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Scott and I wanted our front room to be filled with positive messages because it is the first room guests see as they enter our home. We also predicted that this room would be full of toys and fun to entertain our future children.

So we thought ... why not fill the space with LOVE—literally. We chose the iconic Pop Art image created by Robert Indiana in 1964 for the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Christmas card to inspire our art.

We painted the background purple because that color felt soothing and energetic at the same time. After stenciling the letters lightly onto the paint, we spent a week leisurely pushing 6,000+ pins into the canvas, one at a time. We chose transparent push pins because they captured and reflected the room’s light and color beautifully.

The time spent pushing in pins was relaxing and peaceful. I thought about all of the things that a first-time mother might think about when alone with her thoughts and a breakdancing baby inside her belly. What will she look like? Will she be healthy? Maybe they got it wrong and she is really a boy!

Our first daughter, Jedi, was born on October 2, 2010. She came home healthy ... and surrounded by LOVE.