I have to say that the request seemed to be a dull project to me, but I've been taking it on. Wouldn't you know I would make it much more detailed than he expected. I added vacations taken, large purchases, you name it.
How did I begin? First, I have copies of my Christmas letters in a notebook. Doesn't everybody? The trouble is that the first Christmas letter I wrote was in 1990. That gave me 15 years to look up. Of course there were years I didn't write a Christmas letter.
I started with pencil and paper and realized that was a big mistake because more things would be added as they were discovered. I made a word doc out of what I had already found so that more discoveries could be inserted in the correct space.
I finished with the Christmas letters and then went to the photo albums and some of my diaries. My Mommy's diary had a lot of information. The baby books (Yes, I kept up with them for each of the boys' first 6 years.) were also very helpful. I'm in the midst of all of this. I hope I press through and finish because I'm known to get so detailed that I get overwhelmed and give up.
One thing I've learned during this (looking over our life like this) is that life is fleeting. Things I thought were so very important, really weren't. The highlights are the things we did together. I have to make myself stop having regrets in not being the wife and mother I wish I had been. I did almost the best I could with the information I had for the position. I say 'almost' because I knew I was making some mistakes while in the middle of it all.
All in all, I love the life I've had thus far. I even love the life I have right now. (Yep, pain and all...) I'm excited for the things we'll be adding to the timeline from this point on. With God's help, we'll make some wonderful memories.