I proceeded to tell them some of the activities we have been doing (hiking, picnicing, going to the beach, sprinklers, games outside, etc).
After listing several of our activities, this person told me she doesn't know how we do it. She can't stand going to the beach or camping or this or that...
I smiled and said that's too bad. I mean, I really felt sorry for her.
You see, I may not LOVE every activity that our family takes on. Everything that is done is not my favorite thing in the world. Sometimes, I smile and grit my teeth. Sometimes, I have to pray my way through an activity. Sometimes being an encourager to my kids and my husband is downright difficult. But, for our family, it is not about the individual needs, wants, desires, likes or dislikes. For our family, it is about creating those memories.... those laughable moments... those events that my children will recall long after I am gone from this earth.
Our society has created such a "me, me, me" complex. Everywhere you look it is about your this and your that. What happened to the days when we looked at someone who was hurting or in need or just needed a friend and we put ourselves aside and focussed on them?
I can think of nothing better than investing in my family.
My husband and my children are gifts and I want to spend every single moment that God gives me cherishing those gifts... even when that means that "I" don't always get "my" way.