Moments to be Treasured

It all took place one autumn evening, while I sat quietly at my desk. The west wind was blowing strong against the outside of the house, but inside there was the contented conversing of a family playing their various games together. It is this evening that I recognized another of the many treasured moments that we here in The Heart of the BottomsUp 2/3 Acre are blessed with.

Yes, to have a quiet, contented family that can play together often is a blessing. It is also a time that one can sit quietly back and just listen to the peacefulness of a family interacting together. A treasured moment; a thankful moment. To be able to sit in my home, and enjoy the laughter, the talking, and conversing of my family is actually something that happens quite often here. Something that I’m recognizing, I shouldn’t take for granted, but to mark it a moment to be treasured.

During the week, when my men are pulled away to make a living, the homestead quiets yet even more. And yet, nothing changes. Whether there be all of us, or few there’s still the contented, peacefulness with those who continue to work together.  In the Heart of the BottomsUp 2/3 Acre it takes many hands for it to be what it is, and keep the fires burning until all are home again.

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It’s been said back in the days of youth, at church, and at the children’s summer camp that we have good children. We had taught them right from wrong, and we can see them making the hard but wise choices. Yes, they were still children making the usual mistakes all, or most make. Yes, some made some daring mistakes. But overall, our children were good and they did many, many good things.

We spent much time with them, and we gave them as many opportunities to see and experience the good life that we kept talking to them about. We worked hard side-by-side, getting dirty, and building together the way of life we wanted. Expressions on the little faces with jobs complete and projects working, were those of the feelings of a job well done. Together we would see the bigger jobs working as they should, and together we would feel the same sense of congratulations.  A memory that the children can keep forever, knowing they had a hand in building it too with Daddy, and/or Mommy. And keeping in balance, we played just as hard, and got just as dirty. Through it all you could still see the sparkle in the eyes, and the sun-kissed cheeks of happiness.  A young memory to be treasured.

You know what? Back in the day, I never really thought that we were doing anything special, or different with our children. I thought that all families spent most of their time working and playing together. For me it just made sense, because the more time our family spent together, the more we wanted too. I guess, it’s because we each knew that we were valued, loved, and needed. With family we have a safe place to grow, to be challenged, and when needed a loving ear to hear our hearts.  Again, memories to be treasured.

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The TV became the last option for us, not the first option. The first choice was always to play something together and why shouldn’t it be? Little did we know back then that a child wanting to play with his or her parents was an honour!

‘Play cars with me daddy‘, and thankfully, dad would. ‘Mommy, play cards?” “Okay, let’s play cards.” Honoured moments to be treasured.

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Have you ever thought how special it is just to call out the words to your family, “Supper is ready!” Think about it. How blessed am I to have most, or all my grown family come to dinner.

No, they don’t come running to get their plate and go to a room to do a separate thing. But to each sit down at the table together. The TV is turned off… after all, nothing on there is more important than to hear each member of the Heart of the BottomsUP 2/3 Acre.  A moment to be treasured.

Everyone always makes an earnest effort to be home for the dinner made with love. Yes, every dinner here is made to be the best. Made from scratch, or made from left-overs, it doesn’t matter. It’s all made with the best care, love, and prayer that it be the best for each individual need. Everyone different with different weakness and strengths, but all striving for a common goal, happiness in life.

As with all best of times, where there’s good food and good people, there are good, profitable, fun and loving conversations. Whether we had a good, or bad day, each and everyone will to share their thoughts on their day. Sometimes, problems get solved, and sometimes they don’t. But everyone will get a chance to unload the stress of a day, and upload the love and encouragement. Keeping it all balanced. To walk away from the table with full bellies, a full heart, and a balance of mind is a moment to treasure.

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The weekends, spring and fall feasting times in our home, and holidays are the building of memories and moments to be treasured for all of us. Like most families, we too, are separated by the weekly work outside the home. A state that is necessary to earn our living like everyone. To keep a simple roof over our heads, and provide the simple needs of food and clothing for the family. But during those weekends, spring and fall feasts, and holidays times, we waste no time to get busy doing! Doing as much as we can with all the little we have. Seeing the impossible happen because each had put a full effort in. It’s our growing time together. Our building up, time together. We are always together doing things as one. After all, it takes more than one, to build a castle. So, together, working and playing in harmony, contented, and peaceful we are becoming as one together.  All little moments to be treasured; One family to be treasured.

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About Mammy Oaklee

A wife, mother, grand-mother, farmer and wrinkly ol' writer, who's finally got some roots planted in 'The Heart of the BottomsUP 2/3 Acre.' A born and raised city-chick, who found many'a smiles where her heart had always longed to be, in the country. Digging in as close to the beginning of creations, and finding wonderment with a smile. I live my life as a rollar-coaster adventure, and always adding new dreams as old ones are full-filled. Of course, I write about it all!
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8 Responses to Moments to be Treasured

  1. Ken & Pat says:

    We have some beautiful memories of family dinners and such throughout the years, thanks for triggering them 🙂

  2. Those are the moments of which LIFE is truly made. It’s never the commute to work….the hours behind a desk. Is rather open, honest….even vulnerable. Those precious moments are priceless because like a flower they bloom and then fade…then are gone. Thank you for such an intimate reflective moment. Much needed today! 🙂

    • Mammy Oaklee says:

      You’re very welcome Michael 🙂
      They do fade quickly, but we can catch them and imprint them in our hearts. You know that ‘quirky’, little smile the Old Folk get around families? I’ll bet there’s remembrance of back in the day, behind that quirky smile.

  3. Wonderful story!! I love playing cards and try to teach the kids that playing cards is really fun!! In fact just a couple of days ago I was telling Kimberly that I was going to teach them how to play “Hearts”. To do things together weather it be folding clothes, cleaning the kitchen, cooking, or just chores in general. If we all work together as one then we can accomplish it in no time and have time for fun! Or even in work time the kids will see a more goofy side of their mom….lol! Great memories!!

    • Mammy Oaklee says:

      Thank you kindly Jennifer 🙂
      You are wonderful at building all those treasured moments with your children. I’m sure you’ll have lots of loving, treasured moments bank for your future 🙂

  4. Elaine says:

    What a great story! All of us should learn to treasure the moments. This story from the heart brought back memories I too had taken for granted and long since “forgotten”. Thanks for the reminder and the love that has been shared.

    • Mammy Oaklee says:


      Thank you Elaine 🙂
      I’m glad I brought back those treasured moments for you…they do become part of our fondest memories. Hope you have beautiful sunny day down memory lane 🙂

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