I am happy to be host to a special guest today. I first met this super savvy Mom about 5 years ago at my husband’s best friend’s wedding. She was the big sister and I very quickly fell in love with her because she was so sweet and friendly.
It just so happens that Karin is the CEO of her own blog, Special Needs Travel Mom, and I just recently discovered this via finding her on Twitter where she goes by @ionMyAdventures ! Excited to re-connect with her and a regular reader of her blog, I asked Karin to write something for me.
Being the sweetie-pie that she is, she gladly obliged and she’s taking over my blog today to talk about the importance of being apart of your own life story.
Planning the holidays, making memories.
As the holidays quickly approach I think back to last year, all the fun and great memories. I am also reminded about something that I will do differently this year. This year I will make sure I am in plenty of photos with my family. Last year I was so busy making the holidays perfect for everyone that I didn’t even realize I wasn’t in any of the pictures until I later downloaded them from my camera. I still give my family a hard time, telling them that I can’t believe they had Christmas without me. As moms we spend so much time taking care of everyone that we tend to put ourselves last – even when it comes to pictures.
This point was made crystal clear on a recent trip with my 14-year old daughter. We had a couple of days to spend together in New York City, our favorite place. Shopping, sightseeing, catching up with friends – we couldn’t wait! On the flight we sat next to a young woman in her early twenties who asked us about our upcoming trip. After we told her about our planned adventure, she looked at my daughter and said, “Make sure you take lots of pictures with your mom, this is a special time you have together, enjoy it.” She continued on to tell us how her mom had passed away a month ago, and when she went to find photos of her mom for the funeral service she realized that she didn’t have any – her mom had always been the one taking the pictures. As our flight continued, so did conversations with our traveling companion, but that initial comment really stuck with me and I wondered what my daughter thought.
The next morning we started out on our planned day of shopping in SOHO. My daughter loves photography and had just gotten a new camera prior to our trip, so 5 minutes in the city she had it out, ready to snap pictures. What surprised me was her first request – she asked to have a picture of her and I together. I was initially struck by the fact that my teenage daughter was actually listening to our friend on the plane, sometimes it really does seem like teenagers only hear adults like Charlie Brown, “Wah wah wah waah…” Then I was touched by how she had taken those comments to heart.
This photo of the two of us holds such a special meaning to me. As I watch my daughter literally grow before my eyes, it represents a snapshot in time; an adventure we had together, as well as the realization that time is fleeting.
As I plan this holiday season I know things will be different for our family, you will see evidence that I was actually there in our family snapshots. How about you? It’s important to have those memories with your family in pictures to look back on, and to make the most of every opportunity. Your life is your story, as you’re living it, you’re writing memories for you and your family. Make sure you’re part of that story.