Memories are so important. My husband loves to talk about how often God told Israel to remember. It’s true! Remembering is so powerful. When you choose to remember truth, strength will be imparted to you. When you choose to remember positive memories, it can melt your stress away. Memories can give you perseverance to endure and hope for the future.
Memories are especially important for our kids, are they not? We as parents have the responsibility to build a foundation of trust and love, and unique memories are a powerful way to do that.
Before we even got married, Travis and I had such an amazing vision of who we would be as a couple and as a family. We had so many exciting adventures in mind. Some of those we have already lived and are stored away in our memories. But some of those have yet to come. For the past 8 months, my husband has had to commute an hour and a half each way to work. This has been very challenging for us to say the least.
We haven’t really been able to do the things we ultimately would like to do.
But what I’m finding, is that here in this place of unexpected stretching… we are making memories and becoming us.
We may not be able to be as spontaneous as we would like. Our schedule changes often and we are tired. But what we are receiving through this time is so much more valuable. We are learning who we are as a family. We are learning how to take what we do have and make each memory deeply meaningful for our family.
So can I share one of those memories?
It was one of those days, one of those nights. It had been Travis’ day off of work, but yet again he was bombarded with unexpected things to take care of. But he did it. He was finally able to sit down and write. (My husband is writing a fantasy novel series.) *knock knock knock* Our little girl walked excitedly into his office. “Daddy, do you wanna go get ice cream?” I followed behind her, explaining that it was free ice cream day at DQ.
He pushed past the to do list in his mind. Pushed past the kind of day he was having. Pushed passed the season we were in, and he joyfully came with us to make a memory that will last a lifetime for our little girl. You see, we are currently limited by our circumstances, but making memories with what we’ve got is getting us through, and showing us what we are made of.
I wanted to show you guys the super sweet video. You know, the one of a little girl and her daddy… eating ice cream and singing songs.
He’s better than ice cream! Jesus is better… Better than ice cream…
Oh and the one of a little baby trying ice cream for the first time. You know, the one with lots of giggles and unbelievable cuteness? Yeah well… I wasn’t able to upload it, but don’t worry! Videos are in the future!
What About You?
We all have seasons of life in which we are limited by one circumstance or another, but we are still becoming- still becoming all that God made our families to be. We are still discovering powerful God-given family identity. So I want to hear from you. What are you doing to create memories for your family?
I want to be inspired by you! Please share!