Today we’ve teamed up with one of our favorite wooden sign shops, Barn Owl Primitives, to bring you something exciting! Take a look at our new Collect Moments – Not Things home decor and scroll down for details on how to enter to win one of these beautiful signs!
Collect Moments – Not Things
It’s a mantra our family has tried to live by ever since our island experience 6 years ago prompted a monumental shift in our priorities. These words have come to hold so much meaning as we’ve journeyed towards simplifying our lives and making the moments count through outdoor adventures together, family travel experiences and simple traditions.
A Visible Reminder of What Matters Most
Focusing on moments vs. things is not always an easy thing to do. That’s why I’m so excited to hang this sign in our new home. It serves as a visible reminder to make the moments count, to stifle the urge to collect more “stuff” and to make time for what matters most.
It’s an especially poignant reminder this time of year as we prepare for the holidays. As parents we want so much for our kids, and it’s hard to remember in today’s world that our love for our children is not measured in how much we give them.
Focus on Moments for a Simpler Holiday Season I feel strongly about creating a simpler holiday season so that our family can really focus on making memories, but it is a conscious effort I have to make each day throughout December. Are you tired of keeping up with the holiday hustle? Would you like to *enjoy* the holidays, not just endure them? Take a peek at my new 12-day course for women who want to simplify the demands on their time and energy so they can focus on what the holidays are really about.
When I commissioned Kristi of Barn Owl Primitives to create this sign for our home she totally caught the vision of what I wanted. It’s simple, beautiful and really leaves an impression.
If you’d like to hang one of these signs in your home too you can find them here in the Barn Owl Primitives Shop or enter to win one in today’s giveaway!
Enter to Win a $150 Gift Card to Barn Owl Primitives Sign Shop Follow the prompts in the widget below to enter. Good luck everyone! The giveaway will close Sunday 10/30 at midnight CST.
Rachel Ashmore says
We adopted our first child in 2016!
Congratulations Rachel! That is definitely an AMAZING moment! 🙂
We moved to a new state and community where we knew no one for ,y husbands work. That felt pretty brave for these 30something year olds. ?
We recently did the same thing Abby…I’d say you are VERY brave! 🙂 Wishing you the best in your new home.
Love this sign for so many reasons! Live simply?
keri @ shaken together says
After a tough school year and a rough end of 2015, my 16 year old recently came home from a church youth group trip and said it changed his life. He has buckled down in school, been helpful around the house and reigned in the attitude (a little anyway, ha ha)! This was a BIG moment for us in 2016!
Such wonderful news Keri!! That is a moment worth noting for sure. 🙂 All the best!
that’s easy–i got married! 🙂
Congratulations Grace! 🙂
Rhoda snyder says
I really enjoyed being with my family several times this year. We were very spread out and we were blessed to spend time together before my dad died. Precious memories.
finding out that we are having a baby girl
We recently celebrated my baby boy’s 1st birthday – that year flew by way too fast! But we have many “moments” I will treasure always 🙂
That first year DOES fly by so quickly! Enjoy that sweet little one Stacey. 🙂
Sharlene Piscitelli says
One of my favorite 2016 moments was spending time with my son and daughter-in-law who moved to Virginia. Any time spent with them is precious!
Amanda R says
2016 has been a hard year for our family. My favorite moments have been the simple things. Watching my 3 year old laugh hysterically over something random. My 5 year old daughter’s current love of naming everything. Her right leg is currently named Leg Wars and her left leg is simply Leggy. Going clothing shopping with my 15 year old daughter and midnight talks with my 16 year old son when we both were having trouble sleeping. It’s the little moments that matter.
It really is all about those little moments Amanda. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you and your family all the best!
I recently took my teenage daughter on an road trip up north to volunteer with the Fish & Game Dept spotting endangered wild black footed ferrets. ( They are nocturnal ) We were up all night long, driving around ranch land in the cold and dark with a GPS and high powered spot lights. It was exhausting and she absolutely loved it and will probably remember it as long as she lives.
What an incredible experience Diana! That is definitely a time in her life she’ll remember!
Steffanie S says
Love your simple approach to life. This sign is beautiful!
