So the theme for our family this year became I Will Go & Do. Besides the scripture in 3 Nephi, we are also using one from the New Testament found in Phillipians 4:13:
We are hoping to really help the girls understand that when they have to do the hard things in life--be it math or making new friends or getting up early--that they never have to do it without help. The Lord is always there to strengthen and prepare a way for each of us to accomplish our difficult tasks.
So why did we do a Romanian feast? Well, one day a couple weeks ago as I was cleaning the kitchen, I put away a cookbook that Joel had found at the Goodwill called The Art of Romanian Cooking. Both he and I served LDS missions in Romania, so of course the country and its food are close to our hearts. But as I put away that cookbook I had a flash of inspiration: Missions are hard stuff. Wouldn't it be fun to center our feast around something hard that Joel and I had done?
I fancied up some dollar store party hats for the "crowns" this year.
After dinner, we had our traditional back-to-school Father's Blessings from Joel. That's my favorite part. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are thankful that all worthy fathers hold the Priesthood and are able to use it to bless their family members. A Father's Blessing is a blessing of guidance and comfort, and many LDS families do as we do and make sure that the children get one at the beginning of each new school year. It's a wonderful way to start something that is as potentially hard as school can be with a little extra peace in our hearts.
And that does it for the Back-to-School Feast 2011!
Now for actual school....
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