A quick look at Pinterest will tell you that it’s important to choose a family motto or theme. Here are some that we considered:
“Tempus Fugit” (in Mrs. Shinn voice)
(Joan of Arc)
“Work and God will work also”
“Awake, awake, Deborah!” Judges 5:12
“Cheerfully do all things” D&C 123:17
“To me he doth stink not” Alma 19:5
(British vintage hipster)
“Keep calm and carry on”
(Anne of Green Gables)
“What would Marilla do?”
But then I realized that we already have a few signature family sayings. Imagine one of these on your chalkboard-painted kitchen wall, mega cross-stitch, vinyl lettering or, even better, in 3D: helpful sing-song by your little sister:
“On your face or in your case”
“It’s not done until it’s packed”
(for crap, figurative)
“If in doubt, throw it out”
“Happy or Asleep!”
I don’t want to take the credit for these humble confections, but honestly, I think I may have invented them. Feel free to adapt or incorporate as needed!
(Please add any your family loves to hear both day and night)
(gratuitous Pride and Prejudice quote)
Elizabeth Bennet: Do these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study?
Mr. Collins: They arise chiefly from what is passing of the time. And though I do sometimes amuse myself with arranging such little elegant compliments, I always wish to give them as unstudied an air as possible.
Elizabeth Bennet: Oh, believe me, no one would suspect your manners to be rehearsed.