| Written by Ronnie |
Sometimes, memory keeping can seem like a chore.
After all, it can be repetitive, and at times when the list of project we need to get 'caught up' on seems never-ending, we can easily feel overwhelmed and, at times, burnt out and defeated before we've even begun.
This is especially the case when we are exhausted from everyday life. After a long day at work or when the kids are finally in bed after a stressful and tiring day, it's easily conceivable that all you want to do is collapse on the couch and watch your favourite television show. (After all, who wants to be organising or editing photos on the computer when Offspring or Homeland is on?)
I get it. I really do, because I often feel the same way myself.
I remind myself why I do it. I revisit all the reasons why memory keeping is important to me. This in turn helps me to take joy in all the memory keeping that I set out to do.
I also try to make the most of my memory keeping as a chance to pause, to reflect, and to be thankful. In fact, I invariably end up smiling and chuckling when I scroll through photos of the boys or read over the funny things that they've said as I'm creating a life album layout. If Rick is nearby, I inevitably point my laptop in his direction and say, "Remember this?"
Truly, memory keeping reminds me how blessed I am, and there is surely much joy to be had in that.
And when I actually complete an binder's worth of life album layouts, or when I receive a story book in the mail - nothing brings greater joy than seeing and holding a keepsake like that in my hands and being able to see and relive all those beautiful memories all over again.
So, friends, take joy in your memory keeping.
Always remember why you're doing it.
Even though it can be hard work, take joy in the fact that you are creating something utterly precious for your family and for all the generations to come.
You can read the other posts in this series here.