This is my newest meal plan. (To download the PDF, click here. For a PDF with the Wednesday part in a darker yellow, click here.) It’s my simplest so far. (I ❤️ SIMPLE.) The left side is for when I want to be more creative,…
Month: June 2016
Last night, Lane started out our FHE lesson with this commercial for love–lasting love. It was his lesson on setting attainable goals, but he started out with this commercial to make a point: most people don’t want to spend their lives alone. Most people have the desire to find someone to love and cherish for all of their lives. But strong, lasting love doesn’t just happen. You have to work, sacrifice, learn to be selfless, and repent and forgive to have that kind of love.
That was where goals came into the conversation, and he shared some absolutely great thoughts from President Kimball, Elder Ashton, and President Uchtdorf. He asked the children what big goals they have, and one of them said eternal marriage. So we talked about the steps needed to obtain that goal. He reviewed the “SMART” goal acronym and invited each child to set one goal for this summer that is a “SMART” goal that will help them obtain a bigger goal that they dream of attaining.
I especially liked the clip he shared from Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk on how focusing on a tiny lightbulb caused an unnecessary and tragic airplane crash, and the question that Lane asked us each: What are the “lightbulbs” that get in your way of accomplishing your dreams and goals?
A week or two or three ago, I had a prompting to get a scripture study journals for each of our children to use during the summer. I came across an article in my personal studies that was a young man sharing his experience using a scripture study journal; reading it affirmed my desire to follow through on this idea.
So I found some at Seagull Book last Monday and brought them home. I had prepared a bookmark with some scriptures on it that we are going to “ponderize”/memorize together each week this summer. I let each child pick the journal s/he wanted and gave them a bookmark as well.
They are using their journals during their personal study and sometimes we use them during family scriptures, too. I love summer! There is sometimes a little more time for study, and it just makes it easier to feel the Spirit when we’re not in a rush to get out the door for school.
Here’s the bookmark and list of scriptures, for those of you who are snoopers. OH I’M TOTALLY KIDDING! That’s what a blog is all about, right? Sharing! And I love to share!
Happy families require planning. At the center of planning is communicating as a husband and wife and God.
How do we do this?
We call it “Executive Council.” Lane and I meet together (at home, in our room, with the door closed…except when children barge in because we forgot to lock the door) with our laptops open and go over a set agenda.
Here’s our agenda:
Schedule (upcoming week calendaring, including vacation)
Expressions of Faith/Gratitude
We had learned that communicating together is not just essential; it is critical to the happiness and well-functioning of our marriage and family. We highly recommend frequent communication, both formal (like this council setting) and informal (every day, date night, working together, getaways together, etc.)