Monday, November 30, 2020

Home Church Week 36/Christian's 42nd Birthday

 Today we celebrated Christian, my husband, and the father of our home.  
The Nies ADORE Christian and Christian ADORES them.  
I read this quote by former Prophet, Howard W. Hunter, and thought of Christian:
 "Earn the respect and confidence of your children 
through your loving relationship with them. 
A righteous father protects his children with his time and presence
 in their social, educational, and spiritual activities and responsibilities... 
 Tell your children you love them."
Over Thanksgiving break, the Nies taught us how to play "Among Us"
which is a hot new phone/computer game (I actually don't really...know still).
It's set in space and there are these little space guys and you
can pick the color of your suit and your hat. You're supposed to do tasks,
and not get killed by the imposter.
Other than that, all I know is that I die every single game and that
my kids laugh at me, and I feel super old. 
 But Christian is an Among Us super-slooth and the Nies love it when he plays.
Christian's game name is "INXS" his favorite band, and his character
is a little yellow guy with a cowboy hat.  Claire made him a birthday card today
and painted his character on the cover.  It was pretty cute.
I made him a chocolate (extra dark) cake and we went around the dining room
table sharing our favorite "dad moments".
I told the kids about when we were dating and we rode a horse bareback
 at dusk in the mountains.  It was like out of a storybook.  
I'll never forget it.  Top 10 most romantic moments for sure!
Claire remembered his excited reaction when she received her mission call.
Jane shared about a time when she was about 10 and he
asked her to go to Costco with him before a big snowstorm was
predicted to hit.  Jane said they picked out and bought so many treats
and good foods to hunker down and wait out the Utah snowstorm.
Oliver remembered an epic Uno match while camping in the "hygge-mobile".  
Nicholas told us that everything he's ever learned by 
dad was while driving in the car: "Dad knows everything!".
Lottie told the cutest story about when he had picked her up from school
and she made up a funny word and they said it the whole way home
while laughing about it.  She could barely get the words out 
because she was still laughing about it.
I love Christian for so many reasons, but my favorite reason is that 
he works hard every day to improve as a husband and father.  
The very second he wakes up he reads his scriptures and communes with God.  
I love him and appreciate his example.  
He is kind and gentle, patient, and forgiving.  
I feel beyond blessed that I claim him as mine.  
We have taken some rough roads, been in some discouraging circumstances, 
and felt indescribable pain but we're doing it together and with 
each other connected to the Lord, we know we can manage anything.
Today in Home Church we sang CHRISTMAS SONGS!  I love this time of year!!
 I also read a letter that our Prophet, Russell M. Nelson sent members
of The Church about gratitude and his invitation to be part 
of the Light the World campaign.
We watched the 2020 Light the World intro video and
 discussed how our family can be a part of the light in this
often dark and confusing world. 
I love this time of the year and appreciate my children and their
sweet voices in my home which bring so much light and love.

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