The Monday before school starts, we dedicate our weekly family night to the Back to School Feast. It’s one of my favorite traditions that roots us in such deep meaning and intention for our year, and I encourage everyone to do some version of it.
Our theme this year came to me after some serious prayerful consideration. Each family theme has been just perfect for our year, and I knew I needed that inspiration especially for this year. After a chat with the bishop, a few conversations between Brady and I, and lots of prayer I kept getting back to “Be Steadfast in Christ” as our family theme for the year. When I looked up the scripture, 2 Nephi 31:20 – “Press Forward with a steadfastness in Christ” jumped right out at me, and I knew it’s the theme our family needed (and I needed) to focus on this year.
My favorite thing about the family theme is that we really do focus on it each year. In the last week, we have already had a handful of conversations about what it means to be Steadfast in Christ. We looked up the word Steadfast, which reads “firm and unwaivering”. Pressing forward with an unwavering faith in Jesus and God, I told the girls. We have already been finding many examples of being “Steadfast in Christ”. It’s been a sweet way for my family to learn God’s will for each of us, and I think it has blessed the girls watching Brady and I use our family themes in our own lives as well. I know it has blessed mine sharing this with my family.
This year, I took requests from the family on what to eat.. our menu consisted of our family’s favorite meatloaf, mashed potatoes from scratch, fresh baked white rolls, and sautéed brussel sprouts. We finished it off with a simple vanilla pudding with sprinkles for dessert (because mama can’t cook like that AND bake in the same day!). We got out our fanciest dishes, and the girls were adorned with flower crowns for their special evening. We ate and talked and laughed and then took our party (and our pudding) out back to enjoy one of the last evenings of summer. Man, I love being the mama of this crew.
We are ready for another great year!