Two Hours Can Last A Lifetime

Back to school, breakfast in bed, build your own... What do these things have in common (aside from the letter 'B')? They're all themes from our Family Nights. Chris and I came across this little bit of genius on one of my favorite blogs, Whittaker Woman. The idea is to set aside time one day out of the week to focus on your family. No phones, no computer, no texting, no tweeting, no facebook... Just time alone with your family. It doesn't have to be a full day of activities - a couple of hours will do. It doesn't have to be elaborate or expensive - PB & J and a picnic on the living room floor is perfectly sufficient. The important thing is that you focus solely on your family.

These were some of the best nights our family has had together. Our children started looking forward to every Tuesday, and honestly, so did Chris and I. It was just plain fun! Unfortunately, we let life get in the way, and the Family Nights stopped. One night missed because of a busy schedule turned into two, then three, then four. I completely forgot about Family Night for a while. Life was "just too busy."

Since moving, our schedules have become absolutely insane! Half the time, I don't know whether we're coming or going. Don't get me wrong - we love what we're doing here, but there aren't many days out of the week that we have the time to do anything but run, run, run. Except Tuesdays. Chris works weekends, so he gets Tuesday as his day off. *Insert lightbulb moment here.* We did it before, why not do it again? Since Tuesday is Chris' day to relax - and since Momentum stresses the importance of family - what better day to begin? So, starting next Tuesday, Family Nights are officially back on!

How often have you let life get in the way of what's really important? Taking two hours out of your day once a week to eat, have fun, and enjoy real conversation with your family can create memories that last a lifetime. Just imagine the impact this will have on your kids, your spouse, and even you. What a great way to say, "I love you, you're important to me." It's better than a trip to Disney. Really. Don't believe me? Try it.

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