Monday, November 16, 2009
I am thankful for Family Home Evening!
Family Home Evening is definitely a work in progress in our family. (For those who aren't familiar with it, in our Church we are encouraged to have one night a week where we spend time together as a family and have a gospel-related lesson and, of course, treats!) With three kids 5 and under, trying to corral them for anything structured can be a challenge. Tonight, even though it was a little chaotic, was so fun -- Josh announced that HE was going to teach the lesson, and proceeded to tell us all about an automatic toothbrushing machine that he and Sammy invented. Then we talked about why we have Thanksgiving and what it means to be thankful, and each of us said some things we are thankful for. Josh said he was thankful for our family (I was just shocked he gave any kind of real answer, because when you ask Josh any kind of question you're most likely to get a big grin and a string of nonsense words), and Sammy said he was thankful that we have a nice warm home. Then the boys showed us their talents -- Sammy showed us how he could use a rubber bracelet to flip a foam block across the room and Josh did some kind of jump-spin move. I promised the boys they could have the chocolate-chippyest pieces of pumpkin bread if they'd sing the closing song with us, so they both shouted along to "I am a builder." Through all of this they were running around, jumping, wiggling, and climbing all over us. Our family home evenings might not be the everyone-sitting-reverently-enraptured picture from the Church art kit, but I hope we never forget the times like this we have with our little ones. Before we know it they'll be too big and too cool to want to climb on our laps or show us all their little talents and inventions, and I'm so thankful we have time set aside to spend just being together. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for helping us create time to experience sweet family moments without all the hustle and bustle and noise that usually accompanies our lives!