This week my Tuesday Treasure is a tradition we’ve had for the last five years. We go to the same place, do the same things, eat the same food, and take so many photos our phones want to explode.
We have gone to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, NE since Raelee was bite size. I actually didn’t get to go that first year, but have not missed a trip since. It’s crazy to look back at photos from over the years and see how much has changed. The first year was just Raelee and Kolton. My grand parents were actually visiting that year and went along for the adventure. We have added two more kiddos and tons of memories.
We get all bundled up for the crisp morning and stand in line for pumpkin flavored coffee. We always eat way too much, but it’s once a year, who cares. The kids love all the fun activities and being able to just run around and be kids. The older our kids get, the more fun it seems to be.
Vala’s is really good about adding new attractions every year. This year they added an obstacle course. Raelee and Kolton had a blast. They would have played there all day if we would have let them. Rae saw that they had added zip lines and wanted to try. You guys, I never would have expected this from her. She was so brave and did it all by herself. She was fearless! I was so proud that I cried! She amazes me every day.
This was also the first year Isaac was able to go, as well as Arden (my mom’s fiance). It was such a beautiful day with no crazy wind —that never happens in NE. I tried my very best to just be in the moment and enjoy every second.
I am so blessed to have my family and the traditions we are making. It’s so fun to see what each year brings. So many memories, laughter and fun.
Do you and your family have traditions that you cherish? I challenge you to start some & watch how the years change. I remember traditions my mom and dad had put in place for our family. They are memories I will always cherish. We can sit around and tell stories about our child hood for hours. It’s cool to know that my kids will look back and have memories and stories to tell as well.
I got all this typed up and realized that the most precious treasures are those you can not touch. The memories that we make and the lives we change are what matter. When I go home to Jesus, I can’t take physical things with me. But when I go, I’ll know that I made so many memories with loved ones and hopefully changed numerous lives along the way.
“A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated, being perfect… It is about being real, being humble, being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others. It is only then that we can have a full, happy and contented life.”
Enjoy your Tuesday friends!