Monday, August 10, 2015

Monday's Matter FHE: The Lonely Goatherd

At our house and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening!

It's just the two of us here (well 4 if you count the cat and dog - and I do) and we do our best to hold FHE and to make it interesting, fun and silly.  We can never get enough silly at our house.

Laughter is the BEST medicine.  A smile is the GREATEST accessory. A good joke is the BEGINNING of beautiful friendships.  So come, let me tell you a joke and we can be friends!

"My grandfather is hard of hearing so he has to read lips, which I don't mind so much, I just wish he didn't use that yellow highlighter."

Hahaha

Ha

H...

P.S.  If you are looking for some good, mostly squeaky clean jokes (some PG-13) check out the Prairie Home Companion Joke Shows HERE.

Our FHE always starts the same way..."I would like to WELCOME Everyone Out to Family Home Evening!!"

{Opening Song} The Lonely Goatherd from The Sound of Music

Music and lyrics together!  Turn it up and sing along.

{Opening Prayer} (Whomever can make the best goat noise)

{Lesson} I loved this video for this FHE because we all feel alone sometimes.  It is important to recognize that we are never alone.  No need to be the "Lonely Goatherd", the Good Shepherd is always watching over his flock.



"We draw upon the power of Christ's Atonement at those times when questions abound and answers are few"
                                         -Ronald A Rasband

[WATCH]


[READ] "Who Should Love a Goat" The Friend, June 1981

A sweet little story about a young herdsman's son who wants desperately to keep his crippled goat.

"If a boy and an old man can love a goat so much, don’t you think a father can love a son even more?”


[Shout It Out]  Make a list of ways we know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us.  Go ahead. Shout it out!

Need some help??  Check out this article written by youth from around the world describe moments when they have felt God's love for them.   "How I've Felt God's Love"



{Closing Song} Tell the joke!  It will be hilarious!  Trust me, they will love it!!

"Knock knock - Who's there? - Owen. - Owen who? - Owen the Saints come marching in..."

When the Saints Go Marching In (if you have littles, have them be the echo!)

{Activity}

Put on your own Joke Show! Make a little stage, someone be the announcer, and everyone take a turn telling a joke or funny story or singing a silly song.

If that is too much work for a Monday (I hear ya!)

I say everybody have some ice cream and then go play hide and seek.  Our cat is REALLY good at hiding ;)


{FHE Doesn't Have to be

PERFECT, It Just Has to BE!}


Okay! Okay! One more for the road...

Did you hear about the two peanuts on the subway? One of them was a-salted.   

Get it??!!  A-SALTed?!  Bahahaha

Waka! Waka! 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

What's For Dinner Wednesday: "Feisty" Tacos

If you are looking to add more meatless meals to your rotation but are wary of how all the carnivores in your house will react then give this one a go!

Feisty Tacos


Feisty Crumble and Potato taco filling


{Ingredients}

2 Cups diced potatoes (you can use O'Brien Frozen potatoes if you want)
1 small onion, minced
2 Cups Beyond Meat Feisty Crumbles (Soy free!)
1 C shredded sharp cheddar cheese
8 Corn Tortillas

Oil for cooking
Salt to taste

{Directions}

In large cast iron skillet (or whatever kind you like to use) put in enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan and heat on high heat until the oil is good and hot.

Carefully add the potatoes and the onion and the Feisty Crumbles and reduce heat to medium/high cooking until potatoes start to brown.  Stir every few minutes and scrape the bottom of the pan as you go.  You want both the potatoes and the Feisty Crumbles to have some crunch on them. Season with salt.

Once potatoes are tender and "meat" begins to get crisp and brown, top with cheese, turn heat off and cover pan until cheese melts (a minute or so). Then remove lid and scrape it all around to get all the crispy bits mixed in.  Trust me you don't want to leave those behind.

Warm corn tortillas.

Fill tortillas with potato and meat mixture and any other taco fixin's you like (I like sour cream and avocado) and ENJOY!

