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Journals Revisited

"A life that is not documented is a life that within a generation or two will largely be lost to memory. What a tragedy this can be in the history of a family. Knowledge of our ancestors shapes us and instills within us values that give direction and meaning to our lives." 
~Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander~

Remember when I recently blogged on the topic of journals?  I felt, I needed to go there again.  I'm kind of obsessive that way.   You see I am a lover of books, and journals aren't any different.  I love to caress their cover and smell their pages and wonder of the stories that CAN be written within.  Whenever I'm out shopping, I am drawn to pretty journals even though I certainly don't need any more.  I have a fascination with journaling, though I haven't done as much as I should in the least consistently anyway.  I have many different journals for various reasons.
  • I have journals containing bits of my own poetry
  • Other journals contain others' poetry that mean something to me
  • Another is for taking notes and thoughts during church meetings or conferences
  • Another journal is for reflection on my scriptures study
  • A journal for the funny things my children said and did when they were younger
  • I have another journal where I write things I love about my husband or things I have appreciated that he has done.  I saw a lovely journal on Dayspring, but came up with my own version.  I wish I were more consistent  but when it gets tucked in a drawer I forget.
  • I have a journal for regular thoughts and experiences.
  • I have my own "Smashbook" creation.
  • And, I now have started a Mother/Daughter journal for writing back and forth with my sweet daughter.  I saw it on Gadanke and could not resist.

It would be lovely if all these thoughts were written in one place instead of scattered amongst a variety of journals, but each has it's own purpose.  Not to mention the fact that I blog, which has become  journal writing, of sorts, as well.  I really love the quote on the top journal, "Happiness is found along the way of this journey."  ~Howard W. Hunter~

These are my favorite pens for journaling and writing.  
They have a nice weight and feel to them.

But I also love pretty pens. 

Writing gives us a mental and physical connection to our feelings...

What gets you excited about journaling? 
Any creative journal ideas?

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Lisa is the mother to one Air Force Son, one Missionary Son and one Sophomore in High School daughter.  She has been married for 24 years to her best friend and blogs at That's What She Said...

*This is not a sponsored post for any of the above referenced items or websites. I'm just sharing information regarding a topic I am excited about

**A form of this article originally appeared on Lisa's Blog in April 2013

***Photo Credit Lisa

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