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Well, it’s the beginning of a new month, and that means we get to start a new monthly theme. Last month, our theme was Organized, and we focused on physical organization and improving our routine. While the physical organization is going to continue, I am pleased to say that my blogging routine has become very organized, and my sons have established better routines for the day.

This month our theme is going to be Celebrate! My husband and I agreed that it’s time to help our eldest son learn what it really means to celebrate something, and February was a great month to focus on it because both of my boys were born in February. We’re going to focus on having fun and enjoying family time for both birthdays, as well as Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and to a much lesser degree our annual family Super Bowl Party. But most importantly, we want to focus on talking about why we are celebrating.

Celebrating someone’s life is wonderful; the excitement of birth, the joy of a birthday, graduation, a wedding, even the bittersweet moments of a funeral. Also, holidays are really a time to recognize and either celebrate or remember something important. Some holidays are somber affairs, while others are simply joyful, and it’s important to take time to recognize why they exist.

I’m really excited about this month, because this year my oldest son is ready to really understand what it means to celebrate his birthday, as well as his brother’s first birthday. I’m excited to have a chance to help him understand how important they both are to our whole family. I’m also really excited about the opportunities to teach him about why we recognize holidays, and how to genuinely enjoy and celebrate them.

Every month, my husband and I agreed to have a monthly memory verse for our family to work on together. We have it posted over the dinner table, and we practice it every evening, complete with hand motions. (And I’m so proud of my son, who has been reciting the memory verse for January all by himself for the last few days. And the baby has been doing all the hand motions, even if he hasn’t been reciting it verbally) We have chosen Psalm 139:13b-14a:

“You knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. (1)

What are some things that you’re planning on doing this month?

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