Friday, August 22, 2008

Our First Week! August 24-30

Strengthening Families:
Our Sacred Duty
Elder Robert D. Hales
Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

We are often instructed to strengthen our homes and families. That “No success can compensate for failure in the home.” I wanted to find some concrete things that we can DO to prepare our families and ourselves for this world.
Now the problem I see for myself is to not get discouraged after looking at this extensive list. I have discovered that a problem I have is I see weaknesses and areas I need to improve and get discouraged at how far I have to go and wallow in it. . . .consequently getting nothing done. Tyler is trying to gently help me see the flaws in this approach. I am going to pick several of these to focus on.
I want to fill my home with the hymns. Even though Ella is so young I believe she can still respond to the feelings of the spirit and music can be so powerful.
Also I have been struggling with holding regular family home evening since I got married. At college all I had to do was show up each Monday and we had great lessons and activities. As newly weds we would put off FHE with the excuse that each night was family night for us. Most nights of the week we would conclude the day snuggling while watching TV. We knew we should be having a lesson and beginning and ending with a prayer, etc but of course that rarely came to be. Now with Ella we tend to use the excuse that Ella is too little or Tyler is SO busy. I have decided there will ALWAYS be a reason not to hold family night……but as listed above it is so critical for our families.

Please help add to our lesson by posting a comment or two. I really hope we can use this blog to learn from each other.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Welcome to the Oesterle FHE Blog!

Nikki and I (Megan) were chit chatting away on gmail this morning and both expressing different concerns/frustrations the everyday Latter-day Saint experiences. One of which being how it is difficult to have a productive and worthwhile weekly Family Home Evening. We decided since most of our family is incredibly tech savvy and know how the blog thing works; we should have an Oesterle FHE blog.

The purpose of this blog: As an Oesterle extended family, participants will take turns to share a message in form of a post (spiritual thought, story, experience, etc) with all of us. We then can share our thoughts and replies or other insights to that post. We hope that we have at least one new post a week with a different message to enlighten all of us. We can each take turns so you would only post once in a while, or we can make it all open to do anything. We just want everyone to feel apart of it.

Let us know what you think! Many in our family have their own personal blogs, a list on the left are our linked blogs so you can just click and see how everyone is doing. I am excited for the opportunity we have to do something like this and I hope we all take advantage of it!

Welcome to the Oesterle Family Home Evening Blog!