The Fall Bucket List * The Family Memory Project
Do you remember the days of Jolee's embellishments, brads, and eyelets? How about 12x12 albums that weighed twenty pounds each because of each beautiful layout held inside? Do you remember the hours spent on creating that one design to highlight that perfect baby picture? If you can remember those glorious days, then like me, you were probably an avid scrapbooker.
I loved the art of scrapbooking, and I took great care in creatively preserving my families memories especially when Asher came into this world.
Asher was born in 2009, and we have books of scrapbooked memories. First haircuts and curls, adorable smiles, tears while teething, the first crawling moment, standing on wobbly legs, and messy spaghetti faces are all beautifully preserved in 12x12 albums.
Then 2012 came, and life happened.
And family memories didn't seem as important when work and "life" took center stage. There is very little regarding family memories when I ashamedly look back on the years of 2012-2015.
During the last seven years, I admit I lost sight of what was the most important. Along the way, WHY I was working as hard as I was and WHO I was working for got lost in the day-to-day. Families that volunteered for me, work stress, and building a business began to shine brighter than my own family, and I lost my way while I was trying to find life's path.
I tell you this so that A) you don't make the same mistakes I did and B) to hold myself accountable to change and to make what matters the highlight of my life. Steven and I are making a shift, and we hope you will join us.
The Family Memory Project
We live in a busy, busy, busy world. We pride ourselves on being busy. We thrive on busy, but in the middle of all of that busy, we lose who we are and what matters. Because our lives look so different than they did to our families and friends twenty and thirty years ago, we have to make the time to make memories with our families. Sometimes, we even have to schedule that time; allowing nothing to distract us from the importance of being with our spouses, our kids, and those we love and cherish.
When we make these family moments a priority, we get the opportunity and utter joy of giving ourselves permission to disconnect, unplug, stop, breath, and enjoy each other. I don't ever want to repeat the pattern of looking back over the years and not cherishing the little moments that made life big.
The seemingly little things that happen in the day-to-day are worth remembering.
Steven and I are making time to make memories through an idea that we developed called; The Family Memory Project.
The idea is straightforward.
Every few months at A Symphony of Praise. Steven and I are going to develop 10-15 ideas that you can use to encourage and inspire you to connect with your families. These checklists are meant to be a simple, fun, and affordable way to make time to make memories with your loved ones, and what better month to start than the month of “All Things Pumpkin Spice”!
We are committing to The Family Memory Project so that we can put back into priority our greatest God-given gift; our family and loved ones. The Family Memory Project isn't meant to be just one more thing on our to-do list; it isn’t meant to be a chore or a burden. This monthly project is intended to be an oasis from life's crazy schedule. It should be something you look forward to each month, week, or day.
Would you join us each month to make time to make memories with your family?
We can follow along with each other on Instagram using #familymemoryproject.
While our efforts, our jobs, and our work are essential, they should never replace our families, our kids, and our spouses. I admit that I lost sight of that, and using this Family Memory Project, I am going to make the time to make memories with who and what matters the most.