Memories are a Blessing

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hi Everyone,
As the holiday season gets into full swing, I find myself thinking about people I love, and wondering what I can do to let them know how much they mean to me. I’ve always believed that the best gifts are those that come from the heart… and this year I am thinking of giving gifts which don’t cost anything but time– I’m talking about gifts of memories and gifts of appreciation.
Sharing meaningful memories with someone who made a difference in your life is a great way to bless them. I created the piece below to encourage giving ‘Memory Appreciation’ gifts this holiday season. Let the people you love know that you remember and appreciate spending special times together.

The letter that I’m writing to my Mom starts out “I’m so proud to be your daughter”… and concludes “With every passing year my love and appreciation for you grows”. Just sitting down to write the letter makes me feel close to my Mom…
I’d love your thoughts on writing your own ‘Memory Appreciation’ letters… if you haven’t had a chance to try the technique I showed in the last blog post, perhaps you can create a memory appreciation booklet to give to someone extra special. If you do I’d love to see how they turned out.

Stay Zenspired,


6 thoughts on “Memories are a Blessing”

  1. Joanne; I just have to tell you how much I enjoy your blog, as well as your tutorials. I have the pens, books, and markers all ready to begin what I see as a really fun and beautiful hobby. Thanks!

  2. Dear Joanne,,,,I can't say I have a memory with you yet, but I do want to tell you what a blessing you are in my life; the way you share so much–your creativity and your heart and soul. That's something to make today a Thanksgiving Day!

    bless you!

  3. It's difficult to express your deepest emotions towards your Mother when she only understands her native language and you're not very fluent in it to be able to fully express yourself and say the things you want to say. It's even difficult to have a friend or translator who is fluent in that language to translate what you want to say and still instill the emotions in the words that you're trying to express. But I do my best to let my Mom know and anyone that is dear to me how much I appreciate them and treasure them in my Life.

  4. What a beautiful and wonderful idea! My parents are no longer living, but I certainly have other relatives and friends who, although I regularly tell how much I appreciate them, would be excellent candidates for this kind of gift. You are a wonderful gift to all of your blog subscribers and I wish you the best holiday ever with your friends and family. ♥

  5. Joanne,
    I agree with the above comments. So there isn't any reason to repeat what has been said. Joanne I love what you have given to us all. Thank You for sharing and the inspiration that goes with it.

  6. You indeed are a Blessing – your blog is a Blessing – to me!!! Not writing anything that isn't true…I have found your inspirational ideas so calming to days that are too stressful to think about I am doing this for all three of my children – even though one will never understand spoken, written words – he may just feel something when he holds it? Who knows… Thank you! Thank you!!! Your mom is going to get the best gift ever!!!!!! I applaud her for raising a beautiful, strong, loving, soulful, caring and magnificent woman!

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