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Family Night…Fun (almost a failure)

Last night we had a great family night.  We try to be purposeful about teaching our children the Bible and encouraging them to continue to develop a personal relationship with the Lord.  One of the ways we do this is by family nights.  The kids love them!!  It doesn’t matter if we think they are a little lame or not…for our kids, just hearing the phrase “Family night” elicits squeals of delight and great anticipation of what “fun thing” mom and dad have planned.  While some of them have been fabulous (planned by my husband, not me, mine are usually a little teacher-ish and lame) often times the biggest issue is just doing it!!  It is easy to say that we are tired, or busy or just don’t have any good ideas.  And honestly, lately that has been the case.  Last night however, despite all of those facts that were still true, we initiated a Family Night.

Dad talked about trials and tribulations and how they test our faith.  He read several scriptures that related to trials as well as our hope being in the Lord.  While he was doing this, I was busy preparing a plastic bag with milk, sugar and vanilla.  Then placing it in another sack full of ice and salt.  YOU GUESSED IT…ICE CREAM!!  Yummmy!  Then I put it in a paper bag, as to conceal the contents.  We then told all the kids to get their coats, hats and gloves on (although it is absolutely beautiful for November in Nebraska, it was still a bit chilly when it gets dark) and head outside.  We all gathered on the trampoline and placed the paper sacks in the middle of us and started to jump.  Tons of giggles, screams and joyous laughter followed.  All the while shaking up the paper sack.  It was a blast!!!

When we came inside we opened the plastic sacks and it revealed the *yummy* ice-cream.  We sat on the kitchen floor and added fun treats to our bags (m&m’s and chocolate=)).  We talked about the trials and troubles that we face and how that has the opportunity to turn us sour and destroy us, OR to make something new and better inside of us.  We can be sweet and wonderful if we allow the Lord to lead our hearts and make something delightful out of lives…and trials.  We had a great time.  *I put almost failure in the title because my bag of ice-cream had a hole in it and mixed really well with the rock salt and ice. Y.U.C.K.Y!!!!  Just for the record, salty ice cream is DISGUSTING!! (I faked it for a while, and tried to eat some, but mine ended up going into the trash!!!)  It didn’t happen to anyone else’s and I was thankful for that…might have had a different spin on the lesson and had to go with the story of being the “Salt of the World”.  He, he.  =)

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