This Week's Update: I've officially made it to week 2 in conquering my sugar cravings. I've had some really hard moments, but for the most part it is easy when I remind myself why I am doing it.
My mom read me an article the other day that caused some serious regret within myself. But it also inspired me to be better. It was about the importance of telling our children stories about their ancestors. This includes stories about my husband and I, both of our parents, as well as our grandparents. I was surprised to hear how many benefits children receive when they hear these stories (don't worry, I will do a full post about the article later).
But here's the problem. I'm really bad at journaling. Actually, you probably have to actually do it to be bad at it…so I guess I should just be honest and say I don't journal. It's not that I don't want to have a journal to pass on to my children, because I really do. It's just that after a day of dishes, and meals, and laundry, and peek-a-boo, and poopy bums…I barely muster enough energy for personal prayer before I crawl into my sheets and fall fast asleep. Okay, actually it's my husband that falls fast asleep, I fall slow-asleep). But you get the point. My nights are sleepless as it is without chalking up one more before-bedtime routine. I don't even read books very often anymore.
But over the last couple weeks my sweet baby has started smiling for the first time. I tried to think back to when I first saw offspring #1 smile, and I honestly couldn't remember. HOW COULD I NOT REMEMBER?! It was only like 18 months ago! And that's when I felt sad that I hadn't recorded her special little moments.
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So yesterday I decided to make a change for the better and start a mother journal. I went to a baby shower and saw my sister-in-law open the COOLEST gift ever. It's a mother journal called “Mom's One Line A Day: A Five-Year Memory Book.” Basically the idea is that you write one line everyday, for five years. One line? Now that's something I can do! I promptly ordered mine and it came today (thank you Amazon Prime)! Yay. So here's to a new me: I've started my mother journal (or journal for mom, or mother's journal, whatever you want to call it). The point is I'm not going to miss writing about any more important moments!
Here's a picture I took of my journal
If you're not a mom, there are One line a day journals for your average person too! There is also a question and answer version that gives you a question to answer everyday for the next five years. And if you want a “free” version that you can make yourself, keep reading my friend…I'm about to hook you up with the ultra frugal version of this journal.
How to Make Your Own Mother Journal:
If you haven't seen this floating around Pinterest, here it is: Take some book rings and hole punch 365 notecards, and you now have your very own homemade version of a one line a day mother journal! I started out this way, but it wasn't visually appealing enough to motivate me (yes, I hate journaling that bad). But in my opinion, it is a very fantastic idea. In fact, if you printed the dates from your printer right onto the note cards, this would make an awesome wedding gift!
Any of you good at keeping a journal? What's your strategy?