ShOp tHe hOusE. {emma style.fifth edition}











i sat outside the office at emma’s school last thursday, waiting on her.
pretty soon i saw her round the corner of the hall and upon spotting me,
instantly got that crooked, shy smile like she does.

it was her birthday. she had asked if i would pick her up from school around the same time i had went into the hospital to have her. she’s sentimental about things like that and remembers dates and details in a way that amazes me~

i watched her walk towards me and thought of how very different “waiting” on her now was from eight years ago. middle of the afternoon. bright, sunny september day. me not even realizing i was in labor, just feeling alot of back pressure. we were close to the hospital and i knew my midwife was on call so i took the chance of stopping in just to see if she would have time to check me – i literally walked into the ob department and she was standing at the desk, about to go home. it was perfect timing and emma was born a short hour and a half later!

her arrival is a good description of her now – easy. laid back. quiet. unassuming.

the birthday ribbon they gave her at school.

she came nearer down the hall and i stood and went to meet her.
hugging her tight and kissing her head.
wow! how eight years can fly just like that.

as if only yesterday i was walking the halls of that hospital to have her and now.
here she is walking the hall to me!

i’ve learned so much from her young life already. i think the main thing being her sweetness~ you just won’t hardly ever find her in a grumpy mood. she is patient and kind and so very thoughtful – a few weeks back we had seen a man with a homeless sign on the street corner in town and just the other day emma brought him up and said she wondered if he had found a place to stay yet and she felt so bad thinking of him at night because the weather is getting colder. she asked if next time we were over that way if we could see if he was still there and maybe try to help in some way. talk about conviction! i had barely noticed the guy let alone thought any more about him…

emma has a heart for anything hurting. needy. disadvantaged. or small.

we’ve been known to pull the van over a few times to help a turtle cross the road at her persuading. :)

i often pray that God would keep her heart as tender throughout her life as it is now. it’s so easy for the hardness of others to wound and bring a callousness where there was once sensitivity. i know as she remembers where her true identity is found she will continue to live like that. open and vulnerable, in a good way.


that is something we’ve really worked on {in both our lives} this past year.. to find our security in the Lord. not in the approval of others or accomplishments or talents or what we have. it was a big lesson when emma first started going to school last year. every day she would have such a hard time, crying and not wanting to go. we would sit in the van and talk and pray as we waited on the bell to ring. i started drawing a little heart on her hand and telling her when she saw that to remember that Christ was IN her. she was HIS! and because of that she could “do all things” and not be fearful or timid.

i’ll never forget the afternoon she jumped in the van after school and held her hand out in front of my face. “look! my heart’s gone! i washed my hands and it disappeared but it’s okay.. i still remembered that Jesus was with me and i got through the day and didn’t even cry!”

“oh, baby.” i laughed through some misty tears, “you and me both!” you and me both.

we still talk about the heart on the hand in those times we’re feeling unsure…

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the very best highlight of emma’s birthday this year was a sweet surprise for us all!
shayne was out of town and not supposed to get in until late friday..
so imagine the excitement when he came walking into her gymnastics class that night!
he had left a day early and driven all afternoon to get there in time~
of all her gifts i think this was her favorite!

we celebrated late with potato salad and mac-n-cheese, the meal she requested.
and a pan of mamaw’s homemade brownies with chocolate icing!


beside a friendship bracelet kit the only other thing emma said she wanted was to re-do her room. so over the weekend we set out to and make that happen!

we decided to take reese’s toddler bed down since she never slept in it. that girl has the strangest quirk in that she LIKES to sleep on the floor! even when we’ve “made” her stay in her bed at some point in the night we’ll go in to check on her and there she is, once again, in the floor! so until she develops a liking for real beds we put her mattress under emma’s to pull out each night – though she still just sleeps next to it and not on it!

who knows! maybe God’s preparing that crazy kid to sleep on the dirt floors of some jungle hut in africa someday!