Also makes a great filling for enchiladas with red sauce.

{Quotes to Cook By}


“Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco...” 



“Empty packets of hot sauce remind me of the love I used to have for her. Now all I’m left with is this yummy taco.” 



“If not for me being stoned and clinging to a taco, it would have been terribly romantic.” 


Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday's Matter FHE: Somebody Needs an N - A - P...

At our house, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home evening full of fun songs, spiritual lessons and memories!

Have you ever dealt with a cranky, tired, crying spouse child and just wanted to cry yourself?

This has happened to us a few times in our life.  ;)

The Aussie is really good at making up lyrics for songs on the fly, so he came up with this little ditty that we would sing at the top of our lungs when the cranky crying started.  To which, one of my nieces would always shout, "I'm not a PERSON!!" and then she would fall asleep.

Sung to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus"

Somebody needs an N....A....P

N....A...P

N...A...P

Somebody needs an N...A...P

And that person is _________ (fill in the blank with the name of the cranky person.  Try and sing the name in THREE syllables)

Anyway, this song brings me to the lesson for tonight from July 2015 Ensign about SLEEP!

I'd like to **yawn** welcome everyone out to Family Home Evening!

{Opening Song} Albuquerque Turkey

Albuquerque is a turkey,
and he's feathered and he's fine.
And he wobbles, and he gobbles
And he's absolutely mine.

He's the best pet
That you can get
Better than a dog or cat
He's my Albuquerque Turkey
And I'm mighty proud of that!!

(Sung to the tune of My Darling Clementine)

{Opening Prayer} Yawn.  That's right give a big, ol' yawn.  The first one to yawn along gets to say the prayer!

{Lesson}
This lesson is taken from the July 2015 Ensign Article "Filled with Life and Energy"

Let's play a game of "Who Wants"... Please feel free to throw in any other crazy questions to get everyone laughing.

Raise your hand to answer yes.

  • Who wants...to be healthier? (Me!)
  • Who wants...to have more energy?  (Yes!  Please!)
  • Who wants...more homework?  (Pst.  It's a trick!  Don't raise your hand!!)
  • Who wants...to be more inspired?  (I do!!)
If I told you changing ONE thing in your life could help you with all of these things (and maybe even help you with your homework too), what do you think that one thing might be?

I'll give you a hint:

Genesis 19:27
Exodus 34:4
Joshua 6:12
Mark 1:35
John 20:1

Still stumped?  Well, one of our Founding Father's, Benjamin Franklin, said the "key" to life was...


That's right!  Going to bed EARLY and getting up EARLY!

Did you know?
"The average age of a chief executive officer in America is 55 years old.4 Would it surprise you to discover that the CEO of an international organization was a 97-year-old man? What if you also learned that he still traveled the world giving speeches, training leaders, meeting with government officials, and being interviewed by major media organizations at this advanced age? What if his two top VPs were very active 79- and 87-year-olds? And yet that was exactly the situation toward the end of the administration of President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) as President of the LDS Church."

In fact:

"Great leaders in our day also use the early-morning hours to receive revelation. Some time ago I heard a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy mention in a stake conference talk that he was an early riser. After the meeting, I spoke to him briefly about his early-morning ritual, then asked how many of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve kept a similar schedule. He replied, “They all do!”"

What blessings can come from going to bed early and ceasing to sleep longer than is needful? (make your own list or scan the Ensign article for answers, see link at the Lesson section of this page)

  • Studies have shown links between early risers and higher GPAs
  • It is easier to received inspiration in the early morning hours
  • Much more can be accomplished in the early morning hours of the day
  • The world is more beautiful in the quiet morning hours
  • Keeping an early schedule can help emotional, mental and physical health
So, when life is raging around you and you cannot find peace remember to put it to the test:  Try it for 3 days.  Go to bed early and wake up early! See what a difference it can make.

"The benefits of this self-discipline far exceed the effort required. When we win the first battle of the day against the mattress, we are far more likely to win more battles during the day. We are also more likely to be filled with life and energy."

