– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
One of my favorite books is Let’s Make a Memory by Gloria Gaither and Shirley Dobson. “Special moments don’t just happen,” Gloria says, “they have to be planned on purpose!”
She goes on to say, “In this hectic world when the pace at which we all live is so frantic, we as families must make a covenant with each other to make time for simple things. … We have no guarantees of tomorrows, but we do have this moment.”
I really like that!
My friend Elaine has reaped the benefits of creating some special moments. She told me about writing a unique prayer for each of her grandchildren. She also said that on one of her granddaughter’s birthdays, she and husband made a list of 10 reasons they appreciated the little girl. They put the list on poster board and laminated it. “She was thrilled,” Elaine says.
Like Elaine, my mother also realized the importance of making every day count. She once gave me a little saying that said something like “Yesterday is gone, tomorrow isn’t promised, but we have the present of today.” Maybe that thought is why Jim and I have some special weekends with individual grandkids (one grandchild at a time spends the weekend). Breakfast with Pops on Saturday morning is a tradition now.
It’s sure not easy, but may we somehow pull away from the countless worries and busy pace of life to make special times with those we love —walking in the rain, saying a prayer, picking a flower, talking on the phone, gazing into the clouds, mailing or emailing a special picture …marveling at the great God who created everything.
How do you make the most of everyday moments with your children or grandchildren?
Copyright © 2010, 2015 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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If you would like some creative ideas for grandparents, check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. Paper and electronic versions are available.