Last night, my nine-year old daughter, Bella, danced in her last performance of the year. It was an amazing production and the kids were awesome. The show closed with a dance that was beautifully choreographed to the song, The House That Built Me, by Miranda Lambert. The song is emotional and touching—it reminded me of my childhood memories and made me really stop to think about the memories I’m helping create for our children.
Have you heard the song or watched the video? You must…
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It’s so easy to get caught up in being busy, keeping house, moving fast, getting things done, and forgetting that every minute of every day we are creating memories that will be held in the hearts and minds of our children forever. The song was a reminder of my best memories as a child—the type of memories I would like my children to have as well.
When I was a kid, my greatest memories were of feeling free; being outside; climbing trees; playing in the “forest”; pretending to “fly” off my grandma’s rooftop; playing dress up with “old fashioned” clothes and costume jewelry; selling lemonade and flowers; painting pinecones; blow up swimming pools; making mud pies; running wild around the neighborhood with friends; walking to the lake; and hanging out with my mom, grandma, and their friends–listening to them chit-chat and play board games. All of my fondest memories are simple pleasures.
Time is precious. The song is a reminder of the moments that are the most important in life—memories that you don’t have to spend a penny on. When our girls grow up, I hope their memories are full of days spent enjoying the simple pleasures of life. I hope that our house builds great memories for us.