I love pretty much everything about being a mom, but the one thing that I hate more than anything? My kids getting hurt. I am a total wimp when it comes to blood and injuries, and I do NOT handle it well.
I knew it was just a matter of time before Owen ended up in the ER, considering the fact that he’s a wild little monster who has no fear. So, I count ourselves pretty lucky that we made it 2 1/2 years accident-free! But last Sunday, our luck ran out. Our little O-bear was running out of the doors at church, tripped, and split his head open on the metal door frame.
The worst part was that he didn’t even cry. He was so stunned, he couldn’t even talk. Thankfully, we had hoards of people helping out – wiping up blood, taking the other kids, getting ice and towels, etc. We got him stitched up at the hospital, and he smiled through the whole thing! Jonny, on the other hand, passed out… but that’s a story for another time 🙂
Thankfully, Owen’s head is healing right up, and looking so much better. Things like that are just so scary! So let’s move on to happier things, shall we?
In my church, we have something called Family Home Evening, where we set aside every Monday night each week to be together as a family. We have a prayer, song, spiritual lesson, some kind of activity or game, and my kids’ favorite part: a treat. We try really hard to do it every week, but let’s be honest… we could do a whole lot better.
I figured if we assigned jobs ahead of time, and had some kind of reminder, we would do a lot better! So I made an assignment board that is now hanging in our kitchen, where we see it every day.
- Picture frame
- Spray paint (optional)
- Sheet metal*
- Tin snips*
- Hot glue gun
- Adhesive magnet paper*
- Pictures of family members
- Alphabet stickers, or adhesive vinyl cut with a Cricut machine
- Any other fun decorations or accents you want to add!
1. If you’re painting your frame, paint it according to the spray paint’s directions. Dry completely.
2. Measure out how big your metal sheet needs to be, and cut it down to that size. Be super careful! The edges will be very sharp. I recommend wearing work gloves.
3. For the family magnets, press your pictures onto the sticky side of the adhesive magnet paper. Then cut around the picture, cutting both the picture and the magnet paper. For mine, I cut around the picture first, then stuck it on and cut the magnet paper. Either way works!
4. Using alphabet stickers (or letters cut out on adhesive vinyl, which is what I used), spell out “Family Home Evening” at the top of the board. It’s easiest to use a ruler, or some kind of straight edge, to measure as you go. It helps you keep it lined up nicely.
5. Also put on stickers for the assignments, making sure they’re spaced nicely, and you leave enough room for the people to go underneath.
6. Add any kind of other decoration to spruce it up. I used a pre-made banner I found at Hobby Lobby, for a fun pop of color.
7. While wearing protective work gloves, attach the metal sheet to the inside of the frame. You could use nails, but I just used hot glue. It’s in there very securely, but if I ever want to change the frame, I can peel the metal off of the glue.
8. Hang it where your whole family can see it!
Hopefully this gets us back on track and in the routine of having FHE!
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