message banner

May 18, 2011

I was absolutely smitten with a banner that was in this picture taken by Max Wanger. It looked so cool and had to be an easy DIY, so I gave it a shot. Plus, I was in need of a little fun project after taking care of some business things and being a little cranky because the girls were not listening. Oh and did I mention that Soul’s poop came out of her diaper and she stepped in it and walked all over the hallway and her room (mind you, we have carpet)?! Yeah. An easy, fun project was necessary and this little banner just fit the bill.
a little message
I wasn’t quite sure what message to put on it, but Ben and I have been talking a lot about what God taught us at our church gathering on Sunday, and that’s when it hit me. We were reminded that if we have Christ, we are light, we don’t need to be light. Thus, since we already are light, we just need to shine and not hide it. I often think that we have to be lights, but that isn’t the case. We already are, so we just need to realize who we are and live it out. I think this banner is a good reminder of that truth.
a little message
I hung it up in True and Brave’s room, but wasn’t sure if I liked it in their room or Soul’s. Also, I took the cut out letters and sewed them on a string to make it a bunting of sorts and hung it up over True’s bed. Since both are currently in the big girls’ room, they get a double whammy of the message.
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I definitely am going to try and make another banner just for fun, but I think my house would look silly with tons of fabric banners hanging everywhere. Maybe I will make another for a giveaway, that would be extra special right?!
I can’t say my light was shining brightly today, it was more on dim because I just wasn’t being the nicest of mommies and was the Grand Crank Master all day long. Not fun for the kids. Thank God his mercies are new every morning and I will give this another shot tomorrow…
I am off to eat some peanut butter yogurt (I crave it nightly), read, and head off to lala land!

Lord, please help me shine brightly to my children tomorrow!

30 comments on “message banner”

  • I appreciate your honesty and genuineness. I hope to someday be half the mother & wifei you are

  • Rebecca says:

    thank you very much for the reminder of a good message! a good thought before bedtime – no excuses for not waking up happy and all 'shiny' ; )

  • Sara Jahan says:

    This is absolutely adorable!

  • So cute! Love it. Perfect reminder before I go off to bed!

  • Linda Park says:

    i was one freaking cranky teacher today! AHHHHHHH!

  • Miss Kait says:

    I love this!! It turned out so well I think. How adorable.

  • RACHAEL says:

    i love this, very cute 🙂 i'm not so good with DIY projects, but i think this is one i would definitely like to try!

    hope tomorrow is a brighter day x

  • Pearl says:

    That is super adorable!
    And so is you Blog!
    Glad I found you!
    You have a beautiful family~


  • Oh my! I can only imagine that scene with Soul! I don't think you realize how much your light shines to others through your blog… even during crazy stories like this!!
    LOVE the banners! I would make one for myself that says “Patience”.

  • Ariel says:

    I was super cranky yesterday too…no bueno. I am going to shine today for my kids too…thank you for the reminder. I am so grateful for new days,and inspiring folks like yourself. xo

  • Hayley says:

    It is nice that you are so honest about parenting. I think we can be good witnesses to others when we don't try to pretend life is perfect. Often, I thank God that children are so forgiving.

    I love the banners! I love what you did with the cut out letters the best. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mrsink says:

    I love the banner! I really appreciate your open-heart and love the reminder of this post: Let your light shine! Have a great day.

  • amethellen says:

    it's so pretty! you should sell them! i would buy one for sure!

  • Sherry says:

    Great idea! I'll have to try that for my soon to be nursery with a different saying.

  • Anastasia says:

    This is amazing! So simple, definitely going to copy you on this one.

    Also can I say I love your frankness in discussing poop! C:

  • Debora says:

    Thanks. A lot. I've been following your blog occasionally, but now I put it on my reading list. This was just the message I needed and it's good that other mothers too need to be reminded of shining their light, especially to their children. Thanks and I hope you rise and shine tomorrow…

  • So pretty, and such a *wonderful sentiment. I think it would be a wildly successful giveaway!

  • Corrie says:

    That's an absolutely perfect message! You should definitely make one as a giveaway! I'm currently dreaming up things I could make one say…

  • Rubyellen says:

    you all are so encouraging, but really i am so thankful that i could be honest with all of you. some days i really am just a plain crappy mom! God is good though!

    and… will make one to giveaway soon. i already know what i want to put on it! stay tuned…

  • Markéta says:

    Beautiful!!! You have very nice blog, I like here. Markéta

  • La Dinette says:

    Wow, this is beautiful! I really love what you do! You and your family really is daily inspiration.
    About you children, i'm sure the Lord will help them to shine, plus all the good prayers peaople are having for you! You give us so much love via every post, you're truly a blessing.
    I've read your profile and what you said about God, this message really encouraged me trying to love God more than everything. I'm a baptist, my grand father is a pastor, i know what the faith is, i actually thought i was faithful untill i read your words. Thank you for helping us shining!
    Have a sweet day,
    P.S: yeaaay do that giveaway, maybe i'll win and hang it up in my girl's room!!

  • Brian says:

    Great post. And thank you so much for the laugh…the Soul episode. That has happened in our home a few times and although we have hardwoods, there is nothing fun about finding smashed/tracked poop on the floor, then wondering if you missed a place or two. It is especially awful when it happens at your pastor's house and they DO have carpet :). Children are the best means of sanctification aren't they?


  • this is amazing. I am in love with the line you choose, so perfect!

  • Mizasiwa says:

    Thank you so much for being honest about how hard it is to be a mom. Its nice to hear that there are moms out there that feel the same way i do sometimes and to be reminded that tomorrow is another day. I lov ethe picture of the 'bunting' style banner – and love love the bed.!!! Would love to see other photos of you home if thats not too personal to ask?

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