I was recently asked to be a judge for an elementary school Literature Contest. Since I am not teaching this year, I am really looking forward to getting my hands on some k-5 writing pieces!

Reflecting on writing, I often feel guilty because I don’t make enough time in my day to write. I love writing. I have a journal for both of my daughters that I write in as much as I can. Since there is not enough time in the day, I often take their journals in the car with us when we are heading out as a family. My husband drives and I take 5 minutes to jot down special thoughts and memories. I have always loved journal writing and have been doing it since I was in Kindergarten. I have 18 or 19 completed journals (you might know them as diaries) stored in our attic!

I want the readers of this blog to know that I am writing in respect to teachers, parents, grandparents, and caregivers all over that either work full time, part time or stay at home with their children. I know from experience how hard it can be to juggle it all. That’s when I discovered the Mom’s One Line a Day Journal (featured in the image above and no, I was not paid to write this for advertisement purposes). It’s a great place where you can simply write one line about your children a day. It’s not an entire blank page of lines that can overwhelm an already overwhelmed and busy mom! Just one line a day. Now, I will be honest, I don’t keep up every single day, but have found that if I keep it in our living area (rather than my bedroom or an office space) I am more likely to write in it.

I am excited for my girls to read my journals, twenty years down the road. I can’t possibly remember all of our special memories, but I can do my best to document them along the way.