Birthdays, graduations, weddings, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter... Celebrations are important in the life of a family. They commemorate achievement, honor sacred institutions, provide a wonderful opportunity for remembrance of God's goodness, for honoring and encouraging our loved ones.
Dr. Leila Denmark, history's longest practicing physician, encouraged family celebrations, but she didn't think they needed to be expensive, exhausting or lavish. Again, she emphasized simplicity.
Let's make our celebrations simply special!
Hi, I’m Madia. I have eleven children and one of the greatest privileges of my life was to know Dr. Leila Denmark. She practiced pediatrics for over 75 years and was my mentor for 32 years.
I can hardly express how much she helped me, both with the children’s medical issues and family life challenges. I would love to share what she taught me with you.
How to Make Them Special
Develop a simple lifestyle where some things are reserved for memorable occasions. Don't spoil your children's fun by spoiling them. If Mom makes a special cake every week, what's the big deal about a birthday cake? If certain foods, gifts and activities are reserved for times of celebration, it makes them simply special!
"The happiest children in the world are those who have something to wish for, something to give them a thrill. But if they instantly get everything they want, there’s no thrill. Christmas was a great time for us because we received gifts that were special, things we normally didn’t get except once a year. There was an orange, nuts, raisins, toy, a doll perhaps. It was a thrill, but now a child is bought a new toy with every trip to the store. Where is the excitement? It’s kind of like...well, modern marriage. If a couple’s been living together before the wedding, they've already had all the experiences... So what’s the point in a honeymoon?" Dr. Leila Denmark
Every family is different. Which days have unique significance to your family? Parents have the freedom to make those choices. Be calculated in your choices. The days you choose will refl