Journaling Your Family’s Memories
Author: Melanie Denney
You know those little moments in life - the ones that make you burst into fits of laughter, fill you with joy and gratitude, or even the tough moments that strengthened you – that you want to remember always? Over time, those beautiful, little moments seem like they’ll never leave you, but the reality is that they will; some time goes by, life gets busy, new things happen, and then those little moments, the ones that you thought you’d never forget, will slowly fade. Do not let those memories ever leave you; they are too precious, too life shaping. Keep them close. Preserve your life in a journal.
Book of Scraps My grandma showed me her mother‘s scrapbook. It was just a simple notebook, but it was there that she preserved her life. Her thoughts and memories were handwritten on the lined pages as well as photographs; she wrote down favorite lyrics from songs, jokes, and glued cut-out poems to the pages, even wrappers and instructions were attached to the pages. She loved and appreciated every simple moment. It’s clear that a scrapbook can be just that - a book of scraps - or rather, a book of simple memories. So, go on and purchase a simple notebook, keep it close so that you can quickly note down the day your toddler took his first step, insert a picture of a candid photo of you and your sweetie, and all of those hilarious things your child said.
Box It Some things just can’t be kept in a book, like maybe that rock your little one decorated to look like you, or the seashells you collected on the beach with your family; this case calls for a lovely monogrammed box. Gently place your treasured objects into your keepsake container. Perhaps you might even want to attach a nice tag with the back story written on it, so that you’ll always remember why it meant so much to your family.
Artistic Collage Between artistic photography sessions, it’s the snap shots that capture our most honest moments, yet they often get overshadowed by beautiful family portraits. Turn your loose 3x5’s into an artistic display; write about the event or person, state your thoughts, memories, or inscribe a quote right on top of the pictures. Arrange your photos into a shape, like a heart, on an empty wall, or maybe a pattern down the hallway is more your style. With a wall collage, there’s no book to open; every time you pass it, it will be as if all your precious moments will be displayed right before you. It’ll be like living within your journal.
Whatever your preference to journal-keeping is, just keep record of the big and small moments that happen in your life. Years later, when you take a moment to read about your past experiences, you’ll be thankful that you took the time to record all the little things that make your life beautiful.