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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Share A Family Photo #31Days

Welcome to Day 1 of Writing The Story Of Your Family! If you missed my introduction, you can find it right here. While this post will contain the first writing prompt for your family’s story, I also want to share a bit about why this topic appeals to me and why I think keeping a journal about your family (online or offline) is important:

  • How much do you know about your grandparents or even your parents? Wouldn’t it be interesting if they had given you a notebook full of stories about their childhood and family life growing up? By writing your family story, you are leaving a legacy for your children and their children.
  • By journaling about your family, you may develop a closer connection to your family or to the things that are important to your family.
  • As a blogger, I tend to record the things we do in the present, but I might not concentrate on our overall story.

There are a few ways you can write your family’s story – by hand in a journal, typed and saved on your computer, typed and printed and placed in a binder, or right on your blog. If you keep a blog already, you may have some of your journaling already done, so don’t forget to check your past blog entries for ideas!

Another question you may have is “which family?” That is up to you. If you have children, I am imagining you will want to write about them. If you aren’t married, you may want to write about yourself, your parents, and your siblings. If you are extra motivated, you can include both.

To get started, share a photo of your family. You may wonder about this – with growing children, family pictures change very quickly. Well, your family story will change over time too. This project may be one that is redone or added to every so often. If you are creating a binder, your family picture can be on the cover. If you are writing a journal, I would attach the picture to the first page. You also may want to include individual photos of the family members that are part of your story. If you want to do this on your blog, please feel free to leave the link to your post in the comments!

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17 comments:

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

You have a beautiful family Dara. Your kids are just too cute with their smiles.

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Dara said...

why thank you!

Janine Huldie said...

Lanaya, totally stole my comment, but so true, because you really do have a beautiful family, Dara. I always love seeing pictures of your family when you share them, because of this!!!

Emily said...

Wonderful photo of your family! I am excited to participate in your exercise this month. My first post is up on my blog at: http://emilysbookofme.blogspot.com/2013/10/31-days-to-write-story-of-your-family.html

Alex said...

I love the thought of being able to hand the girls a journal or printed blog down the road sometime.

Dara said...

thanks!

Dara said...

thank you and I'm so happy to have you participating! I will mostly be posting the prompts in the afternoons, sometimes the evenings, so I hope you will stick with me even if you have to post your answers the following day or later!

Dara said...

me too!

Sara said...

I am going to be hopping in and out of this challenge. I love family history and hearing stories of my grandparents and parents. This is such a cool idea to pass down.

Great family picture!!!!

Desiree @ Macke Monologues said...

Beautiful family!!!

Dara said...

yeah I once tried to make a blog book but it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to.

Dara said...

we had these photos taken of us. The rest are here http://www.notinjersey.com/2013/08/our-professional-photographs.html

Dara said...

thanks!

AJ Carlson said...

"If you aren’t married, you may want to write about yourself, your parents, and your siblings. If you are extra motivated, you can include both." I found this to be offensive. I am not married but it doesn't mean I do not have children I would want to write about, or how to keep homeschooling as a single parent, or just to encourage other single parents in some way.

Dara said...

I am sorry you were offended. It was just an example. Families can be whatever you want them to be. Obviously single parents are welcome to participate as are those married without children.

Amy said...

I think I will do a big post in reply to each of your questions since I ran across your post in my feed too late. I think this is a great post collection choice.

Dara said...

you can do it whenever you feel like - glad you like the idea!