On our honeymoon, Jeff was reading 2 Chronicles in his Bible during his morning quiet time. It struck him how often it said that Israel forgot what God had done for them. In several cases, they took foreign wives and started worshipping false gods. Now Jeff didn’t marry a woman who worshipped foreign gods, but as a newly married man he wanted to make sure we didn’t forget what God has done for us. Hence, he had a vision of a “Remember” board. A place where we could write down the things that God has done for us, so that 1) we’d always remember, 2) others who came to our home could join us in rejoicing, and 3) any children we’d have could also know the things God has done for us. There might be big spectacular things on there someday – healings from illnesses, but really, we didn’t want to forget the “smaller” things – answers to prayer.
So, I set out to implement it. It was kind of tricky because it wasn’t my vision. Meaning I didn’t have an image of it in my head to try to bring it to life, so it took some discussions and trial-and-error. But what we ended up with looks great! (I think). We have 2 versions – a big 24″ x 30″ one in our living room and a smaller 12″ x 12″ one just for us hidden elsewhere. It’s our vision that by the time we’ve been married 62 years, we’ll have several of these marking out the years.
Our first two entries are:
- When God held off the rain until we reached our car after Booth Falls on our honeymoon.
- When God closed apartment doors out west and re-opened 608 Dorcas Street just when we both became interested.
The one in our living room:
The one for us:
If you’re interested in the details, here’s how I did it:
- I bought picture frames that I liked at Michael’s. (The big one was expensive – use your 40% off coupons!)
- I went to Home Depot and had them cut a piece of plywood to fit in side the frame. The catch here is to use the 1/8 inch thick stuff – very thin! You have to use it this thin otherwise, it won’t fit into your frame. They’ll cut it to whatever size you want.
- I didn’t want the backing to be plywood color, so I picked up a 50 cent sample paint (from their remnant section) at Home Depot in a color that I liked. I painted it that color.
- Once dry, take apart the frame. You’ll put it back together except instead of the glass, you’ll have the plywood.
- I put the Remember stickers on there. For the small one, I just used Scrapbooking stickers since that fit well.
- For the big one, I needed bigger letters so it could be seen. I ordered them from sayitonthewall.com. They do custom orders.
- Then we just write on it whenever we see something that God has clearly done for us. Repeat for 62 years.