I think it was a couple of years ago now that we received a really beautiful glass keepsake box from Maria Allen to include in a Christmas gift guide. At the time, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with it but after a little bit of thinking I decided that I would fill it with postcards for Erin.
I don’t have a lot from my childhood. I have a small selection of photographs of me as a child and from a few days out with family, as well as having some old photos of some family members. However, I don’t have what you would really call keepsakes or anything to really look back on. Even before Erin was born this was something I thought about and I wanted to make sure we kept some things for her to look at, and for us to talk about together, as she gets older.
I started off with a couple of larger keepsake boxes and included items such as her really tiny baby clothes, favourite outfit and newspaper clippings from the day she was born (seeing as she’s a New Year’s Day baby). I love that Erin has memories from her past, from when she was too little to be able to remember some things, to keep forever and to maybe talk about with her own children.
Since we received the keepsake box I have been buying postcards from every holiday or short break we go on as well as some days out. On the back of each postcard I write the date and where we went, along with whatever I can fit in the space about what we got up to. We have postcards from various Center Parcs holidays, the first time Erin went abroad and days out to places like Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure.
I know that if Erin asked me in 10 years time what we did on our first family holiday or about the first time we went somewhere, I won’t be able to tell her everything she wants to know. I hope that having these postcards to look back on will help my memory and give Erin a whole box of family memories to keep forever.
Do you have keepsakes or a memory box for your child? If you do, what do you put in it?