Thursday Thoughts

I have still been gleaning wisdom from Proverbs even though most of it hasn’t made it to this site. 😦 Plans are definitely in the work to change that and today I would like to share a few nuggets from Proverbs 15 and 16 using the New American Standard version.

First the verses, Proverbs 15:16-17:
16 Better a little with the fear of the LORD
than great wealth with turmoil.

17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love
than a fattened calf with hatred.

and then Proverbs 16:8:
8 Better a little with righteousness
than much gain with injustice.

There are many more nuggets in these two chapters but I was drawn to these verses by the use of the word “better” at the beginning…as humans we are instinctively drawn to what we believe/perceive/feel is better because it ultimately leads us to what is best. At an early age, we learn there is good, better, and best. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, then you know that you already have the best in the promise of eternal life. So, that leaves us with better and in Proverbs 15:16, better is a little with the fear of the Lord. There are many verses that deal with having a fear of the Lord, for example 15:33 – The fear of the LORD teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

We see that the fear of the Lord will teach us wisdom which we know is highly valued as evidenced by King Solomon. Proverbs 15:17 teaches us that love is better than hatred in terms that we can all understand – food. Having meat is considered a sign of wealth in many countries but here we see that love and veggies is much better than meat and hatred. Finally, Proverbs 16:8 once again teaches us that having a little and having it with righteousness is far better than having a lot that has been gained in an unrighteous way. We all know someone or we see so-called celebrities and feel that they have so much and sometimes we may even become jealous or envious, DON’T because our little that we have gained with and in righteousness is far better.

Continue to strive for better…until next time.

Making your own white board

To have a separate room or not for homeschool…seems to be a hot topic in some circles. We have divided a room into part my craft room and the other is for homeschool. We do some things in there and the kids are at their desks and other things we do on the floor, the couch or outside if we feel like it. 🙂 Either way, I wanted a big 4×8 white board and they were $300 at a few online places even with the free shipping, so what is a thrifty gal to do..we already have a small board (1 side white board, other side chalk in easel format) but I wanted something bigger. I heard folks talk about making a board out of tile board, what in tarnation is that I asked, so I did what I always do when I really don’t have the mental capacity to figure something out, I called my dad. You have to understand my dad is retired and spends his time soaking up information on all kinds of topics, yet he doesn’t talk much until you hit on a topic that he likes and then you are in big trouble…we tease him that he is either constipated or has diarrhea in the chatting department…gross but true. 😉

Anyhoo, he walks around Lowe’s on a weekly basis so I figured that he had more free time on his hands than myself and he likes missions. He found the stuff and it is sometimes called tile, sometimes panel, sometimes showerboard but here is a pic of the tag at Lowe’s..

what to buy

You also need to buy a piece of plywood, I figured everyone knew what that looked like. It is imperative to get some of this stuff…for the crafty, think of a hot glue gun in cold form. 🙂

liquid nails

Bring your goodies home and hand camera to a little girl on a stool so she can take pics of all the action. First step, screw the plywood to your wall (of course, after you have found the studs). There’s a stud in the picture, he’s only 3 though… 😀

putting up board

Next, make sure you have a few extra hands

takes a few people

Once the board is securely screwed to your wall, apply the adhesive (technical term for glue)

glue art

While I was busy making squiggly lines, my dad pre-drilled the board – very important. Keep your holes near the edge and 3 on each side is good, here is one close-up


Then put the board up and yes the walls are white and the board is white, I am checking your eye sight. 🙂 I think we will frame the board with trim but that isn’t too high on the priority list right now. That’s mom holding up the board.

putting it up

Voila, your own white board for less than $25 buckaroos (we already had screws). If you are concerned with ghosting, I have checked a few sites (amazing how many people make these things) and it seems that nail polish, ammonia and water, and Mr. Clean’s magic erasers work wonders.

You are hereby charged to go forth and make white boards because the $275 saved can be used for much important stuff like fabric, trim…oh, this is about homeschooling, I meant books, educational supplies, etc. 😉