Friday, January 10, 2014

diaries and journals and little baby footprints.




I don't know if I've ever mentioned this on my blog before, but I am a chronic journal keeper. I got my first diary when I was in kindergarten—it had a gold lock on it and I wrote all about the crush I had on the boy that lived across the street, because that's what I thought you were supposed to write about in diaries at the ripe young age of 5. It's been 20+ years since that little diary, and I've been consistently keeping a journal ever since. I get anxious when it's been over a week since I've written last, and in my perfect world I would have time to write in it every day. (Sometimes I do.) I have journals and sketchbooks and little planning notebooks filling storage bins in our closet, and I joke with Aaron (but am actually super serious) that either I want to be buried with my journals, or I'm going to burn them all before I die. Because honestly...there would just be way too much information about me floating around otherwise. The only journal I might consider leaving behind is the one that I'm showing in the photos above. 

I started this journal in January 2013, and finished the last page just last week. This journal is so special to me. 2013 was the best year...I got pregnant, had an awesome pregnancy, delivered our first child and finally became a mother. I took this journal with me to the hospital, with the intention of writing down the events of the birth day right after they happened, but I was obviously preoccupied with a lot of other things, and didn't actually have a chance to write in it at all during our hospital stay. But! How glad am I that I brought it though, so that when our nurse was doing Wyatt's little baby footprints I could have her do some on a blank page in my journal too? (Answer is...very glad!) Such a treasure. This journal came full circle, and maybe one day I will give it to Wyatt so that he can read about his very beginning when he was still in my tummy and how excited I was to meet him and so he can see how tiny his little feet were when he was just barely born. I think something like that would be worthy of leaving behind. 

I just bought another new journal tonight, so I'm off to go write on the first page. Nothing quite as exciting as starting a new journal, and thinking of the possibilities of where life will be by the time I finish it. Keeping a journal is so fulfilling for me, and is one chronic condition I am very, very grateful for. I've sure come a long way since my little diary with the little gold lock on it. 

16 comments:

  1. I have kept a journal on and off since I was about eleven. It all started with a diary that had a lock and key too. I write anything and eveything down in them. Serious reflection, a funny story, a recipie idea. It all goes in.

    Leanne xx

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  2. My mom kept baby books for us and we love looking at them. Love his little footprints.

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  3. what a wonderful memory to keep for Wyatt!
    I've just recently taken up journaling again and found it to be a wonderful way to end (or begin) any kind of day.

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  4. I have been planning on keeping a diary starting this year since I have so much time now that I'm unemployed but then again, I have a secret blog already so I always think twice about buying a new (pretty) notebook.

    janmloves.blogspot.com

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  5. its a beautiful journal! i love the idea of keeping journals, but I always forget or it goes too long in between. But I have managed to keep up the 5 year journal thing where you just write a little bit each day :)

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  6. i can't imagine a sweeter journal entry!

    i loved reading this post and i am curious about how blogging has influenced (if at all) your journal keeping. i, too, have boxes and boxes of journals, but since i started blogging more and more, i find that it takes me longer and longer to go through a journal.

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  7. I have a similar story, in that I have kept a journal for 22 years now. crazy to think it has been that long. loved reading this, thank you for sharing.

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  8. amazing! :) those little feet! *high pitched squeal* i too wrote about the boy next door in my journal - ahh treasured memories. love it! keep it up!

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  9. I'm a big journaler too---blogging has kind of stunted my progress lately on one, but I've been keeping one since I was six. Even though I'm kind of mortified to think that all those thoughts will be in full view once I'm dead and gone, I'm so glad I've recorded everything. It's so fun to look back on my life and see how far I've come.

    What a lovely gift for your son---I'm sure he'll treasure it forever :)

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  10. I love that you had your with you at the hospital to get those foot prints! Such a great memory and keepsake

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  11. I'm also an avid journal keeper! I think it's amazing how much we change mentally in the space of just a few months.

    How interesting that you want to burn them... I don't know what to do with mine. I quite like the idea of someone finding it and reading it and seeing the journey I had over the time I kept it. I wouldn't want my family reading them though...

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  12. i'm an avid journal keeper, too! i love to back and read them from years ago. somtimes it's hilarious, sometimes its embarrassing, and sometimes its so encouraging to see where i am now from then. write on!

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  14. I love this idea so much it's unreal. Baby feet are basically the best thing ever, and printing them in a journal is beautiful. When I have a little one (all being well) I'd love to make a piece of wall art out of their tiny little prints. Super cute! Thanks for sharing :) xx

    the student in the specs

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  15. I'm a major journal keeper as well. Always writing. That's funny. I start to get pretty anxious too when too much time is passing. It's such a great way to hit the breaks and treasure things.

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