We had a room that used to be the designated study. When my husband and I decided to adopt, we cleared out the cozy space in anticipation of our new arrival. One month slowly turned into two, then four, then six, until I finally decided to take action.
The process of adoption was largely out of our hands by that point. We had put together our profiles and completed our home study. All the items on our “to do” list had been checked off. The room, however, was bare.
God promises us in Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” I claimed that verse for myself and set out to decorate the nursery. It was so important to me to have a concrete expression of my faith in God’s provision and trust in His promise.
I started by painting the walls a soft moss green. It could work for a boy or a girl! Next, I framed some old 1950s primary reader pages. Dick and Jane happily played ball and chased their dog Rex in a perfect storybook world. I found a lovely white spindle crib and had my husband set it up. A soft gliding rocking chair sat in the corner. Finally, I took an antique hand-me-down dresser and set a changing pad on top.
I used a simple orange and white print for the sheets and bedding to complete the look. It was so sweet and simple. The room would be appropriate for any baby the Lord chose to bless us with. I marveled at the room. It was everything I had hoped and I could picture our new bundle sleeping sweetly in the crib. I set Good Night Moon and Love You Forever on the side table next to the rocker for a finishing touch.
Some parents would hesitate jumping ahead and decorating the nursery, but for some, it is a way to step out in faith. We knew that God wanted us to be parents. He showed us through our Christian friends, His Word, and through prayer that He had a great plan for us.
The day we brought our son home, I set a few wooden cars on the shelves and a tiny baseball cap on the dresser. It was a perfect first room for our baby boy. I thank God every day for blessing us with such a gift! His little room was the perfect place to begin his story, and it is now the perfect place for his new baby sister.