Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Room

I have to admit that creating this room has been the most fun part of becoming foster parents!  I mean it involves a lot of my favorite, crafting, painting, and being creative!  I tried very hard to shop sales and use things we already had.  Okay, here we go......
( Picture Overload Alert )
Welcome to the future kid room!  We are going for a very gender neutral room.  I would hate to get a baby boy and welcome him to a pink and zebra room, ya know?  So if we get a girl I can definitely make this more girly!  We also went ahead and set up the bed as a baby bed, but it converts into a toddler bed and a twin size bed.  
This is right when you walk in to your left.  I'm hoping this will be a great place to hang coats and bags for school.
A bow holder full of bows just in case we ever have a little girl!
I had the best time painting this.  I also love that it has hooks for headbands!
This is on your right when you walk in the door.  That was my great-grandmother's suite case.  I used to play with it when I was a kid.  It was already blue, but I gave it a fresh coat of paint.
This dresser was my aunts when she was a little girl and mine when I was little.  I just gave it a fresh coat of paint, mama had a new mirror put in it, and I bought some cute knobs at Hobby Lobby.  I forgot to take a picture, but the inside of the drawers are the ice blue color.  
I got the bed at for a great deal!  Mama made the bedding!  I LOVE it!  I knew the colors I wanted to use and went to and just started shopping.  I love the way all 4 fabrics look together.  I found the guitar picture at Wal-Mart.  I got the lamp at Target and the frames at Tuesday morning.  I already had these curtains in this room before we made it a kid room.  They also came from Tuesday Morning.
My sweet sweet friend Marianne had a friend of hers paint this just for the room.  I LOVE it!  What a thoughtful gift!
I made the mobile.  Craziest decision ever!  Ha!  I found one similar on Pinterest and it took me to a link to an Etsy shop and the mobile was $55.  $55!  I thought, "Its just some yarn and felt, why $55?  I can make that for like $15."  Which I did make it for $15, but it took about 20 hours to put together!  Ha!  Note to self, order the mobile next time.  I hand sewed all of the elephants.  
Whew.  On to the next part of the room.
I love the movie The Help!  I thought this saying was very appropriate for the kid room.  I had this canvas and it didn't really go any where in the room.  So, I painted over it with the blue paint.  I painted the wooden letters brown and glued them onto the canvas and then hung it over the window.  I love the way it turned out!
This is the other corner of the room.  This rocking chair was my dad's grandfather's chair.  Mama recovered it for me and covered the pillow in giraffe print minky.  The side table was a cheap white parsons table that we had for our Turtle Feathers shows.  I love it painted red!  The lamp came from Target.  It was black, but I like the way it looks painted ice blue.  This frame also came from Tuesday Morning. I bought the frame that is on the wall at a craft fair in Jonesboro.
Here is the other side of the room.  The changing table came in a bundle with the bed and mattress from  If for some reason we need another bed in this room, we are going to put it where the rocking chair is and move the rocking chair on the rug in the middle of the room.  Luckily this room is pretty big.  I love the diaper bag.  It is one of the first things I bought.  It came from  I would really like 2 red baskets and another giraffe basket on the top shelf of the changing table, but I cannot find another one of these giraffe print baskets to save my life!  It came from Hobby Lobby.  I've looked in LR, NLR, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, and Shreveport, LA.  If you see one will you please let me know!?!  I also got the giraffe print hamper at Hobby Lobby.  I'm not sure if I am going to use it for toys or dirty clothes.

My dad made me this little red chair when I was a kid.  I just freshened it up a little with a coat of red paint.  It fits perfect on this little piece of wall.
And, here is the closet.  I have had a blast shopping for clothes!!  There are no full price items in this closet.  I love sales, consignment shops, and Goodwill!  I would absolutely love to have a cute closet.  But, we live in a very small apartment so the closet is really needed for storage.  There is no place else to store the stroller, pack-n-play, or jumparoo.  So, I will just do my best to keep it nice and neat and pretend it is a cute closet.  Ha!
Here are some close-ups of the bedding.  I just love it!


I hope you guys enjoyed your tour!  Now all we need is a sweet little kiddo in this room.  Hopefully it won't be long...


Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Absolute Very Last Step....

The absolute very last step (that I know of) for us to officially have our foster home opened by DHS happens tomorrow at 3:00 p.m.  (ha. every time I think it is the last step something else seems to come up.) We are going to have our finger prints scanned to be sent off for our FBI background check.  Hopefully we will have the results back in a week and will have our home officially open!  Hopefully it won't take long for us to receive our first call!

Joe's mom and dad came last weekend and helped us finish up some stuff.  We added another shelf and clothes rack in the closet and put tons of kid gear together.  It was so much fun!  I feel like we are as ready as we are going to be!  Well, except I still need to purchase a trash can for the kid room.  How could I forget that!?!  Thanks to a great MIL who noticed that!  Ha! 

I am hoping to totally finish up the room this weekend (including purchasing a trash can) and then I will share some pics.  I can't believe this is actually happening!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Just Wanted to Share

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28


Friday, January 6, 2012

Off To Training We Go

Tomorrow!  Our PRIDE training days are finally here!  We will be in training all day tomorrow and most of Sunday, and then do it again next weekend. 

Our appointment for our physical got moved to the 11th at 1:30.  After training and our physicals, we just wait for our home study to be completed.  I am so ready!

We had a great Christmas break.  I was off work for a whole 10 days!  We spent the weekend before Christmas at my sisters house and had a great time.  We spent Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before Christmas with Joe's family.  It was great. 

And then we came home Christmas Eve night and we were home for 8 days!!  I never get to stay home when I'm off work so this was wonderful.

Mama and I did lots of shopping to prepare for our future foster kiddos.  After Christmas sales are wonderful!  We had a great time.

And we painted some in the future kid room.  I can't wait for it to be totally finished.  Mama also worked on the bedding.  I am so glad she is able to make exactly what I want.

I can't wait to share pics of the whole completed room.  Until then, here is a little preview...
I can't wait to finish!