Courtney Dunkin, Contributing Writer
- my feelings as a mother
- my prayers for my children in general
- specific prayers for heart training AND moments when I finally see this soul work revealed through actions
- lessons I learn FROM my children
- Scripture I cling to as a mother
- milestones (not just first, but lasts)
- unique traits, talents, and strengths I see emerging
- silly quirks
- “family vocabulary” and how the special words and terms we use got started
- stories (humorous, joyful, sad)
Pray about what journaling might look like for your family. Would it be best to create one journal in which you write everyone’s story or would you like to create one for each child?
Choose a good-quality journal. Journals come in all shapes and sizes, from a simple ruled notebook to a high-end calfskin journal. You can purchase a basic leather journal for each child or more colorful ones unique to each child.
As a mother, you might even continue journaling into the next stage, when they leave your home to start families of their own. I haven’t thought that far ahead, as I’m not near that season yet, but it sounds like it might be a blessing to all!
Decide what point-of-view to write from. Will your journal simply be a place to reveal your heart and look back on later or will you share it with your child some day? I write to my children in their journals, mostly in the first person, but occasionally I might speak in the third person when it is appropriate. (I plan to give their journals to them when they begin families of their own. )
You might ask your husband or other children to write in the journal from time to time. I like to have my husband write from his heart at the birth of our children. I have yet to ask older siblings to do this, but I’ve been thinking about how special that would be and will probably do it in the future!
Courtney is a homeschooling mom to 5 children (and is expecting their 6th blessing in April). Courtney is reminded daily of God's amazing grace. She tries to not take one moment for granted and strives to live simply in order to follow Christ fully and experience joy abundantly.
writes atSimply Nurtured, where she shares her passion for laying a strong foundation for baby and sells products that help mothers to do so.
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