Finally getting around to posting this! I’ve been distracted with morning sickness (all day… joy) and completing my wedding album after 4 years of procrastination. 🙂
Another part of the reason it took so long is because this has been in the works for a while. I talked it over with my husband so that we could come up with a “Big Picture” that was simple and useful. This is what we’ve come up with. I’ll update this post once we’ve had it up for a while to tell you about whether it’s useful.
We needed to find a location for this that we saw every day and that would be more difficult to ignore. We also decided we really didn’t want all our guests to see it either since there would likely be personal stuff on there. So we picked our upstairs bathroom wall.
It’s basically a “dashboard” concept, except for family/parents. I stole the idea from a friend of mine who set up something similar for her family. We picked some categories that seemed important to keep focused on and unified about, and then wrote down the things in each category that are current issues for us or are things we’ve been talking about focusing on more seriously. The household category just has the top couple of items from a giant project to-do list that we created and prioritized.
We put a scripture at the top that has been particularly important to our family for a while. We may end up putting a family vision statement of some kind on it in the future. But for now, this is a great start!
That’s it! The plan is to update it as frequently as necessary. The main goal is that it will spur good conversations between Aaron and I as we purpose to direct our family in the way God leads us to. All this may seem overkill to others, but we’ve learned that in our family, “winging it” is generally not a good idea. We don’t want to look back on these years and wish that we’d done things like family worship and study, memorizing scripture together, establishing traditions early on, etc. So we’ve made a commitment to be intentional about making them happen now, when we still have at least a little bit of energy and time to spare. 🙂
Maybe some modified version of this would be helpful to you and your family!