When we had our first child we were living in the top floor of an old German castle in a tiny
Bavarian village. I remember dreaming about the day when my son would turn three and be in Kindergarten and I would FINALLY have the freedom to do the things I actually wanted to do.
I really felt like I was wasting my talents by staying at home. I felt like if I were doing
something "greater" than just being with my son, people would see me differently.
One day our little family was invited over by a large homeschooling family for a special dinner. Instantly, I saw that THIS FAMILY WAS DIFFERENT.
They took PLEASURE in being together.
They learned and worked together. I was SHOCKED at the joy that flowed out of this family.
The more I thought about them and how happy they were, the more I longed to have what they had.
I wanted to be a family who loved to learn and be together.
Not one who was excited to get rid of each other. My heart changed and my husband and I decided to do family differently.
We started to place a high value on
spending time together, reading together, and being CURIOUS about the world together.
But the problem was, I was often overwhelmed at where to start.
I'm a spontaneous person and it drove me crazy that I couldn't come up with something better than hanging out in front of Netflix on the fly. Then I would fall down the black hole of Pinterest, lose track of time and have nothing to show for it.
Where in the world do these moms get the time and energy from to prepare elaborate family activities??
Over the years, and four kids later, I realized I needed something simple, quick, yet meaningful.
Something that was not just shallow fluff, but sparked DEEPER conversations with my kids. And that would give them both a great time, as well as a butt-load of rich experiences.