Inspiration On My Chalkboard

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I would not consider myself artistic. I would not consider myself good at drawing. But I love having pretty things around me-in my house, on my screen saver, wherever I can squeeze in something pretty.

After all, I live in a house with all males which comes with it’s own scents, sounds and things that aren’t pretty. In a world filled with super heroes, video games and futbol (soccer is not a sport in our house) I love a pretty frame with some encouraging words on it. I love a vase with some pretty flowers in it on the table.

In the past I have tried different items to put an important quote on or to display a favorite Bible verse and they haven’t worked out so well.

I am a fan of a good dry white board, because they are easy to clean, the markers write well and they even come in different colors. The problem is they are too easy to erase and my 3 year old thinks every dry white board is a blank canvas for his drawings.

I use a dry white board on the fridge to write a grocery list as I need things so I don’t forget as the days go on. It is getting a little frustrating because my little one pulls a stool up to the fridge and erases what I have on it.

A chalk board with chalk markers is a great option. It looks nice, the markers write well and it needs something wet to erase it, so it won’t be as easy for little hands to just wipe off.

I just received my new chalkboard from http://www.chalkola.com and a pack of amazing Chalk markers-there are so many amazing colors! The package arrived safely since it was wrapped in bubble wrap and in placed inside a cardboard box. We just moved into a different house and it arrived safely to our new house!

What a beautiful chalkboard! I had so much fun unwrapping it. I decided that during this season I could use a reminder to do all things with love. Who am I kidding? I can always use a reminder to do things out of love. So I chose to write a Bible verse on my new chalkboard so that I can have a regular reminder to do things with love.

1 Corinthians 16:14 says, “Let all that you do be done with love.” I did the best I could to write the words in an elegant, decorative way. It was so easy to use the chalk markers and they wrote very smoothe.

As I mentioned before, I’m not an artist but I love my new easel chalkboard. I placed it by the stairs on a ledge so I will see it regularly through out my day. Thank you Chalkola for such a beautiful and practical addition to my decor!

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Choosing My Family Instead of Social Media

Last week I was going strong on my social media sites. I was excited about getting this new blog up and started. I was sharing my FACEBOOK page with my friends and inviting them to follow it. I was posting stories on Instagram and learning how to interact with my followers.

Suddenly it was Thursday. I found myself sitting on the couch in the living room with my cellphone in my hand. I was scrolling everywhere I could and supposedly watching a movie with my three kids and my husband.

I was being “efficient” and trying to get things done while we were spending supposed quality time as a family. Suddenly I felt a little hand take my phone away. My first response was to get upset. “No! You can’t play that dino game that you always ask for!”

Then time suddenly froze. My 2 year old, put my phone off to the side and put my hand in his. My heart melted. My child didn’t want to play with my phone, he wanted to hold Mommies’ hand while he watched the movie.

I can’t remember what we were watching, I only remember the desire I saw in my little boy’s face to be with his Mommy. That look sent my heart into a tail spin.

I knew in that moment that as I start out on this journey of blogging and learning social media I need to set boundaries. I do not want my family to suffer so that my number of followers will soar.

I will always choose him!

Once I read an article from Focus on the Family that talked about how to connect more with your kids in a world focused on technology. I thought about this article as I sat there beside my son.

The article talked about how many kids say they can’t open up to their parents because the parents are too busy and they are always on their phones.

This is not the reality I want in my family. I want my boys to know and feel that they are more important than anything that could be on a screen.

It was hard for me to not post pics this weekend of our Quarantine Easter. I may still post some but I made a decision last week to enjoy the moments with my family without always having a camera in my hand.

I will need to make a schedule and routine of when to write blogs and to post on Instagram so that I can keep things under control.

I know that just like any hobby or business there will be busier seasons. There will be times where I invest my time to work ahead and schedule posts so that I can be ready.

I will still invest in this dream that God has placed on my heart. This dream of encouraging other moms in this epic journey of raising boys.

What are you doing in your family to keep healthy boundaries with electronics and screen time?!?