Hello neighbor, what’s happening in your world? That question reminds me so much of dear sweet Mr. Rogers who used to have a television show here in the states. How many children grew up listening to his soft voice encouraging them to be kind and courteous to their family and friends? Yes, he didn’t have any of the dazzle and glitz and frenetic motion seen so often in children’s programs today, but what he had was powerful in its quiet stillness.

One of my favorite quotes from Mr. Rogers:

“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.”

We as scrapbookers have that awesome opportunity to show our children just how much they are loved because we are taking the time to tell their story.

When they are newborns, we tell about how much they were wanted, and how we prepared for their birth with great expectations. As they grow, we can write about their milestones and how proud we are of each accomplishment. First crawl, first tentative steps, first day of school – all important steps in their young lives. And so what if they don’t win first prize, or score home runs or touchdowns? We are proud that they tried and, more importantly, had fun in the process.

And as scrapbookers, we’ve been there to take the pictures and write down our feelings. Right? OK, don’t beat yourselves up if you’ve missed games, missed opportunities – you can start now.  I made 4 little ABC books for our grandchildren but we have FIVE grandchildren. He is 3, and has he gotten his ABC book yet? So it won’t be in simple baby language appropriate for a 1 year old  – but it will get done.

Timing isn’t everything when it comes to scrapbooking – let’s leave that for taking the picture where catching the moment can be priceless. That’s why we at p2P enjoy these weekend crops so much – we can crop along with you and catch up on our books at the same time.  One of my husband’s favorite things to say to me is, “Honey, we are all busy.” And we do understand that. So many of us work full time jobs, have young children, are busy with church work or volunteer activities in the community. And just because some of us are approaching the dreaded speed limit on the interstate – our lives are still really busy.  We have longer periods of uninterrupted time – that’s the difference. You young ones thought that all we “elderly folks” (mercy, I do hate the term elderly) do is lie on the sofa eating bon bons? Would be nice but don’t count on it!

I hope some of you are keeping up with Rosie Swale on FB. She is 68 and is walking around the world. Yep, you read that correctly – AROUND THE WORLD. She’s already been across Asia and now she’s tackling the USA. She is blogging and writing in FB although some of her comments are a bit hard to decipher. If I had to walk 10 miles a day in rain and hot sun and sometimes in the middle of the night, and then sleep in a little carrier that I’d been pulling behind me, there would likely be NO comments. She is braver than bears but her stories about the people she has met and her experiences are so heartwarming. Somehow she has made the time and the commitment to take these journeys to raise money to help cure cancer. I pray that she will continue to have a safe journey in our country. And did you read about our hometown gal from Charlotte, Harriette Thompson,who just finished a marathon in San Diego at the young age of 92?

It’s all about commitment isn’t it? Hopefully you won’t think this is a mother guilt trip! I’m just hoping that you’ll put an hour here and another there on your calendar to write down the stories that someday your children and grandchildren will read. What better reminders of our love for them than a written dialog of support and encouragement in their life.

“I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger: I like you just the way you are.”

Thank you Mr. Rogers for the words of love and encouragement you taught for so many years. And when you need a good thought or two, go read some of his sayings. Well worth the read anytime.


Content used:

Seatrout Scraps: Sleepover Bundle

Alphaset: Tattered Flannel

Fonts: A Little Pot, Yummy Cupcakes, Love Ya Like a Sister

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5 Responses to Journaling Tip: I like you just the way you are…

  1. Jan says:

    Love this, Anne!! Hopefully some people will think that speed limit is the double nickel one….

  2. junegauntley says:

    Mr. Rogers was a constant and daily companion to my two daughters as they were growing up as well. And yes, they still love and remember Mr. Rogers…so wise and gentle!! Thank you, Anne, for your blog and your page!

  3. Karen says:

    Mr. Rogers was on daily in Canada too and I believe that I loved his show as much as my sons did. We learned so much from him. Mr. Rogers made a difference in so many lives and families, thanks for the memories.

  4. Asmaan says:

    very inspirational. Thank you! 🙂

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