Sunday, December 21, 2008

The EXTREME Bedroom Makeover

I've been looking forward to today for weeks now and now as I'm sitting here trying to share the incredible blessing that took place I just can't keep the tears from streaming down my face. It's always an amazing experience when a group of people who love God decide to do something practical in HIS name! A few weeks ago I got a call from a friend at church. She wanted to know if Amy or her children needed anything for Christmas. Her small group wanted to come together to do something in the name of Jesus to be a blessing to my sister, the single mom, and her three sweet children. So I shared a few needs of Amy's (Nate needed a new bed since he was still in a toddler bed, Abby needed a new car seat, etc). I thought they would pick just one thing to do, but Nate's new bed turned into an entire room makeover for the Marshall kids. And Abby ended up with a new booster seat too!
Here's a glimpse of our day through pictures!!

The Marshalls were kicked out of their house around 2pm and these Santa Elves arrived!
This picture was taken when the room was almost complete. I wish I had taken a before picture, because the transformation is amazing!!! The room is so much more spacious and bright!

Emma and Abby used to have bunk beds and Nate had a toddler bed in this room. Now they have one bed with a single on top for Emma and a double on the bottom for Abby and Nate to share!

Very cute wall stickers now decorate the room and now there is plenty of room for Nate to play on his train table.

A new hamper, light, very cool chair and a lava lamp now fill this corner of the room.

Isn't the bedding adorable? Perfect for boys and girls!

Emma's first glimpse of the room! Make sure you check out all the video at the bottom of this post! The video is even better than the pictures!

Abby and Nate checking it out for the first time!

What do you think? I think Abby loves it!

Their first moments in their new room!

Emma trying to figure out where everyone was going to sleep.

Emma on the top bunk with her new monkey.
Abby climbing up to see Emma.

Nate and Abby snuggled up in their spots.

The whole gang on the new lime green shag rug.

Christian was there for the reveal too! He loved their room!
Everyone had a grand time climbing to the top bunk. This bed has two ladders, so now they can have ladder races. I wouldn't have thought of that, but leave it up to this crew to make a race out of everything.
Abby and Nate watching their new lava lamp!

Everyone in their spot!
A fuzzy chair for two! Those stuffed animals were included in the room makeover too!
And here is Nate! Ready for bed at 6pm! He asked to get his pj's on right away. He couldn't wait to go to bed. So he and I laid their for awhile with the lights out and watched the lava lamp.
Video of the big reveal.

Nate's favorite new thing!

Emma & Abby telling me what they liked best.
Nate all ready for bed at 6pm!!
So today was a huge blessing for Emma, Abby and Nate! Amy and I were both completely overwhelmed with emotion as we sat in the children's beautiful new room looking at the thought and love that went into it! Words cannot even begin to express our gratitude to the small group who took this project on! The verse that keeps coming to my mind is Ephesians 3:17 And it says; "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!"
Thank you small group friends for giving Emma, Abby and Nate a taste of how wide, how long, how high and how deep God's love is for them! I know they felt loved and I told them that they got this room makeover because there is a group of people who love Jesus and wanted to be a blessing to them!! Thank you, Again and Again!


Anonymous said...

Judy, how wonderful! May God bless those friends in a big way! Anna :)

Anonymous said...

What a blessing! The transformation is truly amazing...I barely recognized the room! Love and miss you all! ~Caitlin

the mccollums... said...

what an amazing blessing!!! :) Just shows how God can use people...if we aren't involve with community and people around us than we aren't allowing God to work in special ways that He does in and through His people. What an amazing night. I am sure that the kids will love this room for months on end. I think I had this same bunk bed in highschool but in white. :) Love it and love the idea that this group had. :)

Eddie S. said...

That is so awesome! I wish I could have been there to help. It was good to see you all, and let Amy know that if I have anything to do with it, that will be just the beginning. :-) Thanks for having me over to hang out, and this link is a picture of the front of a Linksys Wall Adapter, hopefully it will help

Sarah Joy said...

That is so awesome! No our Father is so AWESOME! How he uses people, simple humans, over and over again to bring blessings about inour lives is amazing to me!

the*4*of*us said...

How awesome!!! the room looks great! That is such a blessing!!!

Anonymous said...

A huge thank you to all who had a part in blessing my daughter and grandchildren. May Our Precious Lord Jesus richly bless each of you in a very special way.
Love, Grandmom

Anonymous said...

What an amazing room and a wonderful blessing! Nate, Abby and Emma will enjoy their new room so much...and what a blessing to Amy as well.

Thank you to everyone who helped with this transformation.
- Laurie

Jenn said...

that is absolutely amazing! what a blessing for both amy and the children. God is able to do more than we can ask or imagine! a special thank you to all that helped in this project for the marshalls :) may God richly bless you.

The Chatt Pack said...

How awesome! Aren't people absolutely awesome?

The Marklund's said...

AMAZING! I'm so glad you got that on video! The kid's expressions were priceless! Thank you so much for sharing!