What is the big deal about the shelving I keep talking about? Well, in all these years, this is the first time we literally have not had space available in our room for a new baby or any baby things. A year ago, we moved to the smallest bedroom of the three in our house–even down-sized our bed–and all readily usable space has been used. Time to think outside the dresser!
Joe built them. Daniel painted them. My dad’s wife contributed an infusion of creative ideas to soften their starkly square lines. The girls and I had a blast finding materials we already had on hand (with some additional ribbon from the fabric store) to make her ideas work.
For all my friends who live too far away to visit and don’t think this is an unbearably tedious subject…
The smaller set of shelves. This dresser holds Peter, James, and Stephen’s clothes and other necessities~
Some of the buttons we used came from my mother’s button box~
Laura wore this dress eleven summers ago~
The second set of shelves on the facing wall. We do plan to put baskets on that top shelf to get a bit more useful storage space out of it~
I had to smile when I saw the book, “Hidden Art” in this shot! (“The Hidden Art of Homemaking,” by Edith Schaeffer.) My mom gave this book to me when I was an older teen. The flyleaf says, “To Susanna, from Mother, With love.” As life has gotten more full, in my quest for the practical I have too often neglected the beautiful. But there is something so satisfying about living out this facet of the image of God; bringing beauty out of ugliness as well as order out of chaos~
All the books on the new shelving used to be in a small bookshelf that sat right where this bassinet is now. We are expecting Verity to stay in our room for a lot longer than our other babies, partly because she is not likely to grow out of the bassinet as fast as they did, and partly because of her special health needs.
I know that in the grand scheme of things, this little space for this little girl hardly merits a mention. But it’s a visible expression of our love for our Verity, and a small reflection of the tender mercy of the God who carefully designed her for our family.
“Let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children. And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands.”