Ezrah's Room Tour!

Hi Everyone!  So I few months ago I started a blog series about my home and how I decorate and create an inspiring environment for my family and I.  I was still living with my parents at the time because my husband was still in Korea so I only got to show you my bedroom.  Well, Bryan is back from Korea and we are finally settled into our little apartment in Washington so I thought it would be a great time to share with you more of my home!  Today I am sharing with you our daughter Ezrah's room.  I am actually most excited about Ezrah's room because over the past two years it's just something I never really got to, so to finally get the chance to really create something special for her makes me really happy!  I hope you all enjoy :) 

This is basically what you see when you first walk in.  Yes, our two and a half year old still sleeps in a crib.  She hasn't figured out how to climb out of it yet so I am taking full advantage! #mommywin I will go into detail about where all everything is from throughout this post.  

I've always had this fear of putting artwork above Ezrah's bed because I'm afraid it's going to fall on her during the night but as we all know Target solves all of our problems (or becomes the source of our problems according to husbands haha) and I found the perfect thing to fill out the space above her bed.  This unicorn is literally the cutest thing I have ever seen and I couldn't let it go.  Both the unicorn and frame around it are super lightweight so if anything were to fall it wouldn't put Ezrah in any danger.  So now Ezrah has a new super cute accessory and mommy can sleep easy! 

This is Ezra's reading nook that she actually uses pretty regularly.  I catch her in this little chair a lot, it's so sweet!  I got the chair for around three dollars from a little vintage show in Medford, Oregon.  I'm pretty sure that it is annual (every August) so if you are ever in the area I HIGHLY recommend it!  Just be sure to wear your summer clothes, it'll be HOT!  Here's a great tip for all you vintage show lovers:  Try to go late on the last day of the show.  The vendors will be eager to get rid of things and you can often get some great deals.  It's also a good way to beat the crowds and the heat!  The bunny on the left was given to Ezrah as a gift from my aunt and Bryan and I brought the bunny on the right home for Ezrah from Ireland.  Her curtains are from Urban Outfitters and I don't think they are available anymore but there are similar ones here.  Her lamp is from Walmart and the bunny banner is from Targets Easter collection from a few years ago.  It's not available anymore but they always 
bring something similar out every year.  

I have loved the idea of displaying books like this for a long time and I finally had the opportunity to put these up!  These are picture ledges that I got from Ikea they were really inexpensive and super easy to install.  I think it's just a great way to display all the pretty covers of the books.  Ezrah can also reach the lowest one really easily so she can read on her own if she wants.  

Whats on the selves? 

Top shelf from left to right:  Simply Audrey, Madeline, All Aboard Paris, The secret Garden, All Aboard National Parks, Different Like Coco.  

Middle Shelf from left to right:  Julia, Child, Pride and Prejudice, On the Night You Were Born, Tallulah's Nutcracker, Emma 

Bottom shelf from left to right:  This Little Light of Mine, Goodnight Moon, Jane Eyre, Guess How Much I love you, Yoda, Sense and Sensibility 

The majority of these books can be found on Amazon.  The books with the classic titles are from BabyLit and the All Aboard books can be found at Lucy Darling.  I have also found them at a lot of specialty shops as well.  I always keep my eye for them so I don't have to pay shipping if I don't have to!

This is a little cubby that I made for Ezrah when I was still pregnant with her!  I just took a shelf that I bought at Target and took the shelf out and added this pressure rod so that I could hang clothing in it. Right now it just holds some of the dresses that she wears most often. 

Here are some details from the top of her cubby.  The vase on the left is just a mason jar that I painted blue and the flower is from Hobby Lobby.  The owl on the right was a gift from her aunt Natalie.  The Eiffel Tower was a gift from my mom and the sunglasses are from Gap.  

These books are the Puffin Children's Classics editions and I absolutely adore them.  I'm still collecting them and I am so excited to have them for Ezrah for when she gets a little older.  For awhile I was finding them at Barnes and Noble but sadly I think they stopped selling them.  The best place to find them is Amazon but I do occasionally come across them in specialty shops as well. 

