As I have been reading Anna's posts on Maidens of Worth, about returning to 'plain journaling', and reading the posts on her old blog about journaling itself, and writing letters to future husbands, I've decided to write my thoughts on it as well. :)
I'm on my 3rd 'real' diary now. I had another one when I was 8, that I wrote in regularly for about a month, about nothing in particular. The rest of the entries go something like: "Wow, I haven't written in over a year! Well, we went to Paris last summer and saw the Eiffel tower! It's really tall! Sheila" Amazing, isn't it? Yeah, so I don't really count that in my list of diaries, however I've filled up two large journals, and I started another at Christmastime! The first one I started when I was 11.
Dearest _____, I'm so sorry I skunked you for a few days. I hope you don't mind! Me and my friend have gotten the idea of organizing a stamp collecting club. We've made little cards about it to give to people. If it works it could be alot of fun! Oh, just so you know, you haven't missed much with me not writing! Nothing really fantastic has happened. Well, I better go do school! Sheila
My Special Box
Ah yes, the special box! As you see, it's full of odds and ends that mean absolutely nothing to you! Most of it is stuff that wouldn't fit very well in a scrap book, and even if it did, might not be worth putting in a scrap book. I love that box! It began with a tiny little green 'jewelery box' on my dresser, that was about 3-4 inches wide, and an inch and a half tall. I began to put little random things in there from special events or whatever, and sometimes I'd go through it, and be reminded of those special memories. A squished coin from Disneyland, an entry bracelet from a fair, a little tiny doll of mine that was my Mom's when she was little, or a little piece of glue with a happy face sticker on it that I played with a bit! Go figure! The box finally could close no longer, and I transferred the stuff to an old chocolates tin. Of course, everything was stuffed and stuffed, and it just didn't fit very well. So when I got two beautiful boxes for Christmas, I decided the bigger one would become my 'special box'.
Letters to 'Him
Yes, thankyou so much for your responses! It is very encouraging to hear your sensitive thoughts and excitement! Oh, how I look forward to presenting my precious box to 'him', if only he will appreciate it. Thanks so much, Sheila
That was very encouraging, because some of the people who were discussing this thought that receiving any letters from a spouse which had been written in the past would be too strange, and that they wouldn't like it. I feel that God wants me to do this, and so I know that it must meant that these letters will be important and cherished by my future husband.