Mary, Moments & Memories

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We all have defining moments, things that happen that mold and shape us, that change the course of our lives. A list immediately comes to mind, right? Some of these moments are huge and wonderful and arrive accompanied by trumpets and fanfare — like weddings and the birth of children.

Others roar in like a freight train and leave us devastated and shaking: the death of a loved one, divorce, natural disasters, life-threatening illness.

Still others, though, are quiet and unexpected and equally important — the first time you made eye contact with your new love, the day your father told you he was proud of you, the moment you and your mother went from parent-child to best friends.

These moments come to all of us, at different times, in different ways, and they change us. How we respond, of course, determines if the change in us will be good or bad.

As I begin writing my first-ever Christmas story, I’ve been thinking about the defining moments in my life and in my heroine’s. There have been several in my personal life recently.

Some sad: My children’s beloved grandfather passed away on Thanksgiving. His passing leaves a big hole, especially in my kid’s lives.

Some bittersweet: After almost six years, today is my last day as a Silver Springs boat captain. I will miss seeing the wonderful friends I’ve made there on a regular basis, but l’m excited about new possibilities.

Some exciting: Two years ago, our family dove into the making of the feature film: Catch of a Lifetime. The movie is about to be released and excitement is running high. (go to to watch the trailer or pre-order your copy).

Recently, What’s Up Ocala, a local magazine, interviewed our family and let us share the crazy, wonderful process. (Click on “A Family Affair” to read the article. I’d love to hear what you think.)

This morning, I re-read the Christmas Story from the Gospel of Luke and noticed that Mary, too, thought about those defining, special moments of her life. Twice it says, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19, 51)

As you prepare for the holiday season, I hope the defining moments in your life will inspire you to laugh freely, love openly and celebrate every precious, unexpected moment that comes your way.

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  1. doris neumann says:

    Lot’s to think about, Connie. Thanks for the reminder to remember to treasure and ponder as we go from day to day! Love you!

  2. Katy Lee says:

    In a season where I am flooded with so much to do, I need to relax and breathe and ponder on the most important things. (my family, my health, my home) I need to be okay if some things fall by the wayside. But, boy, that is hard for me to do!

    • Connie Mann says:

      I hear you! I only put up half the usual Christmas decorations this year–and decided I’m ok with that. 🙂 There are more important, internal preparations to be made. 🙂 Hope you have a restful holiday season, Katy!