Earlier this month we were able to take a trip to my favorite place on earth—-Disneyland.
Yes, it really is my favorite place on earth and I could talk about why for hours and hours. However, that is not what this post is about.
Today’s post is about this, my favorite photo from the vacation.
It’s a photo of my dad taking a picture of my Grace.
I don’t know if any of you will know what I am asking when I say, “Do you ever take pictures with your heart—when you see something that you want to remember forever… so you look very carefully as to record every detail and then try your best to lock that image away so you’ll have it for always?”
If you know what I’m talking about then I must not be the only one who does this.
This picture was one of those moments.
And someday far away in the future when I’m least expecting it I’ll catch a glimpse of some shiny pink fabric or a fellow in a blue ball cap and suddenly I’ll be back here again watching my dad with my daughter. And then I’ll smile and probably cry but whatever happens in that distant future when I remember this moment I’ll stop and thank God again for my family.
This is my favorite week of the year. I love to reflect on the year that is about to close and to plan improvements for the year to come. I usually spend these next few weeks in fits of excitement—making charts, setting goals, reading self help books, and over hauling the house. And while that is going on as scheduled this year it is accompanied with some serious contemplation over the direction that I want for both myself and my family.
Over the next few days I plan to write out my thoughts and my goals for the up coming year. As I do this I will be setting some goals for the family.
One of these goals will be to go, as a family, out to eat one night a month. Each month we will have to pick some place new (which won’t be hard—we can’t ever afford to eat out so we rarely do) and then try something new. We started that this week. It was awesome! However, I can’t tell you where we went (or else you’ll know how lame my husband and I really are) but I can tell you this—as we sat there together in a tiny booth in a crowded restaurant eating lousy food I took another one of those heart camera shots. My kids were so happy and for that time all was right in the world. It was that night I felt like I was on the right track for setting some different kinds of goals for this year.
You see, my parents have been creating wonderful, meaningful moments for me my entire life—even now as an adult—and I want to be as wonderful for my children (and even if our happy memories only are taking place in really terrible eating establishments). But how do I do it?
Which brings me to this: I want to close this post by asking a sincere question— We can’t all go to Disneyland every day (oh that I could) or even out to eat every night. But we can do things to help bring our families closer together and make our children feel loved and needed and special. So what are you planning this year to help improve your family? What will you be doing to help your children feel loved? What specific goals do you have to help create memorable moments?
I really am interested. I want my children to have their own special memories tucked away in their hearts to be used in the times ahead, as they get older, and life isn’t always as simple as it is now. Memories they can look back on and remember how they were so loved.
(Because that is what they are—so very much loved.)
Happy New Year and here’s to making this one a year to remember.