The Days Are Long, But the Years Are Short

It seems my family is right in that ‘in-between’ stage. You know the one. When you’re kids are all old enough to bathe, eat, and dress with minimal input, but they’re still young enough that they think their Mom and I are pretty cool. It’s not going to last forever, I know.

Let’s call it the sweet spot.

Our sleep is no longer interrupted by babies crying, and we aren’t yet waiting up late at night waiting until they get in safely.

It’s not always been this way. Some of you are in the early days. Days and nights that string together full of oatmeal, baby food, strollers and baby carriers, and largely devoid of sleep. You’re probably wondering if I know what I’m talking about, as some days seem really, really long. Others may be in the later days – even empty nesters or grandparents and you’re probably thinking I don’t know much about this feeling of nostalgia, as I still have four kids under my roof.

From this vantage point – just barely past the ‘early years’ of parenting I’m already aware of how breathtakingly quickly the years fly by. If you’re still knee deep in toddler toys and diapers you may not fully appreciate this, but when I look into the eyes of the young woman my daughter has become, I’m so proud of her and yet feel a pang of regret. Did I do enough for her? What happened to the last 14 years? Did I take enough time away from the daily grind and make memories she’ll cherish forever?

The beauty of being aware of this is that I can start now. There are small steps I can take right now to slow down. Unplug. Take a hard look at my priorities, and make some adjustments about how we spend our time together.

One thing I don’t regret at all? Time spent at the cabin. Our time spent at the cabin has produced some of the best memories our family has ever made, and I know that spending more time there is a smart way to make sure my kids grow up with the kinds of memories I cherish from my childhood.

A father and his two young boy children make memories around a campfire, playing guitar and roasting marshmallows on a fall evening.

Make Memories in A Cabin

My son will never forget the day he learned how to shoot a .22 rifle at the cabin. I put a five dollar bill under a box of bullets and told him if he hits the bullseye before the box is empty, he can keep the five bucks. With one bullet remaining he drilled it. Right in the center of the target. The smile on his face as he pocketed the money and we walked back to the cabin was priceless. As he becomes a man, that lesson in marksmanship will serve him well. Steadiness, discipline, responsibility, accuracy. Bullseye.

My daughter will remember waking up in a chilly cabin and helping me make buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy for the whole clan. The values she learned in those moments guide her as she navigates the tricky business of being 14 going on 21.

Thinking about these precious memories steels my resolve to make sure we keep living more and more of this life. As our kids grow up and eventually bring home grandkids, I want them to have the same opportunities for creating these moments.

S’mores over a campfire. Cousins sleeping on the floor in front of a campfire after a long day playing in the woods. Naps in a hammock. Four-wheeler rides around the property. Plinking and fishing, hiking and swimming.

So much revolves around the cabin. Unplugging from the endless stream of notifications that compete for our attention each day, we can focus on each other. On making memories that will last a lifetime. These shared experiences are a rich part of the fabric of our lives.

One thing I love about being a part of the Riverwood Cabins team is that I get to help create these opportunities for you. We build cabins so that you can make memories.

Here’s a little collage of some of the memories our family has made this year at the cabin.

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When you’re ready to take the next step and create a place where you can make memories, email us at and we’ll guide you through the process. The cabin process isn’t difficult with Riverwood. We’ve helped many others on their cabin journey, and look forward to helping you as well. Don’t forget to sign up below for our email newsletter, to find out about special offers, such as our special Christmas offer!



About Patrick

Patrick loves working at Riverwood Cabins. He and his wife Mary June are blessed with four kids (two girls, and two boys)! Patrick is a family man who is passionate about faith, family, food, and friendships, and he loves to get away to the cabin several times each year.

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