My husband asked me to start a gratitude journal with him and write in it every night together at bedtime. My husband is a writer, an artist, a songwriter, a musician and an all around artsy guy. I guess that comes with making a living as an architect. I have my crafty moments (like when I make snack bags for the kids and when I decorate cakes or when I knit), but I am not really good at introspection and journaling. I am way more into taking family photos to document our lives. So, I kind of blew off his suggestion. This blog and Facebook is the closest I get to writing about anything.
I have already written about my husband’s extensive journaling of our family’s life. He likes to write about and sketch most things that go on in our lives. He has pages of drawings of home modifications that will never happen, ideas for songs, quick sketches of our kids doing everyday things, ideas for businesses, and a variety of lists…books to read, movies he loves, movies he hates, music he wants to buy…the list of the lists could go on and on. Someday, my kids will fight over all the sketch books and journals lying around our house with their father’s notes, drawings, songs and dreams.
When my kids were babies he started a little notebook for each one of them. Whenever we visit family, we have our relatives write notes to our children in their respective books. My 8 year old is on to her second book. Of course, the younger kids do not have as many entries (because they are younger and because by the time you get to three kids you forget to bring the notebooks to many family events). It is so much fun to go through them now and see notes from grandmas, grandpas, great grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles about our babies learning to crawl, learning to walk, mispronouncing funny words, going to school for the first time, having holidays together and riding bikes. I look at these books as “baby books” for lazy parents. I have somehow convinced my extended family to keep track of all my kids’ milestones so I will not have to. Not bad, huh? I do try to jot down a few lines when the kids do something noteworthy or we have a particularly good day, but I do not do it often enough.
So, in an attempt to contribute to our family’s history and herstory I am going to take my hubby up on his offer and give this gratitude journal a try. What do you think?