| Written by Ronnie & Trish |
Ronnie & Rick
Rick plays a huge role in our family's memory keeping. First of all, he's a huge source of encouragement for me. Whenever I'm feeling uninspired, discouraged, or just tired of it all, it is Rick who spurs me on and who reassures me how much the boys are going to appreciate all their journals and albums when they're older. Secondly, Rick does a lot our family's journaling. If you watched the video about how I use Simplenote for journaling in this blog post, you will know that we keep a daily record of our family life and we also keep a separate journal for each of our four boys. We try and update these on a regular basis, usually at bedtime on my Macbook Air when anecdotes and events are still fresh in our memories. Rick is so great when it comes to doing this. Usually, while I'm still getting ready for bed, he will sit with the laptop and update all the different journals without skipping a beat. Even now as I write this blog post, he is beside me, catching up on two weeks worth of journaling because my own brain is too tired to get it done. I honestly love him so much for it, and really value this ongoing contribution of his to our family's memory keeping.
Trish and Joel
As I write this I’m a little embarrassed as I think Joel and I might be the polar opposite to Rick and Ronnie in how we pen and capture our memories. For us, memory keeping happens when we watch the scene unfold in front of us and witness change, or growth, or an insight into our little ones’ hearts and emotions. As a result, we are often prompted to share what we see with each other or in a neglected little journal, and often the rest of the world gets to hear it too when Joel takes a moment out to record it, usually as an Instagram caption. These memories are often compiled into little books for us, and our daily lives (both the curated and the crazy) are there for us to look back on. Sometimes with gorgeous imagery alongside, and sometimes accompanied by the simplest snapshot that the iPhone allows. We do look forward to the January Project though, and the constant discipline of a daily image and reflection which is more often my responsibility and something I completely embrace for the month - though not something I trust myself to keep up with each and every day through the year. I guess, at best, our memory keeping style would be ‘at whim’, when our hearts are moved, or when the moment unfolds - it’s simply a bonus when it’s both!