Monthly Archives: January 2014

Chalkboards are for principles too!


A few weeks ago I finally figured out what I wanted to do with the large empty wall in our living room. I wanted a large chalkboard! After researching the subject, I resolved to find an ornate frame that I could spray paint white and put a chalkboard in. I found one, and John cut one of my chalkboards from the school room down to fit perfectly inside! It is a thing of beauty!!
The chalkboard hangs on a central wall in our living room, and actually is the very center of our house. We all walk by it many many time times a day and can see it clearly from the kitchen too! I found a little stoneware box to put on the end table by the couch to hold our chalk! It can be moved anywhere in the living room and looks pretty! I loved it so much I included a picture of it in this post. You’re welcome! hehehe

John leaves very early for work most mornings. Usually he is out the door before even Johnny wakes! Every morning he writes a special note for the day on the chalkboard. Now, the first thing the kids do when they get up is run to see what note daddy left them! He likes to include the reference to a bible verse, which is fun because we get to look it up to find out what it is. Sometimes, it’s so early and dark in the morning that John accidentally writes the reference to some obscure verse that doesn’t make any sense out of context. That has been funny to see the confused looks on the kids faces. Other times, like this morning, it is a verse of encouragement for our day. Today’s verse was, John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” We talked about the hard times in life and how awesome it is that even though we have to walk through hard times, and we want it to be over soon, those are times God has already conquered and he is allowing us to go through them to teach us more about him. No difficult time is for nothing! (That verse was perfect for the Monday morning grumps who hate to start back to school.)
I thank God for our chalkboard! It has become a wonderful catalyst to tradition, great conversation, expression, encouragement, and inspiration, drawing us closer to God and each other!