Last night was Back-to-School Night.
Talmage was so excited to show his family his classroom.
His teacher informed me that he is a "dream" and that she often asks him to help other children in his class. She said he is always so willing to help and I mentioned that he has the same role at home...
he is such a great helper, and I'm grateful that he is eager to use his abilities to serve others.
He says his favorite part about being the oldest child is that he gets a lot of responsibility!
It's hard to have him gone all day,
and I've worried that perhaps his time spent away isn't entirely productive since he's not learning much academically beyond what he already knows.
He's a pretty bright kid.
But then I hear his teacher talk about how he helps others in his class
and I hear about the monthly field trips they'll go on to read to people at an Assisted Living Center,
and I see his excitement and enthusiasm for all that school has brought into his life,
and my heart is filled with gratitude and an assurance that he is where he needs to be right now.
Last week we had our "Back to School Feast."
We had a picnic in the backyard featuring the boys' favorite foods.
Seeing as how I had a 3-week old baby, I was incredibly grateful they have simple tastes:
twice-baked potatoes for Talmage, avocado pasta for Wesley, and hot dogs for Lincoln.
I threw in a modified caprese salad and some fruit for Sam's and my slightly more mature tastebuds,
and then we enjoyed a lovely evening roasting marshmallows and eating s'mores around the fire
while we gifted the boys with new books and presented them with the year's new theme.
Each week we repeat our family theme in Family Home Evening, we pray regularly that we will exemplify the theme, and we often have discussions about what we have done to follow the theme.
Last year's theme was "Lift up the hands that hang down." (D&C 81:5)
This year our theme is "I will fight the good fight, I will finish my course, I will keep the faith." (Taken from 2 Timothy 4:7)
It's going to be a great year.