Storyteller: Solly's Nursery

In the weeks leading up to our placement with our sweet Solly, I heard a song that I just couldn't get out of my head. It became my anthem in the waiting and wondering. I sang it all day long...

The mountain where I climbed
The valley where I fell
You were there all along
That’s the story I’ll tell
You brought the pieces together
Made me this storyteller
Now I know it is well, it is well
That’s the story I’ll tell

-Morgan Harper Nichols

I knew that I wanted to create a piece of artwork for Solly's room that tied in the lyrics and meaning of the song. I wanted it to serve as a reminder of God's faithfulness to us--and especially to Solly.

His room already had a pretty rustic, wintery feel to it because, well, I love winter. We don't get much of a winter here in Georgia, but I wanted the nursery to feel like a cozy winter retreat. My inspiration began with a drawing I made for my dad when I was a teenager. He passed away in 2005, so the drawing is now a tangible reminder I have of him. He loved winter, too. 


With the drawing on the wall, I began a simple mural of wintery birch trees on the wall behind the crib...

The song lyrics tied in nicely with the rustic, wintery theme as it talked about the mountains and valleys in life, so I knew I would incorporate those images. I also wanted to tie in some of the colors and patterns from this quilt that was gifted to me by my mom.

And here is the final product...




And here it is in its home above the changing table. I still plan to make a wooden frame for it to anchor it a little bit more in that big space. But for now, it's exactly what I envisioned for our sweet boy's nursery. 

And all that You have done for me
I could never hold it in
So here’s to me telling this story
Over and over again

-Morgan Harper Nichols

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