Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Family Motto/Mission Statement

Recently I was checking out someone else's blog (I am a bit of a blogaholic at the moment, always looking for fresh ideas to help with these seven cherubs) and they shared their family motto and what it means to their family.

Matt and I created a family motto when we were first married and I still LOVE it!
It is quite long because we had so many things that were important to us and it is also like a mission statement to motivate us when things get tough.

Our union will be of great love.
We provide for each other's continued development.
We organise and direct our lives to give us joy and happiness.
We exercise wisdom in what we choose to eat, read, see and do.
We celebrate and participate in uplifting family traditions.
We make our house, a place to we want to come home to.
We wisely use time, talents and resources to bless others
We serve worthy purposes in society
We hope to leave a legacy of the strength and importance of families.

There are so many wonderful treasures packed into those words and I think I will have to do a few more posts to share what they mean to us and some of the things we have to do live up to this motto.

I really need to get myself organised and put it up on our wall, framed and looking lovely. It really is worth the effort.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Compliment Day

Recently I was inspired by a friend to start a new tradition in our home. We call it 'Compliment Day'. As we have 7 children and there are 7 days in the week, we assigned each child to a day of the week. For example: Sam has Monday, Liberty has Tuesday and Liahona has Wednesday.

Each child has their own special day to receive love. On their 'compliment day' everyone else in the family gives them compliments all day! So on Monday Sam has 8 other people giving him praise and complimenting him on every thing that he does. They are not over the top gushing compliments, although they are fun to do, but simple nice comments to help each person feel special.

The kids love it and I love it! I have found that it has made a big difference in our home. It is wonderful to hear: 'you look wonderful today...', 'I like the way you are eating your breakfast...', 'thankyou so much....you are such a good helper' and '....you have nice eyes', being mentioned around our home.

As all the kids take up the days of the week and Matt and I need worked out a plan so that we could get compliments too. We decided that Mum and Dad get compliments every day of the week and it gives the kids a chance to remember to praise us as well.

Having a compliment day in our home has really turned our thoughts and comments to each other around and it has bought a lovely feeling into our home. I love that it is a simple way to share love as a family and to help the tone kind and loving.

Friday, March 12, 2010

World's Greatest Shave

You know as a parent when you have one of those moments when you are so proud of your kids that you feel you heart is going to burst. Well, I had one of those moments today.

During the week Chelsea came home and decided that she wanted to participate in the World's Greatest Shave. I was really supportive of this - it is a great cause and I loved the idea of her thinking about others. But Chelsea did not want to colour her hair - she wanted to shave her head! I was a little shocked and thought that she would change her mind or there was some other reason behind it.

After some serious questioning from me, Chelsea still stayed determined to do it. I was amazed at her dedication and courage. Her willingness to sacrifice those golden locks for a greater cause and to endure unkind comments to raise money has astounded me!

So off I went to the school today to capture this moment on camera.

One last look at those golden ringlets before they disappear for a while.

Most of the school had gathered in the undercover area to witness the hair colouring and hair shaving. There was a long line of children waiting to get their hair coloured and Chelsea and one other boy waiting for the shave.

When Chelsea stood up to take her seat, the students at the school went crazy. 

They screamed, they yelled, they clapped, they whistled, Chelsea smiled and me, well I cried.

Chelsea's teacher running her fingers through her hair asking me one last time 'Are you sure?'. She had so much trouble bringing herself to cut it.

Very excited for the cutting to begin.

When Chelsea's teacher picked up the shaver and started to shave her head the whole undercover area erupted with noise and cheering. Go Chelsea!

Let the shaving begin!!!

Getting shorter and shorter...can you tell Chelsea is loving this!

About as straight as Chelsea's hair is ever going to get. No curls!!!!

The end result...short hair...a big smile...happy Chelsea and a proud, proud mum who has learnt so much about courage, determination and helping others from her daughter.

You are gorgeous Chels!