Welcome to write. Saturday on this beautiful (Inter) National Scrapbooking Day! Today's journaling prompt is quite near and dear to my heart. Why? Because my self proclaimed non-scrapbooking sister, Katherine Willis Pershey, wrote a book. A beautiful memoir about her life as a wife, pastor, and mother; and really, what is a memoir but a very large scrapbook? Her book is called Any Day a Beautiful Change.
I am also very excited about the cover, as my sister used a photo I took of her sweet family, not knowing one day it would be on the cover of a famous author's book!
Katherine borrowed (giving credit where credit is due) her title for her book from an Innocence Mission song. The song begins: “Oh I’m going to find some peace of mind. At any time I could change, any day, a beautiful change.” I see how she was so heavily inspired by those words.
So this Saturday's prompt is to write about a beautiful change in your life. Some of these beautiful changes can be monumental, like the birth of a child and the life chosen as a stay at home mom.
(by Erin Sweeney)
I remember the first time Haley and I had a teenage-esque argument. She was about seven, and she wanted me to buy her a belly shirt. "Britney Spears wears shirts like these!" she insisted (not ever guessing she was ruining her case). Looked at from this distance, it seems cute, but it wasn't cute then. I was stunned. Floored. Utterly taken aback: where had my Haley gone and when had she been replaced with this girl who was actually mad at me?
Not all the changes may be as powerful and tear inducing, some changes can be ever so slightly silly, like my excitement about getting an iPhone. Finally.
I have been so inspired by this prompt, that I plan on creating an entire album of my beautiful changes. It will include the moments of great significance, like this layout I made years ago which informed my husband that baby #2 was on it's way.
Yes, I took the test, gasped, and immediately ran to my scrap room to modify a layout I recently completed. I believe that is what we call a slightly neurotic scrapbooker ;)
I did this layout about the day my camera died. On National (Inter)national Scrapbooking Day. In the middle of my 365. It didn't seem like a beautiful change at the time, but ended up being the catalyst for learning even more about photography. Loving photography even more. It certainly turned into a beautiful change.
All of these layouts didn't necessarily have a perfect place in my albums, but now will have a permanent home in my Beautiful Changes album. Now I am finally going to take the time scrap the stories of my wedding, the birth of each of my children, and all the little changes in between. MY beautiful changes in my own words. I just keep thinking, wouldn't it be wonderful to know about the birth of my mother, in my grandmother's own words. Or how my grandfather proposed. I would love to know that. Isn't that what this day, this site, this hobby is all about? Recording life's beautiful changes. Scrapbooking has become my beautiful change indeed.
Be sure to come back on Thursday for a giveaway of Any Day a Beautiful Change. You definitely need your own copy. If you can't wait, you can purchase the book or ebook edition at Amazon or Chalice Press. Now start writing about the beautiful changes in your life! Enjoy yourself this (Inter) National Scrapbooking Day!