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When a customer writes to tell us how a mural they created with our wall stickers or stencil kits really has special meaning, it is like music to our ears. After all, Michael and Stephanie started My Wonderful Walls with the idea that every parent could create a unique and special wall mural for their child, no matter what their level of artistic ability. Cody and Chelsey in Aquilla, TX shared such a story with us about their boys CJ and Canyon and the farm themed nursery that has such special meaning to them. Here’s what they had to say about their Friendly Farm Wall Mural!
My Wonderful Walls: What would you like to tell us about you and your family?
Chelsey: We're in the process of adopting our awesome, wonderful, sweet baby boys. We feel so blessed to have them! We're just trying to live a life that reflects God's awesomeness! We love the outdoors and pretty much everything that encompasses-hiking, fishing, riding horses, kayaking....you name it! We're huge animal lovers and have 2 dogs, 3 cats, 3 horses, and dairy cow named Fancy and her calf, Dulce. We like trying to become more fluent in Spanish and are always working towards this goal. We love to travel, spend time with our wonderful, huge family, and just hang out/be together. We're always working on some creative project.
MWW: Please tell us a little about why you choose this farm theme and/or how is this mural a good fit for your personality and interests?
Chelsey: We actually live on a small little hobby farm and just love everything about farm life! So much so, that we also wanted to give our boys a farm themed room. We wanted a really happy place for them that would transition well from nursery to toddler room. All the bright colors and cute little animals are so stimulating, yet not too busy. A lot of the people that we loved and respected so much in our family that have already passed away were farmers, so the room is kind of a nod to them too! :)
MWW: What was your child's reaction to the wall mural when s/he first saw it?
Chelsey: The mural wall really seems to catch/keep the boys’ attention as they look from one thing to the next, which is pretty impressive since they're two little rambunctious guys!
MWW: How long did it take you to complete the project?
Chelsey: The stickers went up in about 1 1/2 hours. The painting/waiting for it to dry took the longest!
MWW: Describe your artistic comfort level.
Chelsey: We're pretty creative/imaginative, but definitely not professional artists or anything!
MWW: What did you enjoy about the wall mural creation experience? Was it what you had expected?
Chelsey: I LOVED that it actually turned out as good or better than I expected! I always have these big ideas in my head, and they never quite turn out as I had envisioned. These decals were so EASY to put up, and they just brought the room to life! Lots of people have even asked me if I painted the mural-that's how great/not cheesy they look!
MWW: Did you add any personal touches to the standard wall mural you received?
Chelsey: We painted all the walls in the room a very light sky blue and then painted the green hills, as was exampled on yall's website.
MWW: Do you have a favorite piece or favorite scene you created? If so, please describe.
Chelsey: We liked that it (the barn sticker) could be personalized with “Crawford Acres”.
MWW: Have you ever used other stickers or stencils before from other companies? How do ours stack up?
Chelsey: Yes and these are really cool and unique because of their texture.
MWW: Tell us about what led you and your husband to adopt your boys, CJ and Canyon.
Chelsey: My husband and I always had thoughts of adoption and hearts than leaned towards it, even before we got married, but had we been able to get pregnant, we probably wouldn't have actually acted on these good intentions, or at least not near as quickly anyway. We're only in our 20's, which is younger than the average adopting couple, and we chose not to pursue any type of fertility treatment. For us, adoption was not our last option or only hope to have a child, we just felt really lead by God to go ahead and adopt at this time in our lives.
I think a lot of people get caught up in wanting to "change the world" and that's such an overwhelming thought that can make us feel so insignificant. Well, adoption is one way to actually take a step towards "changing the world." To better the life for one child ends up touching sooooo many people (just think of all the people they will interact with in their lifetime) that it actually does have the potential to make the world a better place.
MWW: What would you say to anyone thinking about adopting a child(ren)?
Chelsey: I would strongly recommend talking to everyone you can who has already adopted. I've realized in our own journey that most adoptive families are more than willing to share their story and will have some great advice for you! Read adoption memoirs too. They'll also really help to kind of give you a picture of what you might actually be getting into.
Adopting is not the easiest thing you will ever do, but in our experience, (and the experience of so many others we know, including some of our other family members) it is soooooo worth the difficult process. Even being aware now of how challenging the process can be, we would definitely choose to do it again! We know that our sweet baby boys were absolutely meant to be with us.
Thank you Chelsey and Cody for sharing a little about your family and the sweet farm nursery you’ve created for the boys! We think it’s fitting to share your lovely story with National Adoption Day coming up on November 23rd and wish you all the best with your new family.
If any of our readers would like more information about adopting a child, especially those currently in foster care, we invite you to check out the National Adoption Day Resources page. Last year, over 4500 children in foster care were adopted across 400 cities in the United States during the Adoption Day celebrations.
Blog post written by Tara