Spending Time With Our Kids

I read the following quote from Tim Russert this morning.

“You can shower a child with presents or money, but what do they really mean, compared to the most valuable gift of all – your time? Vacations and special events are nice, but so often the best moments are the spontaneous ones. Being there. Every moment you spend with your child could be the one that really matters.”

It is appropriate that I stumbled upon this quote today. Elise and I are leaving later today for a field trip with the children’s ministry from our church to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. We will get to spend the night at the aquarium and sleep with the fishes (no, not like in a mob movie). It’s going to be lots of fun, and we are both looking forward to the trip.

Mr. Russert’s words are a good reminder of the importance of spending time with our kids. The older they get the harder it is to find that quality time together. I’m glad I have the opportunity this weekend to spend some fun time with Elise. I’ll be making a trip in April with Rachel to the Creation Museum. These planned trips are going to be fun, but I look forward to the spontaneous moments that will occur. I need to remember the above quote when those fun times happen and realize that every moment with my kids is special.

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