Journaling Your Family Story
One day after a family event, I sat down and wrote a short description of the gathering in one of my unused journals. I recorded where the party took place, the occasion we were celebrating, the names of the people who had attended, and anything about the day that had stood out in my memory.
I did this for the next couple of family get togethers and then just stuck the journal in a drawer somewhere. 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 over again.
Write It Down Before You Forget
I had already forgotten about some of the things that had happened, or thoughts that I had at the time that fortunately I had written them down.
I've been really forgetful about writing in my family memory journal, but in the past couple of years have probably chronicled two or three family events a year.
When you think about it, 25 years from now, those notes in your journal will be a compilateion of family memories.
Saving Memories for the Future
Family journals are a great thing to pass down to your children and grandchildren. At the time kids are young, they don't really care about the history aspect of what's going on, but some day they will appreciate being reminded of some of their childhood memories.
In the past year or so I've really gotten into scrapbooking. I was just thinking that my memory journal will be a great resource for my scrapbooking projects. Sometimes it takes months to get your photos ready and pages laid out.
Make a Memory Album
By that time you will forget any memories you had to go along with them. If you have your family memory journal, you can use it to add journaling to your scrapbook pages, with your memory as clear as if you had taken the pictures yesterday.
Don't let time pass you by and let those special family moments get away from you. Sometimes an event as routine as "another family birthday party" might make a great memory later in life.
Especially when older relatives start passing away, it's special remembering the times they were involved in family get togethers. Someday when you're that older person, your youngest family members will enjoy reading about their great- and great-great grandparents.