Wednesday, April 18, 2012

making memories


I shared with you last week that our middle daughter, Ruth, and I went on a special trip for her 13th year of life.  This is something we do for each of our kids that allows us to focus on them, encourage them and let them know how special they are.  Thanks to everyone who prayed for us.

It was a tough trip.  It was tough not because of being away or just being the two of us.  It was tough because we were disconnected.  No cell phones.  No computer or Internet.  No contact with family or friends (unless of an emergency), and if you know me, my phone is pretty much glued to me hand.

But this was a good thing.  We were able to literally unplug from distractions and to plug in to some great time together making memories.  This was a great time.

Ruth and I are a lot alike.  We enjoy sleeping (she likes going to bed early and I like sleeping late).  We both enjoy shopping and looking for cool stuff.  We have a hard time making choices in what to buy some people.  We both love to eat and try new things (at least once).  We both like movies.  There are some things we don’t agree on, as you may understand.

But making memories is a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun.  There were some things that happened on this trip that could not anywhere else.  The islands were gorgeous and breathe taking.  The cruise ship was fantastic and offered some things that we’ve never seen and some we’ve never experienced.  Remember that this was just daddy and daughter time.

Here are some memories we will not soon forget:

Watching the ocean as the trip began.

Eating the first night’s dinner being able to order all 3 courses, the incredible service and great food (almost every meal on board).

Riding horses as they swam in the ocean was exhilarating.

Looking into the blue, clear water of the Bahamas and the beauty that only God could create.

Getting a Mother/Daughter Father/Daughter pedicure that include a head and neck massage (check out the Facebook pictures because I DID get a pedicure and it was goooood).

Reading the book “Crazy Love” with my daughter.

Talking about faith, life and praying together.
And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.

I will treasure these memories, and I can’t wait to make more of them with each of my kids and Julie, my wife.  If we aren’t careful, we will miss the opportunity of making memories.  The days, hours, even years will slip by with us missing so much of life.

Take some time and chose to be a person who is making memories with the people closest to you.  I believe this is something God calls us as parents and as His kids to do.  But it is our choice to make them.

NOTE: Thank you for allowing me to share some personal things with you.

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