Here's what a typical Wednesday conversation looks like in our house of three kids.
"Don't forget your saxophone!" "Did you brush your teeth?" "Did you REALLY brush your teeth?" "You are not going out of the house wearing that. Go change." "We are leaving NOW."
"Get in the car." "Get out of the car." "No, you can't have that for a snack." "Do your homework." "Focus, we don't have much time." "Stop bothering your sister." "Stop touching your brother."
"Hurry...we are going to be late!" "Get in the car." "I told you to stop bothering your sister!" "Please put your phone away at dinner." "Have you finished your homework?"
"Seriously, stop bothering each other!" "Take a shower." "How can you live and think in this mess?" "Stop asking me things when I"m on the phone." "No, you can't wear that tomorrow."
Not a lot of love going on in our words.
I'm sure there were some "I love you's" that fit in that day.
But it's a lot of reminding, and picking and picking, and reminding.
Even as I wrote this I feel very convicted.
For the month of February, we as a family have made a commitment
to send each other a "love note" each day.
We're not perfect, it may not happen every day.
But, I'm hoping for love to win.
We designed a "family mailbox system" for you that's easy to make, inexpensive, and a super cute Valentine's decoration in your house.
And we've included a FREE printable for your love notes.
Now that's love.
Here's what you'll need:
- small mason jars (8 ounce size) You'll need 5 if you're a family of 5
- Wood plaque or piece of wood of your choice. (We found this one at Michael's that was the perfect size and already sanded and ready for our craft project. $8.99)
- Craft paint and color of your choice and brush
- 3/4 inch Pipe clamps (size 36) These are available at Home Depot or Lowe's for around a $1 a piece.
- Wood screws 3/4 inch (no longer than the depth of your board)
- a cute man hanging around with a drill
It took us about 4 coats to get it to the color and look wanted.
You'll want to wait a day until it completely dries.
Knowing how many jars you'll use, measure out the length of the board and mark those spots so they are evenly spaced. Then (with the help of the cute man, or if you can use a drill yourself we're seriously impressed) pre-drill a hole for the wood screw to go in, using a drill bit smaller than the screw size.
Punch a hole with a hammer and nail in the back of the pipe clamp.
Then with a wood screw, use a screwdriver to screw the wood screw into the pre-drilled hole.
The 8oz mason jar is the perfect size for these pipe clamps, no adjustments needed. But, the pipe clamps can be adjusted if you wanted to use something else. Just lay the mason jar right into the clamp. The lip on the jar will hold it in place.
If you have a Silhouette that cuts vinyl, now's the time to get it out!
If you don't, you could paint the letters with a stencil or use sticker letters. Get creative!
Now, all it needs is a whole lot of love.
Click here for the FREE printable love notes.
My heart is melting already.