Have you guys ever read my post 20 Minutes, Every Monday, to a Better Life?
Well, you should. It explains my whole philosophy on FHE in a nutshell.
Speaking of nuts...This is what we ate for dinner last night: Thai Peanut Noodle Salad.
It pretty much ruled. Can't have FHE on an empty stomach, now can we!
Now there is one thing that I didn't get a chance to explain in the aforementioned post.
And that is one core principle that I try to stick to: Don't cheat yourself of the valuable experience of planning your own lessons for your kids. I love that there are ideas galore online to help inspire us, however, when it comes right down to it, I have learned and grown exponentially in the last few years because of the process of preparing myself to teach my children. The actual act of reading, praying, seeking the spirit, and then testifying, answering their questions, and completing the task is what has helped me to grow.
Don't get me wrong, I get plenty of ideas from others, but I take a craft or lesson suggestions and I say, "How does this apply to my family? What will make this come alive for my kids? How can I use a simple recipe or craft to teach a lesson that WE need to learn?"
I think that this is most certainly the example that the Savior set for us as he took everyday scenarios and applied them to the people he was teaching.
Now last night was a pretty special night. I had the rare opportunity to see what my life would be like had I had children at the rate I had wanted to. We had five kids, ages 7, 6, 5, 4, and 3 in our house for FHE last night.
It was loud. It was rambunctious. It lasted more than 20 minutes.
It was a bit of a challenge for me to plan the lesson, because I had never even met the kids before, but let me tell you these were some of the sweetest boys I have ever had the privilege to interact with. (Oh yeah, and I got a taste of what it'd be like if boys ruled the roost around here!)
Since I wasn't sure what type of gospel knowledge the kids had to start with, we reviewed what prophets have taught us using images from an FHE manual that someone had passed on to me. Things like "respect your parents, Learn to work at home and do a good job, plant a garden, smile and be kind." These pictures were hidden around the room and the kids had to find them and read and discuss them all together.
One of the admonitions from a prophet was to "be a friend to the friendless" and to "choose good friends." Tonight, we had a chance to do just that. And I was reminded that sometimes FHE isn't so much about the lesson, and sometimes FHE isn't just about your family...but about serving others by sharing your blessings of family with them.
Remember to check out Catania's FHE post today!