Back at the start of January, Grandpa Rhees issued a challenge to all who wanted to participate. The challenge was to decide on 2 meaningful goals (one that would improve our physical health and one that would improve our spiritual self) and work at those goals each day. We were given an end date to our goals, set for April with promises of a big surprise for all those who achieve their goals! It's been fun to work toward these changes in myself and watch my children better themselves in the process as well.
As an added encouragement along the way, Grandpa recently sent us a package, it was filled with unopened oysters ready to be opened. After watching a few "pearl parties" on youtube, I was excited for FHE to that night -- so we could have our own little pearl party.
I was a little nervous about opening them, as it looked kind of intense on youtube. Thankfully we have a master surgeon at our house! Dave knew exactly where to crack and pry each oyster. He started opening them so fast, I had to tell him to slow down so I could enjoy the anticipation of the experience. Glad we had towels around the table, they got a little messy.
While we opened the oysters we talked about the importance of inner beauty and how to make our weaknesses strengths (work at our goals and turn them into something beautiful). We read a famous oyster poem (Thanks Kristen, for the idea) to start out the discussion. It was a huge hit. We were able to have this unique visual to accompany the girls thoughts as they brought meaningful insights and comments to the discussion. It was a Family Home Evening success for sure! Thanks Dad.
Alexa attempted to open one of her own oysters. Dave made it look super easy, in reality it was actually pretty tricky.
Love the picture below, before I snapped the picture -- Paisley said "selfie" and posed. Ha ha. Not sure if she meant to say "photo bomb" or really did think she was taking a selfie. Either way, I was happy to have her in the picture. I also love Alexa in the back admiring her new beautiful pearl, as she sits on the table. Some things never change around here.
In the end we were each given two. The picture below are the variation of colors we ended up with. My favorite were the shades of purple/ silver that Dave and Zoey picked. I also thought the black ones were pretty cool.
Before bed that night, each of my girls thanked me for making FHE so special the evening! The said such sweet things like -- they were so happy to be a part of this family (meaning extended family too... because it was Grandpa who sent the pearls) because we always do fun stuff together (Alexa), how meaningful FHE was and how much they appreciate me putting so much time into making it fun and a great learning experience where they can become better and feel the Holy Ghost (again, thanks Dad) -- that was Zoey's, Kinley was sure to give me a big hug and kiss with a "thank you" before bed and telling me how much she enjoyed FHE tonight, and Paisley went to bed talking all about her special pearls and the neat experience we all had. Just before dozing off to sleep, she hugged me and said "I love you, mama!". The kids were so grateful. If only I had a "ready to go" FHE lesson mailed to me every Monday afternoon. :)