My husband is such a good memory keeper. He has virtually every moment of the children’s life on video or in photos. When Daly Kay was about two years old, and began to say the darndest things, he insisted we begin a book chronicling every hilarious situation. Since then, the “funny book” is on our dining room china cabinet, where it sits and added to almost daily. We add the funny comments, mispronounciations, misunderstandings, and every embarrassing or humbling situation we find ourselves in as parents of 15 children.
One of my all-time favorites has to be this little story from when Blissy was about three years old. We had a tradition of going to see the Nutcracker Ballet every year at Christmas time. Usually afterwards, we would go to a local florist shop that also had an extensive year round Christmas store full of ornaments, trees, and decor. The children would each get to pick a new ornament for our tree at home. Inside their garden area, they had a huge 9 foot tall statue of a Nutcracker. My girls loved it. They swore we *needed* it. One day, driving home from some errand, we passed by the florist shop, and Bliss shouted out, “Mommy, that’s where the giant NUT CRAPPER lives!”
Some of the most embarrassing, or most humorous moments as a parent, are ultimately the most joyful. I often think our Heavenly Father must have an incredible sense of humor. I am sure he laughs at our household everyday! If you don’t already have a funny book, go get a simple spiral notebook and start one. As the children age, let them add to it their own funny moments or memories from school or sports. Life passes so quickly and you won’t remember all the funny things your children said or did. Write them down and when you’ve had a rough day, pull out the funny book to remind you how incredibly joyful family canbe!