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Then: Mrs. Schiestel’s boys on their first day at Immanuel.

Then: Mrs. Schiestel’s boys on their first day at Immanuel.

As I stood at the front door of school on the first day, I saw so many back to school traditions: wearing new outfits and backpacks; standing at the Immanuel sign for the ‘back to school’ picture; and walking kids to the classroom. When my children were younger, each year, we took a back-to-school photo on our front step. Our final back-to-school photo was taken at the front step of their new ‘home’ when we moved them into college. Looking at those pictures calls me back in time to when they were little. I remember the things we did and the time we spent together.

Back to school photos were not our only family tradition – we have birthday traditions, holiday traditions, and worship traditions. Our morning, mealtime, homework, and bedtime routines also became a bit of a tradition. Whether we were sharing our “how was your day” stories around the dinner table or reading stories aloud, routines provided an opportunity for us to spend time together and re-connect. Traditions and routines, through their regularity, provide comfort; they become something to look forward to and a source of dependability in an undependable world.  How blessed are we that we also have a Heavenly Father as our ultimate source of comfort and dependability!

Today: Students on the first day of school.

Today: Students on the first day of school.

What are your family traditions and routines? Have you shared your childhood traditions with your kids? Are there any routines or traditions that you want to start? If worshipping together is not one of your family routines, I invite you to join us on Saturday night or Sunday morning to start a new family tradition of thanking God for our families and his many blessings. He has blessed us with our families and traditions are one way to celebrate each other.

God’s Blessings,
Delaine Schiestel