Traditions are an important part of every family.  One of the questions we ask potential foster families is what are your family traditions?  A lot of times people go blank at that point.  but, we all have them.  They are an important part of every family.  A repetitive thing that is part of the fabric that binds us together.

One of my family’s traditions is a homemade red velvet cake for your birthday.  I use a recipe handed down to me by my dear one’s mother, the recipe that she used to make his birthday cakes.  It has a unique icing that is different than the traditional southern cream cheese version. 

When my children were small, we did the usual character or cookie cakes.  Only the adults had the red velvet.  Interestingly enough, after about age fourteen or so, each one decided on the red velvet.  So, what started as my husband’s tradition became the family’s tradition. 

So every year, I bake at least six red velvet cakes.  One for my dear one and five for my children.  Yes, I know I only have four children.  But this cake is so important to one of them that I must bake two on his birthday. He would give you the shirt off his back or his last dime in the world.  But, he won’t give you his cake.   His middle name is dessert! 

My family knows what to expect on a birthday.  A meal of their choice, the whole family at the table, and red velvet cake.  It is the tradition that birthdays at our house revolve around. 

God knew that traditions were important.  It’s why festivals were initiated, tents were erected, special foods were cooked.  Because we need to remember.  We need the cyclic events in life to bind us. 

More than likely, your family has traditions.  The moments that bind you together.  If you don’t, and your children are young, start one.  If you can’t think of one, borrow one.  My recipe is available! 

Joshua 4:5-9

And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel:That this may be a sign among you, [that] when your children ask [their fathers] in time to come, saying, What [mean] ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the LORD spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.  And Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests which bare the ark of the covenant stood: and they are there unto this day.