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Childhood.

What does a good childhood represent to you?

To me it’s what I experienced.  I had parents that cared about me enough to invest time, teaching, and giving of wisdom.  It wasn’t about perfection, fancy gifts or a huge house.  Life doesn’t always work out that way.  A good childhood to me is one where you are loved-and love can be shown in so many ways.

My mom and dad have never had enough money.  Wealth was not in the plans that God had for them and they knew that and did their best to be wise with what they were given.  I knew that the lack of money could cause a great deal of stress but rarely did my parents complain about it to us kids.  My mom was resourceful and my dad learned that it was okay to receive help {most of the time!}.

Despite times of stress and craziness there were also moments of pure joy.  We didn’t have huge birthday “bashes” full of perfectly matched napkins and party favors {not that there is anything wrong with those} but we did get to decorate our own cakes, and have neighborhood besties over.  We threw water balloons and splashed in kiddie pools.  We laughed and we LIVED.

At Christmas we didn’t get very many gifts, but we looked forward every year to the simple yet meaningful ornaments my mom would make for each one of us.  Decorating a small tree and staring at the fragile nativity scene on the mantle always made for special memories.

My dad used to read to us, and sing to us when I was very young.  When I was older he would let us watch favorite TV shows with him and have all our friends from school hang out nearly every weekend.  He was funny, humble, and caring.  My mom was patient, kind, and always thinking about others.

A good childhood is one where you are loved and respected as a person. It’s where you are given freedom to be yourself within the boundaries that are set there for your own good and safety.

I’m so thankful for the childhood that God gave me, although it wasn’t perfect-it was perfectly in HIS plan for my life and my journey.

Thanks Mom and Dad, for always being there and loving ALL of us kids with your whole heart.  Thanks for knowing what it means to show love even though it isn’t always easy.  Enjoy your “empty-nester” years to the fullest and let God continue to show you His love and blessing!

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10.

Ten years….a DECADE!  Wow.  When I was little it felt like it took FOREVER to reach the big number 10 and now…well I feel like I just blinked and that time went by!

When we first said “I do” we could NEVER have imagined all that God had in store for us.  Some of the memories are tough and if I were to sit down with you and tell you some of my experiences these past ten years I would probably start crying.  However, many of the memories we have are wonderful and it’s funny how those are the ones you do tend to lose track of!

I am so thankful for my marriage and all that it has taught me.  God truly has a plan for those He calls to be married, and I am thankful that it has blessed and humbled me as a person.  I am excited to to see what God has in store for the next ten years if He decides to give us more.

Here are some pics from that day {June 14th, 2003} for your viewing, or laughing… pleasure.  Can you believe how young we once were?!

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