{Closing Prayer} Yawn.  Do it again and see if you can catch anyone.  If not, you're up to bat.

{Activity} S'nores Dip!



It's exactly like S'mores but I changed the "M" to an "N" so it sounds like Snores.  What do you want?  I'm tired! 

You can get the recipe HERE at Hungry Brownie

Also, take a look at this clip from America's Funniest Home Videos showing funny sleepers...


{FHE Doesn't Have to Be Perfect, It Just Has to BE!}





Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday's Matter FHE: Spirit of '76

At our home, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE) where we laugh and share and learn together.


This Saturday marks 239 years since congress approved the final language of the Declaration of Independence (click on the link for more information about the Declaration of Independence, it's signers and history surrounding it from USHistory.org). And our traditional 4th of July celebrations around the country.

I am reading 1776 right now and am completely enthralled by the history surrounding the Revolutionary War and the signing of this great document.

Tonight I feel so patriotic thinking of that amazing day and those amazing men, who by signing their names to the Declaration of Independence as they birthed this great nation also committed treason and if their efforts failed and they were captured would be put to death.

They believed in FREEDOM so much they were willing to risk everything, their homes, their families and their lives...


"For the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the
protection of the Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each
other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."


You can read about all they sacrificed at the National Heritage Center For Constitutional Studies Page HERE.

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  I welcome thou all out to Family Home Evening!



{Opening Song} My Country, 'Tis of Thee

{Opening Prayer} Rock, Paper, Scissors!  Winner gets to say the Prayer!!



{Watch and Discuss}





{Closing Song} America the Beautiful Verse #4 Only

{Closing Prayer} Call on the Oldest person in your group

{Activity}  Patriotic Jingo



Patriotic Jingo!!! It's like Bingo and a trivia game all wrapped into one.  It looks super fun!!

Find instructions and printable cards and questions HERE.

{FHE Doesn't Have to Be Perfect, It Just Has to BE!}

Monday, June 22, 2015

Monday's Matter FHE: Families Are Super!

At our home and millions of others around the globe Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE) where we get to know each other better.  A special time set aside just for family.

Family.

That has what has been weighing on my heart lately.

Particularly the joy that comes from visiting with and getting to know extended family better. Love is truly spelled T. I. M. E.

We have made a conscious effort during out married life to cherish and strengthen our relationships with our extended family.  From Sunday visits to my husband's father, to 16 hour car trips to his brother's house for Thanksgiving, and 2 days of driving to visit a sister for just one day before having to turn around and drive home for work.  We have tried to go out and meet relatives whenever they have been within driving distance.  We have planned and scheduled vacation time so that it included family time and trips together to visit both sides.  We have driven across multiple states for cousins weddings and for grandparents funerals.  We even visit and place flowers on his parents graves.  We have not been able to see everyone but we hope to be able to visit with you all soon.  Each moment spent with you is precious to us!  Still, these relationships always need more of our time and as important as they are we try and sacrifice our time to hold them close and knit our hearts with theirs.

And you know what?  It has been and will be worth every bit of sacrifice for they are what matters most!

The purpose of tonight's lesson is to help us develop a greater appreciation and love for our extended family members and to take steps to strengthen those ties that bind us.  Because families are SUPER!

So, tonight, I would like to welcome everyone out to Family Home Evening.  Really.  Welcome!




{Opening Prayer}  


{Lesson Materials}

Pictures of extended family members as many as you can or want to gather.

Paper and Pencil for everyone who can write.


{Lesson}

Display several photos of extended family members. Ask who they are and tell each ones name.
1- Are Grandmas and Grandpas important?
2- Are Aunts and Uncles important?
3- What about nieces, nephews and cousins?
Play a memory game. Place all of the pictures out on the floor. Have everyone close their eyes or leave the room. Remove one of the pictures. When they come back or open their eyes, they will need to figure out what family member is missing. (This little gem is from LDS Daily)
Pass out paper and pencils.  Have everyone compile a list of extended family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins).  
QUESTIONS~
Why is the immediate family important?
Read Ephesians 6: 1-4
Why are family relationships important?
Discuss Malachi 4: 6
Do you know all of your aunts and uncles? cousins? grandparents?
How many uncles do you have?
How many aunts?
Which ones are on your father’s side and which ones are  on your mother’s side?
Whom ever has the most family members on their list gets extra treats!!


