Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Inspire Me

A few months ago I picked up an old picture frame at goodwill that hit my fancy, and the makings of a chalkboard took shape in my mind.  For a while now I have wanted to have a place I could write quotes on that inspire me, or make me laugh, or make me want to do better, and in a place I would see it all day.  I wanted my children to read these quotes, or scripture or whatever I chose to write on it, knowing that if I had it up long enough they might just memorize it.  So I turned this picture frame into my chalk board and put it up in my kitchen just about a week or so before I had Kylie.
That week, I wrote one of my favorite sayings  "you can do hard things.  Do something HARD this week!"  That week I had my baby.  I think I accomplished that one!!
Then, I changed it to "Keep Calm, and Carry On!" in the weeks following the birth of our 4th child and mark's absence from our lives during harvest, by far one of the most challenging experiences of my life to do a new baby, start school for Madi,  and lose my husband's help for 2 months!!  My next quote was by Dr. Latham in his book Christlike Parenting, "Act the way you want to be, and soon you will be the way you act".  Then there was, Make life harder in order to make it better".  Last week it was this:

I LOVE that!  This week my inspiration came from this  talk by Henry B Eyring  called "Choose this day"

So that is what is on my chalk board this week.  Anybody have any quotes that inspire them or make them laugh "I dearly love to laugh" (what fictional character said that, anyone know???), I would love to hear, I am always looking for new ideas!


  1. Dr. Seuss has a whole slew of my very favorite quotes. "It's fun to have fun but you have to know how"-Cat in the Hat, "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!"-One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. I could go on and on and on.....

  2. Some of my favorite quotes:
    "What Suzie says of Sally say more about Suzie than Sally."
    "The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they make the best of everything."
    "We can complain that rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses!" -Abraham Lincoln
    And my favorite quote for mamas everywhere (and I have to tell myself this often) "I am enough. I have enough. I do enough."

  3. "I dearly love to laugh" is Lizzy from Pride and Prejudice. I quote it often. :) Love your crafty and cute new chalkboard. What a great idea! I read on someone's (a fellow mother/friend) FB page recently something like "I may not be doing a flawless job as a mother, but it is enough, because I am the one doing it!" It is a gift to your children that it is YOU who is doing the work of raising them, and not someone else. Others I like are:

    "The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice." ~ Peggy O'Mara

    "Don't let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one." ~ Glennon Melton

    "Yeah like iss' OK." ~ Scheve (aka Stefan)

    I love you, miss you, say "Go you!!", and think we should chat soon. My cell is 806.789.1153. Call if there's ever a sane-ish moment!

  4. Ha Ha Ha! I had a good laugh just reading some of the quotes others suggested! I think quotes that automatically make you take on a new accent are always good for at least a smile!
    A few:
    "Did anyone ever tell you, you look like a supermodel??" (madagascar 3) and "Whaaat a woman!" (also madagascar 3)

    "We are not here to do, but to become"

  5. Marci I love the chalk board idea. I really want to make one now. So fun to see you during the break...it goes by too fast though. Love your adorable kids!