It is difficult to journal on any layout, but especially tricky when the photos and memories are quite a ways in the past. This photo of me with my son is from 1997 (as you will see by the annoying camera date stamp).
I had this photo placed on a paper scrapbook page with only a small quip of journaling. I did keep a journal (sporadically) during that time though so I went back through the entries and merged a few together to come up with some meaningful thoughts that matched this time period. Before I knew it, I had finished a scrapbook page and I found a way to include some important details from my son's life.
You are almost 4 years old. Your life is not very easy right now; you are starting a new school for children with autism and you go to speech and occupational therapy on your days off. You are learning how to express yourself with words. Everyday activities like brushing teeth, combing hair, and being around a vacuum cleaner are scary to you. Sticky textures bother you. You simply can’t tolerate the television or radio being on at all. There are many nights when you sleep very little, and every once in a while you pull an all-nighter.
I am a 28 year old mom who is trying to figure out all of these new and unplanned experiences that you have brought into our lives. I am learning how to make the world a friendlier place for you and trying to find a balance with giving your little sister the opportunities she needs. I have no official training to understand autism, but I’m learning everything I can from books and professionals. Nothing is what you call “picture perfect” but that’s ok. We are taking this journey together and I will do anything I can to make it easier for you. I love you more than I ever thought I could love another human being. I know you love me too. I look at this picture and I see a mom and her little boy sharing a sweet moment. I am so
happy that you are my son. I know that I’m lucky to be your mom!
September 23, 1997
When you are looking for details to add on a scrapbook page be sure to look through old journals, letters, and these days - blog posts and emails.