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I am literally a mess this week.

Everything makes me cry.

Every. Single. Thing.

I’m crying at commercials.  And songs.  And sidewalks.  And puppies.

And rooms that I just finished.

Rivers and rivers of happy, poignant, wistful tears.

And all because of this little Wood with his crew cut.

The one on the left.

The one with his light-up dinosaur shoes and fistfuls of dirt and mischievous grin sitting on the front porch of this house years ago.

That guy.

Who now looks like this.

All twinkling brown eyes and wavy hair and the tiniest dimple in his smile.

He’s ready to take on the world….

….with stubble on his chin.

I finally finished the room that he shares with his brother, Denton, this week.

It used to look like this.

I liked it.

It was fine.

But then?  I wanted to see what would happen if I painted the entire room navy.

Would I love it?

Would it be too much?

How would all that navy look against a white ceiling?

I was a little worried.

I wasn’t sure about how the dark navy paint would look like next to the white ceiling.

But I trust my friend FrogTape.

It’s been there through a zillion projects.

I’ve painted ombre hexagon walls and floors covered in diamonds and tables that look like wood.

It’s never let me down yet.

Here’s the before.

And now?

Here’s the after.

The walls are painted SW 6244 Naval.

The door trim is painted SW 7006 Extra White.

The floor trim and doors are stained (except for one place I need to fix).

I hung up the smocked jute curtains from downstairs.

I tried to fake out the window behind the beds to balance the room and IT WAS A DISASTER.

The curtains looked too heavy and the light came in where it wasn’t supposed to.

The entire idea didn’t work.

So I just hung the curtains where the windows are—and me and my imperfect room are living without symmetry.

I kept the bookcase the original color and filled it with different colored books.

At the end of each of the beds—I added a rolling basket filled with extra blankets.

I already had one from the farmhouse and then I bought another one.

Here’s the view from inside the basket.

Stacks of quilts for when it gets a little cooler.

There are red and white quilts and gray quilts made from my fabric line.

The wall facing the beds has a built-in bookcase.

The table folds out to make a desk.

There are baskets from the butler’s pantry at the farmhouse and license plates from Zack’s room in Kentucky.

I switched out the bedding and placed the striped duvet covers on the bed.

Another crisp white duvet cover is folded for extra blankeness.

There are plaid blankets stacked as well.

And when I finished this room this weekend and every picture was hung and every blanket was folded and every pillow fluffed…

…I stood in the middle of it and cried.

See what I mean?

I’m a mess.

I can’t help it.

The room is finished.

The room is done.

And now?

He’s leaving.

This summer he’s going on mission trips and summer camps and working at local sports camps for little kids and taking his graduation trip to see Machupicchu.

And then?

He’s heading to Baylor in just a few short months to join his brother.

And two of my chicks will have left the nest.

How did it all happen so fast?

I remember when he was turning into a t-rex and singing songs with me in the car and teaching me one of the most important lessons of all.

Somehow.

Someway.

When I wasn’t looking he grew up.

I’m so proud of him.

I’m so proud of the choices that he’s made and the man he is on the brink of becoming.

He’s my fearless leader and my disc golf player and my dog-lover and when he grins at me with those twinkling brown eyes I can see all the men that have gone before him.

All the men who have made him into the incredible individual he is today.

Men who led by example.

Men who taught him the importance of standing up and being counted.

Men who taught him to laugh and throw a ball and how to remember each of the 50 capitals of the United States.  They helped him understand how to apologize when you’re wrong and to stand for what is right.

My oldest son.

My brothers.

My father.

My father-in-law.

My husband.

And so sweet Zack—today I just wanted you to know how much I love you.

I cannot wait to see all the places you’ll go.

The lives that you’ll change.

The hearts that you will touch.

Keep smiling.

Keep believing.

Keep twinkling.

And always remember that no matter how far you wander, you can always come home.

Your room will be ready. 🙂

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Comments

  1. Image for Janice Paschal Janice Paschal

    Love all the walls painted Naval. Everything looks great. I know you’ll miss him! What a great young man he has become.

  2. Image for Sue Sue

    That room is the best yet. I love it. The navy is great in there. Did you have the beds? I am so impressed with the simplicity of it.

