Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I am thankful {love is spoken here}

And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.
2 Nephi- 25:26

Last night we attempted Family Home Evening. We've done it before, but lack the consistency that we desire. The last time we were completely consistent was when Hannah was between 4-6 months and we did it pretty well. We've tried it here and there but it is HARD.

Last night we focused on teaching Hannah to fold her arms. We'll probably be working on that for the next several weeks. Adam and I are going to focus on the Preach my Gospel manual. Hannah ran around us in circles as we tried to sing a song and have a prayer. I think the only thing she got out of it was when we showed her a picture of Jesus.

Something I love about Hannah is that she knows Jesus. She can recognize him in any picture, any story or book. She recognizes his picture at church and at home. She'll point to him and get a big smile and say "Jessssses." I've decided that if I can teach her anything in this life it is to recognize the image of Christ so that she will develop a strong connection and reaction when she see's a picture of Him. Almost without our prompting, Hannah has always had a strong reaction when she sees a picture of the Savior. I pray that Adam and I will be able to help cultivate that relationship.

I was talking to my mom today and she said "there is nowhere else in the world where 18 month old children receive the lessons and instruction on who they are and where they came from that they get in nursery." It made me so grateful to be a member of a church that teaches basic principles to the youngest of the bunch. I babysit little Sammy and Pepper every week and when he saw a picture of Jesus on our fridge he said "Hey that's Jesus, I'm learning about that guy." How wonderful for Sammy, and for Pepper, and for Hannah to be learning of Christ. I'm grateful for good friends who are wonderful moms, teaching me to be a better mom and helping me to teach my child who she is, and where she came from, and all the potential she has in life.


Margie said...

This is sweet! And so true! I am grateful you are teaching Hannah about Jesus too.

Georgia said...

I have always been amazed that tiny children recognize Jesus. I don't know why I should be surprised by that. They were with Him so recently, of course they would know Him and I believe if they had words, they could teach us so much about the nature of Christ.

Keep up the great work with FHE! This is such precious time and oh, so very short!

Bea said...

Way to go Melissa.
Many years ago your Mother went on a semester abroad to Israel. I commented to her in a letter about being in the land where Jesus walked, she said it was more important to walk as Jesus walked. Very true. So to teach Hannah, the best way is by example. :o)
Keep up the good work.
You are doing well. :o)

Archie said...
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Archie said...

Fabulous post Melissa. Remember the command from D&C 93:40

"...I have commanded you to bring up your children in light and truth..."

It's a "lead me, guide me, walk beside me" sort of thing.

You have a wonderful family.