I just want to take the opportunity to tell you how grateful we at Making Memories are for the opportunity we have to help you create, preserve and display your cherished memories. At a time when every other investment seems to be declining in value, the worth of our families and our cherished relationships continue to grow and fill our lives with joy. This is the heart of what motivates us at making memories.
I will never forget an experience I had a few years ago with my two oldest sons. A gulf hurricane made it's way up north through Pennsylvania, and though the winds had died down, it caused wide-spread flooding and massive property damage. My boys and I volunteered with a church group to help the flood victims clean out their homes and recover anything of worth possible. We will never forget one of the older couples we helped. They lived in a single story house at the edge of a river where 4-5 feet f water had filled their home. Everything was water-damaged or destroyed. Car, garage utilities, furniture, T.V.s, appliances, computer, books - all was a total loss. The thing that impressed my boys and I most was seeing first-hand what this good couple valued most. It wasn't the items that cost the most money that caused their deepest despair. It was the loss of their photo's and their memories. We spent much of the afternoon searching the mess for a hand-made mother's-day card that her eight year old child had given to her the year that this same child died of leukemia. We never found the card. We would have done anything to take away this dear mother's pain of this single lost memory.
My Christmas wish to each of you is that this year might be a year when we all deepen our appreciation for that which has the most value. It is our families, our treasured friends and the hundreds of fleeting moments that fill our lives with joy. May we all be a little better at recognizing and capturing these moments in a way that will bless not only our lives, but generations to come!