{Closing Prayer}  


{Activity}



Super Hero Masks for you and your relatives!!  Because Families are SUPER!!  


Mail one out to a relative of your choice with a little note telling them why they are so SuPeR!!

Make sure and get one for yourself and take a cool photo.

{FHE Doesn't Have to Be Perfect, It Just Has to BE!}

Monday, June 8, 2015

Monday's Matter FHE: Be Brave Chicken Little

At our house, and millions of others around the globe, Monday evenings are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE) where we can be silly and funny and reverent and grow together in the gospel.



This past Saturday marked the 71st anniversary of the D-Day Invasion on the beaches of Normandy.  Here at the Aussie and the Owl, we love history and try and take special care to remember important historical events where service, sacrifice and love of country were exemplified.  On Saturday we listened to and discussed THIS SPEECH by then President Ronald Reagan on the 40th anniversary of D-Day.

"Learning the lessons of the past allows you to walk boldly in the light without running the risk of stumbling in the darkness. This is the way it’s supposed to work. This is God’s plan: father and mother, grandfather and grandmother teaching their children; children learning from them and then becoming a more righteous generation through their own personal experiences and opportunities. Learning the lessons of the past allows you to build personal testimony on a solid bedrock of obedience, faith, and the witness of the Spirit."
~M. Russell Ballard, April 2009


Time for FHE!!  Yippy!

I'd like to welcome everyone out to Family Home Evening!!!!

{Opening Song}  America the Beautiful   If you only sing one verse let it be #3


{Opening Prayer}Let's have the biggest, strongest person pray
(If you are unsure - the only way to settle it is with a pre-prayer arm wrestling match)

{LESSON - Read, Watch, Discuss}

Recently my aunt was a guest on a local Wellness TV show where they talked about anxiety and stress stemming from fear.  We know that many times in the scriptures we are admonished in different ways to be courageous or be not afraid. And that got me thinking...



What does that mean?

How do we do that?

First lets start with some definitions:  SHOUT it out!

What is STRESS?

What is ANXIETY?

What is FEAR?



Now, WATCH THIS...

The Old Shoemaker (The Mormon Channel)

Matthew 25: 35-36 
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
This is the way we love perfectly, as the Savior loves, by being His hands and taking care of others.

Perfect Love...

Okay.  I know what you are thinking another FHE lesson about "love"? what good is Perfect Love to me?

What can I do with "Perfect Love"?

Does it make me cookies?  Can it help me work that crazy cable TV remote control? Will it fold the laundry?

Well.  No. But...

Did you know that it can cast out anxiety's ugly cousin, Fear??  You know, like, banish it!



Henceforth, I declare this house fear free!

Don't believe me?

Check out 1 John 4:18

The Virtue of Captain Moroni
{Print OR Watch}
Print this out, divide up the reading and have everyone pick out some of their favorite stories or quotes from THIS DEVOTIONAL about casting out fear with perfect love.
OR, hey, just watch the whole thing and enjoy it!

"...my first personal experience with the principle taught in the scriptures that “perfect love casteth out fear.” I learned to rely on my Heavenly Father. His unending love for me gave me the strength to overcome my homesickness. President Hinckley once declared, “How great and magnificent is the power of love to overcome fear and doubt, worry and discouragement” (God hath Not Given Us the Spirit of Fear, October 1984)...
Our trials and fears may come in different degrees, but it’s how we stand up to face them that counts instead of allowing fear to drag us down. We also should not judge people based on their trials and fears. What may seem a very trivial trial to one person may feel like a very difficult trial to the one experiencing it. Regardless of the trial’s size or intensity, it’s the power of love that can help us through it. Perfect love casteth out fear."
Recently, after thinking on these things, when I find myself feeling stressed or anxious I ask myself what I am afraid of?  Sometimes it helps to just be able to identify what the fear is and then I can work on how to use love to snuff it out (who knew "Perfect Love" was such a gangsta?)'
So that is my FHE challenge for you this week.  When you find yourself feeling stressed or anxious figure out what you are afraid of.  One step at a time. You can do it!


