Welcome my Guest for this week’s Open Mic.
My name is Isabel Scollen. I am married to Aaron & have 3 girls. Aaron & I met in Leeds & got married in 2001. I am British but was born in the Northeast of Brazil in the City of Recife. I enjoy meeting new people & developing strong friendships.
I am interested in topics that include family life, marriage, children etc. I love God & everything related to Him.
Make Memories With Your Kids That Will Last Forever!
When my friend Lizzie asked if anyone would like to contribute in her blog my first reaction was “I would love to.”
I love sharing the wonderful things that God blessed us to do as a family. The benefits of all those little things and big things that we do in life count for a healthy and happy child’s present and future.
As Christians, we commit our children to God, we recognize that as in Psalm 127 “Children are an inheritance from the Lord”, they are a blessing.
Beginning of our Journey
Only 7 months after getting married, I found out that I was pregnant with my first daughter(Hannah). When we were considering what to call her, we found out how significant names are in the Bible. Each name has a meaning and that name can have a major impact on a child’s future.
The name Hannah seemed to fit like a glove. From the Hebrew Hannah means “helper”, “grace” and “graciousness”. She is a very independent, talented, inventive and successful child who has always been willing to help others.
Our second child “Alicia” comes from the Spanish meaning “noble one”. Her name was adapted from her grandmother’s name “Alice”. Strong willed, thoughtful, powerful and intelligent would some up Alicia. She loves technology like her Dad!
Bethany, from the Hebrew meaning “house of figs”, born from the Bible as a place name rather than a person’s name. Bethany was the place where Jesus visited with his close friends, Lazarus, Mary and Martha.
It was also the place where Lazarus was brought back from the dead (and this resurrection story is the reason we chose this name for our Bethany – but more on this another time!). Bethany is a very happy child: communicative, creative, optimistic and sociable.
Each one is so different and unique in their own way.
Hannah and Alicia are quite close in age and I often dressed them in matching outfits. When you are a new Mum, you want to keep everything fair. If you give something to one, you feel the need to give the same thing to the other. But as time goes on you realize that each one has a unique character – you can buy for each according to their character needs and fashion trends.
Here are some photos.
Today they are all dressed differently according to their taste. Mum checks it out so they don’t come home with a bright pink skirt, green top and stripy socks to go to a wedding!
Back to the title of this post – how do we make memories with our children?
1) We have a custom in our family, that for every birthday, we start the day with a mini cake or breakfast in bed for the birthday boy or girl. We sing “Happy Birthday”, blow out candles and gather all the cards and gifts from the family and open them up in bed. We usually have a party within a couple of days for school and family friends to celebrate together, but we also love our little “family party” in the morning (lots of photos to keep the memories alive)!
2) Family weekends away or days out are a must. We go to the beach, nature reserves and if the budget will allow theme and holiday parks. For those with family who are not local, then visits to grandparents, aunts & uncles and cousins are great opportunities. Our girls don’t see their cousins very often, so when they do, we make an effort to make it special and memorable for them. Lots of photos again to reinforce those memories.
3) Once a year a family holiday for a week or two is very important. They will never forget – whether it’s camping, Disney, or a package holiday. The budget is not as important as the time and attention that they will get from Mum and Dad.
Small memorable things
1) One to Ones. We try to give each child the full attention of one parent on a regular basis. For example
– clothes shopping with Mum, going to the cinema with Dad, walking the dog together or even going for a ride in the car.
2) Having regular family meals together. Although this can be difficult with the work pressures of many families, try to find something which works for you. It may be breakfast every morning with the kids, dinner or supper.
3) Highs and Lows. Once a day at a meal time, have each family member share their high (something great that happened today) and a low (something not so good that happened).
So that’s what I wanted to share – I hope you enjoyed it!
Disclaimer : Opinions raised in this Open Mic series are entirely the words, thoughts & opinions of the guest author & are not necessarily the opinion of Lizzie Somerset’s Blog. LS XO