emma wasn’t sure exactly what she wanted when we started. except she wanted “less stuff” in her room! not so many knick knacky things. more open and simple. fine by me! it sure makes dusting way easier~

the large chalkboard came from home goods with a return of something for half of it and a saved gift card i forgot i had for the other. the picture frame and “to be loved” sign over the dresser in the pictures below were things from my room that i decided i liked much better in the girls room..  which means my own walls are a little bare right now and i’ll be doing another very soon! :)

the banners were already made. the doily one was in their room before and the other was from a valentines party last year – made out of ribbon,tulle, and scrap pieces of paper.


i did buy a new dresser from ikea.. the girls had long been sharing this tiny dresser that emma has had since she was a baby and there were clothes spilling out in all directions from their closet. it was such a mess and frustrating searching for things on school mornings!

neat story with the dresser ~ i went down one day last week with a few girlfriends and spent the entire day doing the whole “ikea experience,” as i call it. which means you eat lunch there and sit on some of the couches and let your kids play in one of the play areas and just stroll slowly through, taking your sweet ‘ole time. it was alot of fun!

i had a budget of 2oo for the dresser and found one i liked for that price. however, when i went to get it from the warehouse it was sold out! my girlfriend pointed out another that looked very similar, and was fifty dollars cheaper! so i went with that instead. but as we went to check out i noticed the exact same dresser in the scratch and dent section for even another thirty dollars less!! AND already put together – which was a bonus since shayne was out of town. i couldn’t see a thing wrong with it and it fit perfectly in the back of the van. another bonus!

ben and i were able to unload it at home and i filled the drawers with all kinds of other pretty things for emma’s room makeover that i was able to buy with the money i saved on the dresser {like new curtains} and let her “open” it on her birthday~


emma loves creating and making things and has this artistic little flair so she really got into this and had alot of say in where to hang what and how she liked things, or not! so fun to do this together and also see once again that when we want a change it doesn’t have to cost alot.. we can take a look around at what we already have, rearrange a few things, and come up with a fresh, new look!

that’s the joy of decorating.
things always turning and evolving!

if you want to see what the girls room looked like before go here.
and to view other editions go here.



last night i caught emma sitting on her bed and when i asked what she was doing she said, “just thinking of how much i love my new room!”

and i’m just thinking of how much i love her! :)


happy tuesday all. xo

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ (¸.·¨¯`♥ amber 

37 thoughts on “ShOp tHe hOusE. {emma style.fifth edition}

  1. Dana

    A Beautiful room for a Beautiful girl! What a blessing she is! So young, yet so thoughtful! (i’m thinking she gets that from her sweet mom :-) )

    1. amber Post author

      you’re sweet!!! i’m so glad to be connected again here and on instagram – it’s fun keeping up w/ the “old crowd” from blogging – and by “old” i mean, years gone by, not age!! haha! ;)) happy friday. xo

    1. amber Post author

      yes, amen!! there used to be an old ron hamilton song {patch the pirate} that was called, “tender heart.” i think of the words often and sing/ pray them for my kids! hope your boy is healing up okay from his surgery~ xo

  2. Peggy

    Oh my, oh my! LOVE the curtains with BIRDS on them!!! Please, please, please tell me where you found them?? Such a luscious room ~ simply gorgeous ~ :)

    1. amber Post author

      how did i know you’d like those curtains. ;))) i found them at ikea – 20 bucks for the pair!! if you don’t have an ikea near you i’d be happy to pick some up for you..

  3. Hannah

    What is she jumping on in first picture and where do you find so many beautiful things? I must not have an eye because I will go to all the same stores you mentioned and come out empty handed. Perhaps I will take a picture from this blog next time. ;) Job well done Emma and Mom!

    1. amber Post author

      that is a giant air trampoline – there’s a hole in the ground where the fans underneath blow up and inflate the trampoline.. so fun. and weird too to bounce on. when the fans are off it lies flat on the ground like a big piece of material – you’d never know what it was unless you saw it! :)

  4. Carmen Byler

    oh my! so lovely lovely lovely. Emma, you are one lucky/blessed girl to have such a talented mom who can make a room look so perfect. Amber you are talented beyond words! And yes, about praying that God will keep her young “fully alive” heart in good health in the coming years! I believe the adversary knows the beautiful hearts of our young daughters and sees their potential and we have to really pray against His attempts at destroying them!! Spiritual warfare for our children is so important!!

