- We keep a little colorful journal in the living area of our house where we write funny things the boys (husband included) say. This week's favorite: "Daddy-o, you are a human. I am a human. Mommy-o is a humlady."
- Each of my boys has a journal. They start out with an entry telling about why we chose to name them what we did. We recorded their baby blessings, and little early milestones, "You got your first tooth today!" etc. As convenient, we also ask grandparents and aunts and uncles if they would like to write anything to the boys in their journals. Abe (3) is also getting old enough to dictate entries, while Ben (1) is just learning to draw, so we've captured a few early pictures in his journal. I don't try to keep these journals updated on a schedule, just whenever I have a moment to sit down for a minute to express a love for them I'll whip out the journal.
- We also keep a family journal. If I were to drop all of my other journals, this would be the one I would keep. Every Sunday evening everyone in the family gets a blank page to write (or draw) about the week. I slip each entry into a page protector and into a three ring binder! Easy as pie! (Thanks Amy and Erin for the idea!)
- I keep my own handwritten journal. Andrew and I have this conversation all the time, but I think that writing something out is more permanent than typing. Whether it is or not, you engage different parts of your brain when you're writing, and it helps you to remember more. Personally, it's a more complete "decompression" of the day if I can do it longhand and away from a computer.
- I also have a "computer journal" where I drag and paste emails and blog entries that I think are journal worthy.
- Find a medium you like that works for you. If you haven't filled up your last journal, but you don't like writing in it for whatever reason, it's okay to start something new.
- Schedule it in. Sunday after dinner, we know it's family journal time.
- Squeeze it in. If you're on the go a lot, get some of those little moleskine journals and keep one in your purse. Keep them where you decompress, by your bed, couch or chocolate stash.