This piece of artwork is also something that I made when I was still pregnant with Ezrah.  It says "let her sleep for when she wakes she will move mountains."  It was really easy to make!  I just went to Home Depot and got a piece of plywood and then painted it with craft paint.  Once everything was dry I deserted it a little with sand paper.  I really like the way it turned out and I think the quote is a perfect fit for my little firecracker! 

This is the last little corner of her bedroom.  The banner hanging from the ceiling is a DIY that I did for her 2nd birthday party and I just decided to keep it to decorate her room with.  The bunny is a little puppet that my Dad brought her back from Cambodia when he visited in December.  The chalkboard is from Ikea and it doubles as a white board on the back.  It was super inexpensive and she loves drawing on it!  

Overall I just really wanted to make her room really bright and whimsical so that she has a fun place for to play and learn.  It was so much fun to put together and she really does spend so much of her time in here playing, drawing, and reading.  I hope you all enjoyed this little tour!  Have a blessed week!

At the End of the Day I am Never Alone

"at the end of the day you can only rely on yourself, you're all you have" 

I see this quote (or similar ones) ALL the time on social media.  I'm going to be honest and say that I absolutely hate this idea.  It couldn't be further from the truth and it discourages relationships.  

From the very beginning God intended for humans to live in relationship with one another.  You see it in Genesis 2:18 where it says "Then the Lord God said, It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." 

Now of course we live in a fallen world so sometimes relationships aren't so easy in fact we are SO hard on one other aren't we? So despite what I said above maybe sometimes it's natural to feel that you are the only one you can rely on but ultimately it leads to deception, false hope, and disappointment because honestly we are just as unreliable as anyone else around us.  

What we can do instead of pushing others away and putting ourselves first is to seek Him first.  You will soon find out that you are not alone. Psalm 120:1 is one of my favorites.  It says "In my distress I cried out to the Lord, and he answered me." This is just one of the probably hundreds of examples that shows God ability and willingness to rescue us in our time of need.  By putting Him first you will  start to see and understand that you are loved, sought after, pursued, and treasured by a perfect love.  Now you don't have to put all the pressure on your relationships with flesh you can put all the pressure on God who is not going to disappoint you.  In fact God encourages you to put the pressure on Him (1 Peter 5:7) because He cares for you so deeply and He knows that only He alone can satisfy you completely. 

So how does this tie into the relationships that we have with other people? Relationships are a gift from God that were given to us to be fully enjoyed but like all gifts from the Lord they need to be stewarded with Christ at the center.  John 15:4-5 gives us the perfect example to follow:  "Abide in me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." When Christ is at your center you bear fruit into your relationships he anoints them and allows them to flourish.  There is no pressure because if your spouse or your friend lets you down Jesus is right there to pick you up and at this point not needing a certain person to sustain you isn't a pride thing it's a God thing because you know that he will sustain you no matter what.  People don't sustain people, God sustains people.  

When you are fully filled by God you are able to love others and give grace during their failures.  Spoiler alert: people will let you down. over and over again. it's a vicious cycle.  During these failures is the time to really press into Christ and ask for the ability to give grace in each situation.  Here's another thing: people don't change people, God changes people.  Nothing is more heart transforming than love, kindness, and the pardoning of hurtful actions. 

side note: if you are in an abusive relationship either emotionally or physically this does not mean that you have to stay with that person and put up with that kind of abuse.  In these situations it is best for you and the other person to get out of the relationship.  God will do the healing that needs to take place in each of your lives when you are separated.  

Good, healthy relationships, whether they are friendships or romantic, have their ups and downs.  We are human so stop putting so much pressure on other humans to be perfect you will only come up short, empty handed, and out of breath.  Instead press into the Lord and rely on Him to bless your life and your relationships.  

So at the end of the day, no, you are not alone.  You have someone walking along side of you who is much more reliable.  

I cried out to the Lord, and He answered me!