My husband introduced me to the idea of a 10 year journal a couple of years ago. The basic gist is that each evening you write one sentence in a journal and then turn the page. When the year is over, you start back at the beginning of the journal and write a sentence for the new year. That way, after 10 years have gone by, you will have 10 entries under each date. It sounded like a neat way to watch the years go by and see how our family changes. Then, I filed the idea away for a rainy day. Something cool, but never got started.
This year, my best friend had a baby and I started thinking about how fast time flies. Seriously, I was just holding our firstborn as a tiny baby and here he is 13 now. I’m really not sure how that happened. When Christmas came I started thinking on something a new mom might find special and the 10 year journal came up. I googled it and decided I needed to come up with my own thing. Something a little creative.
So I pulled out some index cards and stamped each with a date. I left off the year so that I could use the space I wanted each year. Only one date per card which will hopefully leave me with enough space for ten years worth of memories.
Put it all together in a pretty basket. For my friend’s gift, I added some ribbon and a couple of nice pens so that it would be something quick and easy. I keep mine on my nightstand and as I climb into bed each night, I think back on the day and something that I want to remember. It could be a quote from one of the kids. It could be a special Bible verse. It could be a special activity. It could be a quick comment about how I’m feeling. One day, I only wrote two words, “I’m sick.” It doesn’t have to be much.
I know the next 10 years will old a lot of changes for our family as the boys will most likely all be moving out. I have such a bad memory that this will help me look back and remember those little things that have made us who are.