Montserrat from Chocolate on My Cranium is co-hosting the 2nd annual celebration on The Family: A Proclamation to the World; Celebrate Family 2011 along with Jocelyn from We Talk of Christ We Rejoice In Christ, Shannon from The Redheaded Hostess (who inspired me to start a real-live Scripture Journal) and JRoberts from Welcome to the Madness.
I'm so excited, because I obviously need some help in keeping the family #1. I always get bogged down in the everyday stuff--like making sure everyone has clean underwear and showers on a regular basis--and not enough time on what will strengthen the family ties.
I was thinking about families, or more specifically, our family, while delivering stacks of laundry to the kids' rooms, and I saw the poster that Joe has hanging in the boys' room with his name broken down like this: Joyful, Outstanding, Smart, Enthusiastic, Polite, Heroic. And believe me, he is all of those things.
But that also got me wondering what words I would use to describe FAMILY. I'm going with Friendship, Attitude, Marriage, Integrity, Love, You. So many different words can be used, but I have specific reasons why I chose these for my "acronym".
First is Friendship. Our family has to be friends with each other, or have a mutual respect for one another, if our family is going to have the strength to hold off Satan and the ways of the world that come creeping into our lives. You know what they say about the weakest link, and I don't want our family to have friendship be that weak link.
Here are a few quotes to help me in my journey. I love me some quotes.
Could anyone be more deserving of respect than a literal child of God? Each of us—husband and wife, parent and child—has that marvelous heritage and potential. Sometimes we lose sight of each others true worth. But as we give respect, our love deepens, potential blossoms, and eternal relationships grow stronger.
Our family-centered perspective should make Latter-day Saints strive to be the best parents in the world. It should give us enormous respect for our children, who truly are our spiritual siblings, and it should cause us to devote whatever time is necessary to strengthen our families. Indeed, nothing is more critically connected to happiness—both our own and that of our children—than how well we love and support one another within the family.”
What Matters Most Is What Lasts Longest M. Russell Ballard
Happiness in Family Life
It all boils down to this. It's one of the most basic things we learn in the Gospel and is the second commandment.