Sunday, January 1, 2017

Back To School Feast 2016!

The day before school started at the end of August we had our annual Back to School Feast and theme for the year. This year's theme is, "Stand Tall: You're a Child of God"

We learned all about how we have divine callings as children of God and how we can stand tall and be an example in all places. I shared THIS talk from conference with my children and we talked about what being a child of God means and how it can help us through challenging and difficult times in our life. It can help us through hard times in school, or with a difficult teacher, or when we are in a fight with our friends. It can help us when we simply feel all alone. Being a child of God is a sacred and special calling and we each need to always remember how much He loves us and wants us to be happy. 

It was a wonderful chat and so much fun eating dinner together. As my children grow and learn and develop, our conversations just get better and better and it makes me swell with pride at the knowledge they are gaining. It is so incredibly rewarding to be a mother. 

Our dinner consisted of: Parmesan tilapia, au gratin potatoes, fresh berries, Sarah salad, steamed broccoli, and rolls. We also had bubbly (sparkling apple cider) and chocolate cream cake for dessert. I decorated with gold and white (fit for daughters and sons of a king :) and we had little cups with chocolate dipped strawberries in them, gold coins on our cake, and little place cards with our grade on them.

After dinner we gathered in the living room where Andy gave each of us (yup, me too!) a Father's (and husband's) blessing for a wonderful school year. It is always so special and the spirit fills my heart right up to the brim. It is wonderful.

I always get my kids a little Back to School gift and this year we did neck pillows for traveling. After all the traveling we did this year I realized they would come in handy and it also went with our theme. "Hold your head up high, for you are a child of God." Hahaha.

It was a wonderful night and the perfect end to a perfectly amazing summer.

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