Remember when it was supposed to be springtime and there was still snow on the ground?
I’m not really writing about that 🙂
I have a really bad memory. I’m not really sure why, but I can’t remember anything very easily. I have planners, calendars, to do lists, notebooks, photos, emails to myself, this blog..all of it to help me remember. I don’t have many memories growing up. Even memories of high school and college are faded and worn around the edges, like I lived those years as an outsider to my own life. Reading them through the pages of a book that wasn’t yet complete, wondering where the next path would lead.
My husband can remember everything. What we ate at that restaurant 3 years ago, what I was wearing and whether or not I liked what I ordered. I can’t remember what I ate for breakfast. Or if I actually even ate anything.
I want desperately to remember certain things though.
The answered prayers.
The blessing of life after the devastation of loss.
The giggles and smiles of my little girl, the sound of pure joy.
I want to remember the sound of her saying “I love you” to me for the first, unprompted time – as imperfectly beautiful as anything on this planet will ever be.
So I write. I take pictures and post blogs and I do it for me. So that I can remember, and be thankful.
I do this so I can give it back to God as an offering for all He does for me.
I want to remember your faces.
You, who leave me sweet & generous words that I can never remember to respond to.
I want to remember the ones who encourage.
Because one day, whether here or on the other side of heaven, we will meet. And I owe you a hug 🙂
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Fiona Brown says
It does mean a lot – this encouragement from FMF. Great post!
Ruth Povey says
I can utterly relate to this! Great post
I can so relate to this. Powerful words here.
Brie E says
I feel like I have the same problem. I can remember a few specific feelings during events, but overall I feel like life can be one big haze. And I can never keep a diary. So blogging has definitely become a novel idea- even in the last six months I’ve done things that if I didn’t take pictures of, I wouldn’t remember. 🙂
Hi! im GiGi,just found your.I blog to remember too. Sometimes the days just go by too fast and blur together… Loved this post! Thanks!
Debra Bacon says
I love this post. What a cool way of remembering. I never considered it as a way I, too, track memories and events of life in my world today as well.
Jessica Hoover says
You my friend are unforgettable. Oh, and this was a BEAUTIFUL piece of writing. It’s just so you.
Stephanie Spencer says
I’m grateful to have discovered your voice through Five Minute Friday last week. Your post yesterday and today- I love the way they both ooze with encouragement. I have been overwhelmed lately by the critiques and criticisms in posts all over the blogging world. Your voice is like a breath of fresh air. Thank you.
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I love your post – and the ending is neat! How true!
I was thinking
about stuff today and realized that I often can’t remember the
blessings in my life. Someone asked a question and I tried to remember a
specific event and nothing came to mind. I wish that weren’t true –
but it is. I like how you say you use your blog to remember these
things. I was thinking of starting a journal to write down things that
seem so small but are such a blessing. I might consider putting them on
Enjoyed your post! I stopped by here first last
night while I was linking my post – well, before I wrote my post – just
to get an example of someone else’s post … thanks for “the example”!
Hugs some day certainly but until then, Hugs! Jenn, Link #11 5 Min Fri
Janelle Marie says
You know, its amazing to me that I have such a poor memory, mostly of my childhood, yet I can remember details of dreams and visions God’s given me like they happened just yesterday, even if they really happened years ago. My memory is sharp when it comes to the things of the Lord.
Karrilee Aggett says
LOVE this Crystal! Seriously… so good! As a professional scrapbooker, my job is to work with peoples’ memories – to attempt to get them to remember the stories behind the pictures so we can capture a memory that can be passed down to the next generation! As a writer/photographer/blogger – I attempt to do the same… we are creating a legacy… sharing an inheritance of wealth that He so freely pours out and yes – I want to remember too! Either here or there… (and with or without Nutella or Easter M&MS) – we will meet, my friend!
Becky Daye says
Love it, Crystal! My husband and I are the opposite, but I love recording the memories and reminding him of all of the blessings in our lives. And don’t you love the grace that God pours out? Whether our memories are great or not, He still gets the glory for the beautiful way that He has made us!
I love this so much! I am also not good with remembering things. I am so encouraged by this post!
Sonya Barker says
I love this post. We have this in common, as well as our men 🙂 I love the idea of the blog being my memory of sorts.
Miriam Pauline says
What a great post. So enjoyed this. One of the reason I hit-and-miss blog is to try to not forget.
My husband also has a much better memory than I do. Great post!!!!
This sounds so much like me. I can’t remember getting out of bed this morning! I write to remember where God has brought me! Loved your post!
Wendy Douglas says
Yes this is part of why I write as well. Isabel Allende said “Write what should not be forgotten.” I look forward to the hug one day friend. Blessings.
Paula Claunch says
I don’t remember the first time my first told me he loved me but I do remember the first time he said he was sorry. Empathy, yeah! Lovely post!
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Megan Eccles says
That’s part of the reason I write, too. I need to chronicle the little moments of my life so that I can look back and remember the blessings.
AJ Collins says
🙂 I am more like your hubby when it comes to relationships… but facts and dates and schedules? Ugh, NO! But I can remember snapshots of my life in vivid detail all the way back to 2 and 3 years old! Great post!
Oh, Crystal! Longing to remember the blessings and the answered prayers right alongside you. And sharing the terrible memory in all the other ways, with you, too.
alyssa zech says
Memories are tricky things! I can remember the oddest details from high school, but totally forget everything I did yesterday. Babies are growing up and I want to cling to every short brief moment we get! I must take a 1000 pictures of Baby Girl every day!
How beautiful. You are always such a supportive, loving woman here at FiveMinuteFriday. When my oldest children were little we didn’t have digital cameras… heck, we didn’t even get the internet until Emma was 18 months old. It is so much easier, now… and I have recorded on line Samuel’s entire life… it is ALMOST better than a baby book.
And by the way, I love hugs. I will be right there to hug you back!
Love this post. 🙂 I would have been totally entertained if you have been written about the fact that there is still snow on the ground. In the spring. (I’ve been not-so-quietly complaining about it all week!) But I love what you did write about, too…and I agree. Blogs are so great for documenting those sweet memories and milestones…time passes too quickly. Happy Friday! 🙂