JOURNALS - DIARIES - LETTERS - PHOTOGRAPHS - AWARDS - CERTIFICATES - TAPES - SCRAP BOOKS.
Last week while I was doing my Visiting Teaching, I talked my Mom into going with me since I currently do not have a partner. One of the ladies I visit is elderly and has such a heritage of personal history written and compiled for her children.
A couple of months ago during our Stake preparedness fair she had a booth filled with her personal journals, missionary journals and photo albums. She has gone on around 6 missions, her personal mission, a family mission and her and her husband went on several. It is VERY amazing and inspirational every time I get to visit with her.
Since my Mom was there we showed her some of the things she has compiled. She also teaches a class in Sunday School about journal and history writing with genealogy. She is WONDERFUL!! She gave my Mother a handout to get her started on writing her personal history. To me, this would be the biggest treasure she would leave behind to our family.
My father passed away September 2007. He was remarried to a woman who hated his children. We didn't get anything from his estate, no personal memorabilia or anything. It is a really hard thing and we have been kind of mad at my father that he didn't leave anything personal for us children. His heritage is gone and we will never get it back. (I am still working through that anger today).
President Spencer W. Kimball: "What could you do better for your children and your children's children than to record the story of your life..... ? ....... maybe the angels will quote from it for eternity."
Who is going to tell my family about my family or about me and the world live in, if I don't?
This is a journal scrapbook from my life. It has every school picture and class picture from my school years, my awards, pictures I have drawn, love letters from boyfriends, plays I attended, church handouts from mutual. It is very dear to me. I have always loved keeping my memorabilia and have always scrap booked. When Jason was a baby and the whole acid free concept came out, I compiled all of my memorabilia to an acid free book.
Some idea's from the hand out to complete the record of your life are in italics:
1. Some writers start their memoirs with birth. Others start with dramatic episodes in their lives, such as a turning point.
2. Always have a beginning, a middle and an end to each story.
3. Aim for an ear-catching beginning to each story.
4. Make your ending statement or idea a memorable one.
5. Eliminate unnecessary words or distracting thoughts or ideas.
6. Where fitting, answer the questions who, where, what, why and how.
7. For length, aim for 2 double spaced typed pages for each story.
8. Give each episode a title. Words trigger thoughts. Titles help identify the story and can spark interest.
9. Use imagery, action words, descriptive words, snippets of conversation, suspense, surprise, ask questions, use symbolism, comparisons, etc.
10. Simplify, clarify. I love Journal in a Jar ideas. If you can't think of a subject to blog about or write your personal histories, these ideas can get you started. Here are some links:
Lots a great inspiration out there. I think the biggest lesson I learned is to just write short stories about events in your life. Two pages with a title and ending. DON'T try to just write one big long boring story about your life. Write something that is entertaining and fun to read. Add pictures. Isn't that what a blog is about ? Short and fun?
You know I love printing my blog into books. I have four now and love this part of my history for my children to have along with scrap books. I am going to try these techniques to write my history too.