Monday, September 12, 2011

Triumph Over The Jonah Week

Last week was a Jonah week.

I am so glad it is over, and now am anticipating a bright new week full of magic and peace.

This week shall be braver than the last.  I just know it.

I have noticed a trend of traditions starting, and decided to jump on the band wagon.  I really like the idea of the Back To School Feast, and so, we decided to join in on the festivities.

Saturday was the big day.  I spent the majority of the day running around, picking things up for the Feast.  I set up the canopy in the backyard, and got the table all set up.  It was beautiful.  I just forgot to take a picture of it.  It would have been absolutely dreamy to have our dinner outside under the gray skies with the wind dancing around us, joining in the festivities.  Unfortunately, the wind was a little to enthusiastic, and my in laws worried the canopy would blow away, so we took everything down and moved it inside.  As the Jonah day would go, the wind stopped almost immediately after, as if congratulating itself on a job well done of kicking us back inside.

After much fretting, I was finally able to get everything prepared, and it was lovely.
On the menu, we had spaghetti with a garden tomato and basil sauce with fresh grated parmesan cheese.  There were garden beans, homemade crescent rolls, a large green salad, and blood orange bubbly.  It was absolutely delicious.  All through the meal we talked about our family theme for the year.  "Ye may know the truth of all things."

I thought for a long time about what we should have for the theme.  I prayed about it.  I finally just opened my scriptures and it fell open to Moroni 10.  When I read verse 5, I knew it was perfect.  We talked about how the Holy Ghost can help with learning.  How if we work hard, and prayed, school would not be very hard at all.  For both of my school attending boys.

After dinner, we had cupcakes with a candy corn in the middle.  Faye especially loved them.
After I got Faye to bed, Jeffrey and I spent some one on one time with Keith.  We talked to him about how awesome it is that he is going to school, and then we talked to him about the power of a Priesthood Blessing.  Jeffrey then gave him a Father's Blessing.  It was beautiful.

I am so glad we joined in with this tradition.  I am absolutely going to continue it.  Next year, I will start earlier, though.  None of that last day preparation trick I tried this year.


Francisca and Chris said...

What a great idea :) Hope his first day was great! Harmon just loves school!

Last week couldn't have been all bad. You got a van after all!!! I understand though. The bad luck continues...

Emmy said...

I ha e not seen that idea- I love it! How awesome

Susan Anderson said...

I think it's a great tradition, too. Carry on!


Randomlicious Memoirs said...

Love this! You guys are such great parents! Thanks for sharing this.

Myya said...

This is awesome! What a wonderful memory for you all & year after year I'm sure your family will look forward to it.

Lisa said...

Hmm! What an awesome tradition! I might have to start this one. :) You are such a good mom to have a family theme. We might need to do that too. :) See what a great friend you are? Inspiring people all over the globe! (or at least people in Idaho...)

Confessions of a PTO Mom said...

Amy, you amaze me!

Shannon said...

Wow Amy... your table setting is absolutely lovely! I love your theme too, very appropriate :)

Lourie said...

Oooh! I like this! that. I love this. What a beautiful tradition. And Faye is so stinking cute.