Do these words evoke strong feelings or memories for you? They do if you live in Minnesota and probably in many other states.
When we started having children Dan and I longed to find a cabin where we could return year after year and make memories with our family. We couldn’t buy a cabin but we hoped to find one to rent that we could make “our cabin” year after year.
I’m afraid I became rather a fanatic and dragged my dear husband to several places where he would rather not have been – like the cabin where our friend got the bedroom that had fleas left by a former renters dog, or the one where the lake was only visible with a telescope, or the one so small you all had to go inside and stand against the wall so you could close the door. Well, you get the idea; we were having trouble finding our dream cabin.
I believe the Lord planted that desire in our hearts and his Word says, “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep [you] from evil.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:3 KJV
Just when it looked like what we wanted didn’t exist; I came up with one more option… My dear husband really didn’t want to go stay at another disaster, but that wasn’t going to happen. This family wanted to interview us and meet us and check our references before they would even consider renting us their cabin. YIKES!
It was about 20 miles from one of Dan’s aunts so we asked her if we could spend the night with her and go to our interview the next day. At least this trip wouldn’t be a total loss since visiting Aunt Helen was one of our favorite things to do.
Off we went, Emily was 4, Rebekah was 2 and Eric was 3 months old. The owners of this cabin were believers and we hit it off right away with them. When we left several hours later we were signed up for our first stay at their cabin in June 1992.
We just returned from our 24th stay at “the” cabin. We are continually grateful for the Lord’s provision of a place where we can make memories together each summer.
Some things stay the same:
-As we drive down the road to the cabin we still get quiet and wait for that first glimpse and someone to call out, “I see the cabin.”
-We still try to do as many of the fun things we’ve always done there – visiting with family and friends, collecting Monarch butterfly caterpillars and watching them hatch, swimming, fishing, breakfast at JoMama’s, celebrating Father’s Day, going to Bargain Bills and looking for – what else – bargains!
And things are changing too.
-Both of Dan’s aunts who lived in that area have passed on and we miss our visits with them and their children.
-We don’t have a rainy day box anymore. I used to save a box of things that we just opened if it was raining at the cabin – Lincoln Logs, special paints and games. I recently found out that this is one of our children’s best memories. They said they were always disappointed if there wasn’t at least one rainy day.
-We had to put our dog Strider down in August, so this was our first time there without him. When a black dog ran through the yard even I felt my heart quicken for just a second when I thought it was him.
Our children are 21, 23, and 25 now so each year we wonder if there will be another when we are still all together, or if we will be adding a son-in-law or daughter-in-law.
Sameness and change, both are a part of life – And we can handle both as long as the Lord is our rock.
“He only [is] my rock and my salvation; [he is] my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.” – Psalm 62:2 KJV
How do you make memories as a family?
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