  3. Image for Betty in (sunny) Arlington Betty in (sunny) Arlington

    Karianne, What a beautiful living space! I love the horizontal bookshelf! You can actually see the books better. And, you sweet children, the "Woodchips"; how they've grown. I loved dressing the same as my twin when we were little! I had to look up where Machu Picchu was (Peru). "The room is done...", but he'll enjoy it when he returns.

  4. Image for Patty Patty

    Beautiful room and story. I remember the days of my children leaving the nest. I was so proud of them but missed them terribly. Can you provide a source for the rolling baskets at the foot of the bed?

    1. Image for Michelle Michelle

      Yes, I too would love to know where those baskets came from. The room is beautiful. Your handsome boy will do great things. Both of my kids are out of the nest and it is a difficult transition for sure.

  5. Image for Janette Deans Janette Deans

    Omg Kerianne, omg, I think this post is a heartbreaker, first, LOVE the room, second, LOVE your gorgeous son, thirdly, wow, I understood every word you wrote, we have all lived days like these, the questions are boundless, but at the end of the day, you did a great job, be proud of yourselves for the beautiful, well rounded human beings you steered right....they do come back, eventually with more people in tow....enjoy it all...xxx

  6. Image for Deedra Deedra

    The room is just stunning!! And I have been where you are with kids leaving the nest. Our youngest just graduated from UVA and is heading to New York in July. I'm just a mess too! You have raised him right and I know he will do wonderful things! Very handsome young lad! Remember- he'll still come home for breaks and summers. Enjoy those four years. It goes so quickly.

  7. Image for Julie Julie

    Whoa!!!!! That's all I can say! I have 2 sons who will be 50 and 48 in November and I break down and cry after every time I put down the phone after we talk......remembering those two little guys who drove me crazy, made me laugh, pulled my hair out......but always, always make me cry tears of joy and happiness. I am so proud of my sons as you are of yours. They grow up way too fast!!! The room!!!! It's gorgeous and just as I expected to to be. Love, love, love it. Hugs Karianne.

  8. Image for beverlee lyons beverlee lyons

    that is the sweetest picture of your children. I hope you have it framed...BIG. and hung. How handsome! Sweetest smile! Lucky you, lucky Zack. Times of our lives....go on and on....

  9. Image for Tracy Tracy

    Love the room color. Very handsame and wise son you have helped grow into a man. You and your husband should be very proud. I love the baskets at the end of the bed, can I ask where you purchased them. Thank you.

  10. Image for Debra Matcovich Debra Matcovich

    My comment is about you and your children. Yes, I know they're not, mostly grown up now. Good luck to your son on his new adventure. You and your husband did a wonderful job with your family. Your tears will always sneak out, but not as often. Believe me I know. BTW, the room looks great.

  11. Image for Leslie Watkins Leslie Watkins

    Oh, my goodness. You blinked again. It happens to all of us. These were the hardest summers for me. There were mission trips for both my boys, and buying dorm stuff, and watching them look ahead to leave the nest behind. And the leaving them there—oh, my. But you’ve done well, mom. And he will come back and continue to share life with that wonderful family he calls home. Hugs and love to you, sweet friend, for the days ahead.

  12. Image for Denise Cox Denise Cox

    Yes, I love the room ( and you KNOW I love the navy).. but I love your endearing story even more! Quite a handsome lad he is, too!! Good luck, Good fortune, and God Bless in ALL his future endeavors!!!

  13. Image for Vaughna Kromann Vaughna Kromann

    Adorable. Hang in there, Momma! I have darling friends with amazing and darling children attending Baylor in the Fall. I'd be happy to have them look out for him. It's a sweet time, overall. It's been a blessing to be around them and a blessing to see them spread their wings. Cyber hug.

  14. Image for Joanne D. Joanne D.

    Oh my heart! How sweet! How very precious and sweet! The room, the words and the details! I just melted into huge smiles and my heart grew three sizes reading this! 💙💙💙

  15. Image for Kris Kris

    Isn't he adorable, with his whiskers???? This is such a bittersweet time. Switching topics, when you mentioned navy for his room, I confess I was not a fan--but of course, you know just how to pull it off so it looks amazing and not cave-like. Well done .... both as a mom and a decorator.