{Closing Song} How Can I Be   Lyrics HERE

{Closing Prayer} Who is brave enough?

{Activity} TABOO!!!!

If you have never played Taboo before it is a game where you are assigned a word to try and make your team guess but there are a list of words you may NOT use to describe the word because they are taboo.  You just need to print these cards, split into teams, get yourself a timer, have some sort of buzzer (or someone who can make an awesome buzzer noise) and let the good times roll!

You can find directions and the printable gospel based Taboo cards HERE from FHE Lessons at WordPress.com.

And, of course, you could always settle in and watch Chicken Little!


{FHE Doesn't Have to be Perfect, It Just has to BE!}






Wednesday, June 3, 2015

What's for Dinner Wednesday: Crock Pot Confetti Chowder


{Confetti Chowder}

Confetti Chowder. Even the name sounds like a party.  Just so we are clear this is not a "health food" recipe.  However, it is excellent for pot lucks or for busy weeknights when you don't have a lot of prep time but you do have a lot of hungry mouths to feed.  Not that it means anything, but this particular dish has won a ward cook-off and two (that's right 2!)  work potluck cook-offs.  Haha.

{Ingredients}
One bag of frozen O'Brien Potatoes with onions and peppers
1 Can of Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/4 C butter (or half a stick)
1 Can of corn, drained
1 C cream cheese (room temp or whipped will make it easier to stir)
1 C sour cream
2 C diced ham
1 C shredded cheddar cheese
1 C french fried onions (divided into 1/2 C)

Salt, pepper, garlic salt (season to taste)

Optional Toppings: crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, green onions, french fried onions

{Directions}

Place all ingredients in crock pot, stir until combined. Set crock pot on high for 4 to 5 hours or until potatoes are cooked and everything is well combined and heated.  It will be thick and creamy.  If you want it thinner, you can always thin with vegetable or chicken stock.

Party.

Party.

Laundry.

Party.

Be sure to stir in the bits that brown on the side of the crock pot - they are full of flavor.  Season with garlic salt, pepper and salt to taste.  Serve with optional toppings.

{Quotes to Cook By}

“Deb and I were married on a snowy night - wind cross-wove a veil of snow for her then threw confetti at us as we left the lighted church...” 
― John GeddesA Familiar Rain

“He was a blessing to all the juvenile part of the neighborhood, for in summer he was for ever forming parties to eat cold ham and chicken out of doors, and in winter his private balls were numerous enough for any young lady who was not suffering under the insatiable appetite of fifteen.” 
― Jane AustenSense and Sensibility

That's what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, and that tiny thing will lead you to another book, and another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It's geometrically progressive - all with no end in sight, and for no other reason than sheer enjoyment." 
— Mary Ann Shaffer (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society)




Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday's Matter FHE: Elder L. Tom Perry

At our house, and millions of others around the globe, Mondays are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE) to bring us closer and to help us learn but also for some good ol' fashioned family FUN!


This last week saw the passing of a man whom I have admired for many years.  Not necessarily because he held a high position in our church but mostly because of the way I got to know him over the last 17 years by his sharing of wisdom and experiences at our General Conference meetings.

Tonight for FHE  I thought it would be nice to watch clips about his life and to remember L. Tom Perry... the man, the Elder, the legend!

I am happy to put some real Matter into our Family Home Evening - things that will make us think and grow and learn!

I would like to welcome everyone out to FHE!

