In this 31 days series I’m looking at ways that I can make way for family life; choices that can simplify my lifestyle,  making way for to me to live life with my kids!  All posts can be found here.

 

Take Photos and Enjoy them

The digital camera has become a part of the regular family pile of technology.  Going digital though has often meant that we take more photos and yet look back at them even less.

We take photos to help us remember the fun times, the significant moments; the atmosphere of our family life.  When we look back at those photos we take the nebulous idea of family life and we show our kids what it really looks like.  We give ourselves the opportunity to talk about our family identity in a concrete way.

When I flip through our photo albums from when the kids were young we can see what our family life looked like  – we see photos of family times camping, sitting around the campfire talking or reading, there are photos of old time friends, a wedding anniversary party we threw, weddings we attended, photos of the kids reading their Bible beside their dad, we have photos of projects we’ve completed together, photos of homeschooling, of going to church, being with dad on the farm.

It gets tricker though as the kids get older.  They aren’t so cute any more, and the things they do don’t always seem to invite the camera.  And yet, I am challenged to continue to record our family life so that we can impart to our children what family life looks like with a bunch of teens.  I also want to show them what our values look like in a young adult’s life.

I have a few photo projects that I want to keep chipping away at:

  • Yearly family album – this is the one that reflects the family life
  • Family holidays and trips – special memory making times
  • Special milestone albums – celebrating milestones in the individuals life
  • Our family Faithbook – the story of God’s goodness to our family
  • Random Thoughts – this is completely random in topic and creativity though its purpose it to let my children see into my heart, my passions, my thoughts.

Having the photos, having the albums, having the home movies will not benefit our family life, or our children’s growth, unless we get them out of the cupboard, look at them and tell the stories that go with them.

When we were married we decided to look at our Wedding photos and video every year on our wedding anniversary and once the kids came along this could be one way we elevated marriage in a world that was walking away from commitment.  We did this with the kids when they were young, but I must admit we don’t do it so much anymore – but we should.  Our wedding anniversary is an opportunity to teach about marriage, and God’s goodness in bringing us together, and faith for the marriage partners God will provide for our children.

Every aspect of family life gives us an opportunity to teach our children’s heart – if we can capture that in pixels (film), and revisit it often we have just strengthened our teaching opportunities.

 

Enjoying the world where God has placed us!

 

I’m joining many other bloggers with The Nesters challenge to blog on one topic for 31 days in October.   I hope you will revisit my series and many other blogs over the month of October.

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