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Cultivate a good life and record it.



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Part of cultivating a good life is to always remember.

Cultivating a good life? My life at this moment is a big repetitive game….the many days and ways of high school, middle school, and elementary school fill our daily calendars. I have a sign in my kitchen that is my motto, my catch phrase, for life. It’s always been there (for 18 years of marriage) and there was a sign very similar in my mom’s kitchen growing up — her catch phrase first and I love her for this. It simply says: REMEMBER. It is the measuring stick for many of life’s curve balls; it keeps me grounded, fulfilled, keeps me going, and brings me a huge amount of happiness because it means so many different things. I will share a few with you.

Remember… who you are.
I have always had a great sense of the family I come from, that expects goodness and kindness and hard work and a faithful person. As a teenager, I can remember stories from my parents and grandparents about faithful people who had sacrificed and shaped my life. This knowledge helped me make difficult decisions and kept me safe from bad situations.

Remember… to pray.
Morning and night. And on some days, a lot in between. Prayer works. It’s powerful and it’s necessary for me to function my best as a wife and mother and friend.

Remember… to look for the good — always.
In others and in our own families. Remember all the great qualities your children have. Remember when they were little and you could see all their potential and all these amazing qualities. Remember all the unrehearsed huge smiles and laughs and sweetness. Remember those things as they turn into teenagers. They are still inside somewhere. Remembrance can bring them out a little more for us moms. {P.S. Teenagers are a lot of fun!}

Remember… to write it down!
* my ongoing list: if it’s on the list, it will happen.
* my journal: on my computer; it’s faster that way.
* I have a purple church journal. I carry it to church meetings for special thoughts and impressions.
* I buy a Mary Engelbreit calendar each year. Everything goes on the calendar (still). I know when every single tooth fell out. It’s all on there when I’m ready to document or try to catch up on a digital book — that’s my resource.

Remember… to smile!
Smiling is just good for everyone and I like smiling.

Remember… to serve.
The best kind of service is the kind we do as a family, on our own, without anyone asking or expecting. Our latest favorite thing: Special Olympics. As our kids get older, there are so many fun things we get to do together. Serving others is one of my favorites. I love the look in my children’s eyes as they love people as the Savior would love them.

Remember… Our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Remember Him in our interactions with each other, in our Sunday worship, in our behavior on the road, in what we say online. Always Remember Him. Jesus Christ is the most integral part of my life. I am the person I am because of a Savior who loves perfectly and has shown the perfect example of how to live. His truths are unchanging. Especially as we enter the Christmas season, let us all REMEMBER His birth, His life of love, and miracles, His sacrifice, His example.

note from becky

I just adore Aimee. She is so with it, so full of energy, so wanting to cultivate a good life and serve others and do the right thing… and she gardens! (A quality I greatly admire and a skill I hope to develop some day.) How grateful I am for this message today, for we all do need to remember those things that keep us most centered. How special that Aimee’s mom instilled in her a love for that word, giving it extra meaning in her life. Aimee’s children will be able to say the same thing about their mother. I love that.

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5 Responses

  1. Wendy Howe says:

    Amen! Thanks for sharing Aimee. XOXOX

  2. Cherice says:

    One of my most favorite person in the world….
    And many years ago told me about this word REMEMBER and now I, too have implemented it into my home

  3. Carrie says:

    I love this Aimee! Thanks for your words of wisdom! You are a great lady and I those to be more like you someday!

  4. Mandy says:

    I love this Aimee! What a wonderful word and mantra! How wonderful that your mom was a wonderful example of this for you. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Oh how I love this!
    In fact I love it so much that I have created some signs of my own to give to my adult kiddos for their homes this Christmas. Along with the sign (which was a collaborative effort of mine and my husband to make it more meaningful) I will be giving them a little write up of the things I want them to REMEMBER. I want it to be a new heirloom/tradition that we begin.
    After reading your blog I almost created a sign with other words (I mulled several over in my mind) but in the end REMEMBER won out because it encompasses EVERYTHING!
    Thank you so much for sharing. I think after I give the signs to them for Christmas I will blog about it myself and would love to credit you for the original idea.