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FREE PRINTABLE: Capture your child’s life now with this New Year’s interview

Kids grow and change so fast, and those of us who are parents or grandparents often wish we could somehow capture a slice of life from each stage to hold onto forever. So today I am offering you an opportunity to do just that!

The changing of the calendar year is a great time to reflect on the rapid changes in our kids’ likes, dislikes, and personalities. I created this interview sheet to use with my own kids, and decided to share it with you here. There’s a download link below, but first, here’s how the interview looks:

Interview p1Interview p. 2

It’s two pages long so you’ll want to print on front and back. Keep in mind that in our family, we have four kiddos ranging in age from newly four to seventeen, so I included questions to fit preschoolers through teenagers. I purposely started out with the easy questions like favorite colors and foods, then progressed to the more thought-provoking ones.

If you are using this with toddlers, you have several options for adjusting it to their level:

1. Print the first page only, and use the empty space on the back to stamp a handprint or let the child “draw” pictures. (Read: scribble)

2. Selectively answer whatever questions from both pages you feel apply to your child.

3. Make changes to the questions that don’t fit your child’s age. For example, with my youngest I’ll cross out “youth group activity” and replace it with “things to do with my friends.”

Even if your child or grandchild isn’t talking yet, you will want to fill in favorite songs, toys, foods, etc. to have a record of this stage in your baby’s life. You might even want to fill one in for yourself while you’re at it!

Of course, you also have the option to use my idea as a starting point and create your own interview to fit your family’s needs. But for those of you who want to skip the hassle and use what I’m sharing, here’s the link:

New Year’s Day Interview Sheet 2013

Our family always has a special dinner on New Year’s Day and that’s when I plan to go over these sheets. Our older kids will fill them out on their own, and I’ll let our youngest dictate her answers to me.

Won’t it be fun to look back in a few years to see how their answers have changed?

By the way, this is my very first FREE PRINTABLE offer, so please leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Thanks for stopping by!



Looking back, counting, and smiling

Sometime in March I started toying with the idea of starting a blog. I didn’t know if I could do it. I didn’t know if anyone would read it. I decided to go for it anyway.

Several entries ago I received a congratulatory message from WordPress informing me that I’d just published my 100th post. That message, along with the close of another year, has had me looking back over 2011 and the things I’ve shared with you here.

Of course there were some big, exciting events during the past year, like our son’s baptism and the celebration of our 20th wedding anniversary. But most of what I’ve posted here has been about the little things.

Sometimes it’s just been a picture I wanted to share with you, or something funny one of the kids said.

Sometimes I invited you to share an experience with our family.

Some of the posts were short and sweet; other times they were emotional and serious.

Often they have simply been lessons I’ve learned from my children that have encouraged me to be a better Christian or to just enjoy life more.

Sometimes something made me laugh, and I just wanted to share it with you.

Other times I shared something I was struggling with, and was encouraged by your kind responses.

I think by far, though, the majority of my blog posts are reminders to myself….Things I want to remember or think more about, and I have invited you to ponder these reminders with me. I hope they’ve encouraged you…and made you think…and helped you grow.

Oldest son pointed at this and said, "Hey, Mom, look! It's the facts of life!"

I hope you’ve been able to find something here that made you smile. And as you look back over the past year, I hope you find much to smile about in your own stash of memories.

My final request for the year is that you join me in following the advice of Johnson Oatman, Jr.:

Count your many blessings,
Name them one by one
And it will surprise you
What the Lord has done.

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I want to remember

I’ve been teased more than a few times for my habit of taking my camera wherever I go, and for pulling it out in the middle of  whatever we’re doing. For a time, I made a conscious effort NOT to take pictures, in an attempt to “just be in the moment.” But that didn’t last long. And there’s a reason.

The days are flying by. The kids are growing. The world is changing. My memory is already rotten and I don’t expect it to improve down the road. So, I take pictures. And I journal. Because there’s just too much I don’t want to forget.

Like when I walked into the gameroom last week and found my third-grader quietly doing her math…like this…

Or,  how my toddler drank a smoothie and unwittingly gave herself not only a mustache, but a big, fruity unibrow to boot.

Or the way my nails look after she gets hold of them…

Because I know things are changing every day, and I want to always remember how sweet my little ones smell after a bath…

…and how precious their good-night hugs are.

I want to remember this time where my husband can’t sit down at the piano without someone joining him there, and singing along…

Sometimes it’s just a scene that I want to capture, to burn it into my memory forever so I can pull it out and witness it again whenever I want.

A scene that I know will make me smile each time I replay it, like a teenage boy demonstrating that he’s never too busy to lend a helping hand to his little sister…

Or an early-morning concert for a rapt audience of one…

Or the sight of my hard-working husband getting to do something he loves and enjoys…

Often there’s more to the picture than meets the eye. Although I like this photo of my son pitching…

…what I love is the memory of hearing him call out encouragement to the opposing team’s players at the plate. Who does that?!  (He still struck most of them out, but what a sweet way to do it!)

And while this picture of the kids with their crab catch is cute enough…

…what I treasure is the memory of my daughter’s attitude that night. We fished ALL night and only caught two crabs and a couple of hardheads, yet every five minutes my girlie would call out, “Isn’t this fun?” I don’t want to forget that the smile never left her face.

I want to remember how fun it is to watch her interact with others, because she accepts everyone…and she makes people  feel good about themselves.

I want to remember the day we happened to choose a picnic table that was next to a sand volleyball court, and the appalled faces of my kiddos when I said it was time to go…because how could they possibly leave without playing “desert wanderers?”  (What was I thinking?)

So yes, I will continue toting my camera to even the most unlikely spots. And I will look back and be able to remember what these fleeting days are like.

I’ll remember how my toddler rides her tricycle every single day, even though she still can’t reach the pedals. (She’s amazingly fast with her Flinstone method of driving.)

I’ll recall that my big girl is hustling to make great plays on the field now, even though she started out so afraid of the ball. (Sorry, little-boy-who-was-just-trying-to-make-it-to-second; I know that didn’t work out so well for you.)

I’ll remember how, at two, my youngest still can’t stay awake through supper if we’ve had a really big day.

Because yes, I had my camera. And I will not forget.

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