This is the first time that any of our children stayed up to welcome in the new year. Our four oldest had a great time playing games, making snacks, singing, and being read to as we awaited mid-night. We lost daddy and Katrina around 11:00 p.m., but the latter woke up during the count-down and was able to sip a bit of sparkling grape juice before going back to her comfy spot on the living room floor! Daddy woke up around 12:02 a.m. when the other children wish him a "happy new year!"
Tonight, before everyone went to bed (a bit earlier than normal), we read Genesis 1-3 and Matthew 1 as we are going to attempt to read the Bible through as a family for the first time. I have realized that our children have gotten so far away from Spiritual things - my fault completely. There was a time when we never watched videos and our children were better for it. So what if people looked at them funny because they had no clue who Mickey Mouse, Buz Lightyear, Big Bird, and Bugs Bunny were? The characters they knew were real heroes who lived long ago! We spent more time reading the Bible, learning the Bible stories, memorizing Scripture, and singing the old hymns. Some of those traditions have held on, but none of them any where near as before. Though they still don't know who most of those characters are (Mickey Mouse they sort of know), "harmless" dvd-watching has replaced much of that meaningful family time.
For the month of January, we will not be watching videos or dvds. (Well, other than the BJU home school dvds, much to my son's chagrin!) It is our goal to draw closer to the Lord this year - as a family. It is our desire to regain the ground that we've lost lately. It is our prayer that our family will build a stronger relationship with God and with each other as we have enjoyable and, yes, fun fellowship around His word and in singing His praises together.
I challenge you all to join us in this endeavor. Most of us love family traditions. I believe most of my readers are very family-oriented. What better way to share family time than around the word of God?
In the next few posts, I will attempt to give some ideas of how to spend time cultivating tradition, relationships, fun, and spiritual growth in our families. In the meantime, I wish for you all a truly happy new year!
"...happy is that people, whose God is the Lord." -Psalm 144:15