{Opening Prayer} Anyone with the the letters L or T or P in their name or maybe I'll call on YOU

{Opening Song}  Do Re Mi (From the Sound of Music - just the chorus if you please)

Doe, a deer, a female deer
Ray, a drop of golden sun
Me, a name I call myself
Far, a long, long way to run
Sew, a needle pulling thread
La, a note to follow Sew
Tea, a drink with jam and bread
That will bring us back to Do (oh-oh-oh)

{Watch/Listen/Learn} Videos about Elder L. Tom Perry and his life:

“As the train started down the tracks, we reached out and just touched their fingers as we left,” he said. “We couldn’t speak; our emotions were too strong. But we were grateful that we could help in some small way.."

Always looking for how he could help in "some small way" Elder Perry led a life of service and faith.

In his own words, Elder L Tom Perry shares a part of his Testimony of Jesus Christ

Elder L. Tom Perry as a missionary with his companion, Elder Perkins, in the Northern States Mission, USA Photo from LDS.org
"Why Marriage and Family Matter- Everywhere in the World"

Click on the link below to watch a video compilation of Elder L Tom Perry's life from LDS.ORG



{Closing Prayer}  My turn!

{Activity} Double Dutch

This was us a few years ago doing Double Dutch at a balloon festival.

Double Dutch Contest (hopefully we can bribe convince our neighbors with ice cream and brownies so they can help turn the ropes)  and Brownie Sundaes!  All you need are two long jump ropes and a sense of adventure.

{FHE Doesn't Have to be Perfect, It Just Has to BE!}




Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What's for Dinner Wednesday: Veritable Vegetable Delight Salad and Home Run Inn Pizza

{VERITABLE VEGETABLE DELIGHT SALAD AND HOME RUN INN PIZZA}




Some nights I..you  WE just don't really have the time or the energy to make a meal.  We try and avoid "fast food" and many restaurant meals are filled with excess salt, fat and calories.  What to do?  Well, how about a large vegetable salad and a frozen pizza hot from your oven?  I know. I know.  For shame right?   A FROZEN pizza?!  I am not really a fan of frozen pizza but I recently tried Home Run Inn pizza and I really like it!  They strive to use natural, pronounceable ingredients and they make their frozen pizzas the same way they make their restaurant pizzas and par bake them.  The crust is my favorite, crisp and the edges are flaky like pastry.  So, once a month or so I slack off take a break from cooking and we have Home Run Inn pizza and salad for dinner.  We get ours at Sprouts because our regular grocer, Raley's, doesn't carry Home run Inn pizzas.



If you are looking for a great Take and Bake skip the long Costco Lines and the off-flavored Papa Murphy's Pizza and head straight for Bob's Take and Bake and pick up  their classic Vegetarian pie, even our meat eater loves it!








{Veritable Vegetable Delight Salad}


{Ingredients}

1 Bag of mixed greens
1 Bag of tri-colored cabbage slaw
1 red bell pepper, cut in thin strips
1 crown of broccoli, chopped into bit sized pieces

Dressing:  Try this amazing Jalapeno Cilantro Ranch Dressing!!

{Directions}

Um...combine all in salad bowl, eat with your favorite salad dressing.

The BEST thing about this salad is that it will stay fresh and crunchy in the fridge for a whole week!

I don't know about you but I am so tired of making a salad then saving the left overs for the next day and lettuce is wilted and has lost all it's crunch.  For some reason the combo of peppers and cabbage keep everything crunchy (be sure and store with OUT dressing).  We eat salad twice a day every day so we are always looking for salads that we can make ahead.

It is a fantastic base for a Chef's Salad (boiled eggs, ham, chicken, avocado, cheese) or an Asian Chicken Salad (shredded chicken, toasted almond slices, won tons, sesame asian dressing) too.



