I love to write which is the main reason I started my blog but I’ve also kept a journal ever since my kids were small but never on a continuous schedule. There are times when I just get so busy that I can’t find the time to write down even one sentence. Lately my journal seems to be written on a quarterly basis instead of a daily basis. I find myself during the winter months when things slow down pulling out the journals I kept when my kids were in school. There are so many things that I forgot or put in the back of my memory. They’re fun and my granddaughter likes reading them too. My blog is about things that I like to share with everyone but my journals are full of stories of pain, fun, life lessons, and so much more. A few years ago we were given a journal that was written daily by my husbands great, great uncle from 1888-1890. This book has been such a wealth of information about his family and their daily life including costs of things they bought or bartered for, how our farm evolved, and so much more. It has been my inspiration for doing a better job of keeping my journals. I can only hope that my family enjoys it as much as I enjoy writing in it.
Here are a couple pages from the OFWC Journals of 1888-1890.
I’m not sure you will be able to read any of the journal but I thought it was worth trying. Also, OFWC is what he was called but the full name was Oscar Ferdinand Wiley Caldwell. I think I understand why the initials were easier to say. OFWC kept many journals but all were destroyed in a fire some years ago and we feel very blessed to have what we received. It’s given me new inspiration to continue with mine for our children, grandchild and her family down the road.
We live on the family farm and in the farmhouse of one of the uncles and recently received a photo of what it looked like in the 1800’s. This is a picture of what it looks like now.
Try keeping a journal. I promise you won’t be sorry and your kids will love it.