  16. Image for Carrie Carrie

    Karianne, I know your tears. My son graduated Friday, and will head off to another state to pursue his college education....we raise our boys to be men, to remember their roots as their wings take flight. Cheers to two more strong, kind, loving boys/men entering the world, and to the Moms (and families) who raised them! PS- you know I love the room, but the comment today needed to be mom to mom. :)

  17. Image for Manning Day Manning Day

    My son went to Baylor too...as I shook in my shoes watching him leave. His room stayed the same , however. It was so good when he came back to it at collage breaks. I love the navy, by the way. And so will the man who used to wear blinking dinosaur shoes.

  18. Image for Nan, Odessa, DE Nan, Odessa, DE

    The room is lovely, but I would expect that. Don't ever forget it is the hugs and memories that will bring him home, not the decorated room. He is a lucky young man to have such parents!

  19. Image for Marty Oravetz Marty Oravetz

    The room is beautiful and I so remember when mine left home one by one. Like you, I was filled with wonderful pride and sorrow that it all happened so fast. Worst of all was when the last one left. It suddenly dawned in on me that nobody needed a mama anymore. Oh they needed a Mother, but not a mama. There was such a difference.

  20. Image for Gina Gina

    Nice tribute to the men, young and old in your life. Even the wall color, Naval, is a nod to your husband. Looks great. Congratulations, Zack!!! I'm sure he'll be hime on weekends. My son graduates next year. Sure would like to see graduation party ideas if you have any. These young men sure surprise us with how mature they are, don't they?

  21. Image for Jan Fusco Jan Fusco

    What a fine looking young man. His room looks great. Love the navy walls. I always look forward to your updates on your house. Anxiously awaiting your fabric choice for drapes/curtains.

  22. Image for Susan Ronnfeldt Susan Ronnfeldt

    I love that bedroom! But most of all I LOVE that picture of your four littles sitting on the front porch steps. He is adorable as a little guy and as your now group up young man. The world is his. What a wonderful thing. He will do well, because of you.

  23. Image for elizabeth@pineconesandacorns elizabeth@pineconesandacorns

    First, congratulations to your beautiful, handsome sweet son. I am sure that with a wonderful, encouraging mother like you he will go off into the world and do wonderful things. Second, the room looks fabulous! Love the blue.

  24. Image for Lauren@SimplyLKJ Lauren@SimplyLKJ

    The room is beautiful. Love the navy walls, but those gorgeous built ins are my favorites. Our youngest daughter is a Baylor grad. We have many fond memories from Texas and Waco.

    1. Image for Brenda Brenda

      I typed in: poster of phonetic alphabet and Morse code in the search box of my (Google) browser and pictures of several came up. Different options available.

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      CC, Here's the link to the shop my house page with all the sources for the room including the beds! I got them at Wayfair---super inexpensive and REALLY good quality! https://thistlewoodfarms.com/shop-my-house/ Let me know if I can help with anything! Happy day! karianne

      1. Image for Brenda G Brenda G

        I think you should paint the ceiling fan blades white (or buy replacement blades in white). The comforter/duvet covers that are on the twin beds: Are they simply tucked in at the end or are they sewn to contour to the corners like a fitted sheet? BTW, love the room!!

  25. Image for Lisa Lisa

    I’m waving the flag of surrender! You’ve completely wrecked me with this post! Here’s to our graduates and all the places they will go.👨‍🎓👨‍🎓👨‍🎓

  26. Image for Babette Babette

    Oh goodness KariAnne! I’m crying with you! I’ve said goodbye to two sons and one daughter. They live in middle and north Florida and Rome, Georgia. We do a lot of traveling now! Our boy/girl twins just graduated also! But they are staying with us as we move to Panama City, Florida! I don’t like saying goodbye. Even though I’ll see them again, i always have a waver in my voice and tears in my eyes. They hug me and tell me it’s okay, we’ll see you soon. It’s a little easier sometimes because I think what awesome men and women they became and so proud of them. It’s hard at first, but when you see all the awesome things he will do your mana’s heart will be so proud! Love the room! Believe me he will enjoy it when he comes home! From one mess to another, we understand and we will be there cheering you on! 😊😊😊💕

  27. Image for Alice Genzlinger Alice Genzlinger

    Love the room. Beautiful change as always. Handsome young man your son has become.. He will need a large stick to keep the girls away😄 Today in Marshalls I ran into a former next door neighbor and her son. I hadn't seen them in years. He was four when they moved and now he is fourteen and a handsome young man. I stood there shocked and he remembered me and gave me a big hug. Children are more handsome these days I think or is it because I'm old? Yeap, probably because I'm old. Loved your sweet post.

