Memory Keeping when you’re a busy mom of young ones underfoot, tweens that you chauffeuring all over, or some combination of the two while keeping a house clean and a job paying the bills is a challenge that’s rarely accepted. But, no need! There are many solutions to memory keeping, you just need to find the one that works for you.
Monthly Wrap Up
In the Post, 3 Secrets for Making Time for Family History I share that setting a date and a task is a sure fire way to get your memory keeping done. So, pick one day each month where you’ll just mind dump everything that has happened or is going on with you and your family. You can talk about doctor’s appointments, behavior or spiritual challenges, successes at home, school, or work. You can talk about trips you took or honors you’ve received. One day, just write a reporters recap of your family’s life and include something for each member of your family, including the pets.
This can also serve another useful purpose. My amazing cousin Jamie mentioned the challenges of receiving educational services for her special needs son. That monthly check in recounts where she is in the process both positive and negative. When a school official challenged her, she was able to pull out her monthly wrap-up to support her position! Yep, this date with yourself for your family is worth the time! Plus, it takes the pressure and guilt out of daily journal writing.
Many photo book services will sang 20-60 photos and create a book for you. These books are usually soft cover and cheap. Order these books with 20-60 of your favorite photos throughout the year or after a particular event.
|Mosiac by Mixbook|
Some of these books are starting to include captions on the picture pages. Hooray! But chances are you’ll have photos with a story to go with them. Or you have a bigger story to tell than the page allows (or you wrote at the time). I have a solution for that. Order Zig Millennium Markers from Amazon!
Many instant books are cheap and thus aren’t durable. So, take advantage of that economic price and mark them up! No. Not just with toddler drawings on random pages, like my kids LOVED to do. (Thank goodness they’ve outgrown that phase). But, mark up these instant books with details.
Stick the Zig Millennium Markers and your books in your favorite on-the-go bag (diaper bag, purse, computer bag, beach bag, Wal-Mart shopping bag.. we’re not judging). When you have free time or need a quiet family activity, pull out the books and add the context to the photos. Now you have a keepsake that has the photo, the story, and your family member’s individual handwriting sample. You can keep the books in a diaper bag, purchase or mini-van!
When you’re ready to create a better photo book that is more durable and has more stories, you can choose a different format. In the meantime, preserve those memories on the fly!
|Chatbooks for Instagram or Facebook photos|
Even if you don’t have children in your home, your life is busy, and your need to preserve your memories is high. Make time to capture and preserve your memories and save your family!
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