Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Write It Down


I have always been a "journal" person.  I started the first week of my freshman year in college and still do today.   Now, there have been years that VERY LITTLE got written down and other years they  were like novels.  I have always been the sort of person who just like to write it down......the good, the bad and maybe even the ugly at times.


I also do it to see how the Lord has worked in my life and how prayers have been answered even before I knew what to pray about.  God has truly worked throughout my life especially in hindsight!

I have journaled in books and in calendars.  I know they will be thrown out someday and no one could care less about what was going on in my life in 1976 but it has been fun to go back and read some of my comments.  Remember, there was no such thing as a "blog" !

What got me thinking  about my journal books is the fact that Kelly is making a monthly blog about Harper as she changes from month to month.  Well, I just happen to have my "BLOG" (journal) of HER when she was a baby.  Thought it might be fun to read some things I wrote about her!!

April 30, 1974
Kelly.....4 months 1 week

"She is growing so fast! We really marvel at how she actually changes day by day.  She is more and more alert.  When I bathe her, she splashes at the rubber fish, grabs the pots and pans in the next sink, looks at her image in the toaster and grabs at the can opener!  She is a good eater and loves everything I've given her so far.  She goes to bed about 8:30 pm and sleeps till almost 7 am. 
Sometimes we wake up and she'll be on her tummy with her head up looking around.  She always is so happy when she wakes up.  Steve said her smile just melts him!  We both run to check on her in the evening when she is asleep.  We just stand and watch her sleep!"


Or this dated May 7, 1974

"Started letting Kelly sleep all night in her own room in her own bed.  She's now old enough to turn herself in all directions without my having to turn her."


"Kelly was "talking" alot tonight...didn't want to go to bed.  I went in to check on her and she had her blanket over her head lying real still.  I nearly died....my heart almost stopped.  I jerked the blanket off her head and she was just laughing!" 


So some things never change and I think it is called MOTHERHOOD!!

Now I can journal about my sweet Harper and hopefully she will someday read what her old Grandma had to say about her!! 

29 comments:

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I too like to journal and write things down. I have always kept calendars with "events" posted each day. I am a visual person, so I like to see things in writing. I have journals of events in my life, journals of favorite Bible verses, journals of favorite quotes, etc. Isn't it fun to go back and read past things that you have done?
Loved reading your entries about Kelly as a child.
Love & blessings from NC!

Jakesmommie said...

i had a calendar above the changing table in jakes room that I wrote everything down on. He likes going back and reading his baby stuff. He is almost 5!

Todd and Courtney said...

I love this! I bought Lauren a calendar when she was born to mark major milestones and have been working on a scrapbook. I'm going to start journaling too...good idea :)

Lauren Kelly said...

I LOVED this!!!!! Absolutely precious, Judy!!! Hey, can I just go ahead and adopt you??? haha!!! :)

Kelly said...

How Sweet! I think you will be surprised though...my Grandma used to journal about my Dad & his brother and then some about all of us grandkids. When I came across them, I sat for hours & hours reading them. And then she gave me her Mom's (so my Great Grandma's) journals to read. (my great gma died in 1975, three yrs before I was born, but I still enjoyed reading them)

Kelley said...

Oh I love it! That is so great! My mom journals too. I haven't talked her into blogging yet, but she would love it.

Tara G. said...

Love it.

Jenna said...

Oh Judy, that journaling is just PRICELESS. Just like YOU!

d5lewis said...

so sweet. she will treasure your precious words to her. :)

Becky said...

I wish I had journaled. I've tried several times....but it never lasts. Now that I have my blog (even though I've been horrible at it lately) I feel a little better about being able to look back over the past.

That Harper it just a living doll!

The Garners said...

Love this--oh my goodness--that is WONDERFUL that you've kept those and so neat to read about what Kelly was doing at Harper's age! Wow, how sweet! I think you've inspired me not to throw all my journals in the trash bin...they're in my cedar chest right now (I'd never throw the ones away since Rhett was born, but I've been tempted to throw out the ones from jr. high and high school!). I've had journals since church camp days, but I think there have been two entries since Crosby was born. If I did sit down to write, I'd fall asleep trying to write it! :)

Laurie said...

I loved reading this!

Jacquie said...

This is one of my favorite posts!! How fun to read about your "new mother (and father)" days. What Steve said about Kelly reminds me of how he is about Harper now. Y'all just give me the grandma-wanna-bes SO bad!! I wish I would've always wrote things down for my kids... one of my most favorite things is my mom's one journal (of our move here).

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

that is so precious that you have that!