  28. Image for phyllis henry phyllis henry

    Oh, now we are all crying. The room is beautiful and Zack will definitely see it as your way of making a space he can always feel enticed to visit. It's obvious that each and every detail has been placed with him in mind and his comfort duly noted. Never forget Karianne, that you are also a driving force in how this child has become the man you now see. Best wishes to you both as you move through yet another of life's major milestones. I am sure good things are in store for both of you.

  29. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    Oh my. You’ve got me tearing up. Such a bittersweet time - you want them to fly but you know life will never be the same. So those of us who have walked this road before you, we understand. Go ahead and cry. And smile. PS The room looks great.

  30. Image for Patti Patti

    Just love that navy! I would have been afraid to go so bold but looks fab! Any chance you can share the source of the rolling baskets?

    1. Image for KariAnne Wood KariAnne Wood

      Here's the link to the shop my house page with all the sources for the room including the baskets! https://thistlewoodfarms.com/shop-my-house/ Let me know if I can help with anything! Happy day! karianne

  31. Image for Rebecca K Rebecca K

    Oh my goodness! That is the sweetest tribute to a son that I’ve ever read. How fortunate you both are to have each other...forever, until some beauty sweeps him away!!! But thankfully, he will know who is right and how to respond because, as you said, he’s been trained by the best...all the men in your family. Oh...and his room looks fabulous. Thank you for sharing your life, your home and your family.

  32. Image for Beth Beth

    Karianne, The room is beautiful and I understand the crying. My "baby" turned 24 in April. He is all grown up and it happened so fast! He has graduated from college and works full time. He makes me smile and laugh and has such a good heart. I just think how blessed I am to have him and know God has great plans for him. Congratulations on raising such a wonderful young man. I know there are great things in store for him. Enjoy!

  33. Image for Diane Diane

    What a sweet tribute to your son.. It is amazing how fast they grow up. I am now watching my 3 "grands" grow up. I can't believe I have a teenager and two "tweens" . It seems like a short time ago they were playing super heroes. Continued blessings to you and your family.

  34. Image for Jenifer Scherlin Jenifer Scherlin

    Dang it!! After all of your previous posts this is the one that really made me tear up!! He is a wonderful young man and you need to take some credit for that, too! BTW, the room is just beautiful.

  35. Image for Ann Newton Ann Newton

    Well, I have tears in my eyes because I’ve been there. You will make it through and he will come home occasionally and sleep in that bed and just for a night or two you will feel that all is right with the world again. Your chicken will be safely under your roof for just a little while. It’s a beautiful, welcoming room! Not fussy but basic and just homey! I had one iron bed like yours that is now at my daughter’s house. I sleep in it when I go there and it feels like home! Love your way with words!

  36. Image for Taste of France Taste of France

    It's gorgeous and not too dark because of the windows on two walls. Congratulations on raising such a fine young man. All the same, I know how you feel about crying. I am cherishing every single day until the nest empties. After that, who knows? I guess I'll have to wait until grandkids arrive, and then I'll move to be close by and babysit.

  37. Image for T Morris T Morris

    Your son is so handsome! I know exactly how you feel about his leaving the house, but we parents are supposed to raise them to leave the nest. When they get that age and are ready to go out in the world, we've prepared them the right way. He'll be just fine, and so will you! Love the bookcase. I wonder if it used to be for bolts of cloth in a fabric store. It looks great in the boys' room.

  38. Image for NormaJean NormaJean

    You gave him wings, and now he is ready to fly. Letting go is never easy, but when you do it, they come back because you are where they WANT to be. Good job, guys! All of your kids are going to make you proud, because of your great parenting!! BTW,I love the navy walls and white trim!!

  39. Image for Charley Charley

    Don't worry. I cried real tears this week when our Fridays closed/permanently. We had so many fun dinners @ that franchise when our children were young. Then recently, we took our grands & kids there and bought every appetizer in the place. We had such a grand time. It was fun to not be on a budget like when they were at home & we had to save for college, etc., etc., etc! Lots more tears coming your way until one day soon they are in their late 40's and it's REALLY EMPTY NEST TIME!

