It’s A Sign (No, Really. It’s Literally A Sign.)

A little over a month ago I was reading Paige’s blog when I saw a picture of a custom sign that a couple from Athens, Georgia made for her kitchen. Paige had the sign personalized with one of her favorite quotes, and as I read Paige’s post and pondered the wonderfulness of that big ole wooden sign (it’s 4 ft. by 2 ft. – BIG), a thought began to crystallize in my mind: OH. I’VE GOT TO GET ME ONE OF THOSE.

I thought long and hard about that sign for the rest of the day. I really loved the idea of using a quote that’s special to our family. Plus, the last six months have been sort of a crazy adventure in more ways than one, so I figured that if the sign also served as a sweet reminder of this particular time of our lives, then all the better.

I had the best time thinking of quotes and/or verses that might be fun to use. Once I narrowed down the list, a quote from Peace Like A River was the early frontrunner, but then I remembered that when Alex and I read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe a couple of years ago, there was one section particular that left me so choked up that I could barely read.

And when I remembered that quote? I ordered our little family a sign. Oh yes ma’am I did.

Last Monday I walked in our front door after my night-o-writing at a hotel, and I was tickled – TICKLED, I tell you – to see a very big cardboard box in our foyer. Alex and I opened it, and y’all, I really could have cried. I love our sign so much. And my hope is that the sign will be passed down in our family for many generations to come.

And now, if you sit on one of our sofas and look in the direction of the front door, this is what you see.

(Except that it wouldn’t be blurry in real life.)

(I just happen to have some crackerjack photography skills.)

(Also, it’s now a smidge higher on the wall because I felt like it needed to be above the light switch.)

(I may change my mind tomorrow, though.)

After D and I hung the picture, the little man stood in front of it for a little while. After a few minutes he said, “Mama? That’s a quote from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, isn’t it? Thanks for having that quote put on there. That means a lot to me.”

Oh my goodness it made me smile.

If you’d like pricing and shipping information about a sign of your own, email Andy and Tara at andrewshanelowry@gmail.com. If you mention BOOMAMA in the subject line of your email, they’ll give you 10% off your order during the month of March. That’s mighty sweet of them, I think.

And I speak from experience when I say that your sign will bless your heart every single time you pass it in your den or hallway or kitchen or wherever.

(Just trying to give you an idea about what the sides look like.)

(I apologize again for my sub-par photography.)

(Be sure to let me know if you’d like for me to photograph your wedding or other special events.)

We are crazy about our sign, and you will be crazy about yours, too. Let me know if you decide to order one!

Happy Thursday, y’all.

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Comments

  1. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never read the whole Narnia series. I read a few out of order as a kid, and I really, really need to remedy that. You’ve inspired me. :)

  2. We love Narnia and I love your sign! Tarah is so talented. I won a necklace from her in a giveaway a year or so ago. Beautiful stuff.

  3. There are very few things I love more than words on walls. Great choice!!

  4. That could be my life quote! I use it all the time, in all situations, because it encapsulates so much of the complexity of God so simply. Cancer, international work assignment, tremendous loss, tremendous joy … He isn’t safe, but He is oh so good.

  5. Love the sign, Sophie. Now I feel the need to paint my family room that lovely shade of green. What’s the color? It’s gorgeous.

  6. LOVE it. That line makes me get choked up too. I have always loved her family rules sign – thanks for letting us know that they are selling other signs too!

  7. HA! You crack me up at the end of this post about photographing weddings!
    I love that sign, it looks perfect RIGHT THERE. God is in every detail, isn’t He?

  8. I LOVE the sign in your home….thank you for giving us the opportunity to make you one!!!

    He isn’t safe, but he is GOOD. :)

  9. That line get’s me every time too! Even reading it here has made me teary. What a fabulous idea!

  10. I love it! A wonderful reminder everyday!

  11. LOVE this sign. Just finished reading that book to my youngest two.

    Mary

  12. Love the sign.
    Love Narnia.
    Love you, Boo. You can really turn a phrase!

  13. Why am I crying? I’m sitting here crying. I’ve never even read the series. Thanks for the info. As usual, I will probably buy it. You have got to stop putting things on here that I like. From now on, only things about the Bulldogs please. That seems to be this Vol fan’s only kryptonite.

