Less Things, More Memories…

This past weekend we took our kids darling little zoo in a small town in France.
Y’all.

The whole experience I kept thinking
I am done.

I am done buying them things.

I mean besides the usual. I’m not that terrible.
They’ll get a birthday present or two… Maybe. LOL!

Other than that, I’m done with it.

No more random things just because…
Well, because of mommy guilt.
I’m done.

I’m done emptying my bank account on material things
because I am a working mom and somehow I feel like
if they have the newest, the best, the greatest thing out there sometimes
(I’m just being completely honest right now)
that they’ll feel better about me missing some things…

No more of that.

No more of this materialistic mommy guilt thing that I’ve had going on.

I’m done y’all…

Its part of the reason I haven’t been writing. There’s more, but I won’t go into that yet…

I’ve felt awful about myself.

I’ve felt…

I don’t know what the  I’ve felt…

I’ve felt a lot of things…

I’ve been doing a lot of
reflecting and soul searching
and praying.
A whole LOT of praying.
I’ve been really living a life
that is less than.

It’s not been fair to anyone.

My husband,

My kids,

And certainly not to me.

I’m doing the world a severe injustice by
doing all of this less than kind of living…

But I digress…

(more on that later)

So what am I going to do…

Instead of buying things
we’re going to have experiences.

I want more of those…

More memories, less things.

Less clutter, more laughter.

They are only this size once.

Once.

So sure,
I work.
8 full hours a day,
but it doesn’t mean
I can’t experience life
with my family.

Right?

In fact, I just booked a family trip to a
place we’ve never been.
Memory making awaits us!

I can’t wait to surprise the
Foodie Finds Home Family
and awaken their taste for adventure.

Stay Tuned.

I’ve missed my blog.

Until Next Taste,

Lori

16 Comments Add yours

  1. robin Rue says:

    We are all about experiences as gifts in our house. A memory is SO Much more valuable.

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  2. Ben Butler says:

    I love this so much. Sure, stuff can be fun, but at the end of the day, it’s the memories we make that last.

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  3. Experiences are the best gifts for kids. We used to travel a lot with my kids and they remember it more than any present.

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  4. Cacinda says:

    You can spend and spend and spend and still feel empty. I am right there with you on how valuable experiences are.

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  5. Monica says:

    We are all for memories over material things too! Also, be good to yourself – you are doing a great job. 🙂

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  6. Liz Mays says:

    I can totally get where you’re coming from. It’s great that you’ve been able to reflect on this because those experiences will be super rewarding.

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  7. ascendingbutterfly says:

    Memories are all we get to take with us, may as well make them as enjoyable and memorable as possible! Definitely less things more memories! 🙂

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  8. Eileen says:

    I like that “more memories, less things.” This is a very good read for me today. I have to let my daughter know that her spending long hours in the office is not good for her child. New toys will not take the place of her spending time with her son.

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  9. briannemanz says:

    This was such a great read and so very true! I am all about the experiences for my children.

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  10. Stace Werner says:

    This is a very powerful poem.
    Life is too shorts to dwell on regrets.

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  11. Toni Dash says:

    Oh, I love these words! Memories are priceless!

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  12. It’s really hard in the everyday rush of things to sit back and remember that material things don’t matter. Memories matter! I have recently done the same thing, sat back and really said that making a memory is more important than doing certain things. I love that you wrote this because this day and age, its hard to for us to just sit back and enjoy the family with tons of other things weighing over us, like bills, and work.

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  13. Amanda Love says:

    I could not have said it better myself. It’s so much better to treat them to places they’ve never been to before and even go back to the ones that they’ve enjoyed going to. Experiences and memories are so much better than toys that get old.

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  14. Louise Bishop says:

    My husband and I are all about experiences with our children. Those last longer and have a bigger effect than anything.

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  15. melisasource says:

    I love this. Being in the moment, enjoying experiences and making memories is all very important.

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  16. Our Family World says:

    Lovely and inspiring. More memories are indeed better than anything else.

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