...Try, try again.
I'm past the point of thinking that family home evening will consist of sweet, quiet, sedate children anxiously awaiting a gospel feast taught by Yours Truly.
However, I must admit that when a Monday night runs smoothly (relatively speaking), when I can see one of my kids, for even the briefest moment, look at me, intently, like he's really trying to work through things in his little brain, I call for rejoicing! I felt that tonight.
I'm a true convert of consistency. I used to want perfection--quite the stumbling block--but four kids quickly put me in my place. I try and try, through chaos and crisis, and hold to my faith that consistency will pay off.
I'll take whatever small successes I can get. And be grateful.
A special "thank you" to Elder David A. Bednar for his direct and motivating talk in General Conference (here's just a snipit):
Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls. No one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable. But just as . . . strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistency in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant spiritual results.