It is very pretty and I was thrilled to receive it. If you'd like to get one, this is the information and ISBN number : New Seasons a division of Publications International, Ltd. ISBN: 13:978-1-68022-105-3
It is printed on acid free paper. There are about 125 pages.
Now, because I had given this sort of book to my mother and the hub's mother with very little written in them, I decided that I really needed to do my best to complete this book. It was a very different experience for me than writing any of the fiction or non fiction books I have published.
How? Although there were family tree questions and things like that, there were thought provoking questions as well. For example: What are some stories your parents told you from their childhood? Tell me about some of the more interesting members of our family. What are some of the biggest challenges our family has faced? What are some of the happiest times our family has experienced? Does our family have any skeletons in the closet? What are they?
Each question had a whole page for the answer. Some questions were more difficult than others. Those questions were overall family questions. Then, it turned to personal questions about how the hubs and I met and our life before children. It progressed to raising children and advice I would give about that. Then, it had many pages about the grandchildren and personal reactions to many scenarios.
It took a few weeks to get finished with the writing part. I'm needing to find pictures to complete the project. The project has done something great for me. I've seen the legacy of my family and my in-laws and their family. I've relived many, many old stories and looked through lots of pictures. Some of it was bitter-sweet because many of the people pictures have passed away, but lingering beyond that, was the love our families shared.
It has caused a lot of reflection on my life as a wife and mother. A new sense of appreciation for my husband has been a wonderful side effect. A lot of the information I wrote in this book was taken from the 3 baby books I meticulously fill in for each of our three boys. (My mom told me I wouldn't fill in the book for the first boy, so I had to prove her wrong. She told me the 2nd and 3rd one wouldn't be filled in either...I showed her!! Maybe she was playing me. Anyway, they are all filled in and I think she was proud of me for doing it.) That's how I see it now, anyway.
Some information came from my wedding book and diaries/journals I kept through the years. The family timeline I made and told you about in an earlier post was also helpful. Some questions in this grandma book were...things I didn't know, so I put a picture over the question and wrote what I wanted to write. I think our son and family will get a kick out of learning things from this journal. I hope they do.
It is worth the time and effort. I encourage you to do it for your children. Tell me your story about doing something like this or if you had someone who did it for you. I can't wait to give the journal to my son.