Friday, March 07, 2008

Borders Challenge

Becoming a new Mom of two little boys, I always had a story to tell. I used to share cute little things that my boys would say and do. My friends and mother-in-law, used to say "you should write it down". I took a little offense to that advice at first. I thought they were just saying that so that I would just stop gushing and sharing my "new Mom" type stories. For whatever reason they gave me that advice, I did it! I found myself over the years grabbing an envelope, post-it note, or scratch pad to write down the little stories. I'm so glad I did!

I kept all those little notes that I had written over the years. I thought maybe someday I would type them all out into a journal and make them look all published and pretty. Well, I finally realized that "real Moms" don't have time for that!

This week, I compiled all my little stories and notes into a simple album. All the little scribbles that a frantic, happy Mom would write down are in this book. The emotional memories I saved and whispered and wrote to myself in the wee hours of the morning are archived here.

Why wouldn't a Mother keep a note that said, "Mommy are we going to take that baby back to the hospital"? I'm sentimental, I couldn't bear to toss out a little handwritten quote from a 4 year old boy that said, "a miracle is like a flower". So I put them in here in their original form, with coffee spills still in tact. I love this book! It's personal, it's my own journal, my own diary of my precious days as a stay-at-home-mother. It reminds me of some of the happiest times in my life. This is a memory book of those special days I spent with my babies at home and the sweet little conversations we shared.

So special thanks to Ramona for all the challenges this month. I think this one was my favorite out of all of them, just because I ended up with a precious treasure.

Have a happy day!



Sue Thomas said...

What a treasure, Reen!!!! I love it!

Susan said...

what a great post Reen.
Your MIL was a wise woman...I wish I'd taken more notes.
I have lots and lots of pictures the kids made, but none of my own thoughts and memories. A treasure for sure

Anonymous said...

Oh what a blessing!!!!! Sweet! And, you can much fun bonding w/ their future girlfriends with this book! ;)

Wanda & Randy said...

Reen, I love this idea!!! I'm so blessed to have friends like you who have been there with kiddos so I can learn from you! I will def be doing this with our little one! Can't wait to see it!

Jill said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!!!! I started journals for the kids when they were little. I would scribble little notes and quotes then sit down monthly and record them into my notebook. I cherish that book. It's full of thoughts and sayings that I swore I would always remember, yet somehow they slipped from my memory over the years. I love the fact that you kept your handwritten notes. I have the kid's notes but not my own. That makes it even more special. Sorry to ramble on and on, but I just wanted to let you know how much this touched my heart. You're a good mama!

Mo said...

No, thank you for creating such meaningful and beautiful pages for all of us to see. Your prize is on it's way. Enjoy! :)