Back To School, Ring The Bell...

Be brave. Simple words I hope my children remember throughout this year and through their lives. It's not always easy to try something new. To reach out to a stranger, to say no to things that aren't right.

One morning a couple weeks ago Easton decided he was going to try out for the school football team. He's never played or even shown interest in the game before and I was instantly impressed with his bravery. Can you imagine walking onto a field with 65 other 7th graders, loaded up with pads you've never worn and learning a game many of them have played for years? Serious bravery. It was that moment I decided our family motto for this school year would be "Be Brave."

Last Sunday we kicked things off with our annual Back To School Feast. I kept the decor up from the baby shower, made a simple banner and prepared dinner for the ones I love most. Ryan talked to the children about ways to show bravery. Bravery is not all show, you know. Sometimes the most brave things we do are simple, silent acts.

I made little "bravery medals" for Easton (7th grade), Abby (5th grade), Owen (2nd Grade) and Audrey + Ollie who will both be attending pre-school. The center of the medals are painted with chalkboard paint so they can be used for years to come.

These kinds of nights are my favorite.

In other news, we're headed to the doctor this morning for The Ultrasound. You know, the one where we learn the gender of the baby. We're so excited we can hardly stand it! Any last minute guesses?


  1. Beautiful. I love this tradition a la Nie Nie. Each year I tell myself I am going to do it, but then something gets in the way...a baby, a move, or being out-of-town the weekend before school starts.

    Next year will be the year. This is so inspiring!

    Good luck at the ultrasound!

  2. I love how you decided upon your family motto. So great. Good luck this school year!

    I was going to ask if you'd do a tutorial on the "medals" but I see you have already over on hello bee.

  3. I love the light in that last photo. It makes your porch seem so cozy. :)

  4. I absolutely adore this tradition- I hope I remember to "steal" this one someday :) And as a former teacher, I wish all parents were so encouraging!

    PS: I'm sticking with my "girl" prediction ;)

  5. You are the cutest mom!!

    I'm a 5th grade teacher and sure with I could get you as my room mom!! Haha! Maybe you should move to Utah...

  6. I am sticking with my girl prediction!!! Can't wait to find out. Finding out a baby's gender has to be one of the most exciting things in life EVER!!!!!

    (And you do have such great taste in girls' names ~ ha!)

  7. this is just the sweetest tradition. how cool.

  8. love the be brave banner! :) so cute


  9. My heart was lifted up by your post today. Thanks, Danyelle.

  10. i saw the back to school dinner idea on your blog, as well as, nie nie's and loved it. without knowing it, our family chose the BE BRAVE theme, too. our little guy started preschool and was a bit anxious about it all so we thought being brave was a good thing to talk about. i hope you all have wonderful year full of bravery and blessings. xo!

  11. what a sweet and beautiful dinner. i love this idea!


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