  40. Image for Emily Emily

    Beautifully said, but just wait until your baby(s) are 40 as mine was this year and you go - what!?, when!? Where is my baby!? How did this happen - weren’t we just flying kites on the beach last week?? Then you can cry - or maybe not. Travel and grandchildren are wonderful too - chin up.

  41. Image for Stephanie Stephanie

    Awwww, Kariann, wonderful room and better story. I too have been feeling bittersweet recently. My second son turned 26 today - he's a wonderful young man as is your Zack - and your story reminded the tears are evidence of tremendous love. Thank you for sharing your beautiful stories and family with us. There is great joy in celebrating beautiful design AND wonderful human beings!

  42. Image for Betsy Betsy

    It really is heartbreaking sometimes when you notice how fast the years float by. I tell my children they are not allowed to grow up one minute and am supporting them on their new life adventures the next. It's an emotional rollercoaster ride. Naval is one of my favorites, we used it on our front door, shutters and front porch rockers. The room looks great.

  43. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    What a fine young man! How did all this happen...and so fast? My baby boy will be 30, on Wednesday.....I feel your pain. Happy tears! ;) ps....he’ll love coming back to that room! ;)

  44. Image for Teresa G Teresa G

    Handsome young man, and an equally handsome room. Are you selling the chalkboard quote, Karianne? Would love to have it.

  45. Image for Deana Hughes Deana Hughes

    Love love the room, it’s beautiful! I thought of my daughters when they left home and this made me think of my oldest daughter with her sons....where does the time go...God Bless you and you and yours.

  46. Image for Mary S Mary S

    You made me cry, Karianne!! What a handsome young man you and your husband have raised. He could be sitting on the couch or holed up in his room playing with a handheld electronic device but he's chosen to go to a Missionary Camp!! That tells me all I need to know about this man... He'll be back and you'll get to see what a fine Man he's becoing. And after you wipe your eyes you'll be SO PROUD!!!! God Bless you all!!

  47. Image for Julie S Julie S

    KariAnne, The bittersweetness you are feeling, I felt too, 10 years ago when my son had graduated college and moved out after marrying his High School sweetheart. He is now a youth Pastor, and we couldn’t be more proud. But the empty nest? I’m still feeling it! And to complicate matters, two years ago we ended having to move 8 hours away from him😢But I will always have memories and am so thankful that God chose me to be his mother! Your son is very nice looking, and has a bright future. Oh, the places he’ll go! Blessings to you!

  48. Image for Donna Marie Donna Marie

    My heart, my heart--and I'm 64 years old!!! Lol He's a looker all right! Such a fine boy. We raise them up to have wings to fly, but boy it hurts a little when they first flutter those wings. I have two grandsons and they make me proud. My daughter has done a fine job of raising two wonderful, polite young men who constantly get complemented on their manners. This is why we become parents. Compliments to you and your husband KariAnne. The room is swell, too.

  49. Image for Pat Pat

    I love the navy walls, in fact the entire room is beautifully done. And now if you will excuse me I am going to go in the other room and cry my eyes out. Feeling your joy and sadness at the passing of time Karianne. Pat

  50. Image for Laura Harrie Laura Harrie

    Changes happen slowly and we don’t even see them until one day they hit you! What a lovely color that navy turned out to be in your sons’ room. Seeing your young man, now on the verge of going out into the world is and exciting and emotional time. Hang in there, you’ve grounded him well.

  51. Image for Beckie Beckie

    Ok , you got me crying 😭!! I hate that they grow up so fast ! You reminded me of the day my son moved away to Colorado with a buddy . They were going to take on the world ! I cried each day in my laundry room into a stack of towels 😥 the buddy got homesick and came home . My son stayed . 14 years later he’s married and happy and going to be a fireman. But every once in a while I still cry into a stack of towels . Gods blessings on your boy and may God watch over him always 🙏🏽❤️

  52. Image for Jo Davis Jo Davis

    Congratulations on your son's graduation and his room:-) Of course, that warrants lots of happy tears!! May I ask for more info about the big rug in his bedroom?? It really looks wonderful!

