so I can have fresh cut flowers in my house! You obviously don't need to use peonies but I think it helps contribute to the style of this session. If you really want peonies but they are not in season (or you just don't have access to any) you can get some fake ones on amazon. They look totally awesome and will give you the same look!
Avah's crown and dress are also from amazon! The dress is adorable and I love it bit after receiving it I realized it was something I could have made myself, but I didn't hassle with sending it back. I will have to make Isla a matching one though! I may even end up making a tutorial on how you can make your own! The crown is something else I could have done myself but since we live about an hour from any craft store I didn't have time to get anywhere that had the supplies. And I think by the time I would have purchased all the supplies I would have been cheaper just to buy it in the first place.
Meet Lakeland Christian Academy Senior, and my brother, Josh! Josh is a stand up young man who has a strong desire to follow Christ. He plays basketball for the Cougars and is a strong leader on and off the court. He not only excels in basketball, he also has a great work ethic in the classroom! Josh has a very special place in my heart! I have had the honor to watch him grow up. He fed my desire to be a mom and has prepared me, in so many ways, for motherhood. It seems like just yesterday I was in the delivery room watching his birth! I cannot believe it is his senior year!
I was able to have a mini session with my sister and soon to be brother-in-law when we were on our annual Washington Island trip! There is so much passion between these two they didn't take a single bad picture! It was an honor to be able to capture their love and I can't wait to stand up with them on their big day in October!