We Are Baaaaaack

We Are Baaaaaack

The other day I shared with you a two page spread from the Vacation Edition of Journal in a BoxTM. Remember, we were on vacation and sharing a journal? And, it was my day to write.

Here are the pages created by the other family members from when we were Living Life in Sunny California. Of course this journal will be a bit of treasure our grandkiddos will be able to show their grandkiddos, but it is also a present day jewel.

I’ll show you photos of the journal we used and point out some things I learned about my family through the use of this shared journal.

Jack wrote on the day we visited Sea Life on the Legoland property.JIB Vacation Edition by Jack

I’d never before heard the story of my hubby’s first visit to the Rocky Mountains at the age of 6. I grew up weaving my way through the Rockies. It is so cool to see the story of my hubbies first encounter with the mountains which were a central part of my childhood.

The next day the grandkiddos and their parents spent the day at Legoland.JIB Vacation Edition by granddaughter

This depiction of the Legoland adventure by the 7 year old is priceless. Her birthday was what occasioned the trip. She had a great desire to see an ocean. Yet as each day of her birthday week passed and we asked her what she enjoyed most of each of the days her answer came with rapidity and certainty — “Being with my family.”

Look at the top left of the photo. The blank she filled in was the one asking who the writer of the journal is with on that day. Don’t you love the boldness of her writing as she proclaims, MY FAMiLY.

Not to be outdone by his Big Sister, the 3 year old also tried his hand at conveying what he was doing on his vacation.JIB Vacation Edition by grandson

OK, I’ll give you a clue. There are water, sand, seaweed and sea shells showing on this page. Of course I know that is true. When asked to tell about his drawing he reported, “it’s da ocean.”

You know that there are times vacation plans change. Things come to a halt. Some rethinking is in order. In Tonya’s account you’ll see mention of a hospital. There was a location change as we all dashed to Tucson to visit with my baby brother who had been hospitalized following a stroke.JIB Vacation Edition by Tonya

My brother is doing well and on the road to recovery. So, I was pleased to see Tonya’s recollections of past vacations and travels mentioned in the section devoted to “remembering when.”

The last entry I’ll show was made by Joe. Once again, I’m intrigued by the remembering section. JIB Vacation Edition by Joe

Although not all vacations are interrupted by phone calls concerning emergencies it is interesting that Joe recalled just such an occurrence concerning his grandfather.

We are home. The vacation was grand. My brother is doing well.

The Vacation Edition journal has been put away for now. It will be used again for the next vacation.

Try this:

Have you ever shared a journal before? Tell us about who you shared it with and what you gained by writing in a shared journal.


As a lover of words, pens, paper and the dictionary I'm a natural for journal writing. But, I wasn't always faithful to the task and had to learn the hard way. Some trial and error as well as input from my journal writing friends helped move me along. I have a burning desire to help people who want to use and get the most out of their journals and diaries. I see journal writing as a self improvement tool and a way to avoid costly mistakes, bad relationships and my stinky-self. Finding my kindly self is part of the journey which keeps me writing. I Journalate and so can you.


  1. I have shared journals before. I have shared them with my husband and with friends. What I gained from sharing journals with others is being able to understand the other person more intimately and being able to exchange feedback on so many things with them. It’s a fun activity to try with anyone.

  2. You are so right Lynda!

    It was fun seeing what the children would share. It was also fun to see what the adults wrote about. I didn’t know, for instance, that Joe had been on an excursion when he received the bad news about his grandfather. I loved that Jack (my hubby) added a quip about sharks and the lottery.

    And, I was grateful that my daughter recalled adventures she had experienced with us when she was younger.

    Thanks for telling about your own experience, Lynda. I agree, it is a fun activity to try with anyone.


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