Preserving the Memories
To be honest, I may have missed a year depending on life’s happenings, and I may have written it a few days before or a few weeks after their actual calendar birthdate. I don’t actually give it to them when they are small, but keep it stored away with the other memorabilia I save for each of them from their childhood.
I have plans to give them these letters at a birthday in the future, perhaps when they are 15, or 20, or perhaps on the birthday of their first child. I have a feeling the “right time” may be as different for each child as they are different from each other.
The Birthday Letter
This is not just a “Happy Birthday, I love you!” note. It is a record of sorts of their year in retrospect, as well as my special thoughts and prayers for them. Here is a list of the types of the things I like to include:
- The date
- The theme or details of their party (if there was one)
- A memory from the day they were born
- A physical development event or victory from this year
- A spiritual event or victory from this year
- An accomplishment I am proud of them for
- A quality I admire in them
- Their favorite book or toy from this year
- A favorite photo of them from this year, or from their party
- Something I look forward to for them in the future
- Something I am praying for them
- My love for their father, my husband
- My love for them
Children will have good memories and painful ones. That is life and it is part of growing up. I want to give my children a resource that will help their maturing adult self-recall the good memories, the excitements of childhood, and the plan God has been forming for them since before they were born.
How do you treasure each passing year and preserve the memories with/for your children? Won’t you share what you do in the comments?
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