Crafts: Making a family memory journal

A family memory journal is a fun, easy way to preserve family memories.

| January 2009

A couple of years ago, I was sorting through a pile of unused journals (many given to me as presents) and was trying to come up with a way to put them to good use.

One day, after a family gathering, I sat down and wrote a short description of the gathering in one of the unused journals. I wrote where the gathering took place, the occasion we were celebrating, the names of the people who had attended, and things about the day that had stood out in my memory. I did this for the next couple of family get-togethers, then stuck the journal in a drawer.

It didn't seem like that big of a deal at the time, but probably a year or more later, I pulled out the journal again and looked at the entries I had made. It was really fun reading them again. I had already forgotten some of the things that had happened, and the thoughts that I had at the time that, fortunately, I had thought to write down.

I've been really forgetful about writing in my family memory journal, but in the past couple of years, I have probably chronicled two or three family events a year. When you think about it, 25 years from now, the journal will be full of family memories.

Family journals are a great thing to pass down to your children and grandchildren.

At the time, they don't really care about what's going on, but some day they will appreciate being reminded of some of their childhood memories.

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