Isaac traveled a long way to be with his adoptive parents. Karen describes the journey of his room: Isaac's room has an international theme, which fits his background, as we are adopting him from South Korea. Isaac's birth mother is from Korea, and his birth father is from Europe and he now lives with us in the United States so we wanted to incorporate this international aspect of his life into his room.
The nursery also has a "For God so loved the world theme," which I pray will fit his eternal heritage as well. I love this because, well, it's John 3:16. But not only that ... it is perfect in so many ways. For God so loved the world ... that He gave his one and only son ... that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. This verse is from the Gospel of John--the book and apostle for which Isaac is named. You see, his given Korean name (which we are keeping as his middle name) is Yo-han, which is "John" in Korean. His referral paperwork indicated that he was named for the "book of John" in the Bible.
I love the silhouetted world-map wall decal, which I ordered from Etsy and placed over the crib. His quilt I also ordered from etsy. It features the Korean alphabet. The globe pillow is from Orvis.
Above the crib is John 3:16 in Korean. I looked for a "For God so loved the world ..." wall decal and considered doing a custom order when I couldn't find what I had in mind. However, when I saw this online, I thought I could work with it (not to mention, I was running out of time because Isaac's travel call came sooner than expected). I printed out the verse and mounted it on scrapbook paper I already had. (See Seoul there on the bottom?) I thought about framing the verse in a photo frame but worried that it might fall off and hit Isaac on the head while he was in his crib, so I just stuck it right on the wall.
To the left of the crib is this side table, which used to be in our living room. Inside are PJs, socks, blankets, etc. The city magnet board is from Pottery Barn Kids, as is the lamp shade. The black lamp was used in our daughter's nursery--it is a white lamp painted black by the kids' Aunt Robin. The metal cross is a special gift from family friends. There is at least one cross on every wall in Isaac's room.
I got the London skyline decals--positioned above the high window shelf--on clearance at Target for $3-something! (BTW, these are the kind that you can reposition, which is a good thing because I put them up all by myself. LOL!) Isaac's birth father is from Europe, so the nod to London isn't just by happenstance. I love the urban look as well. The skyline features crosses in it also.
Also on the shelf are some ABC blocks from Hallmark, wooden Korean bride and groom figures, some wooden animals and a wooden taxi. I went shopping around our house and in our play room for things to display. I spent a long time trying things out on the shelf and switching things around--which I still might do some more (hahaha). In the corner across from the crib is a little reading nook with a few small toys. And here is the next wall--the closet with a cross above it as well as the time-zone clocks.
The clocks are from Target--I really like the look of the clocks, and seeing the current time in these three cities is neat. I couldn't decide how to label the three times/countries I wanted to highlight, but eventually settled on printing out flags.
Next up ... the diaper changing area/dresser. The globe I bought at Target in the back-to-school area. The canvas on the wall features the alphabet, international-style. Love the colors and the concept. I suppose between this and the quilt (not to mention the ABC blocks) ... we could have another sub-theme going. Yes, I am crazy. Yes, I am over-thinking this. (hahahahaa) Hanging above the door to Isaac's room is a blue cross from Aunt Robin that reads: "A baby boy sent from up above is truly blessed with all God's love."
We hope Isaac enjoys his room as much as we enjoyed putting it together for him. When I was working on it, I would sit in there and think of him, wondering what he was doing on the other side of the world. It's hard to believe he is here now. We are so blessed. And thankful.
Thank you Karen and congratulations on welcoming Isaac into your lives. Readers, you can visit Karen on her blog, 33 For A Moment.