One of the things I love about new school years are Father's Blessings. Every year, the day before school starts, Brandon gives each of our children a blessing. I love these blessings. They are so personal and hopefully show our children how much their father loves them. They also testify that their Heavenly Father loves them and wants them to be happy. And every year, Brandon gives me a blessing as well.
Our children are growing up so quickly but in a good way. We are so pleased with the choices they are making, the friends they are choosing to hang around, and the good examples they are to those around them. Along with growing kids...we have realized that our family is entering a new stage in life. We no longer have babies with dirty diapers, bottles, and sleepless nights. We have independent, potty-trained kids who on a rare occasion get out of their bed and ask for a drink in the middle of the night. Will we miss the baby bearing years? Sort of but not all the hard work that parents put into it. And we are embracing this new stage...that's really all we can do because it's here whether we want it or not. And it's fun.
We have new challenges and are learning new and different things. We are stretched a little bit more but in a good way. And we are trying to stay close to our Savior. And to follow his example. By having a strong foundation in the gospel of Jesus Christ, we can be a happy family. We are grateful to be here in Dayton so that we can be reminded of what is really important. To get back to basics and realize once again what OUR priorities are. And our priorities are Family and God. They are at the very top of our list. Number 1 and 2. It's not about keeping up with the 'Jones' and getting our kids into every sport, dance class, or piano class. It's not about the latest fade that I have to have because so and so has it. And that is why I love Dayton. We are so far out of touch with the coolest gadgets and toys, clothing and home decor...that it's become unimportant. As it should be.