For our 4th annual Back to School dinner we had a steak dinner with all the fixins. Tucker and Luke opted for a hot dog instead of a steak…to each his own. :) We also enjoyed sparkling grape juice or apple cider and An Apple for the Teacher cupcakes for dessert. We chose Joshua 1:9 as our verse for this year…Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord is with you wherever you go. We talked about different ways that we can be strong and courageous and how no matter what we face, just like the verse says, the Lord is always with us. We also wrote out goals for this year and prayed for the kid’s teachers.
Overall it was a really good night…but not without a dose of reality of the the stage that we are in. Partway through Galen talking to the kids about our verse for the year we had to send the three oldest up to their rooms for a “time out” because of their behavior. They all went up the stairs bawling and Galen and I just looked at each other and laughed but really we felt like bawling too. We eventually got everyone back around the table and were able to continue our meal. I had really wanted to have each of them paint a canvas with our verse on it for their rooms but at that point I was just thankful to make it through the meal. I am hoping to find a time to work on the canvases sometime soon.
I am so thankful for this time with my family even with the “dose of reality” because it is all a part of us growing together. I hope that years from now my kids will remember these times and be thankful for the perfectly imperfect times that we spent together. They are what family is all about…
The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
p.s. It’s September 1st…a new month…time to turn over a new leaf and get back to blogging…that is my goal!
p.s. #2 I am still compiling my list of links and pictures from all of you that did Back to School dinners. Once I have them all I am going to do a post. If you have a blog and did one can you comment and remind me. Thank you. :)