Memories to Legacy


Diane, my sister-in-law, was visiting from Florida and had looked forward to being here a few weeks before Christmas to participate in the annual Family Cookie Baking Day. Her Mom Marilyn seemed to outdo herself each year with the help of son Donald and his wife Jackie, with whom she was living in her customized basement suite.

This year Diane brought her baking expertise, creativity and of course her deck of Phase 10 cards. She never left home without it and was always ready to challenge any and all takers to a game. And so it was this weekend when we joined them all for dinner.

As we dove into some of those yummy Christmas cookies, the volume rose around the dining table along with the competitive sibling and in-law rivalries. I was dead last for an extremely long time, but made a bit of a comeback while the heat swirled between those at the front of the pack until Rob was declared victor.

All in all, it was a lot of fun and reminded me of other Family Game Nights through the years…

There was Canasta with my Mom, nieces and nephews at my sister’s, Yahtzee with my parents in their retirement home apartment, and Risk with my husband Chris crushing the competition when our relatives visited our Tennessee cabin in the woods.

Whatever the game, the shared conversations and laughter interspersed with the shuffling and dealing, rolling of dice and counting points, strategizing and taking territory have created mattering moments that have lingered in our memories. We continue to reminisce about past rounds of gameplay even while creating new shared experiences.

Beyond the faded recollection of who won what game there remains what seems like a big group hug. It feels good with each remembering. It’s something that unites and connects our generations in ways that are unique to this Barker-Chambers collection of folks. So, this is us…and Game Night is one of the things that our family likes to do when we gather together.


How about you? I’d love to support you in capturing some of your family’s This is Us moments. Let’s get started building your Legacy of Memories today!

JOYfully jotting,


Your Legacy of Memories Mentor

Capturing Moments That Matter…Energizing Your Reminiscence…Passing It On!