A magical memory-making Mommy

Nov 05

A magical memory-making Mommy

That’s me tomorrow (today, given it is 12:34am?): magical memory-making Mommy.

The girls have no school tomorrow, so we are going on an impromptu road trip to Oxford, OH, home of my alma mater Miami University.  Two years ago, I took them on a similar mommy-daughter adventure… it was one of the first days I was out for an extended time with both girls by myself.  As we drove off the driveway that day, SuperNeighbor waved at me and said, “Go make some memories,” and I loved her simple statement.  Memory-making days can be intentional.  It gave me a vision, a focus for that day, and for many subsequent days.  We took pictures, we ate at my favorite eatery, we took a big walk around campus.  Maren chattered to me, and I like to think that 5-month-old Greta soaked it all in too.  I found a gem of a picture from that day: the girls and I in front of my sophomore dorm in 2011.  Wow, what a crazy two years it has been…


The timing of this random day off is perfect.  The weather is looking like a perfect autumn day.  The camera is charged, the list of To Do is suspended, our bags are packed for a day of fun.  It’s a chance for me to be Adventure Mama and spend a day doing what I do best: mothering these two cuties.  I get to focus on Maren and give her all the attention she wants; I get to tune in to Greta and watch her explore.  And we get to spend it in a place that is important to me and stunningly beautiful.  Oh, happy day, indeed.

I’m grateful that the stars aligned in this way; I needed this day.

Gosh, I love my girls.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.  — 1 Corinthians 13:4-7





  1. You must have woke me up at 1:30 a.m. Odd that I could not sleep and then found your entry on my computer to greet me. I think of you daily but even more so now. Sad that I will miss you and your family at Thanksgiving but know that you have many important things to do like make more memories and get yourself back to healthy again after surgery. Have an awesome memory making day.

    Love to all of you…

    Warrior from the north (although I am south right now!)

  2. Kim Rourke /

    Have fun, fun, fun!!! Beautiful campus, and the perfect place to run in the leaves, giggle, nibble, and bask in the love you all share. Go get those memories!

  3. Newbie friend /

    Having had two of my girls graduate from Miami U, I know the beauty you will see today. More importantly knowing you , I know the beauty you will find in this day of playing and delighting in your sweet daughters. You continue to inspire me to do each day well.
    Praying for great surgery outcome, and smooth recovery .
    Peace and joy to you .

  4. Maryann /

    I love that memory making is the order of the day today!!! Much love to you all….

  5. Bonnie J /

    Sounds wonderful to me – funny 🙂 just speaking about a ride to Oxford on Sunday. Beautiful spot for a memory making event.
    This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Have fun and have a toasted roll for me !! Mmmmmm

  6. so happy to hear how you are spending the day. You are always making the best call on how to spend your time : ) Looking forward to catching up soon. I need some Jenspective

  7. Ann Scherma /

    I like that Ami, “Jenspective”! We all need it and enjoy it!
    Jen, May God bless you with 77×77 more awesome memory making days! As you know the number 7 has important meaning in the Bible, so it is a blessing you are having your surgery on November 7th. Love, Aunt Annie

  8. Marsha Vonderwish /

    I hope you fill a book with today’s memories! Praying for you dear girl!

  9. Sharon Hajek /

    As Kung Fu Panda says, yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, today is gift. How inspiring to witness how you celebrate the gift of today with your angels and your constant gift of living in the moment. Praying without ceasing. Believing always.

  10. Mackenzie Rice /

    Jen- I work up at Miami, and I saw you running around in the park uptown! You were most definitely making memories! The smiles on all of your faces said it all! You looked happy, healthy and radiant! And I believe that will be what you find out this week as well– that you are all of those things! Prayers for all of you!
    PS: I was with a board member or else I would have yelled HEY ou the car window!

  11. Praying for you today!