I watched Trace Adkins video, Just Fishin' this morning and it made me think. My 5th child turns 9 today, 2 weeks ago we welcomed our first grandson, and this weekend we are travelling to the homestead farm to spend a day with my parents; there will be 13 of us in our BIG van! Our family is growing and shrinking and changing and time marches on. What memories will my kids take with them? What will they remember with the most clarity? I don't think it'll be the cell phones, video games or toys we've purchased. I hope it'll be the pumpkin patches, snow days spent playing Bingo, playing catch in the lot, Dad coaching them, pancake mornings and Sunday Brunch.
For me...its playing in the hay mow, sliding off the tin shed into huuuge snow drifts, chasing hogs, snow storms with no electricity and Dad teaching us to play cards by lantern light. Its spending the day on the back of a horse and helping neighbors herd cattle with the same horse. Its riding in the back of the end-gate seeder and having lunch in the shadow of the tire tractor.
Those are the things I remember about my childhood and hope I am teaching my children that those are the kinds of memories that matter. Time spent, not money spent. What are your memories and what are your ideas to create memories with your own children?