BFS #108 – Quality is Job #1 (Ford)

by Darla on November 4, 2008

in Life

Memory Verse:

I Timothy 4:12-13 – Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Assignment: Tell how you and your family spend QUALITY time together.

This has been a couple years but I want to share this experience because it tells me that quality doesn’t always mean “fun”.

In our Pittsburgh house we had a coal room that was under the front porch – typical of most houses in Pittsburgh.  It was perfect for our food storage.  Our prophet encourages us to maintain a one year supply of food.  Want to know more.  LDS Family Home Storage Provident Living website.

One problem with food storage is that you need to rotate your supply for obvious reasons.  After much research and deciding we couldn’t afford to purchase a system of slanted shelves, Brian felt that we could build them.  He was right.

It was great and the shelves worked exactly as planned.  CATCH:  we didn’t use melamine but particle board so the shelves began to mold and the mold spread.  (Green kind)  The man at Home Depot said that particle board harbors moisture.  So we needed to remove the shelves and replace them.  This wasn’t too bad because the structure could remain we just needed to remove the shelves which were nailed at the corners of a 4’x8′ sheet that slid into the framework.   The WORK part of it was that all the food had to come off.  There was quite a bit.

SO we needed everyone to help.  We figured to make it a game or the kids would be out the door in 2 seconds, me included.  We played grocery store.  Everyone brought bags and boxes (whatever they could carry).  Each person filled up and moved the items neatly into another room.  My eyes are filling with tears at the memory of this experience.  They had so much fun that after an hour they were still working hard and wanted to play some more when we were finished.  I told them we would play again after the shelves were finished.  The younger children worked in teams alternating who carried/filled.

The three year old alternated between playing the storekeeper and a shopper.

We’ve done this with our garden work, weekly house cleaning or major projects.  We work together and play together.

Our inspiration was this quote:

Families who work together in a home garden build family unity because they share a common purpose. President Kimball said: “We hope you are making this [gardening project] a family affair, with everyone, even the little ones, assigned to something. There is so much to learn and harvest from your garden, far more than just a crop itself” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1978, 120; or Ensign, May 1978, 79).

It has been true for our family.  Nothing has built unity for our family like working together whether it be the garden or some other task that requires all our efforts to get it finished.

Another thing that has been wonderful for us is Family Home Evening.  Each week we set one night aside to spend together.  It includes a time to coordinate our weekly schedules, make special assignments, a lesson, song, prayer, a fun activity such as swimming, going to the park, playing games, bicycle riding or going for a walk and of course refreshments.

Lest you think we aren’t much fun, we have a great time together on vacation.  We went to Pigeon Forge a couple years ago.  I struggle with panic attacks at times – mostly with  heights or vehicles on twisty windy roads with drop offs on at least one side.  The kids were able to convince me that we needed to go “Go Cart” racing up a three story spiral track.  The first time I went with my husband while he drove.  I made it so then we all went and had a great time.

We went to “Dixie Stampede” where my son was a champion chicken chaser.  He LOVED it.  He was so thrilled he wanted to buy chickens just so he can chase them.  LOL  He reveres the medal he won that dad.  Alas my husband didn’t win in the toilet seat horseshoe contest.  He said they weren’t very balanced.  Guess we need to practice that one.

I’m looking forward to our trip to Thailand at the end of the month.  I know that there will be QUALITY TIME there as we learn the culture of this new country.

We’ll share photos on our return!

Photo Op: Show pictures of you and your family spending time together or where you spend time together that means so much to you.

Examples: vacation time and places, park, church picnics, family reunions.

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