I wanted to share with you today something that David and I have started this year. I don’t know about you, but David and I are big greeting card people. For holidays, birthday, anniversaries, etc, we like to buy cards for each other and write special meaningful notes inside. However, if you haven’t noticed, cards are expensive!! For pretty decorated ones, they are upwards of $4 or $5! Seriously, for a piece of cardstock with words someone else came up with. Just think of how much that is when added up for all the special occasions each year. Plus, for us, greeting cards make it too easy to just sign your name and be done. They have nice poems and such inside, making it much easier to not have to share your heart to another. Not really as special, wouldn’t you say?
We like to be more personal with our cards and what we write inside, so at first, we decided to start making our own cards for each other. David is a wiz at Photoshot, so he would make me the most amazing cards that were completely personalized. That was SO much more meaningful to me than a store bought card!
Because we are so sentimental, we both have saved ALL the cards we’ve ever given each other. That’s 5 years worth of cards! I love to go back sometimes and read the ones he gave me when we first started dating. It’s so special to see our love for each other evolve and grow over the years.
But, I’m running out of room to put them, and I can’t imagine having to store another 5, 10, 15+ years worth plus any cards from our kiddos! Also, I have no idea how to use Photoshop, and my “handmade” cards weren’t as great (because how do you really make a manly card?!) so we then took it one step further.
We came up with the idea of having a “family love journal” for each other, where on each special occasion, we’d take each others and share our hearts and feelings. I bought a journal for him, and he picked a beautiful one out for me.
Not only are we writing in them for each other, but we are also going to have Jade and any future kiddos write in them their own special notes as well, for our birthdays and special occasions. What’s so great about having a journal is that each and every special little personal note is in ONE place to stay. There are no loose pages! You can look back throughout your journal at any time, and cherish those written sentiments from your loved ones. I can’t wait for Jade to be able to contribute and share a little scribble or stick drawing! I’d much rather have that than a card David quickly picked out and put Jade’s name on.
Father’s Day this year was fun because it was David’s first with Jade being here (last Father’s day I was still pregnant!). So, I found this adorable poem and got Jade’s footprint for her daddy’s journal. He loved it!
AND, another huge bonus of these family love journals: you save money! Who doesn’t like to save a buck? I do! Besides, adorable written notes from your husband or child are so much more special and memorable, like this one that David wrote to me on my birthday last month:
Jade will be 1 in November, and we also are going to buy her a journal and start writing in it every year for her birthday and special occasions as well. As she gets older, she will have a special place of notes from David and I that she can read and look at whenever she wants to remember just how loved she is. What a cool keepsake to have for when she gets older and has kids of her own! Yikes, that means I’ll be older too.
I also love that you can add pictures or other keepsakes in the journal. We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary this year in May, and David added some great little pictures of our life together so far:
While greeting cards can of course still be a special thing (we still get them of course for other family members and friends), we treasure our heart-filled messages in our journals more. We love being able to have a space to gush over how much we love each other. The best part will be years from now when I can look back at this journal (and other subsequent ones after this is full) and see just how much my husband loves me, and how much my children have grown. And, we will probably have saved hundreds of dollars on greeting cards. 🙂
Do you have any special family journal or tradition for holidays and special occasions? I’d love to hear what you do!
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