At MOPS on Tuesday, we had a speaker I really liked. Her topic was near and dear to my heart, and I enjoyed her talk, and got some great ideas. Maybe you will too.
Various Ways to Save Memories
Journal–She kept a journal for each of her four children in which she recorded their pregnancies, birth stories and the day to day moments that fill up our lives, but don’t stick with us unless you write them down. Maybe you’d like to see my journal?
It’s at www.farmfreshiowa.blogspot.com.
Calendar–She recorded the first year of each child’s lives on a calendar–I did this too, but I’m most proud of Cadrian’s since I made it myself. I started working on it before we had decided on his name–it’s weird to look back at that!
Photo books from Shutterfly or other online photo developers
Accordion File Boxes-She suggested you use these to save school work. Just keep the creative and original works.
–Get them put on DVD so you can actually watch them. Be sure to tape the every day play, and not just the birthday. We have those little tapes from the camcorder and can only watch them when we hook up the camcorder to the TV. Someone told me if we get a “fire wire” we can transfer them to the ‘puter. We’re going to try that.
Scrapbooking –I love this!! Here are a few of Cadrian’s pages, But I do have many, many others. Quilt boxes–wrap your baby’s clothes in blue tissue paper (this tip is actually from a fellow MOPS mama) and they won’t fade
To My Daughter with Love is a fill-in-the-blank memory book for a daughter that would make a gorgeous graduation present.
She had a lot of other suggestions as well:
Exposures (acid free page fillers, photo boxes)
Light Impressions (acid free boxes)
Devotionals-great for dinnertime
A Faith to Grow On
365 Manners Kids Should Know
Taming a Liger (If you liked Napolean Dynamite, spiritual)
The Intellectual Devotional (subjects broken into days)
Adolescent Books-These are good to each read individually and then discuss
Preparing for Adolescence-Dr. Dobson
Every Young Man’s Battle-also has workbooks
Good Read Alouds for the Young-Summer Reading Books Chapter a Day)
Farmer Boy-Laura Ingalls Wilder
I have a lot more to add to this list, but Kevin is waiting to watch a movie with me…
Other ways to make memories with your Kids
For Birthdays offer a birthday party or dinner alone with Dad and Mom
Pray every morning before school
Travel/Vacations-can make great memories, even close trips)
How about you? How do you make memories? How do you preserve them? I know you are all so creative, I can’t wait to read your suggestions!
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