  53. Image for Dee Dee

    Oh boohoo, boohoo, May l join my tears with yours? KariAnne, you spoke for all of us who have had our fledglings leave the nest. Life is but a dream, or so it seems; how quickly time unfolds itself! Thank you for sharing your beautiful boy, what's next on his agenda, l see our Lord using him in huge ways. It will be exciting to see it unfold, I'm sure! The room is perfect, you amaze always!

  54. Image for Lanita Anderson Lanita Anderson

    I LOVE how the room turned out....especially the Navy walls and the bedding!! Beautiful and so creative!! Best wishes to your son as he goes to Baylor.....

  55. Image for Terri Terri

    Their room is amazing!! I see those gorgeous curtains found a new home ... and that table as a desk?? Sweeeeet..... AND how very handsome is that 2nd son of yours!!.....I am in the same boat.... tears of joy... tears of I "Blinked" ... tears because I am so proud of the young man that I watched graduate this past week... the one who we celebrated in a big way this past Sunday.... the one I call my Adi.. Adison ... my 2nd grandson.. my son's 2nd son ... How?? .. so fast ... lolol... I feel your tears... we laugh and smile and then shed a few more tears... how can we not?? lolol

  56. Image for Kathy Kathy

    OH, my! When I first read you were crying over everything left and right I thought you might have a UTI. LOL! (That always happens with me.) As I read further, it all came flooding back when our son went away to college. (Even though it was only seven miles away, I cried just as hard as when our daughter went to college five hours away.) Just a heads-up, when they get married and move away...REALLY HARD! The room looks fabulous and so does your son!

  57. Image for Sharon Sharon

    Love the navy! Great room! Your son has a great foundation for all that is before him and his summer adventures ahead. Tell him to climb Huanya Picchu,.if he can - fun to look down on Macchu Picchu. Views are incredible! Safety Sam says watch your step - no guard rails/few hand holds. Well worth the climb. Need to sign in/out to climb up. We did as a family with 2 boys who were 3rd and 5th grade. Enjoy! Choco sodas, Inca cola, and cuy if he's brave. :)

  58. Image for barb garrett barb garrett

    Okay now you have ME bawling and I want to hug my babies. My Cole Man starts midle school next year and I just can't. LOVE the room. The name of the color made me smile, sounds like Navel. Too funny. I am so, so happy to see these dark colors coming back into style. LOVE.

  59. Image for Elaine Wesselman Elaine Wesselman

    I don't blame you for crying and he is adorable not that he would want to hear that. Lol I have been thru that too and that was also my reaction. The bedroom is beautiful! Elaine

  60. Image for Patricia Wehner Patricia Wehner

    Oh I remember those children leaving the nest moments and tears plopped out of my eyes when I read your post. But take heart because those peeps are the ones who will give you grandbabies!!!! Yes!!! More fun than a heart can stand ❤️. LOVE the room! Those baskets! Are you at liberty to tell us where you got them? Did they come from our area (Collin Co., etc) because that would be really handy!

  61. Image for Cristie A Morton Cristie A Morton

    I love your touching Words for your son, Zach.. And the room looks like a welcoming comfy place to "Come Home" to. One question... Ok 2 questions.. : Where did you get those Fabulous rolling baskets!? And 2nd : are the striped duvets placed w/o insert..? I have a friend who uses her Duvet Cover as a spread.

  62. Image for Cathy Cathy

    Love the dark walls, I hope to be able to paint a room (or two) navy in my home when I own one some day! Also, disc golf is such a fun and underrated sport. I call it "frolfing", short for frisbee-golfing. Hah!

  63. Image for Susan Susan

    Well, shoot. My son just graduated from high school as well. I thought I was doing very well, but the tears just start leaking sometimes. Mine will be headed to Butler. Older son is at Rose-Hulman. I will be combining their rooms together, so I can have a sewing room. Taking some of your ideas for inspiration. Sometimes the memories just flood me. "What are you singing?" "My happy song."

  64. Image for Debbie Debbie

    I absolutely love your story, it’s very heartfelt and I can see now all the love that went into this beautiful bedroom. It is masterfully done, I can’t think of anything more I would have done to make this room more perfect. It’s a perfect guest room, but more importantly, it’s a room that holds a piece of your heart for your son to come home too.

