I love Instagram. I love being able to tell our stories in bite-size pieces and being able to scroll through the memories a few minutes here and there. But today as I was looking for something here, I remembered how much I love a rich narrative. I love reading the stories that require a little more detail and character development. Something that lingers with me long after the moment is over.
I don't know if I will ever be that kind of writer, but as I looked through our archives I remembered things I was certain I would never forget and did. I started making a list, a simple list with 10 favorite posts for the year. You can see it here: FAVORITE POSTS. It was hard to narrow down my favorites there were so many wonderful memories and I only made it through 2 years, but I will keep reading and adding. Someday I will format the favorite posts page so it looks pretty and interesting, but for now, it's a start.
It also helped me want to fill the pages here with what is most meaningful once again. I have neglected our stories. I haven't made it a priority and I want to change that. I have years of stories that are now memories and I feel overwhelmed by all that I need to do, but I can start today. I need to practice what I preach. So that I don't forget the simple moments, like this, of sharing a treat on the front porch as the sun was setting. The giggles and silly conversation they were having about school and their friends.
The photo isn't great and the moment was small but in that simple, nondescript minute relationships were strengthened and I thanked God that I was their mother.
All this also helped me remember we are creating our own family history, our family story is what will live on and I want to be one of the narrators so that I can express my love as often as I can.
If you need some further encouragement or inspiration The Small Seed is focusing on Family History this month and have created a lovely study guide (see this post) along with their posts (like this one, or this one, or this one) that I have found beneficial and inspiring. I need to remember to do a few more #52 stories: see this post. I haven't done as well at remembering as I should, but I'm not going to feel guilty. I will just write one today and enjoy the memory however simple and unimportant it might seem. My grandchildren or great-grandchildren will be happy with whatever I leave.