I am sure each of you have had events in your lives that you remember so vividly that years later you still know exactly where you were, what you were doing, and how you reacted at the time. I experienced an event like that last summer, on a memorable day in July.

We were at the lake, and our friends from North Caroline had been visiting and had left earlier in the day to head home. We were sitting in the kitchen, finishing lunch when my phone rang. Thanks to caller ID I knew it was my son calling, but I had no clue of the news he was about to share with me. He said he had something to tell me and then my sweet daughter-in-law, Laura, got on the line and that really got my attention. They both sounded very excited, which sparked my curiosity. I didn’t have to wait long to hear that I was going to be a grandmother! I remember there was lots of excitement, screaming, jumping, and tears! I had waited for this day for so long and sometimes worried that it might never happen, but here it was, and I couldn’t have been happier!! I was going to be a grandmother.

It wasn’t long before all we could talk about were the plans for the baby, which included the nursery. Laura asked me if I would help her with the nursery, and of course, I was thrilled! They decided pretty quickly that they wanted to go with a woodlands theme for the nursery, so I had to do a little research to understand just what that would be. I quickly realized that nurseries were not just pink and blue anymore, so once I had a good understanding of what they wanted, we were off and running.

The first project was to pick a paint color, and they chose a soft, neutral gray. Once that was done, Robert, my son Britton and I got busy painting the nursery. Fortunately, everyone was pleased with the color, so the next step was to choose bedding and a rug. Laura found the perfect sheets and a dust ruffle for the crib with a woodland theme, and we were able to use them for inspiration for the rest of the room. We found a beautiful rug with all the right colors that can be used for many years to come.

The most critical choice for the nursery was the crib. Laura looked for the right one for a little while, and she finally found the perfect one. It’s a darker gray than the walls and has a rustic look to it, and the best part was that some of her sweet friends decided to gift it to her for her baby shower! What wonderful friends!! Laura’s sister gave her a beautiful changing table for Christmas, and we finished the furnishings with a refurbished rocking chair, a shabby chest of drawers and an antique glass front cabinet for books and toys. Then the real fun started because it was time to bring in all the accessories for the room. Over the crib, we added two paintings of feathers done by Mr. Blue and a wonderful mobile made with woodland animals. Britton and Laura had honeymooned in Yellowstone National Park and had brought home several beautiful wildlife prints. We framed them, and they were perfect for the nursery along with a few things from Hobby Lobby and some things that Laura found online that all worked well with the nursery theme. When it all came together, we were thrilled with the results and could hardly wait for the day when they would be bringing their sweet baby home to the nursery.

So on a cold morning in early March our precious baby boy, Andy, came bouncing into all of our lives! All 6 lbs 3 ozs with a head full of beautiful red hair and the sweetest little face ever! Needless to say, he changed our lives that day, and his mommy and daddy and his four grandparents will never be the same again!! Who knew one little red-headed boy could bring so much love and happiness into our world, but that is exactly what he has done, and we couldn’t be happier!!