a page from my own legacy journal

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After my grandma passed away a number of years ago, I went in search of a very special journal.  A gift I had given her before cancer was on the radar, with the promise I would come looking for it someday.

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Needless to say, finding the journal after her death was extremely meaningful.  (You can read all about it HERE.)  So much so, I ended up making a similar legacy journal for my husband and one for myself as well.  (The instructions for this DIY project are HERE.)

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My head has been caught up in the past lately, triggered in part by our oldest gearing up for college.  It goes so fast.

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In addition, my two living grandparents are not doing well.  I feel old, pensive, and sort of stuck.  So I turned to my legacy journal and began to write.

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Telling my kids (and future grandchildren) about everything I remember regarding my grandparents.  I realized there are so many lovely memories.  My grandparents have made a significant mark on my life, I see much of them in the woman I am today.  Even little things, such as a dining room table in my basement (my grandma who passed away had a second one in her basement as far back as I can remember) reflect the life of a woman my own grandchildren will never know except through me.

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I want to leave a mark like that – one that lives beyond my years here.  And that’s what living with intention is all about; living fully, loving well, and inspiring others to do the same across generations.

Crystal Satnik - April 5, 2016 - 6:09 pm

I love this SO much! My grandparents made a huge mark on me and I am thankful for this reminder to document my memories of them.

Tina - April 5, 2016 - 7:57 pm

What I love, too, Crystal is seeing how parts of our loved ones live on through us and our children as well. Such a beautiful thing seeing those seeds after our loved ones have passed on.

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