New Year New FHE – Goal Setting FHE for 2016

This Family Home Evening Idea was largely inspired from the talk Our Perfect Example by Henry B Eyring. It’s a beautiful talk and I highly recommend reading it. I love that it takes a commandment that I always found daunting (to be perfect) and makes it feel encouraging. I’m sure that’s what our loving Heavenly Father wants for us, even as He asks so much.

Song: I’m trying to be like Jesus

Scripture: Moroni 7:48

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ; that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.

Treat: Fortune Cookies (bringing you “fortune” in the new year)

Thought: We believe that through living the gospel of Jesus Christ we can become like the Savior, who is perfect. Considering the attributes of Jesus Christ should quash the pride of the self-satisfied person who thinks he or she has no need to improve. And even the most humble person can take hope in the invitation to become like the Savior. – President Henry B Eyring

Even the most humble person can take hope in the invitation to become like the Savior

Feel free to print this out for noncommercial use. And yes, I did use my daughter’s dollar store markers to make this… why do you ask? :)

Lesson:

Ask someone to read Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect even as your father which is in heaven is perfect.

Ask What does it mean to be perfect? Do you know anyone who is perfect? Is it possible for me to be perfect?

Field responses then read the following definitions of perfect.

1. Without flaw or defect

2. Complete

3. As good as it is possible to be

After reading these definitions ask if it is possible to be perfect according to any of the definitions. Explain that while none of us is completely perfect we can all be perfect in certain areas. I like the scriptures example. If I read my scriptures every single night then I am complete, as good as it is possible to be, and without flaw or defect in my scripture study.  Ask for more examples of ways we can be perfect in this life. If you get some good responses please tell me about it in the comments! Further explain that our Heavenly Father didn’t command us to be perfect to make us feel overwhelmed or because he expects us to never make mistakes. He knew we would make mistakes, that’s why He sent Jesus Christ to atone for our sins. He commanded us to be perfect so we would have a fixed goal. He wants us to be determined and confident in our abilities to do good. He wants us to always strive for perfection.

Elder Eyring said, “None of us is perfect yet. But we can have frequent assurance that we are following along the way. He leads us, and He beckons for us to follow Him.”

Activity:

2016 Goal Worksheet

On a piece of paper, if you want to you can print out the one I’ve provided here, write down some goals. These can be family goals, goals between spouses, or individual goals. You can direct your children as much or as little as you like. You could encourage them to make goals relating to different categories of their lives such as spiritual, academic, and health, or you could simply let them be. Because my children can’t write yet I’ll probably write for them and then encourage them to draw pictures of their goals. One thing I will definitely be encouraging at my house is goals that are doable, along with a reminder that if we mess up our goal there is always repentance ready to get us back on track.

Optional: At the end play a board game together, during the game discuss ways to accomplish your goals. If you aren’t a board game kind of family you could always just discuss this over a treat.

Happy New Years Everyone!

 

Message in a Magnet

DIY Rose Magnet

So I made these cute little magnets for mothers day. I wrote messages on the petals of the flowers and my mothers loved it! I know I missed the boat on posting this in time for mother’s day, but these are still gorgeous little magnets that can make great gifts or party favors any time of the year.

So, the bulk of the tutorial comes from another tutorial. Why reinvent the wheel when there are already so many amazing paper roses out there? I spent a long time looking, and I think this is the best one. I’ll include a few tips to make the rose making easier.

Materials: pretty paper, a glue gun and glue stick, a gel pen, a strip of magnet tape

Total Cost: Less than a dollar each – easy

1. fold your paper to make cutting the leaves faster and easier.

DIY Rose magnet

2. Write your messages on the petals. You can do one word at a time or several. I learned that the most visible messages come just before the tip of the paper.

DIY magnet rose

3. Use something long and skinny to shape your petals. I used a barbecue skewer, but a chopstick, knitting needle, or crochet hook would work equally well.

DIY Rose magnet

4. Fold excess paper into a thick rectangle and hot glue it to the back of your rose. Take a small strip of magnet tape and put it directly on the rectangle. Give it a few hours before using so the magnet adhesive has time to really stick to the paper – or just hot glue the magnet on, that works too ;)

DIY Rose magnet

And that’s it! Beautiful magnet roses with lovely messages. Place it at mom’s eye level for a nice surprise.

DIY Rose magnet

I love putting pretty things on the fridge!

DIY Rose Magnet

Happy Crafting!

Sling Giveaway!

 

I promised I would do a giveaway this week, and here it is! Seven Every Day Slings has graciously agreed to give away one of their cute slings (shipping included) to a lucky reader.

So here’s the skinny on their slings. I’ve had one since before Little Lion’s birth and I love it. This is great for new moms, expectant moms, and baby shower gifts (as long as you have the right size)

It’s cute, Little Lion loves being close to me, and it helps me get things done. I wouldn’t suggest using it for a hike or anything that takes longer than an hour and a half because it gets uncomfortable after a long time, but for every day purposes this sling is awesome.

Alright let’s get to the rules: in order to enter just like Amber May Be… on facebook and leave a comment below stating the style of the sling you want. For an optional additional entry share the giveaway on facebook  or pinterest and let me know that you did in your comment.

P.S. – to enter a comment just click where it says the comment number right above this post and it will take you to where you can.

P.S.S. – this giveaway ends two weeks from today on May 12th!

Good luck!

 

Spring with a baby

I’ve always loved this season, but discovering it with a baby is something else.

baby with yellow flowers

Everything is new and exciting. Everything is beautiful. Everything is edible, ha ha, it’s just so fun!

Baby hand holding a yellow flower in the spring

We gave Little Lion these pretty yellow flowers and she was so entranced with them. I could swear she said pretty as she gently pulled at the petals. *Sigh* These are the moments.

Baby Holding Beautiful Yellow Flowers

It makes me want to bottle her up, but then I remember her growth problems and I’m so grateful she’s progressing. She learned to walk this week, and I’m just so proud of her. Yep that’s my girl, the one who keeps pointing at the window because she wants to be outside.

I hope everyone is enjoying spring. We sure are.

God bless

– Amber Mae