Brenda, her grandaughter, and her husband selfie on a boat

Capturing moments when you can enjoy time together as a family is truly precious. We cherish those opportunities, and it warms my heart to see that my daughter also recognizes the importance of each grandchild having their own special time with us, one on one. We believe in fostering individual connections and making memories tailored to their interests and desires.

In our family, fishing holds a special place as a cherished tradition. It's an activity that has brought us closer and created countless unforgettable moments. I remember how my daughter used to travel with us every year to visit her Aunt and Uncle in Oklahoma for a week-long fishing trip. It was a time of bonding, laughter, and shared experiences on the serene waters.

Even when my daughter was nominated to be a Homecoming Queen candidate, she surprised everyone with her choice. While others were dreaming of luxurious cars, she simply wanted to ride in her dad's trusty bass boat. That's just who she was – someone who found joy and contentment in the simpler things in life, like casting a line into the water and waiting patiently for a bite.

Now, as the torch is passed on to the next generation, my granddaughter expressed her desire for a day of fishing. Her enthusiasm was infectious, and my husband decided it was the perfect opportunity to teach her more than just angling skills. He told her it was time for her to learn how to drive the boat as well.

As we set out on that sunny day, the anticipation in the air and a little nerves as well. My granddaughter, armed with her fishing rod and a sense of adventure, took the helm under her grandfather's patient guidance. The sparkling water mirrored the excitement in her eyes, and the boat glided smoothly across the surface.

“I feel free out here!

We spent the day casting lines, sharing stories, and relishing the tranquility of nature. It was a great day, filled with laughter, teaching moments, and the joy of passing down family traditions. The bond between my granddaughter and her grandfather grew even stronger as they navigated the waterways together, creating memories that will forever be etched in their hearts.

She has always captured my heart and everyone who meets her.

These are the moments that truly matter, the moments when we can step away from the busyness of life and focus on what truly brings us joy – the love and connection we share as a family. And as we continue to let each grandchild request what they want to do, within reason, we ensure that these precious moments become cherished memories for all generations to come.

Today, I discovered looking at old pictures; I did not recognize many things at first. Then, all of a sudden a little memory escaped from the photo and jumped right out to bring me a great story to enjoy a laugh.

Have you ever had a moment when you realized the value of those little moments captured in pictures that store memories for those in them? Each individual in the image could tell their memory which can contain the things unique to them.


Why not capture more memories and moments every day? As you pass by someone, do you say anything? Maybe you don’t know them, but it is okay. Can you still say, Good Morning? What about the people you see each day? Do you ever take a moment to do something to help them realize how much you appreciate them? Why not?


My brain injury has taken a great deal from me, and I work each day to keep what remains and regain what I can that was taken. It is difficult for others to see the struggles, and actions taken by some during times of difficulty seem to stand out in my memories. But we must do our best to push aside those negative thoughts and replace them with the kindness, love, generosity, and encouragement found in the captured memories over time.

Memories fade over time; even pictures do at times, but the ones we can keep vivid in our lives through sharing, connecting, and having others tell us more about them are even better.


Why not slow down just a little to ensure all of the moments in the day are worthy of a piece of the puzzle for a memory in the story of the days we share with the many people who share the days with us? In the 24 hours in a day, how many of those hours do you find yourself sharing the day with those you barely know? How much time is spent alone? How much time is spent with those you know? If you reflect on your previous week, what stands out in your memories? It is fun to think about what you are holding on to and letting go of as you go through the days.

I have asked a few people to get together with me. I was only lucky enough to meet with a couple. Life is busy for people. I just wanted them to tell me stories they have from their past work life together. I want to hear their stories and memories to capture them in puzzle pieces to store in my memories. The more you listen to them, the more they will remain. I hope to meet with more again soon.

Remembering all we love

"I only have 2 rules!"
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