Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Great Shall Be the Peace of Thy Children

This is a project that I've been wanting to do for a while now, and I finally did it!

I collected some of my favorite photographs of family members 
when they were children to hang in our playroom.

Here I have displayed from left to right:
 my great-grandma, my father-in-law, and my mother.

I would love to add more, but currently this is all that will fit on this particular wall.

My children love it.  They are always asking about each photo, and it is a great way to open up conversations and story-telling about our ancestors.  I really like looking at my Mother and remembering that she was a child once too.  And vice-versa, I can look at my children and remember that they will grow up to be great people as well...fathers and mothers, grandmas and grandpas to someone else.  

It creates a great link in my mind between what I am doing now to teach and love my children and the eternal nature of life, progression, and families.

The innocence in these photos really brings a nice spirit into our playtime.
And I love the connection that these photos are creating in my children's hearts to their grandparents.

I am thinking about adding a vinyl phrase beneath the photos.

We read Isaiah in Sunday School and this quote stood out to me,
"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord,
and great shall be the peace of thy children."

(Now isn't that what we all want?)

I'm open to ideas though...Let me know if you have any suggestions!

Also, if you are looking for some more cool photos, I have entered a picture that I took of my family in Diapers and Divinity's photo contest.  You can go and vote for your favorite three if you'd like!  Click here to vote.

Also of note:  
I have moved the deadline for the Santa's Helper Giveaway to December 1st.  
It was a stipulation that CSN asked me to do in order to get the larger amount of prize money ($130 instead of $75).  So a winner will be announced on December 1st, instead of mid-November.  The entries that I have received already have been amazing...very inspiring.  Keep them coming!

To find out how you can win $130 to spend on a family in need this Christmas,


  1. Oh my goodness, your F-I-L looks so much like MY dad, its creepy. I have a new house full of empty walls, so thanks for the meaningful idea. I really like it. (p.s. I got your talk. thanks.)

  2. What a great idea! It's a great way to talk to your kids about family.

  3. I absolutely LOVE this idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. What a wonderful idea! And I would definitely add the scripture in vinyl. You can't do better than that one, and it will be so effective and really finish off the wall.


  5. I love this idea!! What a great way to turn the hearts of the children to their fathers.

  6. wonderful idea, I will use it in a class I'm preparing for the FH Expo.

  7. What an AWESOME idea for the ancestor thing. Now I have to find a spare wall ....

  8. I love this idea! Makes me want to do something like this!
    I'm stilll thinking about a Little Santa's helper idea. I will write you if I get inspired!


  9. Pictures help so much with remembering who we are and what we can become! It is fun to change them out once in a while so that there are different pictures to look at and keep little minds full of imagination.

    It's like a family tree wall.

  10. What an awesome idea for connecting the kids to their grandparents. I love the classy way you've framed and hung them too!