Have you ever wondered how your granddad met your gramma? Or why your father chose his profession? Or maybe why your parents chose your name? I bet you know the answers to some of those questions and if you are like me you feel a huge sense of comfort and nostalgia just thinking of the story that answers that question and recalling the family member who shared it with you. Like me, however, you may not know the answer to one of those questions. Sometimes your family story gets lost along the way with questions you never thought to ask or answers that are muddled in your memory. Somehow, you always assume you will have more family time. That is why I am so happy to introduce you to the sponsor of this post, StoryWorth. They help you capture your family story and print them in beautiful memory keepsake books. If you are looking for that perfect gift this holiday, there’s an offer for the most meaningful gift at the end of this post.
Easily Capture Your Family Story With Memory Keepsake Books From StoryWorth
Let’s face it- family, even with all of their imperfections, are the what matters most. The love of family members is one of life’s greatest blessings. And the memories we have of our family are something we will always cherish. It is the little family stories that will always stick with us and make us smile to tell them and to hear them. Sharing family stories is part of our family heritage, part of knowing who we are and where we come from. Family stories are also a key to understanding how people became the way they are, what motivates them, and what shaped them.
I lost both of my grandmothers a couple of years ago. They were both amazing women. Very different in many ways but similar in their strength of character. There are questions that cross my mind sometimes that I will never get to ask them. There are also stories they told me just once that I wish I had recorded so I could remember the details more clearly now. So when I found StoryWorth, I thought I would see if my mom would be into creating a memory keepsake book to record her family story so that I would always have it and be able to share it with my kids and grandkids. She agreed and it has been really eye-opening so far. StoryWorth has lists of meaningful story prompts to chose from and they send her one question each week. Then each week I get a story of my mom’s life and it turns out there are many things I did not know and never thought to ask!
My Mother Daughter Keepsake Book
I am really enjoying hearing my mother’s answers to the StoryWorth story prompts that I chose. There are a surprising number of things I don’t really know about my mother and reading some of her family story has actually made me cry- tears of joy as I feel closer to her and tears of sadness as I wonder why I never asked these questions! Another surprising bonus of her sharing her family story is that I get to learn things about my grandmother too.
Here is one story she shared and I just loved this little peek into her childhood:
In answer to “How did you get your first job?”
“One of the first jobs I remember was a job my mother offered me and my brother Dale. We wanted to save money to buy a surrey to be pulled by our Shetland pony, Wildfire. Mother said we could pull all the dead stalks out of her row of daylillies which lined the entire very long driveway. It was rather a formidable task. I think we got paid by the bundle of stalks we collected. It taught us how to work to together, to be persistent and not give up. It was outdoors and we felt pretty contented as we worked next to the lake and the pasture where our pony looked on as we pulled and stacked the stalks. Mother was pleased and so were we.”
For one of the questions, my mom decided to record her answer by phoning her answer in to StoryWorth. It was really special to hear her voice telling her story of her first big family trip. I could just hear the joy in her voice as she recalled her trip to the Grand Tetons and her amazement at seeing the geysers shoot up out of the ground. Even more poignant for me was hearing her tell about seeing an artist painting the landscape and realizing that was what she really wanted to do- “I wanted to learn to capture my rapturous feeling of this wild and wonderful place.” It was powerful to understand what initially inspired my mother to be an artist.
I am absolutely enjoying learning more about my mother and it is inspiring me to learn more of all of our family stories and capture them. I think the family story has always been a beautiful part of each family and I fear that as we are all becoming busier and busier and we all have electronic devises to spend our downtime on, we might be losing some of these family stories and forgetting to pass them on.
The holidays are a time to spend with loved ones and as such they are a time of much merriment as we enjoy the company of those we love and sometimes also of sadness as we miss the company of those who have left us. Memories are the beautiful fingerprints of times of spent together, what better gift than to pass them on to those we love?
Let StoryWorth Capture Your Family Story
As each of us is so busy, capturing and sharing the family story can be a job you just never really get around to doing. That is why StoryWorth is so wonderful. They make it easy to capture your family story. They send the story prompts and after a year, all of the family stories are bound in a beautiful memory keepsake book. You get to know your family better and you get to have the book to share those memories with your children. It truly is a most meaningful gift- both for person who has the honor of sharing their family story and for the recipients who have the joy of learning the family story.
StoryWorth Special Offer: Now through 12/25 you can give your loved one a StoryWorth subscription and book for just $59 ($20 off). Just click this link and visit storyworth.com to learn more and order your own memory keepsake books to share your family story. Who would you like to learn more about in your family?