Wise Decor is a family-owned wall decal business that provided me with a gorgeous, custom wall decal for this review. Their customer service was incredible – I exchanged prompt e-mails with two people and they were so gracious and patient with me. Wise Decor offers a LOT of beautiful designs, sayings and scripture already in their catalog but also can do custom work. I knew I would want to hang a Bible verse in the baby’s room, but it took me a little time to figure out which verse to select.
Here’s the story behind it.
Wise Decor approached me after our 20 week ultrasound yet we were still waiting to confirm Baby #2′s gender, so the nursery was basically a blank canvas to work with.
At the same time, we were waiting for a 31 week ultrasound to check on our baby’s kidneys.
At our 20 week ultrasound the doctor found that the baby’s kidney’s were uneven – it’s called bilateral kidney reflux. There’s nothing quite like hearing your baby has something “off” with a set of vital organs. The doctor said on the totem pole of things to worry about, it’s towards the bottom. And often times they can even up before birth. At that moment, I knew I would be praying for that. With bilateral kidney reflux being a diagnosis at birth, there’s a minimum of 6 months of daily antibiotics to prevent a kidney infection. More severe cases can need medicine for years and also surgery.
I wanted to keep every thought captive and take the waiting process as a blessing. God can heal our baby. If He doesn’t, He has a divine purpose for it. There’s no way God let’s a diagnosis go to waste – He will make something good come from it.
It was just last summer that I was diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma (read about The Freckle here) and had a successful removal. I realize many people have survived cancer without walking through it with Christ, but I give full credit of being alive to God.
I truly feel that the Holy Spirit prompted me to make a 30 before 30 list – which included going to the dermatologist for a full skin check. I skipped the year I was pregnant with Little Dude and also the year when he was a newborn. We all make our excuses but when I felt prompted to go, I made the appointment.
I didn’t suspect ANYTHING.
Yes, I have fair skin but it was still a shock to be diagnosed with stage 1 melanoma on July 9th, 2012.
Another item on my 30 before 30 list was to read the Bible cover to cover – which I completed between March 2012 and July 1st, 2012. God’s timing, completely.
I was just wrapping my mind around my new understanding of God’s word, then was diagnosed. I know that this timing wasn’t a coincidence. I hope you have the chance to go through and read my melanoma journey (starting with The Freckle post I linked above), because it really sheds light on who I am today.
After having melanoma, I had some time for emotional and physical healing before hubby and I decided to start trying for Baby #2. With thyroid issues and my body rebalancing after the stress of skin cancer, I really didn’t know how long it would take to get pregnant.
Our son (two years old at the time) came up to me, lifted up my shirt to reveal my tummy and said “hi baby!”
I perked up at the notion but knew it was too early to take a home pregnancy test & was not having a normal cycle that month. I said “I wish, buddy.” Smiled, and continued to play with him.
At the time, a common way for him to show me want he wanted or needed was to say “Momma, up!” grab my hand, and pull me over to where he needed me… but that next day he started saying “Momma-baby, UP! Momma-baby, UP!”
A couple days later, I was at the gym in a Total Body Conditioning class doing push-ups on a yoga ball… have you ever done those? They are very effective, especially when you roll the ball to your chest, then upper stomach, then lower stomach. As you may already be predicting, rolling the ball on my stomach triggered a sudden wave of nausea and I had to leave the class.
I decided our little prophetic dude might be on to something and opened a pregnancy test from the dollar store. I was SO giddy to see the positive appear. But as I did the math in my head, I thought it was too early for a positive test (or was I further along than I thought?) – so I opened another $1 test and it confirmed, yep: pregnant!
It took EVERYTHING within me to wait to tell my husband face to face when he got home & not over the phone. I wanted to witness his reaction.It was helpful being able to tell Little Dude, just for the sake of telling someone. But, my son already knew! When I asked “did Jesus tell you there’s a baby in momma’s tummy?” He just smiled.
Later that day, Hubby walked in the door, noticed my overly-goofy smile and said “what’s going on?” “I’m pregnant!” I gleamed. I know he was celebrating inside (he gave me a hug) but immediately he asked “so are you going to Bible study tonight?”
I think he immediately recalled morning sickness with our first baby. I felt great for about a week, then the all-day-sickness kicked in. I thought already knowing all the “morning sickness tricks” would help. Don’t get dehydrated or overly hungry, avoid harsh smells,, take your vitamins at night, take chewable vitamins until you can stomach the prenatals, use homeopathic remedies, use eseential oils, use SeaBands…. It really didn’t matter what I did. I was just plain SICK.
Very early in the pregnancy, I started to have discomfort/pain on my left side. I called the OB and they ordered an early ultrasound at 6 weeks and blood work. Waiting until 6 weeks seemed to take forever and my worst fear was that this pregnancy was ectopic and that I would lose an ovary over it. Those closest to me reminded me that fear doesn’t come from the Lord.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
All of my “previous training” in keeping every thought captive was not holding up – I was a nervous mess.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV
The blood tests, checking HCG levels, were considered on the high side – which made the doctor consider I was farther along than I thought or having twins. The levels doubled at the appropriate times, so she was fairly confident it wasn’t ectopic even before confirming the baby (not multiples) was in the right spot at the 6 week ultrasound. Whew! Thank you Jesus! I had another ultrasound at 8 weeks and eventually the unilateral pain went away.
As soon as 13 weeks went by, I started to share our wonderful news more openly. I still had “morning sickness” up until 16 weeks. Even thought I was getting pretty sick in the evening, I felt decent in the morning and started to walk the track at the gym.
