25 January 2008
Family Home Evening chart from years ago. Once we had our last baby, we combined Mom & Dad and added a heart for Gabby. That marker faded though, so I'm going to have to re-touch it someday. The hearts are attached with Velcro circles.
This quote hangs outside our front door. It is a really beat up piece of wood.
Our bishop was giving a talk in sacrament meeting and he read a portion of Thomas S. Monson's First Presidency Message found in the April 2006 issue of The Ensign. "It is in the home that we form our attitudes, our deeply held beliefs. It is in the home that hope is fostered or destroyed. Our homes are to be more than sanctuaries; they should also be places where God’s Spirit can dwell, where the storm stops at the door, where love reigns and peace dwells."
I went home from that meeting and could not stop thinking about that, that our homes should be a place where the storms of the world are left outside. The chaos. The contention. The discord. The despair. The filth and the ungodliness. I painted this sign so all who came here would see what we are trying to stand for. But ultimately, what I really hope for, is that we are actually living it.
These are scriptures I painted on my bedroom walls a couple of years back. All I did was pick a font I liked on my computer, print out the scriptures, chalk them on the wall while looking at the print-outs and then use some water-based tole paints to "write" them up there. They aren't perfect, but I really like them a lot anyway.
A few years ago as a mother's day present to my mom, I painted her small downstairs bathroom. I started with a sunflower yellow paint color and sponged it all over the wall. Then when that was dry I mixed about 3 parts glaze to 1 part rose colored paint and sponged/smeared that into the edges/corners. It created a nice effect and my mom still says she feels like the sun is always shining in that room.