I wasn’t going to do this.
Pa, Part 2 was allllllll ready to go this morning.
While I don’t want to act like the entire world thinks that my baby is the ONLY baby being born this year, and while I don’t expect everyone to care, the square piece in me is anxious to have the opportunity to be specific about our intentions. *…ahem… control issues …ahem…* You see, the two, soon-to-be grandmas have been chompin’ at the bit to find out the gender. They’re like champion horses focused on their chance to bust out of the gates and race around the track. Our moms have hardly been able to contain themselves for their want to shop in some baby departments.
So after posting yesterday’s story on Pa, I got this comment from my mother-in-law: Congratulations!!!!!!! I am so happy to know that I have a grandson on the way. Love the name!!!! Let the shopping begin…..Love you both!!!
And then I got this comment from my momma: Hooray!!!! let the shopping commence!!!! I’m so excited for you guys, Poppy and Grandma can’t wait to meet little Bennett. 🙂
After that, we received this comment from Brian’s aunt: What a beautiful story. As I read the last line through my watery eyes, my eyes flew open and I had to read it a second time. I am so happy for you both and I love the name. Can’t wait to go shopping.
Just a few hours after posting that piece, I got asked by several friends if I knew what I wanted to do with our nursery yet.
Well, once I processed the fact that the room wasn’t going to be purple and gray, I thought it over and this is what we have:
Remember how I was just loving the old hymn, His Eye Is On the Sparrow? While we don’t necessarily want the song to take over the room as a theme, the mood and the elements of that song are going to fill it in more symbolic ways.
His Eye Is On the Sparrow
Why should I feel discouraged? (Don’t cry, Bennett.)
Why should the shadows come? (Sometimes you’ll be hungry or uncomfortable, but it’ll be okay.)
Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home? (We’re right here and won’t be leaving your side.)
When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He: (But if anything were to ever happen to us, you’re still not alone.)
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. (You might be a little guy, but God loves you and cares for the creatures even smaller than you!)
I sing because I’m happy (You’re already blessed more than you know! Let your heart rejoice!)
I sing because I’m free (You’ll never have to earn our love or His love.)
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. (Dang straight.)
So, yeah, I’ve been singing this song to Bennett for a while now. Supposedly he can hear me. I’m hoping that when he’s out of my womb and into our world, he’ll recognize the melody and my singing this to him might be soothing.
But back to the nursery.
While I know that referencing a song is not as concise as a barnyard theme or a Noah’s ark theme, I just want the room to feel calm, peaceful and communicate both our love and the Lord’s love for our child. Hence the “mood theme” more than anything else.
We already have these two pictures in the room. I believe that they do an excellent job portraying our color scheme:
I like that the blues are not pastel, but that they vary in their depths. I also appreciate subtle green with a conservative punch of orange. Consider this our palette.
On your mark… Get set… GO!