Monday, September 12, 2011

Back to school

For the past three years that I have been doing a family theme, I have not figured out what I wanted until very close to school starting. So close in fact, that my good friend Amber over at Pine Place gets a call about 12 hours before I want my vinyl. And she always does her darndest to get it to me.

It's so joyous to be able to share what we are doing this year. I'm pretty excited about it.

I wanted a theme that reflected our family values, but that also helped the children to look beyond themselves. It would have to be something that mixed striving for personal growth, while also helping them to see other's needs.

We were in Deseret Book a few weeks ago, and I was still trying to come up with our theme. When I literally ran into it. It was part of a plaque type thing that had a talk from one of my favorite people, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf. He was quoting a scripture.

Joshua 1:9
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the aLord thy God iswith thee whithersoever thou goest.

Our family theme for the year is the middle of that scripture, Be strong and of a Good Courage.

I started by talking to my children about what it meant to be a hero. Of course I heard things that related to super heroes, but then as we talked it was decided that to be a hero meant to stand for the things they believe, to not be afraid to stand for truth and righteousness. To speak out when they see someone being treated unfairly, to not give in when their values are questioned or attacked.

To be a hero means that you are not afraid to do whats right because you have the Lord on your side. So if I tell my children as they leave, "Be a hero!" They know what I mean.

I have the most amazing children. I hope you all feel that way. I believe firmly that our children live up to our expectations of them. And they believe what we tell them. I also believe that we have to encourage them to never talk negatively about themselves, because frankly, we believe what we tell ourselves as well.

If our children can be secure in our love and support, then they will be able to believe in a loving Heavenly Father as well. They will be surrounded by love, and they will succeed in standing tall and knowing who they are, where they came from, and why they are here.

This, I believe.

And I also believe that I have some gorgeous children. Here is proof:

I hope your school goes well. I'm already ready for the first vacation. But that's only because I'm not a morning person. I use to be a go to bed late get up late person. But I've become a go to bed early get up late person. Does that mean I'm getting old? Or am I just lazy? Either way, 6:15 is early to rise for sure!

I am not a clever enough blogger to do a linky party. But I would love it if you all put links to your blogs in the comments and let the rest of us know what you did for back to school this year.

Have a superb day!


  1. You scored big time on that theme!!! Awesome Amy..You were truly inspired!

  2. Very nice, I like it a lot! I just started doing ours! Check out from 9/6.

  3. you are such an awesome mom!!!

    My alarm goes off at 5:50 and Chris's goes off at 5:30 it-is-no-fun!!

  4. Your kids ARE gorgeous - sweet darlings! Love the theme, love you to pieces, LOVE Anne Marie's shirt ;) - I'll have to snap one of Briar in her's and link it! What did you eat?

  5. Here's back to school night:


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