Sunshine in my Soul today!!

I know, you’ve heard the saying before.

Sunshine in my Soul today!

I want to share my sunshine and it’s because at the ripe age of soon-to-be 72, I made a decision to retire! It’s with mixed feelings and emotions but I know it is what I need to do. My life has been filled with friends and family that want the best for me. I think God is pleased with my decision. I talk to him daily for guidance and inspiration and through my prayers I know God is listening. I guess many of you don’t understand that life but it’s one that’s given me peace and happiness.

I look forward to spending quite moments in my hammock reflecting on the pass and planning the future. My husband and I need this time to travel and enjoy the later years of our marriage. I want to enjoy the days of sleeping late, eating when I’m hungry, and napping on rainy days when I can’t be outside.

I look forward to spending time with my family and laughing about silly things. My friends will fill my days of fun and adventure too. They have always been my inspiration.

Life is full of sunshine and it’s in my soul today!

Doris

Grandparent, 10 Years of Journalism

That’s right, I wrote in my journal about my grandson’s growing up years. I like to remember the important little things he did, first tooth, first steps, and some of his first words were the beginning of a long history of thoughts that I collected. My love for him is like the grandest feeling in the world!  Occasionally, I began to write down words of joy, laughter, and excitement about his life. I felt like it was giving me a chance to relive the feelings of happiness I felt inside as a grandparent. I kept writing and one day I thought, I will keep writing until…?? Well, after 10 years of journalism seem to fly by. 
grandparents journal

Grandparents 10-year Journal


Grandchildren are life’s greatest treasure! I know lots of people have many of them but with a new-found feeling of joy that overtakes you in the beginning, it’s all about that special one. He is my first and only blood grandson. Having grandkids by my son’s marriage is fantastic! I get to say I have 4 all together. They are precious one by one.

Grandchildren

My little Woody at Halloween

Being the dodging grandparent, that would be me, I was able to babysit him every weekend from the age of 2 weeks old. He would come every Friday night to stay while my son and his wife  went out on a date. I really think that is an important part of a marriage. I always welcomed the time I could spend with him. I like to have fun and dressed him up like Woody, one of his favorite characters.

I had a Christmas tree in our bedroom and when he came to visit I turned off all the lights except for the tree and we like to watch The Grinch. I must have watched it over 500 times. Another one of his favorite movies. It was all whimsical and full of fun and laughter!

grinch

How the Grinch Stole Christmas


The easy way to 10 years of journalism is picking up that journal and jot down just a few short sentences about your grandchild’s life.

  1. Select a journal that is easy to hold and tuck away in your purse if needed.
  2. Select a good writing pen, use the same one day after day. A generic pen that you can change out the ink is best.
  3. Write about special days, birthdays, first day of school, friends, and make these days your easy  entires.
  4. Add photos and awards they have received.
  5. Post a reminder on the refrigerator to “write in your journal”.
  6. School day memories is a great entry to write about. (1st grade all the way to 5th or 6th grade gives many cherriest happenings.)
  7. Entries about report cards and teachers will be good subjects.
  8. Add messages about friends and sleep overs.
  9. Favorite foods, snacks, & drinks.
  10. Favorite Disney movies or cartoons, & television shows.

10 Year Journal

10 year Journal

I love the finished journal and there are times I sit in my stressless recliner and read from it. I’m reminded of the early years but now that my grandson is almost 14, I appreciate the journal more than ever. It took dedication and percifereny to write in it when there are so many things that take over our lives. I just feel it’s one of the best things I have ever done!

You too can give it a try, grandparent, 10 years of journalism is a real-life way to bring your memories into the moment. Begin with just  few lines, maybe one paragraph is all you have time to write. That’s a great place to start.

Let me hear about your progress. I love to connect with grandparents!

Queen Rose