I don't know when it started....or how it all began......Oops...this blog has nothing to do with that sentence...I just had that phrase in my head this morning for some reason and wanted to use it....hahaha But it sounded kinda nice though...didn't it? Ok let's move on...... :8)
"If I could put time in a bottle" .... oh my goodness...there are so many things I'd like to store in that bottle. And actually, I guess I DO have time in a bottle...it's just a bottle of memories...but oh how precious those memories are...
When our kids were growing up...our lives just absolutely revolved around their happiness. Now they didn't have life on a silver platter...and just because many of their friends were getting this or that didn't mean they were going to get it.
But we gave our kids endless love and time and we made so SO many priceless memories with them.
Now life wasn't perfect...it never really is for any family. But you hope the good times far out weigh the troubles...and they sure did for us.
Some of my fondest memories from Christmases past...would have to be when the kids were at the ages where they loved and got so excited about Christmas. They'd make their lists of what they wanted and talk endlessly about their hopes and dreams for Christmas day and what they'd really find under the Christmas tree.
I LOVED Christmas when the kids were little. But OH my GOODNESS...it was the nights as Christmas drew near when all those classic Christmas cartoons came on television that were really special.
As soon as I heard when the cartoon movies would be on I'd tell the kids and we'd start planning our pallet picnics for those nights and we'd make a big pallet in front of the television and we'd all 5 sit down and watch those cartoons and ooooooh and aaaaahhh just like it was the first time we were seeing them when in all actuality...we had seen them over and over and over through the years.
And we'd let the kids plan the foods for that night for our pallet picnics....OH my goodness...what priceless memories. It was always such a fun and exciting night...for each Christmas Cartoon Movie...every year. There were 3 of those classic cartoon movies that they really liked....Frosty The Snowman, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Santa Clause is Coming To Town.....and there were others,,,,Frosty and Rudolph and this and that. But what fun nights those nights were....of the family pallet picnics and watching the old classic Christmas cartoon movies...
I just saw one of those commercials on the television a couple of weeks ago and I started to tell Geezer let's watch it for old time sake. But I knew I'd squall my eyes out through the whole movie.
And how goofy it would be for me to cry all the way through Santa Clause Is Coming To Town.... Seems like the older I get...the more emotional and sentimental I get. But I guess that's kinda normal for folks with big/soft hearts....
I just hope if you are blessed to have small kids in your homes still...that you'll take the time to give them your TIME this Christmas and even throughout the year. Because let me tell ya something folks....time flies........and before you know it...That little 5 year old is going to be in this corner of the world and the 8 year old is going to be in that corner of the world....and no matter how hard you try...the connection is just never the same as when they're little and really look to you for everything.
Oh everybody still loves everybody...and you can email me today till the cows come home and tell me how nothing has changed with your own grown kids...But WE have been grown kids and now we're older 'kids' and we HAVE grown kids....and No one ever grew up or even raised their kids in a more loving home than Geezer and I grew up in and then tried to make for our own family...but things just 'change'....So savor these moments....
Tell ya what....if you have small kids at home....just plan a pallet picnic in front of the television tonight or tomorrow night and RENT one of these movies. Set on that pallet with them and have the picnic with them...Throw caution to the wind and forget my blogs about carrot juice and raw foods and roast hot dogs in the fireplace if you have one or prepare their paper plates in the kitchen and serve them on their pallets...have chips and coca cola's...laugh and ooohh and aaahhh with them over the movie...This isn't a baby sitting service I'm talking about so you can do some WORK or talk on the phone or get on facebook or do this or that....this is all about making memories....and if you'll do this...you'll see what I'm talking about...
(I don't really know these people...and no, this isn't us, I know some will email to ask...but I just borrowed them from the photo archive online. I hope they don't mind being a part of this story today)
Well...I still couldn't get that opening phrase out of my head....so I looked it up to see where in the dickens I had heard it. And I found it and I've posted it below.
I just looked some family poetry things up for Bro Shawn a couple weeks ago and maybe I ran across it then...or maybe I've used this in the Encourager over the years...I'm not sure...But I found it and it was so nice I decided to post it...In fact..It goes right along with todays blog...so maybe this was God working after all...
Peace and love from us to you....thanks so much for stopping by and I love you all gobs and gobs...
I don't know when it started, or how it all began
But God created families,
As only our Lord can.
He was teaching what it means,
To love, honor, and obey.
He wanted a strong bond,
That we don't see too much today.
He wanted someone to hold us,
And show respect for others.
He wanted someone who'd be gentle,
And so he created mothers.
He wanted someone strong,
A support filled with love.
And so he created fathers,
Sent from heaven up above.
Brothers and sisters came next,
With that, an instant friend.
Someone to look up to,
Someone on who to depend.
When he put them all together,
He was amazed at what he'd done.
He had created a family,
Mother, father, daughter, son.
But look at the family,
Created by only two.
How many we've become,
And all because of you.
We have a lot to be thankful for,
The memories through the years.
The many times together,
Full of laughter, full of tears.
I don't know where we'd be today,
If it weren't for the four of you
show us strength, support, and love,
Like only this family can do