This year's journal has interesting poems and quotes in the sidebars...I love it.This is my journal for this year.
Here is what goes into it: anything adorable or insightful the kids say or do, how the kids are feeling (so I can see if there is a pattern I need to report to the pediatrician), places we go and things we do, whether I phone or write elderly relatives and friends, special events, migraines (so I can report frequency and medication effectiveness to my doctor) and weather (which is related to the headaches...I know this thanks to the journaling!), daddy's work schedule, our dinner menu, visits from and to others, meaningful Bible verses for the week/day, prayer requests, books read aloud or movies seen together, and homeschooling news/activities/accomplishments.
I write appointments, menus, and activities on the left, memories and sweet things on the right...
I look forward to adding our anual family Easter photo here, as well as some memories of the day.
Here is what a section of this year's journal looks like. It has some extra spaces to write about special holidays and events. In the Valentine's section, I wrote a love note to each of the kids and hubby this year. Not to be morbid, but if anything ever happened to me, I feel better that they'd have something special from me, and this is a nice place to keep it. They know to look in my journals just in case.
Things I have learned over twelve years of journal keeping:
This is my journal from the year we bought this house.
I kept all the house measurements in it.I hope I have shown you how simple family journaling is, and that you will be encouraged to give daily family journaling a try, if you don't already do it.