  65. Image for Rosanna Rosanna

    I so completely understand your “mama heart”!!!!Go ahead n cry 😢;it's okay..I’m crying with you!He is very handsome and has such a nice “gentleman look”!And yes,I’m calling that a thing!It’s an ingredient that is missing from so many people ‘s faces now days..they either don’t care to relate to “real” people,or even worse....,don’t have “real”people caring about them n loving them in their journey through life!So go ahead n cry and keep on loving him-you have done very well,I can tell by his “gentlemen look”!!!!!🤗❤️👍

  66. Image for Billur Billur

    Dear Karianne, God bless you! AND congratulations to you and to your handsome son. Life is so amazing. The room is gorgeous. I wish you lived close by so I could commission you to help me with my house. We could cry (and laugh) together and drink sweet tea. All the best.

  67. Image for Anna Belle Anna Belle

    Thank you for reminding me about the importance we play in the lives of our children and grandchildren. Also, I couldn't handle the beds not being symmetrical. Have you tried moving one bed on a side wall so that they make an L rather than be parallel?

  68. Image for Karen Karen

    As soon as I saw that handsome, smiling face, I just knew that he was leaving the nest. Tears came to my eyes, having experienced 3 kids leaving our nest. They, like your son, had/have wonderful examples of women and men to follow and emulate. And now, at 38, 36, and 35, they are living their lives in ways that make us proud. Your son will do the same. Blessings, Karen from Oregon

  69. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    Bawling my eyes out right along with you, KA. He is beautiful - and so is the room. Best wishes for your wonderful son Zack and his rock-star shining future. PS = My son in law and his father just recently did lots of travel and loved Machupicchu. Hugs.

  70. Image for Liz Liz

    I'm weeping for the sons and daughters that I couldn't have. But I am SO happy for all of you and love watching your stories unfold. I know God has a plan and will work it out for Zack and Denton and the precious twins just as He is working it out for you and me and all of us. And I thank Him for all the blessings He has showered on me. Thanks you for sharing your incredible love for this fine young man. BTW, my brother and sister were born in Waco when my dad was a Baylor student. I love the navy. I get to see color in your house! Yay!

  71. Image for PJ PJ

    I am a puddle! Our kids grow so quickly, and now I am experiencing a sense of deja vu as my grandchildren follow the same path. Time, please slow down! I love the room. It is warm and inviting!

  72. Image for Pamela Griner Pamela Griner

    For cryin' out loud...I'm crying out loud. The bedroom...of course it is perfect...but the sweet family pictures and story...awesome.

  73. Image for MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)

    What a lovely post, KariAnne! Your dear Zack is such a special fellow. Once again, KariAnne, you done good! Your boys and those dear twin gals are so special! They are all so blessed to have you and your dear husband as their parents. They have all been blessed with a wonderful childhood and such precious parents! It is so hard to see your boys go off to University but just think of all the happy times you have to look forward to! Just know that God will continue to guide and bless each one of you! Blessings!

  74. Image for MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!) MARY-ANN (FROM CANADA!)

    Just realized that I had not commented on the bedroom for your boys, KariAnne! Once again, you have done such a wonderful job of decorating. Your boys will just love to come home to their room and those comfy beds. I love how you have used the curtains in their room! You have such a great gift, KariAnne! God Bless you, dear friend!

  75. Image for Pam Pam

    I think it looks great! My kids are all still at home but in 3 years we will be starting that process. I am also interested in the end of the bed baskets and also the stripe duvet covers. :) thanks!

  76. Image for Joyce Joyce

    Lovely, lovely post! Would you please share sources for the bedding? I checked “shop my home” section and didn’t find them, Thanks so much!

  77. Image for Roberta J. Zeller Roberta J. Zeller

    Oh my goodness! I have four sons and a daughter all married with little ones, but this post gave me a wonderful flash back that led me to tears. You are a great mama! I so enjoy my adult kids and what God has done in and through them. Praying for your son this morning and the great adventure with the Lord he has before him as he launches into this world that needs wonderful people just like him!

  78. Image for Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie

    Beautiful room and an even more beautiful tribute KariAnne. I got all teary eyed reading it. It hurts like crap when they're ready to spread their wings and fly but it also makes your heart so full of love and and just plain WOWness that something that amazing once left little butterfly kicks inside your tummy. Sending loads of love

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