We went to my husband’s family reunion, many of his relatives he hasn’t seen since he was a child, some he hadn’t ever met, and myself and our children hadn’t met most of them! What a wonderful time we had. We look forward to many more reunions in the future.
Finalizing our adoption is the highlight moment of 2016!
carol clark says
seeing my son’s face on his first ab report card gave him 40 dollars for his hard work
Samantha C. says
My fave moment was in the summer when my older kids were finally brave enough to go off the diving board!
Michelle J. says
Having my baby!
Lisa Ann Smith says
A favorite moment was being handed the keys after buying our first home
How exciting Lisa Anne! What a milestone. Congrats. 🙂
You have inspired me to get my family out in nature more. We took 10 days and visited all 5 national parks in Utah. It was wonderful to connect with each other and nature. Heavenly Father has created an amazing world for us!
Sounds like an amazing trip Jennifer!! I want to visit all the parks in UT one day – you guys have so many beautiful places to explore outdoors.
Tiffany F. says
I love these signs! It would be so amazing to win the chance to add a few to my home 🙂
Erica Layne says
I adore this! It definitely fits with out family values as well. And I need all the help I can get teaching my boys that Pokemon cards only bring TEMPORARY happiness! 😉
Esther G says
My husband and I left our three young kids with my parents and celebrated our 10th anniversary in Hawaii!
My little one starting 1st grade.
Erica Martin says
Finally got to take a trip out west and see the Grand Canyon and Southern Utah on an RV trip with the family – priceless!
I love BOP and look forward to following you and your newsletter!
Love the simplicity of this!!
Joann Boswell says
My little one starting kindergarten!!
Valerie Underwood says
2016 has been a rough one but we are collecting memories and moments…..in May my daughter found out she was pregnant and 4 months later her husband was diagnosed with brain cancer. He wasn’t given very long to live (but we kno God can change that) so we’ve begun to collect memories in form of video and snapshots for th baby!
We built our dream home!
I love this visual reminder. We usually keep Christmas time simple by giving a family trip to create memories together instead of collecting more unneeded things!
One of my favourite moments from this year was going to the US for my 30th. It was the best holiday 🙂
Marsha Anderson Corns says
Having our daughter’s boyfriend ask for permission to marry her… watching our son start high school and our other daughter start middle school… watching their activities and participating in their daily lives… so many things…
Tracie Cooper says
One of my favorite moments of 2016 is riding Mount Everest in the front row for the first time!
Nikki Kuffert says
We had our daughter in July and every moment with her is worth celebrating!! Can’t wait to see her in her cute little Minnie Mouse costume! She’s really starting to smile and giggle now and it just melts my heart. Our little family is everything and I can’t wait for all the memories we are going to make!! ?
Congratulations Nikki! 🙂
Katy A. says
VIP tour of the Belize Zoo with my husband on our anniversary trip.
I love this! It a great reminder to live and appreciate who we have not what we have. Thanks for sharing.
This sign and the style. A good saying to live by. For Christmas we r choosing to make memories the. Give our kids tons of gifts. We want to all go to a water park for a day. An indoor one. Love ur blog!!!
Looking back over the year I realize “Collect Moments-Not Things” needs to be my new mantra. As a stay at home mom, with older children,I sometimes find myself going through the daily motions and should cherish all those moments more.
I love everything about this sign – the stain, the font, and design. You need to design more…just throwing that out there:)
Katt Lewis says
I doubled the plants in my yard just by seperating my bulbs through the spring. Next summer should be alive with them!
My husband and i started our early morning walks in a nearby park this year. Once we were done with our rounds, we’d walk all the way to the top (its on a small hill) stand there and admire a city that was slowly woking up. Wed quietly stand there, taking in the stillness, breathing in the fresh morning air, and cherish that peaceful moment. It was when time and our busy routines would come to a standstill and it was just us. We’d stand there for five to ten mins and then unwillingly get moving for our walk home. Towards are busy lives – rushing back in to the everyday grind of work and responsibilties.
Love this mantra!
Shanita K. says
My sister’s wedding was one of my favorite memories.