Tuesday, November 13

Today, I am Thankful ~ @AuthorKristina Knight

Photo Courtesy: Photo by Jessica Castro on Unsplash
For the past few years, I've been participating in the #30DaysOfThanks hashtag. I think it started on Twitter, but I do it on Facebook because it's the social media that I like the most. Well, actually, that isn't true. Instagram is my favorite...at least recently. I just love all the pretty pictures.

But I digress.

I started doing the challenge, which is to post one thing for which you're thankful throughout the month of November, just to see if I'd remember to do it. I've kept doing it because I love it. I like the feeling that I get when I'm taking the time to really think about the things and events and people and silliness and privileges that I have in my life. I enjoy trying to come up with something new every year. I especially like going through my Facebook memories to see what I posted about last year or two or three years ago.

Those memories? They are my favorite part of Facebook, at least recently. They're a vivid picture of bebe - literally and figuratively. I've probably posted way too many pictures of her over the years! But, also, I've posted silly things she said or did, her observations, her excitement, her wins...and I've decided that I'm going to start a new bebe-book January 1. A kind of keepsake for her (and for me).

I actually started to do this in real-time, writing down her silly sayings and doing in a special book...but I kind of lost track. I'd forget or things would get busy or I'd already be at my computer, making it much easier to pop that moment onto Facebook than into the book that was down the hall and on a shelf. But I want a physical reminder, so I found a fun journal, and starting January 1, I'm going to write those things down - and date them, since Facebook so generously tells us when we posted memories! lol - and have a completed physical book. 

Over the summer, I found this pretty journal at Target, with one of my favorite quotes on it. If you can dream it, you can do it. I know the book, at least as I start it, will be filled with past 'doings', but I like the message of it. I think it's fitting for her because she had a rough start, but she fought through those things, and she's still dreaming and doing. Also, the journal is large enough that when I finish writing down the past, I think she'll still have room to add for the future. Things she hopes for, things she's done or wants to do, struggles and wins.

Every year I'm reminded of all of the things I'm thankful for, and at the top of the list each year are RadioMan and bebe...what are you thankful for? 

~Kristina

5 comments:

  1. I love that you're passing this message onto bebe, and that whatever else Word Wranglers has been to its readers (and writers), it is a memory book, too. I don't know that that was our intent, but it's worked out beautifully.

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  2. It's lovely that you want to keep those memories for bebe. I am so bad at things like that. I'm not sure I even finished my daughters' baby books. And they're in their thirties!

    It's nice to remember what we're thankful for, isn't it? We get so caught up in the negative, in the things that are missing in our lives, that we forget all that we have.

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    1. It is definitely too easy to focus on what we don't have, Jana...and that is something I'm trying to change. But it's hard to change human nature! lol

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  3. I loved this idea when you shared it our email exchange and I still love it. I wished I'd thought of it when my girls were little. Every once in a while I come across notes I made when the girls were young about something they said or did and I remember again...I wish I'd done more of those, because I fear more are lost than found at this stage of our lives.

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