Friday, January 26, 2018

Roses and Thorns

"Fill your paper with the 
breathings of your heart."
        ~William Wordsworth

   I remember the first time my Mum let me read her journal. It was like meeting her for the first time even though I had known her all my life. I felt closer to her and through her simple words caught on paper I learned a little about how to live my own life well. It made me want to write the special moments of my days down too if only just for myself and not any future reader. I've kept a journal ever since! Granted not always with real dedication but I have always had one. I think it's important to capture our memories somehow even if you only record a few words or a single picture taped to the page. Those things will mean something to you later that you can't imagine now. I was given a beautiful journal for Christmas from my Mum by Georgianna Lane Photography and what is special about it is the layout. You can divide your day into "roses" and "thorns" and simply jot down the good and the bad that meant something to you. I love this concept! I think the more that we record our blessings and challenges the easier it is to appreciate the good things in life - and trust me there are ALWAYS good things. 


  1. Such a lovely post, Jennelise! Thank you so much for featuring my journal. It means so much to me that you can use it to record your important moments. And so touching to read that you learned more about your Mum through her journal. Please pass on my gratitude to her for choosing this as a gift to you. xx

  2. I love the journal your Mum gave you, Jennelise!!! It is just gorgeous--as are all the pictures you have posted here. I used to keep journals but when I went back and read them there was so much pain in some of them that I destroyed them. I did not want my kids to read them someday and realize how hard my life was on some levels- or the pain I had lived through.

    In retrospect, I should have kept a 'happy' journal and a 'not-so-happy' one. My blog is a journal of sort and that is what I hope the kids will remember. xo Diana