Three years ago, I stopped blogging daily. I turned my attention to building a new life in the United States, which just didn’t feel as exciting to me as being an expat in Germany. Going to the grocery store, answering the door, baking my favorite comfort foods – none of these things were a challenge any longer. I didn’t struggle to communicate with my American neighbors because we had a common fluent language. Gosh, I didn’t even have to spend a whole day trying to figure out where to buy towels because I grew up knowing places like Macy’s and Target.
A customer from the journal shop recently wrote to ask if I had any suggestions for storing finished journals. Putting them away in a box just seems sad, she said.
I agree! You guys know how much I hate the thought of treasured keepsakes landing in a shoebox in the back of a closet.
I have several ideas that we use at our house, so I’ll pause every so often to show you what I like to do. Starting off, here are two of my favorite journals:
It feels like I have just blinked and already, this tired little monkey is two months old. January is in the books. We’re watching for the groundhog tomorrow.
Some days, I’m so exhausted that I can’t believe it. Other days, Niklas is the exhausted one, and he naps like a champ. We take it day by day. And it’s all so beautiful.
Last year, I was committed to taking the year slowly. After pushing and pushing to grow the Gadanke journal shop and then build our house in the airplane hangar over the past few years, I was exhausted. We were exhausted! Slowing down and signing up for less last year meant 2013 was our healthiest year ever. We spent six weeks in Germany where I became friends with fascinating women from Vietnam, India, Korea, Iran, and Morocco. I became pregnant and was beyond fortunate to have an easy pregnancy and quick natural delivery. The nurses joked that it’s a good thing the doctor on call the day Niklas was born happened to be a marathon runner!