Special Night-time Notes

Children grow up so quickly!

With busy days and responsibilities I don’t always speak to each child privately.  And in the busyness, they don’t share their troubles and concerns.

Sadly, I don’t journal the many precious moments and memories.

But for almost 6 months now, this has changed.

My younger daughters and I write special notes to each other almost every night.  Remember I suggested handwriting notes?

We use special spiral notebooks, and I bought each child a special pen.

We write and reply to each other’s notes.

When we have finished writing, we tuck the notebook secretly under a pillow.

Of course, spelling and handwriting does not matter in the least.

My children love this liberty and they write freely.

Some nights there are questions.

Other nights they share concerns.

Most notes are simple love notes.

And now and then, they draw a picture or write a joke.  Humour is such a glorious gift!

Reading my children’s thoughts, prayers, fears, hopes and joys fills my heart with gladness.

I love the freedom they have to write and ask me deep and personal questions they would be too shy to ask out loud.

I especially love to bless them.

In meaningful words.


His promises and blessings.

I write of my joy and pride in them.

It’s personal.


From my heart to theirs.

From their child-hearts to mine.

We re-read these notes and bask in the joy of such love.

Recently, when my 11-year-old finished her notebook, she came to me and asked me to keep it safe for her.  I know she may cringe when she reads it when she is older, but I will always treasure it.

Captured in these pages are the joyful memories of our relationship and lives.

Savour your children and speak the words that fill their hearts.

All too soon they are grown up and going out into the world.

These are the memories I want to savour forever.


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  6. Nadene
    I love this idea-my almost 12 yr old daughter is very word-expressive, and has many books started in her notebooks, and I think it would be great fun for the 2 of us to do each night-sometimes a house full of boys shuts out our time together, so this could be a great way to stay connected with her


  7. I used to do this with my boys but we did it as a family. Each time someone new would get the book…brothers, sisters, mom, or dad. It was sort of fun to see the messages between siblings. Even though we are with each other everyday, seeing things in writing is always more powerful.

    Great post.


    • @Barb, what a novel idea! (excuse the pun) It is a great alternative to private journalling. Writing for all the others in the family to read will challenge us to find the right words! Perhaps, when my children are older, we will try this.


  8. This is my daughter’s absolute favourite thing to do! A formerly reluctant writer (she’s dyslexic), she now sometimes writes me pages about her hopes, fears, dreams, or just a comment about something we did that day. I love it as much as she does! She even sewed a cover for the book.


    • It’s a great idea Nadene! I started doing this with my girls a few years ago, and gradually the habit just stopped. I must start doing this again, thanks for the reminder!


  9. This is a great idea. I can’t remember if it was from your blog or somewhere else that I heard this before, but I know another mom that I shared it with fell in love with the idea. I’m thinking my kids are at an age where they would enjoy it, too. I think I’m going to have to decorate some notebooks soon!


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