As you know I love keeping journals, from personal journals, scripture journals, to art journals. I love filling pages. I have encouraged my children to write about their lives, but I understand that keeping a journal is not for everyone. I was thrilled to find out that Whitney began keeping records while on her mission.
Before she left I had John and each of the children write a letter to her on this planner/journal. I didn't know what she was going to use it for, but I figured she would be able to write a little each day or at the very least find the secret message we had all left her. She confided that they were a great source of comfort to her.
She would cut out some the photos from the printed blog posts I would send her and include them into her pages. Can you see the conference label folded over the edge of the page?
This became a sacred place for her to write all that the Lord was teaching her that she didn't want to forget. What a treasure this little book has become!
Look at how filled this moleskine is? It made me so happy when she showed me this journal filled with pictures, testimonies from other people and missionaries, special mementos, etc.
It was tender to read how much she was loved. It made me laugh to hear people's advice to her about how to find a husband and how to function after the missionary.
She also shared how on her monthly planners she would feature one person from the family, using the photos from the printed blog posts. She talked about how it enabled her to have conversations with different people because of the photos. Apparently each of the missionaries decorated their planner covers. It was humbling to see that above anything else in the world she would choose our family. We love having her home.
I finally uploaded her last mission letter (you can read it here). We are in the slow process of going through her pictures and adding them to her blog so she can have it printed, create one additional record of her life as a missionary. What a blessing this has been for all of us.