Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Please do not disturb

This is the LAST WEEK before school begins-and there is a lot to do.
This Friday we are having our traditional 
Back to School Feast for the Little Nies.
This night is a sacred one for our family.
Everything is turned off, and I'll put a sign on our front
door that reads: "Please do not disturb".
I want this to be one of the most memorable evenings of their lives
 so I make it a very big deal.  Fancy dishes, crowns to wear, 
new dresses & shirts (for the boys), special food, and decorations.  
I hope they remember this night because around our dinner table
 they felt special, and honored, and loved.
Christian and I study and pray together for months before we pick
our yearly family themes.  Each theme we pick has been a guiding light
for our family especially as we experience hard decisions, 
trials, heartache, and triumph too.
I started doing these Back to School Feasts in 2008 when 
Claire went to first grade and Jane in Kindergarten. 
Our first Feast was exactly a week before our accident.
Our theme was "Be Prepared".  How timely was that!?
This has been one of the best traditions I have made for our family,
and picking out the theme is a beautiful experience for 
Christian and me as we decide what is going on in the lives of our children,
and in our world around us.
A few days ago Claire told me as we were driving to the store that
these feasts have been one of her most memorable events
that we do as family.
She also said she was planning on carrying this tradition on to her children.
That made me so happy.
  This is why I do it- for her, and for her children and so on and on and on.
I do it because these are exactly the traditions that
 build family relationships, love, and trust in a home.
It strengthens faith in Christ and peace in our home.
Also: thank you for sharing your feasts with me!  
I love seeing online what ideas you have, your menus,
 and especially what your themes are!
  It's so fun.