Nobody, that’s who! For a large part that is one of the reasons that I started this blog. Without being too morbid, we in the blogosphere have seen the tragedy that can happen when someone is taken away from us too young. Children have lost a parent and parents have lost children and whilst nothing can ever replace a person, having a blog goes some way to helping those left behind to relive memories. I hope that I will live to a grand old age to see my children grow, to have successful careers and to one day have a family of their own. I hope that one day I will be able to enjoy spending time with my grandchildren as my Mum and my Mother and Father-in-Law do today with our children. In the eventuality that I am not around to do this, I want them to have something they can treasure and to see how we spent our time together when they were younger, I want them to hear in my own words just how much they all mean to me. I guess you could say that my blog goes some way to me planning for the future.
Another fun way that you can do something for your family, as a family, is to create a time capsule. All you need is to find a large box in which you can place things which say a little bit about who you are at that point in time. Perhaps write a letter to yourself to rediscover in years to come and place in photographs of a special time or place. Then you can either bury your time capsule in your garden and plant a tree or plants over the top to mark it’s position or you can pop it away in the loft, garage or basement and just forget about it. We have been sent a Time Capsule by Endsleigh Insurance to help us appreciate the importance of life insurance for our family but unfortunately due to illness, work issues, adjusting to life with a new baby and family commitments we just haven’t had the chance to do it yet. We hope to record a video message to put in our capsule along with photographs and a daily newspaper to show what was happening in the world at the time our time capsule was created. Looking back on my life 10 years ago, despite hoping that I would one day become a Mum I never expected to have four beautiful children and I never thought that I would be a stay-at-home Mum. I certainly never thought I would have a blog which is read by so many (mainly because I had never even heard of a blog). I wonder what life will be like 10 year’s from now, Curly will be 21!!!!! Little Bean will be 15, Beanie Boy 12 and Jelly Bean 10 – I imagine there will be many tears and tantrums along the way but mainly I envisage lots of love and laughter.
Planning for the future goes much further than a time capsule or a blog of memories though, as great as memories are, they don’t pay the bills to protect my family and so for that reason (and because it is a necessity of our mortgage) I have life insurance. It’s one of those things that you know you should organise, that you want to organise but often get put on the to-do list for tomorrow and before you know it another year has passed. I think it’s because it relates to the one thing we don’t want to think about, our own passing. I know it’s something I don’t like to think about, even though it is something that I have thought about often, especially since becoming a Mum. I worry what would happen to my children, obviously their childcare would have to change as I am currently a stay at home Mum. Hubby works full time so would he be able to carry on working, would he be able to afford the childcare they would need as well as covering the household bills, the funeral costs and everything else that comes from the loss of a loved one? Don’t put off to tomorrow, the things that matter today because nobody knows what tomorrow brings!
DISCLAIMER: I was sent the Time Capsule above for the purpose of this post. All words, opinions and images are my own. I was not instructed what to write and you may not copy my work without my permission.