I have been mulling over what I value and what I want my kids to remember about our family values. I love seeing them contribute to our family culture by bringing their unique personalities. Each family has a one of a kind culture that keeps expanding and growing as kids grow or get married too.
Right now, my husband brings the attention to detail, love for drums and all things music, a slower pace, an ability to fix or build whatever, the ability to be present, a love for new places and travel, and a steadiness to our family.
My son brings lots of energy, plans for the day, all things cars and trucks and trains, and brings up the noise level quite a bit! He equally spends time reading and getting us to read to him.
My daughter adds a new level of hugs and cuddles–she could be held almost all day! She loves exploring and climbing. She can be found trying on clothes and shoes. She dances when the music starts and will find any baby doll within reach. She could go for walks every day. She also asks for paints or crayons often!
I’m curious what this next baby will add to the mix!
For myself, I’m always trying to add more things for us to do, adding in goals and asking what the plan is, adding color, all sorts of mini celebrations or ways to have fun, exercise and being active in whatever ways we can, scheming our next vacation, and a love for Africa and missions.
We all influence each other and strive to cheer each other on for being as well as becoming who God created us to be.
When Asher’s pretending to be on a ship then he’s having it heading toward Africa. When Melea is asking for paints, the rest of us join in to paint our own pictures. Everyone ends up trying the drums. We are all heading out for walks together, traveling, and talking to God.
These are just a few of the things I have noticed. I’m planning to go back through Chazown by Craig Groeschel with Ryan and I’m hoping alongside chatting with God that this will help us solidify more of our family values, vision, and purpose as well as add some practical steps we can take.