I have this book that was given to me at a baby shower when I was pregnant with our second son, Mitchell. The title is Motherhood, the pages are blank aside from random quotes throughout about being a mother. Upon receiving it I decided to make it a book I recorded the sweet things my boys said and did along with their bedtime prayers and whatever else I found worthy of noting throughout their childhood. It was 1993 when I began this journey of recording life and now this book sits on the nightstand next to my bed, poised and ready to be snatched up should there be any kind of emergency.
I want you all to know about this book because there will be times when I reference it. Within its pages are some of the sweetest prayers, funniest stories, and faith-building landmarks you could ever hope to happen upon.
There is the quarter sheet of notebook paper that says, “happy Mothers Day!!! Love Mitchell xoxxoxxxoooo, I love you”, delivered with his entire life savings of 26 cents. The Polaroid picture of a sprinkling of candy and gum nestled near my pillow on my bed with a note from Alex that read, “foor yuo”. Not to mention the plethora of prayers that spilled out of our boy’s mouths on a nightly basis. Alex at just 3 years old, “Thank you Lord, have a nice day and tell Jesus hi”. Mitchell, the summer he was 6 years old had learned about using our talents to serve the King. His prayer went like this, “Thank you God, that mommy has a cooking talent and a gardening talent and a sewing talent…..and that daddy has a barbeque-ing talent and kayaking talent, Amen”. We have many prayers recorded where Mitchell is thankful in one way or another for FOOD! There is Mitchell’s famous quote at the ripe old age of 10 years old…“I don’t get enough money ever!!! I need a better job!” And we must not forget the very small sticky Alex left me on the counter after having kicked a hole in his brother’s bedroom door. The note simply read…”2 in. tall, 1/8 in. deep, and 2 in. wide”. Yes, he had measured the hole and after much conversation and discipline we decided to leave the hole there as a reminder for all of what happens when we lose our temper!!
Life is full, full indeed, so full that we just might forget the precious moments that weave together the fabric of our families. I found it helpful to jot down the highlights of what was said, prayed or lived out on a sticky, I would quickly date the sticky and stick it to my Motherhood book for a later time when I could sit and write the details in a rare quiet moment. I would challenge every parent out there to take some time and record life as it happens. You won’t regret it!!
Question: How can you get in the habit of recording what your kids say and do?