I am so excited about this post because it means that everything is ready. It’s a great feeling to have Bean’s space ready for him or her to arrive now. Before getting into that, though, I wanted to share a bit about where we live and the journey.
When you sign up for missions, you really give up your so-called “entitlements” that the world tells you that you must have. This is not to say you live with a “poverty mentality” and determine before you begin that you must suffer. That doesn’t at all line up with God’s character. However, there is a difference between receiving good gifts from God and entitlements, and part of growing as a missionary is learning the difference.
When Robbie and I got married, we were very fortunate to move into a one-bedroom flat that had a kitchen, living room and bathroom. We weren’t “entitled” to that, but we were so grateful for it. If God had called us somewhere else, we may not be guaranteed the same. We have lived in this flat for the last 3+ years, and we love it. Because of college and pre-married days, this is the longest I have lived in one place in a decade. No more moving from dorm room to dorm room or university to Australia to dorm room, etc. We’ve been planted in this little flat for 3+ years, and it’s home. We’ve put a lot of work into the flat, even though it was already newly finished when we moved in. We’ve added the finishing touches, particularly in the kitchen, and as a married couple, we’ve figured out our style and how to make the space home. We have loved our flat.
Then Bean came into the picture, and suddenly we had to look at it all differently. I had to guard my heart against “entitlement” for a bigger place, and very quickly and easily God protected me from that. I got so excited about welcoming Bean into this flat. Our bedroom is actually a pretty decent size, so I knew it could work. We started dreaming and picturing how it could all fit, and over the course of the last few months, we’ve been putting it together – not just Bean’s corner but this whole flat transitioning from newlywed-zone to new-family-zone. We’ve gotten rid of stuff, reorganised, moved things around, etc, and I really love how it’s all turned out.
As far as Bean’s Corner goes, when I first set out to figure out a theme or colours, I knew that we weren’t going to find out the gender and that I needed to stay neutral with colours. I loved Little Golden Books growing up, so I started searching on Pinterest for ideas around that theme. There were several, and I decided that could be the theme. We also got these little board figures from Robbie’s mom while we were home in December.
A few weeks ago, as I started to put it together, it just didn’t seem right. I love the books, but it just seemed really disconnected. It didn’t feel like it was the best for the space, so I went back to the drawing board. This time I used the little board figures as my inspiration and their colours in particular. I think I’ll still incorporate Little Golden Books where I can, but it’s not the theme per say.
Below are a ton of photos to see all the little details of Bean’s Corner. The feature photo above is the view from our bedroom door as you walk into our room. To the left is the front of the house and two big windows. On both walls that the door is on, we have Robbie and my wardrobe and dressers. So the space has worked out really well, and Bean has their own little corner.
^This little shelf is above Bean’s dresser. I made the little garland with yarn, and I also made the picture in the frame with just a simple Pages program, incorporating the same colours, geometric shapes and a familiar Dr. Seuss phrase :)
^Here’s a close-up of the board figures from Robbie’s family. On the middle one, there’s a line on the green wagon that says “1979”. I love true vintage stuff that is sentimental like this. I am really thankful for how we were able to incorporate these.
^We got these little bins from IKEA. They’re great for nappy/diaper stuff, and we have a third one in the living room with some children’s books. I can’t believe how cute and tiny Bean’s newborn nappies are!
^This is a close up of the pom-pom garland I made. I found the tutorial for it here, and I planted myself on the couch with the yarn, materials and Cupcake Wars and found it to be a very relaxing little project.
^I found this idea on Pinterest a long time ago, and when I went back through my Pinterest board with the colours in mind from the board figures, this stood out to me immediately. I figured I could recreate the idea on my own, and I already had the frames. I LOVE how this turned out, and I find myself singing this song quite a lot now.
^Here’s another view of the dresser and shelf. The changing mat is a bit makeshift at the moment, and I’d like to get one that fits a little better on the dresser. I have a good part of this one shoved around the back – otherwise, it hangs way over the edge. We found a great deal on the dresser from GumTree (like Craigslist), and it’s worked perfectly for all of Bean’s things.
^Here’s Bean’s cot with the mobile above it. I’m not sure I have the patience for any future children to get mobile’s haha. The actual making of it wasn’t hard, and I did that at the same time I made pom-pom garland. Hanging it + working with fishing wire = a whole other story. We got it sorted, though, and I really do love it. Robbie painted the cot after we got it, and it works so well in the space.
^Here’s a close-up of the mobile. I made the pom-poms and attached to a string, and I hung those from a silver ring that I found at a local craft store. Such an inexpensive but cute project!
^Even though this little elephant doesn’t match the colours, I don’t care because I love it. It’s just too cute to not include. I’m hoping to take photos each month after Bean is born and use this little elephant as a size comparison so we can see Bean grow. :)