The other major parenting idea that I picked up the this summer was to choose a value for each member of our family to pray over them for the whole year. Trent and I took a week to think and pray about what these would be for everyone and when we came together, we completely agreed on what we chose. We wrote these values on a plate that we have displayed in the center of our kitchen island so we do not forget. This has been a great way for Jack and Sam to participate in praying for the family too. For Trent we are praying for boldness, peace for me, Godly confidence for Jack, security for Sam, and joy for Ruthie. I cannot wait to see how God develops these traits in each of us this year.
Here are a few pictures from our day today. In hindsight, these probably would have turned out better if I had not chosen to take them at 1:00 p.m in Kemah. It was very hot and my kids were mostly not amused. I will plan better next time.