We have started a new dinner habbit. Well, a couple. I don't remember (can you say cotton ball brain) if I mentioned that we have been eating most dinners by oil lamp light. It has been lovely. The girls love turning out the lights in preperation for dinner.
Okay, back to what I wanted to talk about. Our new habbit. While we are waiting for dinner to finish and before dishing everyone up, Daddy reads a story.
They are full of short stories, all from true historial events. Each store has a Bible verse and a lesson. Faith in God, Obeying, how to handle fights, etc.
Each story takes a couple minuets to read. Then we start talking. Almost the whole dinner conversation is based on the story and lesson found in the story.
Tonights was on obaying. We read about a soldier who was up for night guard duty. The 4 nights leading up to his time to serve, all 4 men where killed by attaching Indians. He was given instruction to shoot anything that moved, even a bird. All though the night he stood guard, alert and ready. At dawn a wild pig came out of the woods and got closer and closer. He remembered his command, and even though he though the pig was a waist of a bullet, he shot it. It turned out to be an Indian, because he obayed, his life was saved.
We then talked about what would have happened if the young man decided HE knew best. He would have died. Then we talked about how important obeying is now. Even the things like being told to pick up toys, sit quietly, etc are all practice for if something big happens. Like a fire. We went over and over our family plan if there is a fire ( go to the chicken coop...its the farthest away from the house). We talked about how we can get another Pokadots Dog, we can get another Peter Rabbit, but we can never get a Clara, Flora or Andrew. We talked about calling 911, and the girls practiced dialing it (phone was not in a service area). We talked about that obeying now and quickly could save lives!
We love these books so far, they are a great addition to the family library!