Not sure when I got into "tablescaping" (but I totally dig it) probably because I hate cooking- so putting take out on "real" plates makes me feel awesome 😂 this first one is from Thanksgiving last year/ and is irrelevant to this post. But the others are our #backtoschoolfeast from the previous 2 years. When we sent the twins off to Kindergarten in 2015 we went royal with tiaras and wands while we helped them focus on Cinderella's counsel- "Have courage and be kind". They were each given a special crown necklace to help them remember this throughout the year- and I couldn't have been more shocked at how brave those shy twins became. They were placed with separate teachers and faced being alone for the first time ever... and their courage was tangible. The next year we focused on Elder Holland's talk on not giving up - "Heaven is cheering you on today, tomorrow, and always." And as I sent ALL three of them into the world that Fall, I felt so comforted that we ALL knew we were not alone. In retrospect- I see how fitting this was for our family- as academics don't come so easily for all... and not giving up became a mantra in our house. *these are the kinds of things that make me LOVE social media. I got this idea off @nieniedialogues blog back before IG was even around. I'm not genius enough to birth this tradition- but I'm so glad it has become one. We pray about the theme each year and then have it framed and hanging in our home. I love being reminded of these simple and encouraging words that cause CHANGE and growth.
Tomorrow is the eve before the girls go back to school (I know- so weird... it's still so hot and summery outside!!) but I'm excited to share with you our feast tomorrow. *it doesn't have to be fancy guys. Maybe you will cook a beautiful meal and put it on paper plates instead! Or maybe you'll sit on the floor and eat leftovers... who cares how you do it!! But carve a little time out for a min to focus and prepare for the year (if you don't already) ... I promise you won't regret it!!