    Happy birthday beautiful Emma! God bless you real good!

    1. amber Post author

      praying for her heart to stay in good health is a good way to put it! ~i feel like i’m only now truly seeing the importance of prayer and wish i had been better at it years ago – sometimes it’s not until you go through those things where you feel you have nothing else to do BUT pray that your eyes are really opened to it’s power. i get busy and distracted to easily but am trying to be intentional about praying more for my kids and realizing too that even if i miss my slotted time in the morning, all throughout the day i can be crying out… finally understanding what “praying always” means. :)) if anyone will teach us about prayer it’s certainly our kids! :)

  5. Betty Barrett

    Oh my how much Emma has changed! She is really growing up….and sounds like she has such a tender heart for God….pray her birthday was the very best! Love her new room and her Mom’s precious posts!

    1. amber Post author

      thanks so much sweet friend! i often think of the time you and don visited shayne and i in canada when we were first married – – what a blessing you were and continue to be in my life!! xo

  6. Julie

    I gasped when I read that you put a heart on Emma’s hand. I do the same thing to my Emma, except right now I tell her its a Momma Kiss. When I put it on her hand I kiss it. Now she asks for it every morning. My oldest daughter just asked me yesterday why Emma always has a heart on her hand. I love incorporating how Jesus is with them all the time. Thanks for the tip! :)

    Happy Birthday to your Emma. She does seem like such a sweet girl.

    1. amber Post author

      oh, that’s so cool! that made me smile to think you do the same, and with YOUR girl named emma. i think God just gives us little insights as moms at how we can help comfort and encourage and i love that He prompted us both in the same way!! hugs to you and your emma from me and mine. :))

  7. Carla

    Happy Birthday to Miss.Emma late! She has been a genuine joy to many of us. The room turned out so nice, perhaps someday when you begin your interior design business she will be your partner. You can start at my house!

  8. Lois Smucker

    I enjoy seeing your home projects, I remember the very first shop your house that you did a few years ago. Your blog is an inspiration – Thank you for sharing!

    1. amber Post author

      thank you! :) it seems ages ago that first was written and from our beloved little farmhouse in cincy. miss that place often!

  9. Kellie

    Happy Birthday to Emma! She was so little when I first started reading your blog!
    Their room is beautiful and so peaceful looking. I just love the three pictures of them in the white frames. I might have to copy that! :)
    Hope everyone at your house is doing well!

    1. amber Post author

      i know! it’s funny to think how we all have watched each other’s kids grow up across the computer screen.. i get all nostalgic thinking of it. :)) the idea of the pictures was kinda a last minute thing cause i wanted something to put there and since it’s hard to find cute little girly pics or ones within a decent price range i decided to just do ones of them – – that’s something i’m thinking of more and more, using my own pics throughout the house when i’m wanting a new picture, etc. above my bed has been empty forever because i just can’t find the right thing for it – – now i’m watching costco for a sale on their canvas prints and get one done of something i’ve taken!! hugs~

  10. Clarita @ Skies of Parchment

    Happy birthday to beautiful Emma!! It’s been so fun watching her grow up the past few years – but always with that sweet and kind face. I love it!
    And the bedroom is beautiful!! I LOVE the story of the dresser. Things like that make me feel like God just really cares about me. :) You and Emma make quite the decor team – it’s a dreamy bedroom!


    1. amber Post author

      yes, the dresser! i felt too that was God loving on me.. and i needed it that week. i like to think He knows our love language and shopping and finding good bargains is certainly one of mine. ha! ;))

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  14. Christy

    What a sweet, sweet girl! If I walked into her room and she was lying there thinking about how much she likes it I’d want to redo it for her every month. :) It’s so rewarding to do special things for people who appreciate it. :) The room is so pretty and I LOVE the curtains!


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