Passing On Your Family's Story or Why You Should Journal

Passing On Your Family’s Story or Why You Should Journal

Why you should journal.

“The beauty of being a sister is that when you connect with the people you grew up with, you can go back and be a kid again. You can laugh and giggle and just be crazy. You don’t have to be a dignified, responsible person because a sister knows who you really are.” – Helen Landrum, Fluffy, Funny, and Fabulous.

As I watch my children play, laugh, squabble, and just be siblings, I often go back in my mind to my own childhood. I grew up with two sisters and four cousins who were close enough to us to be our siblings. We had an adventurous and sometimes crazy childhood. I have a lot of memories  of my childhood, good and bad, just as I am sure you do. From time to time I share a story with my own kiddos and try to pass on the story of my family.

I have always loved to write and have kept diaries and journals on and off for most of my life.  I have several journals from many stages of my life, although not one is fully completed. The urge to journal my life seems to come and go and I do often regret this. I wish I had a better record of my life because my memory fails me at times. Writing my family story should be easy, but I have not spent much time trying to get it on paper.

I was contacted by a nice woman named Anita Lewis a few months ago and asked if I would mind reading and reviewing Fluffy, Funny, and Fabulous: A Tale of Five Sistersthe book she and her sisters wrote together. Anita and her sisters took the time to write down their family story. They are not famous or infamous, just regular folk like you and me. I agreed to read the book because I am a sucker for a family story.

The book is intensely personal, as the five sisters all write a section of each chapter reflecting on stages of their lives. It did not take long before I felt like I was a part of the family. I felt like I was sitting around the kitchen table listening to my aunties and grandma tell me the story of their lives.  As I fell in love with this family and listened to them recount the adventures their lives have brought, I realized how precious it would be to me to have a similar book written by my mom, grandma, or aunts. How valuable and priceless a treasure to know the story of your family.

Fluffy, Funny, and Fabulous did two things for me. First, it reminded me how much I love and miss the family of my childhood. My mom, sisters, and my dad have all moved away. Second, this book inspired me to write down as much of my life as I can remember by journaling. This would be fun to pass on to my children, but also meaningful to me.

I highly recommend this book to you. It will touch you, make you laugh, make you cry, and even motivate you to pass on your own family’s story.  It might even encourage you to reach out to estranged family members or contact those you love to let them know how you feel about them. It might just put your life in perspective.

“Mom, when did you get old? When did your body start to fail? I never noticed. I guess as I began to age, I didn’t realize that you were aging, too” – Vicki Foley, Fluffy, Funny, and Fabulous

Time goes by so very quickly, doesn’t it? It is easy for us to lose contact with our family and sometimes we forget just how much they mean to us. I am so glad that I agreed to read Fluffy, Funny, and Fabulous. My advice to you is to read this book and start a journal. It might even be fun to get together with your siblings and have them write about some of your family stories, compare notes, and have a few laughs.

Why you should journal

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Why You Should Journal

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book to review. Of course, all opinions are my own and I loved it.

About Janice

I am so glad you stopped by. Kick your shoes off and hang with me a while. I am an Arizona native, wife to a hard-working hubby, mom of two, and daughter of the King. I love sharing recipes, crafts, and family activities that any mom can do. Life is complicated enough, right? When I am not up to my ears in laundry, dishes, and creating for Celebrating Family, you will also find me at East Valley Mom Guide. Come follow me on Google +, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.


  1. Mommy Pamela says

    There is no greater joy than having a sister that you are close with to share your thoughts and dreams with. I couldn’t imagine not having a sister to talk to or just to call and breathe on the phone with (you know what I mean if you are close with your sissy). This book sounds like it touches on just that, the joy of family, especially sisterhood. I love my sisters relentlessly and couldn’t imagine life without them. I love you sisters!

  2. I would love to read this book. There is so much to be shared, learned and just enjoyed from remembering what was.
    I recently took a little walk down memory lane for a big milestone birthday and I have memory books from my grandmother and father that I treasure. The Grandparents’ Memory Book, Did you really walk 5 miles to school”.

  3. Debra Wagner says

    I share many great memories with my two sisters growing up. So so much fun and being close and then our kids growing up together also being close. Me, Sandy and Linda used to get all the kids together with my Mom and go to the park and have a picnic and sometimes roller skate! LOved it.We always did stuff together. 🙂

  4. I would love to read this book. I need to start journaling for my grandkids.

  5. I love sitting with my Grandmere and remembering the 4th grade summer we lived with her and my Grandpere. Long-term memories are all she has now, so the time spent reminiscing is particularly poignant. We found a drainage ditch with a bazillion tadpoles that summer. Brought a bunch home in a bucket every day. It was quite the moment when we figured out they were not frogs but mosquito larvae… most of us still laugh about it.

  6. Karen Lynn says

    I loved the summer when my whole family got outside to play and do yard work.

  7. I remember our family vacations – driving all over the country! Great adventures.

  8. Mommy Pamela says

    I love to remember the times when my mother and sisters would drive to Flagstaff and have a picnic in the woods and just have fun. I will cherish those moments forever! Oh yeah! That made me think of the trees there. We would smell the bark of the pine trees and they would smell like vanilla! Love it.

  9. Rachel G. says

    Driving to visit my parents in Idaho. A long 12 hour drive is perfect for bonding with hubby and just being silly with everyone.

  10. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says

    watching my grandma ride a unicycle
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  11. Bringing my grandmother on her first real vacation to the beach. Such awesome memories.

  12. susan smoaks says

    my favorite family memory was the last vacation we had with my favorite aunt who has since passed away

  13. When I was 11, my sister was born. Seeing her for the first time (and I got to name her!) is my favorite memory.

  14. Melanie Montgomery says

    I have so many…the day my sister found out she was pregnant, her husband and her have been trying for eoght years

  15. I loved camping with my family when I was growing up. Telling stories by the campfire, enjoying quality time together. Something we don’t do nearly enough as adults! Great giveaway.. thank you!

  16. vera hanson says

    with my parents taking their 8 grandkids to the zoo for the 1st time

  17. christy colln says

    I always remember taking my grandma with us on our family vacation to Florida when I was 9. We got to Florida from CA and went grocery shopping right away since we were staying in a condo. My grandma got “jipped” a quarter at the register and didn’t realize until we were in the car and driving away and she made my dad turn around to go get it! He was so mad <3 I love my grandma

  18. Sylvia Zajis says

    I used to journal daily, then I kind of lost my way with it during the chaos of everyday life. When I read your story about journaling it reminded me of why I once did it to begin with. I think I will try to get into it again, for my children. Thanks for the reminder!

  19. Such a great tradition for us Moms to start, for our kids & future grandkids!

  20. Anita Lewis says

    I am Anita Lewis, one of the sisters who wrote the book ,Fluffy, Funny and Fabulous. I love reading all your memories and sincerely hope you do journal your own memories to pass on. It does not have to be every day or even a work of art. Just get it down.

    To any of you that are interested in purchasing the book its on Amazon, B&N or through our publishers website

    thanks again to Janice for connecting so well with what we were trying to convey.

    Love you all,
    Anita- Sister #5

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