KK said...

And as you already well know, for today's journal, please make sure it is written that you and your husband have raised one of the sweetest most thoughtful young ladies I've EVER known..well only know her in this 'blog' world, but you both have done a remarkable job and I am thankful we had the opportunity to 'blog' into each other's lives.
She is absolutely precious...as you well know. Thanks for sharing her with us in 'blog' world.
Blessings to your family always,
Kaye
Matthew 21:22

Mandi said...

I'm sure your family will love reading through your old journals. My great-grandma, who is 99 years old, journals every day!!! Can you imagine how many journals she's gone through???...no blog for her either. :)

In His Army said...

That's wonderful that you journaled when your kids were little. As much I love to write, I never really journaled anything with them and I regret it already! But I have taken tons of photos and video! :)

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Good morning! Well..if you asked my husband this morning he would say GREAT! He woke this morning with that smile still plastered on his cute face. His Hogs WON! Im sure you heard..hehe. If y'all heard some hollerin' from way down south. That would have been him. Maddy and I just giggle at him when he watches his hogs.
I love that still have those sweet words saved. I wrote special notes for all three of my little ones. I still go back and read them from time to time. It is a blessing to me to go back and see how the Lord has changed me and how much I have grown in my walk. Thank goodness he is never "done" with us. I still need fixin'..hehe. Reading your blog always makes me want to pick up the phone and call my Mom..Im sure she thanks you too~

Kelly said...

Take out the "sleeping all night" and I'd say Harper sounds a lot like her momma! ha!
Well and she hasn't gotten any real food yet - but my guess is when she does she will be a good eater too!

Greetings from Guatemala said...

Wow! What precious memories for you, Kelly, and one day Harper. Very sweet!!

Jennifer said...

Your post made me cry! Thanks for such a full circle moment! I hope that one day my little Evie will love to read her Mommy's blog as much I enjoy creating it. My daughter was born on 1/16 just like Harper. I adore Kelly's blog and always check yours out too. It gives me some perspective on how my mom must feel about being Evie's Nana! Great job!

Mike, Kacy & Wells said...

How fun that you found that! I love that Kelly was a "good eater". The first time Mike met my aunts/grandma, they went into a 10 minute discussion about what a "good eater" I was. I'm so glad I have good company!

Caroline said...

oh i journal too!!!!!! this has got to be the sweetest gift to anyone....to be able to read the thoughts going on, in that very moment but years later, about the one you so dearly love!! that was just wonderful!

Betsy said...

I have always been a journaler too...like you, in calendars, notebooks, datebooks, etc. I love being able to go back and see what was happening in my life. It's so cute that you were able to capture all those sweet baby moments with Kelly!

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

Hi, Mrs. Stamps! What a lovely post; you and Kelly share a gift for communicating by writing. I'm sure Harper will love to read about her momma and herself when she gets old enough!

Thanks for stopping by our playroom on Kellly's tour. We got the little chairs and table from The Land of Nod. They are just the perfect size. Our girls are spoiled rotten as they are the ONLY grandchildren on both sides, so their Nana picked them up for us!

Our littlest is Harper Jane, so I've loved reading all about your and Kelly's little Harper!

Heather said...

OH, I love this so much!!! I love going back and reading my journals and that is a TREASURE that you can share those with Kelly! (and Harper someday!)

Beverly said...

Oh, Judy! This post is priceless!! I'll bet Kelly wishes she could say the same about Harper when it comes to sleeping from 8:30 pm til 7 am - GRIN!

Isn't it JOYOUS to have these kind of written remembrances of our children! A few years ago I organized all our photos 1964 thru 2001 and kind of semi-scrapbooked them. (Yes. It was a HUGE undertaking. And, yes. I have a whole shelf of just albums in the book case. My kids and grandkids love them. There is hardly ever a family gathering that they don't pull some of the albums out and laugh at pictures of themselves.) I pulled quotes like the ones you wrote from their baby books to intersperse with the photos. I was SO glad I had those things recorded. It gave "life" to the pictures.

I am blessed to have MY baby book, which my mother kept with meticulous detail, though at nearly 64 years old its pages are yellowed and tattered. It is such a joy to look back and read how my parents felt about me and reacted to my smallest achievements.

Keep journaling, Sister. I guarantee your grandchildren (and someday maybe even THEIR children) will cherish the things you've written!

Cindy said...

That's so great that you have those! What a treasure!

Phillips Phamily Mama said...

Just realized I called you "Mrs. Stamps" and that's NOT your name! So sorry! Let's call it mommy brain!

Have a great weekend.