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3.08.2010

Another week has passed with a whopping 15 of you downloading the pdf of the lesson on Esther and NO COMMENTS! People?!! Give a girl some love!

However, it was all made up for by this post on the blog of this amazing family...


It reads...

For many MANY years our little family has had our Family Home Evening each week with my parents and other extended family members. Our usual lesson has almost always been a story plucked from the pages of the Church magazines, most often from the Ensign. When it was just us, it was fine, but then we started bringing kids into the mix, and the stories, while nice and uplifting, were WAY over our kids' heads. Family Home Evening to them was a night they dreaded. It was a constant FIGHT for us to get them to sit still and listen the the adults babble on about things that they just didn't understand.

A few weeks ago, I decided to change things up. A friend had posted a website that boasted A Year of FHE. I went to the website thinking that it wouldn't hurt to just look for ideas. I fell in love with the lessons. They were right on the kids' levels and a good review for the adults as well. We started with a lesson about showing love through our words. My sweet Cameron, who most of you know has developmental delays, was VERY involved. In fact, he followed along well and answered my questions. It was a HUGE success.

The discussion after the lesson usually drones on and on, but that week it was very good, and it was decided that giving the lesson at the kids' level was what is really needed. Since then, I've been the unofficial designated lesson giver. The lessons have varied, but we've all learned lessons.

The important thing about it all?? My kids are paying attention better (instead of running a marathon around grandma's living room) and they're starting to *get it.*
I'm SO grateful for this website, and I can say that my boys are happy too.

Thank you for taking the time to share this experience. I am so glad this site is making a difference in your Monday nights.

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In return for providing you with free FHE plans, I request that you add comments on your Year of FHE experiences to encourage others. Feedback on lesson plans, photos of your family and stories from your FHE are so inspiring! See CONTACT button for email instructions.

4 Way Righteous Comments:

Deanna said...

YAY Dawnyel!!!!! :) So glad it's working for you guys, too!

Emilie - our boys LOVED the crown activity. our 4 yr old spent nearly an HOUR! gluing on construction paper shapes while the rest of us got ready for bed. What a goof! They were so happy to wear their crowns!!! I only hope I can get batteries for my camera SOON to take pictures. :)

Thanks, Again!

Elena said...

I haven't downloaded any of your FHE plans yet, but I'm going to comment anyway. (A girl always loves comments!) Anyway, thanks for always having a plan up and ready. I'm so glad to know that I can come here and get a great lesson when I need one.

Camille said...

I love your ideas! I added your button to my blog and have been sharing with all my friends. I just have a little baby, but I look over your plans excited for when he's a little older and ready to learn. Keep up the good work!

Alicia said...

I am one of those sly downloaders although I think I am a few lessons behind. My goal for the year is to do two family home evenings a week. I usually remember on Monday around dinner time. Which is really awesome. The planning ahead could be significantly better on my part. It is so wonderful to just come to your blog and find a complete lesson plan ready to go. It has saved me several times, and it is only March. My kids are slowly getting into the groove with it as well. We especially are enjoying the activities. Thank you for all of your hard work.

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