For me, this post is the most exciting one to date! I’ve been working on this for several weeks, and I’m so happy to finally share it with you all!
When Sam and I began brainstorming what we were going to do for our moms and grandmas for Mothers Day, we settled on a memory book for each special woman. We wanted a memory book in question-and-answer format that we could go through with our moms and grandmas to remember their stories. Our primary goal is to preserve who these amazing women are for ourselves and future generations. When we started looking for a memory book, we just weren’t finding what we were looking for. We wanted something with a big focus on family as well as on faith. We also wanted something with a good mix of fact based questions and opinion based questions. So, after lots of searching and not finding, I decided to just make my own memory book!
Memory Book Format
The books are titled “Talks with Mom” and “Talks with Grandma.” I chose these titles because this book is intended to be a springboard for conversations with your family member about their life. As such, I decided to break the memory book into sections: Your Birth, Your Heritage, Your Childhood, Your Work, As a Wife, As a Mother, As a Grandmother (in the grandma memory book only), Your Faith, All About You, and Words of Wisdom. The Mom memory book is about 70 pages long and the Grandma book is about 80 pages long. The idea is that over time, as you visit with each woman, you can learn more about her by asking her these questions. For most questions there is a full page of space for you to record her response.
The book is 7″ x 5″. I printed it out onto regular sized letter paper and then trimmed down the edges. I added rings in hole punches and ribbon to make it prettier. However, you could also make a real book by uploading the file to Shutterfly or a similar site and printing out your memory book.
A Quick Note About Content
I feel the need to make a quick sidenote here. I created the memory book with a specific type of family in mind. I’ve included questions that assume that your mother or grandmother has remained married to your father or grandfather. There is an entire section with questions about your grandmother or mother’s Christian walk. This is not me trying to say that there is only one right way to have a family. I’m also not saying that this religion is the only one worth documenting. I wrote the book from this angle simply because this is the way my family is, and this memory book is first and foremost a gift for my family members. If these questions make you uncomfortable or don’t fit your family’s lifestyle, you could rephrase the question to fit your family’s story or just leave that question out of your memory book entirely.
So there it is! My special mother’s day surprise. I can’t wait to share these books with my mom and grandma, as well as Sam’s. I know the stories we hear will kept as cherished memories by our family for years to come. Are you ready to create your own memory book?