What We’re Made Of

Family values are built in the everydayness of life. In the loading and unloading of the family wagon, the shared laughter and the public meltdowns, the refilling of water bottles, and the  walks around the neighborhood. It is built in the little in-betweens that seem un-extraordinary but build into a large chunk of life.

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Step 1: Tape out an arrow shape on the hallway wall. Step 2: Paint and peel.

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Step 3: Salvage blue tape by re-using pieces to create other arrows. Repeat process, measuring even distance between each. Delegating labor to the oldest child is always helpful too.

We want our children to know what our family is all about through our daily actions and interactions. But sometimes it’s easy for me to lose sight of what those core values are when the daily tasks of having a house that needs attention and a husband who needs attention and small children who need attention feel urgent and overwhelming. Sometimes I need reminding of Who and what I am tethered to. So I painted it. In arrows. Big. On our wall. 

Friendship

Creativity

Generosity

These are what are family is about. It is played out in different ways through our different gifts and personalities, but shared among all of us. These are road signs we are pointing our kids toward. They are our compass and what we come back to when evaluating our time and energy and what we want to teach our kids as we show them how to live in a wholehearted way with an understanding of grace. It’s our family pulse. Sometimes I just need to be reminded.

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Step 4: Use gold pen to freehand wording. It was a little worrisome to think about how letters could tank this whole wall, but they really were the whole point so I started writing and didn’t look back until I realized I should probably hold a ruler in my non-writing hand to make sure my lettering remained roughly the same size.

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.[a] And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. – Deuteronomy 6:4-9

And sometimes I need to write these very literally in gold calligraphy pen on my walls.

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Teagan woke up from a nap just in time to add her finishing touch of Sharpie. *heavy sigh*

2 thoughts on “What We’re Made Of

  1. This is so rad! And meaningful! It’s causing me to dream up ideas for celebrating our family values. Such an important thing to explore… and what a special gift it can be for the whole family. Please, please keep posting, and showing pics of your house! It looks amazing and your words always fill me up in the best way.

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