    Thanks Sophie!

  14. Oh yes. Yes indeed!
    He’s not a tame lion, but he IS good!

  15. Mary Ellen says:

    I have always loved this quote1 It makes me cry every time – like now!
    Beautiful!

  16. I LOVE “Peace Like a River.” I just recommended it to my mom for a long airplane ride and then decided to read it again myself. I wonder what quote you were thinking of using from there. I have lots of quotes I love, but they wouldn’t necessarily work for a piece of wall art for my house. For example, I think my favorite quote is about Superintendent Holgren: “Is he alive somewhere yet…or did his conscience take pity and kill him early on, as Swede suggested might be just.” Oh, too funny!

    I do love the quote you ended up choosing. That’s always been my favorite quote from that book!

  17. I LOVE IT! Yes, so much that all caps was necessary. I don’t know that it is in our budget now, but I will be thinking on this for a long time. Just thinking about what quote I would use is sure to do some good. LOVE IT! (yes, again, all caps necessary)

  18. **sniff** That is just beautiful.

  19. Michele says:

    Love the sign. Also, I’m from Athens, GA. So, it makes me even happier that someone from my hometown could do something so great for you. :)

  20. How perfect! I love hearing the sentimental value behind decor and how better to do that than a quotation? Your son melts my heart. He sounds wise beyond his years and unabashedly in love with his Mama. You are blessed!

  21. I know me. I would spend 192 days deciding on a phrase for my sign.
    And if they had font choices, you might as well forget it.

    Love it though.

  22. LOVE it!

  23. I love that quote too! And, “Thanks for having that quote put on there. That means a lot to me”… Goodness gracious alive, that child is a gem!

  24. Robyn (3girlsmom) says:

    Id like to give a shout out to those 2 steps. Because one of the first times I met you, you fell UP THEM. It was a highlight, I tell you. That is something I totally would do and to watch you do it in your very own home on a set of steps that you walk up and down a million times a day made me love you that much more.

  25. Dear Boo Mama,
    I’m fairly new to your blog, but I love it. So much! And when I read that sign, I nearly lost it. Because how accurate could that statement possible be?! Safe? No. But He is, indeed, the King. Thank you for sharing.
    Lindsey

  26. Love, love, love, love, love. Now, let the quote pondering begin.

  27. LOVE your sign and it has me wanting one of my very own. I saw the move Courageous at church a couple of weeks ago and now, we are doing a Courageous Bible study. I want Joshua 24:15 on a sign – As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

    Got my quote yesterday. Now, I just have to convince my husband to spend that money!!

  28. Oh I LOVE the sign AND the quote. Beautiful :-)

  29. That is my favorite quote from that book too. When I read it to my boys, I cried through it too. And just seeing it there on your beautiful sign got me all choked up again. Love it!

  30. I’ve been reading your blog for quite some time now, but this is the first time I’ve commented. Our Sunday School Class read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe years ago (our children were small, and now they are all grown) and loved it. In fact, we refer to it as the LWW. Thanks so much for this post (I think I may just have to copy your sign) and for all your truly wonderful writing. I can’t wait for your book to come out.

  31. I read LWW to many of my classes when I taught fifth and sixth grade, hoping to entice some of them to read the whole Narnia series, which many did! But every time I came to that quote, it was all I could do to keep my voice from shaking and bursting into tears! Sooooo powerful!!

  32. mr tumnus & lucy, right?
    i thought about the same quote. my goodness!!!
    i LOVETH your sign girl!! LOVE it!!!!!
    oh happy day!!
    xo

    & excuse me, but to be mentioned on “THE” boomama blog. no big deal…none at all.