One morning at 15.5 weeks pregnant, I started my walking routine with the cardinal rule for a pregnant lady: go to the bathroom.
Blood. Not a lot, but enough to freak out.
I thought. This isn’t supposed to happen! I’m in my second trimester! This isn’t blood from a hemorrhoid…
My heart immediately raised up into my throat, the bathroom got hot, the room swirled, and I started to panic dial my husband at work. He’s often in meetings and so I left a voicemail… “I’m bleeding. I’m going to call the dr.”
I called the OB and they said to head right in and they’ll check things out. The entire drive over to the hospital, I silently sobbed. However, Little Dude is extremely receptive to feelings and he said “momma’s SAD. momma’s REAL SAD” alll the way to the hospital.
As I sat there in the waiting room, son in tow and husband on his way, I started to think about how I loved God but also feared him… His plans are not my plans and I wanted to stay humble before him but ask him to keep this baby safe!
After an exam, the OB determined I should go on modified bed rest as well as stop lifting (including our 35 pound son). She said the good news is that everything looks good, but the bad news is she couldn’t pin-point what caused the bleeding. Laying low, I really examined my heart and asked God to align my desires with His. It’s impossible to know what God wants without being in His word and talking to Him on a regular basis.
I didn’t have any further bleeding and my morning sickness finally subsided… in exchange for a horrible, debilitating case of sciatic pain. I tried every remedy someone recommended and most importantly as soon as I cast my concern upon the Lord and asked church friends and family to pray for relief with me, I was better!
Soon enough, was time for our 20 week ultrasound, and you already read we found out with a thorough anatomy scan that our baby’s kidney’s were uneven. That’s right, WERE (past-tense) because at 31 weeks they measured within millimeters of each other. With a LOT of prayer and petition in those 10 weeks, God healed our baby boy’s kidneys and I am SO thankful!
In the midst of mentally preparing myself for an easier labor & delivery than I had with Little Dude, I had read some books (hypnobirthing, birthing from within) and found one I REALLY enjoyed called Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize.
Her book is a wonderful resource of Biblical affirmations and scripture to refer to before, during and after pregnancy.
She offers an approach to childbirth that I can subscribe to and I feel is best summed up with this scripture:
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Jeremiah 29: 11-13 NLT
To me, this means God not only is in control (even though sometimes I wish *I* had control), but He plans GOOD for my life. Anything short of good is not from God. While I can draw vicious mind circles around the concepts of good vs. bad and what God allows, the bottom line is that when bad things happen, He is planning something beautiful to rise up from those ashes. He is the source of my future and the source of my hope! He is my healer!
Additionally, praying is not wishing or positive thinking. It is talking to God and expecting Him to respond. He may not offer an audible response, but He does speak through the Bible, circumstances and people.
Lastly, this passage reminds me that I should not lose heart. If I keep my heart in pursuit of Christ, I will find Him… He’ll meet me in dark places as well as happy places.
I absolutely want my kids to personally know God, His love, and feel this truth in their hearts. So that is why I selected this Bible passage for our second son’s wall.
My WiseDecor review:
The WiseDecor designer I worked with was amazing with helping me figure out a color, text combination and even did a digital mock-up of the decal so I could visualize it on the wall before they made it.The wall decal came promptly in the mail and was packaged very well so there was no damage. I unrolled it and let it set to flatten for a couple of days.
Hubby thought it was SO nice, he’d rather me mount it on a canvas so we could move it to another room in the future… so I picked up a long and narrow canvas from Hobby Lobby and it was literally an inch too narrow for the decal. I should have measured, but I didn’t.
So I brainstormed with a friend and she thought some painted MDF board from the hardware store would be pretty cool. Hubby liked the idea. We already had the paint in the garage (we planned on matching the wall color) and I was excited about going to get the wood.
Then Colorado had a Biblical downpour of rain for days and days… I heard the equivalent to 15 feet of snow. I could see the direction of this wall decal project steering back to applying it to the wall.
That’s the great thing about Wise Decor wall decals, you can apply them to just about any clean, non-porous surface with great results. So I finally gave in and asked my husband if it’d be ok to apply it to the wall. He said sure. The decal came with a simple yet thorough set of instructions for application AND they also offer this video.on their website showing how to apply the decal.
Wiped the wall with a clean, dry rag.
Pulled the crib away from the wall:
Used a laser level to make sure the wall decal would end up straight! (very important to use a level! I’ve hung other decals that ended up slightly crooked because I was overly confident in “eye-balling it”)
Little Dude wanted to help
Use masking tape or painters tape to place the decal on the wall and double (or triple) check that it is level/even.
flip up the decal and peel away the sheet
Press the decal against the wall…
Follow the instructions on firmly applying the decal. They provide the application tool.
This is the part that takes PATIENCE! I like to keep the scraping tool they provide in hand to help the letters stick as I peel back the paper…
Got through the first 1/2 of peeling and then decided to put Little Dude down for quiet-time. (So, yes, this project IS possible at 9 months pregnant with a 3 year old in the room…)
Ta-da! I made it and NONE of the letters tore (I’ve used other decals with rather whimpy vinyl – I was so, SO happy with the quality of the decal at this point!)
I am completely happy with the finished product! I love the combination of fonts they let me select… Avenir/Bliss and I feel that the black vinyl is timeless, crisp and easy to read.
Giveaway prize: $30 gift certificate to Wise Decor
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