{Quotes to Cook By}

“It's been a pretty tough day," he said. "No sense making it worse with a salad.” 
― Susan JubyHome to Woefield

“Pierre mixed the salad. The romaine and cress he doused with walnut oil chilled to an emulsion, turning it with wooden forks so that the bruises showed on the green in dark lines. He poured on the souring of wine vinegar and the juice of young grapes, seasoned with shallots, pepper and salt, a squeeze of anchovy, and a pinch of mustard. At the Faison d’Or the salad was in wedlock with the roast.” (p.24)” 
― Idwal JonesHigh Bonnet: A Novel of Epicurean Adventures

"My love is pizza shaped. Won’t you have a slice? It’s circular, so there’s enough to go around.
" 
— Dora J. Arod (Love quotes for the ages. And the ageless sages.)


Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday's Matter FHE: Together We Are Unbreakable

At our home, and millions of others around the globe, Monday nights are reserved for family.  A Family Home Evening (FHE)!

Last week marked the 100th Anniversary of the institution of Family Home Evening, introduced April 27th 1915 by President Joseph F. Smith!!

President Joseph F. Smith


You can read more about it in this article written by an Episcopal Priest who took the time to observe two different Family Home Evenings in preparation for her piece.

Can I just say that I am exhausted today?  I don't know about you but my brain seems like it has taken a vacation and I just don't have a good thought in my head about what to do for FHE tonight.

So, this is what I've come up with for you because I'm going for frozen Yogurt and a movie. ;)

I hope it is fun!

I would like to welcome everyone out to Family Home Evening!!

{Opening Song} I Will Follow Him (In keeping with the theme...Catholic/"Sister Act" Style)


There are lyrics in the original Youtube video, posted by the person who shared the video if you need them but why would you?  I'm sure you have this whole soundtrack memorized right?  Right! ;)

{Opening Prayer} It's always nice to have a volunteer...anyone?  Bueller?

{Lesson ~ Watch and Discuss}

PREP:



Gather together all of the canned food you have in your house (ideally the smaller cans like corn and beans.  That kind of stuff). The idea is to have enough cans to make it really difficult to carry them all in a bag because they are too heavy. Put it all in one place near where you will be doing FHE.

Cut strips of paper that will work as new labels for your cans.  Enough for all of your cans.

Tape (for attaching labels to cans)

A Pencil or pen.

Paper grocery bags or other bags - enough for each family member to have one.

LESSON:

One person can serve as the scribe.  

Ask everyone to shout out (one at a time and in your nicest voice) chores we see Mom doing during the week (or dad, or everyone in the family).  I choose mom because it is Mother's Day week and who doesn't want to take every opportunity to recognize Moms just a little bit more?

Ideally you can list things like making dinner, unloading the dishwasher, folding laundry, fixing boo-boos.  You get the idea, right?

List as many things as you have labels for.

Watch the following Mormon Message (Meanwhile someone attach the labels to the cans with tape).

{Unselfish Service}


~Notable Quotes from the video~

"How Many People Did You Help?" - Dallin H. Oaks

"You Can Never Love the Lord Until You Serve Him By Serving His People"
 - President Thomas S. Monson

LET'S DISCUSS IT:

Are there reasons we don't always help with the chores we listed?

Like??? (make your own verbal list)
  • I don't know how to do it
  • I don't want to do it
  • I was watching TV
  • I wanted to play computer games instead
  • I helped last time


Put all the cans you can in one bag - hopefully all of them will fit and it will be heavy.

Ask family members to carry the bag, without breaking it, from one side of the room to the other.

Hopefully they struggle or can't because it is too much to bear all at once.


When we help with one another's burdens we are doing the Lord's work.  We need to look for daily opportunities to step up and do more.  To help not only those in our family but those around us.

**Divide the cans into everyone's bags**

Now have everyone try and carry their bags.  Notice the difference?

There are times when we all struggle to get things done.  How nice it is to look up and see a friendly, smiling face offering to lend us a hand.  May we try harder this week to look for ways to share the load with those around us.

This can even be applied to helping those around us of other faiths as we work in the community together.

Alone we can be broken but TOGETHER we are UNBREAKABLE!  


{Closing Hymn} Have I Done Any Good?

{Activity}

KICK THE CAN!




{FHE Doesn't Have to be Perfect, It Just has to BE!}