Sunday, March 8, 2009

Living Lovely with Family

When you look at your life,
the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.

~Joyce Brothers

I would like to try something new here at Mt. Hope Chronicles, but I need some participation on this one. This will be my first attempt at a Mr. Linky, so we'll see how it goes.

Jumping off of Friday's post, I wish to gather ideas for making meaningful connections and memories with our families (without spending a fortune).

Each week we will have a specific theme (daily rituals, special treats, yearly traditions, etc.). If anyone would like to participate, simply write about your ideas on your blog during the week. You may share about what you are currently doing, ideas for the future, a list, pictures, whatever strikes your fancy. I will post the Mr. Linky on Thursdays, and everyone can share a link to their blog post. Mr. Linky will stay up, so feel free to add your link throughout the weekend. (If you do not have a blog or do not wish to post a link, feel free to add ideas in the comments!)

Snag the above button (right click and save picture on your computer) to place on your blog post or on your side bar. I would love it if you linked back to Mt. Hope Chronicles in your post!

As my friend, Prairie Chick, so perfectly stated, '...Choose to spend time with them DAILY and make memories by LIVING, LAUGHING AND LOVING, in the moment,' I would like to start with daily (or frequent) ways we can connect with our family, either individual members, family as a unit, or even extended family and intimate friends.

This Thursday, March 12th, I will post my ideas along with Mr. Linky. Let the fun begin!

Here is the schedule for the weekly themes:

March 12th
1. What is something you do (or plan to do) daily (or several times each week) to connect with your family, either with individual family members or your family as a unit? Do you have any memories of daily family rituals from your childhood? (Photos, list...)

March 19th
2. Weekly activities (or even once or twice a month).

March 26th
3. Special treats. Random surprises. Seasonal activities.

April 2nd
4. Yearly traditions.

April 9th
5. Vacations (out-of-the-box, shoe-string budget, meaningful adventures).

April 16th
6. Milestones with children (accomplishments, birthdays, graduation...).

April 23rd
7. Raising a child with a global perspective. (I'm throwing this one in the mix. I would love to travel around the world with my children, but I know that we'll have to think outside the box in order to accomplish something in that realm.)

Anyone with me?

To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there.
~Barbara Bush


Kathy said...

ooh, how exciting! I can't wait to share! my family is my greatest blessing and my favorite topic to blog about! =)

Sarah at SmallWorld said...

LOVE this! In fact, for over a year I've had a note on my computer that says, "Start family traditions meme," and I am so glad YOU are doing it! I will gladly participate!

Ruth said...

This is great. My husband and I have been having detailed discussions about this lately. I am quite excited about sharing and learning from others!

jodi said...

love the new look and love the ideas. wish i had access to my file of old photos for really good participation, but i'll do the best i can where i am right now. certain rituals are the things that have kept us afloat these past 9 weeks.

great idea!

Jennifer said...

What a great idea! I'll be looking forward to reading others' ideas, and pondering how I can contribute. (I love having the schedule laid out in advance...thanks!)

Rachel said...

Oh this looks so fun! I do like the advance schedule. Helps me to think ahead.

Unknown said...

always with you, and awaiting this new journey with eager anticipation!

Christi said...

What a great idea! I'm in - I've already got lots of ideas.

Christy Murphy said...

Love your new header! Always enjoy reading your blog.

Anonymous said...

Great idea Heidi! Really inspires some reflection..

Renee said...

I'm on board. I'll start thinking!!

Mon Cheri said...

Heidi, this sounds like so much fun. I'm in!

Val, Brax and Harper said...

ooohhh i'm so glad i came across your blog!!!!!!! i can't wait to play!