August 2, 2016

a few of my favorite things | our family journal

When the kids were little, I had three different albums and three different baby books. As time went on, it was harder and harder to keep up! I decided, if I was going to get anything down, I would need to just write for all three in one plain journal.

Over the years, I have tried to capture sweet words, funny words, little accomplishments, big accomplishments, comments from others, prayers they shared, dreams they have, and so on. Sometimes I write in sentences. Sometimes I jot. Sometimes I'm neat. Sometimes I'm messy. I'm writing and trying to save memories.

With Slices of Life, I've noticed that I write more here than in the journal now, but I know the kids will read through these "pages" of memories someday.

Here are some snippets -

March 2000
Annie likes to play music on the dryer door. She runs her fingers up and down on the holes and sings as she does it.

July 2002
At Beulah, Annie (4) saw her dress on the bed and she said, "Yay! I've been waiting to go to church all week!"

October 2002
Annie asked me to"pray right now that I'll be brave on the McDonalds slide next time".

July 2003
Beulah - The girls went swimming in their little pool after they had been to a baptism service. When Annie was spraying Eliza with the hose, Eliza said, "Am I done being baptized yet?"

April 2005
Mommy: Eliza, did you hit Ethan?
Eliza: I hit him gently.

January 2007
Kids are tucked in and I'm sitting at the desk in the hallway while they fall asleep.
Ethan: Mommy?
Ethan: That was a big day.

December 2007
Today was Annie's turn to be the the Student of the Day. She had to take something special. She chose her Bible and took it to school.

June 2008
Ask Daddy! He's the smart one. - Ethan


Some more from our family journal pages...

...and there are additional ones tucked in other slices.


  1. What a treasure trove. Each of your notes could be turned into a writing piece. I have struggled with keeping a notebook, thinking I have to write a lot each day. But your pictures and notes have shown me that I can be brief. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  2. What a beautiful journal filled with the days of your life! I have to comment on your gorgeous handwriting. Thank you for a peek into these pages!

  3. This is simply lovely. And an inspiration to capture more of our lovely family moments that happen each day. Thank you for sharing this with us.

  4. That is a beautiful thing to have created...and to savor now and forever.

  5. You were smart to keep these words/moments from being forgotten. What a gift to the future!

  6. I've kept those scrapbooks & baby books too, but wish I had kept journal pages like you, too. This is so precious to read. Your kids will treasure it!

  7. I loved reading the little snippets of your family history! Made me smile!

  8. Oh, what fun! I love all the little snippets and so many made me just smile! Bravo for capturing those little words and moments! I must say, the handwriting is beautiful too!

  9. I love that you do this for your kids. This is something that will last forever. Far better than stuff. I have an Annie too!

  10. This is a great way of keeping memories fresh. How wonderful that you have so many collected.

  11. Thank you for being here, Folks. I so appreciate your sweet words.


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