Sherry Kyle, author of The Girl’s Guide to Your Dream Room (Legacy Press, 2013)
Hi everyone: This week I’m featuring a guest blog by my good friend and writing colleague, Sherry Kyle. Her new book is delightful and practical and would make an ideal holiday or ‘any day’ gift for the ‘tween’ girls in your life.
In Sherry’s article below she shares an experience from her life as the mom of two girls and how creating a dream room for each of them––even when space was limited––helped everyone live in peace! Maybe you have someone in your life who could benefit from her wisdom and creativity. Read on . . . and at the end participate in Sherry’s ‘free’ book giveaway.
“Extreme Makeover” by Sherry Kyle.
“Mom, can I please have my own room?”
The desperate look on my daughter’s face gripped my heart. How could I not do everything in my power to give her her own space? Brittany was a teenager while her sister, four years her junior, was still in elementary school. My older girl needed some privacy. She grew tired of peering eyes watching her get dressed, and longed for a quiet space to study and hang out with friends.
I had dreamed of having an office, a silent place to write, but I’d give it up in a heartbeat if it would bring peace to our home. My girls, each precious in their own way, had very different personalities and clashed at every turn. My nerves were on edge, waiting for the next fight to erupt. (Remember those days?)
I love to find solutions to problems that seem impossible and went into research mode. After several visits with local contractors and our county’s planning department, we discovered the price tag of adding a room just wasn’t in our budget. We had to think of another plan.
It was time to get creative.
After wracking my brain, I came up with the best possible solution for our situation. By placing a track rod on the ceiling and hanging paneled curtains, it split the room in half, dividing the space. Next, we painted the entire room a bright neutral color and purchased a second loft bed so my girls could each have a place to sleep and study. The fun part came next—separate comforters, rugs, lamps, and accessories to complement each daughter’s color scheme. The only complaint was the noise factor. “I can still hear her, but that’s okay.” Brittany shrugged. “I love my new space.”
During the process, the Holy Spirit nudged me to teach my daughters the importance of having an inner makeover as well—such as learning to speak kindly, live humbly, and serve generously, to name a few. On several occasions, the girls pushed the curtains aside. I loved hearing the chatter, laughter, and knowing they were spending time together. A little separation did wonders for their relationship—and for my sanity.
And guess what? I had an 8 ½ x 9 ft. shed built in the backyard for an office. My husband and I added electricity, insulation, beveled trim, a skylight, and a french door. We painted it a warm color and laid beautiful cherry pergo floor. I decorated the room with a desk and filing cabinet, a small loveseat from Home Reserve, a pair of lamps, shelves for books, and pictures on the walls. The separate writing space was just what this busy mom and writer needed, and I loved my new space.
Since then we have moved to a bigger house—complete with a room for each of the girls. (Thank goodness my boys don’t mind sharing!) Funny thing, now my older girl is away at college. It won’t be long until all of my children are grown and it’s time to downsize! Do you relate?
“My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” ~ Isaiah 32:18
I’d love to give away a FREE copy of The Girl’s Guide to Your Dream Room to one of Karen’s readers. Answer any one of these questions in the comment box in order to be entered into the drawing:
- Did your children share a room or did they get their own space?
- How did you balance giving them what they needed while teaching them to have godly character?
- Do you live in the home your children grew up in or have you downsized?
- Do you have a granddaughter between the ages of 8-12?
About the book:
The Girl’s Guide to Your Dream Room, for girls ages 8-12, gives you all the information you need to update your space! Filled with quizzes, stories, crafts, and tips, this book encourages girls to design a room that’s tailor made—just for them.
About the author:
Sherry Kyle is the award-winning author of The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style, a nonfiction book for tween girls published by Legacy Press. Her second book for 8-12 year olds, The Girl’s Guide to Your Dream Room, released July 2013. Sherry also writes for women and is the author of two novels, Delivered with Love and The Heart Stone, both published by Abingdon Press. Sherry and her husband have four children between the ages of 14-20 and live along the coast of Central California.