Sure and Steadfast Family Theme

It had to be done.

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You don’t get nautical themed photos taken with your family and not find a way to use them somehow.

This is our Christmas Card my family sent out last year.  I loved it’s message and believe deeply in it.

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Occasionally growing up, our Mom would introduce family focuses for us.  These would be themed moments lasting anywhere from a week to a year.

And it blessed our family life.

This year, I decided we’d have a family theme.

Sure and Steadfast.

Occasionally when I do things, it streams into other parts of my life–and this is one such thing.  Some of my friends might go as far to say it is “over-exposure” or “excessive-focus.”  I call it resourcing! 🙂

Regardless, it doesn’t matter because I am all about symbols creating a special emphasis in our lives.  They remind us of what we’re trying to teach, learn or remember.

I want my kids to know who they are.  I want them to be sure of what we believe.  I want them to stand steady in a troubled world.  I want them to anchor their lives with everything good.

We had a little dinner at the beginning of  the year.  We got out our best china–a sure sign for the kids that something special was happening.

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We ate.  We had a few distractions like when No. 2 {Betsy}  left the table because she had a playdate on Webkinz with her neighbor friend. {seriously?}  Or when No. 3 {Cannon} and No. 4 {Millie} were teasing each other endlessly at the table which resulted in No. 4 {Millie} ending up in tears—all at the culminating moment when No. 5 {Clayton} bumped his forehead on the table because he didn’t like the food we were feeding him.

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But we managed to reign everyone in…and we talked.  We discussed what it meant to be Sure and Steadfast.  How we, as a family, and how they individually could remember to do these things. We gave them their own image of our family, and No. 1 {Ruby} pictured holding an anchor at their place settings.

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We talked about the importance of planning with care and using each day to be sure and steadfast in all that they do.

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We made some resolutions and put them in this box.

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And made little braided key chains to hold our spots where we’re reading our scriptures.

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Then we gave them a gift to help remember the evening.  Anchor necklaces from The Lovely Letter for the girls and these neat metal anchors for the boys’ bedroom.

Sure and Steadfast Nautical Family Theme {}Why go to all this trouble for my kids 12 and under?  Will they really remember what these things mean?  Will it make a difference?

I don’t know.

But I hope moments like this will create a sense of direction for this coming year and throughout their lives.


Fry Bread Tacos

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I love making this family favorite recipe during these cold winter months.  It is simple and the little individual fry bread servings are just the perfect size.  I often make scones with the leftover fry bread and let the kids choose their own toppings of butter, honey, jam & cinnamon and sugar.

Fry Bread Tacos

  • frozen dinner rolls
  • oil for frying
  • 1 can of chili
  • cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 roma tomatoes, chopped
  • iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • favorite chili sauce
  • sour cream
  1. Thaw frozen dinner rolls just until room temperature.
  2. Pour oil in fry pan about 1 inch deep and heat to medium.
  3. Heat chili in sauce pan.
  4. Pat out dinner rolls until they are about 1/8 inch thick.
  5. Gently place dough in fry pan and fry on both sides until golden brown.
  6. Drain fry bread on a plate covered with a paper towel.
  7. To serve, top fry bread with chili, cheese, lettuce, tomato and a dollop of sour cream and your favorite chili sauce.
  8. Enjoy!

The New Year Box

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It’s a New Years tradition and something we’ve tried to do for more than a dozen years.  We don’t always do it exactly on New Year’s Day–and sometimes it’s the middle of January before we get to it.  But we try and take the chance to open it up and resolve to move forward with faith in our future–as a couple–and now, as a family.  We make goals.  We make changes.  We start again.

Introducing, “The New Year Box”.

In 1999, there was so much excitement as we were facing the turning of a century and the start of a new millennium.  I’d only been married for a year or so, and I was barely pregnant with my first child.  We were just starting out and we had ideas and goals, hopes and dreams.  And though I’m a lot different than that girl 12 years ago, I’m so grateful I had enough sense to make something special of this significant time in history.

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I found a box at the mall at a store called Bombay.

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Then I had the top faceplate engraved with a message for us.

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Then filled it with things that I knew would be important for us to see each time we opened it.  Things that helped us to focus on each other, our family, and our faith.  I put in some quotes–REALLY good ones.  Like this one.  {It always speaks to me}

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We read the materials.  We add a new family picture.  We write down our ideas, hopes, goals, and dreams–just like that first year we did it, a dozen or so years ago.

As the Christmas season comes to a close each year, I look forward with anticipation for the time that my husband, family, and I can open “The New Year Box” and look forward to opportunities to begin again.

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What is a Vintage Mother?

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A Vintage Mother is one who is focused on gathering every good thing to build her best nest.  She cultivates a home where the highest virtues can be instilled in the hearts of her children.  She works to strengthen family life.  She lives with purpose.  She seeks joy.  She is not perfect, but purposely choosing each day to love, nurture and teach.

A Vintage Mother understands her role has everlasting influence.  She knows her greatest success can be found by putting greater emphasis on vintage ideals.  She protects her home.  She gathers strength from beyond to help lead her family with power and humility.  She knows who she is and works to bless the lives of others through her influence.

A Vintage Mother is smart.  She knows she can’t do everything, but that through God all things are possible.  She tries.  And tries harder.  She makes changes when needed.  She uses her gifts and talents.  She organizes her time, and removes unneeded distractions so there’s time to do the things that are of most importance.

And a Vintage Mother creates.  She creates opportunities for learning and growth, moments of joy and memory-making, and a home where a spirit of happiness and peace can be felt so her children can…


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