journals…a girl can never have too many

I have a ridiculous amount of journals. I can’t help myself. There is something about all that untouched paper bound beautifully. I have boxes of journals from growing up. I have about 5 journals that I am currently writing in right now. Ideally, I always think I’ll just do one journal for everything. Then a lonely journal begs for my attention.

Here are the journals that I am currently writing, drawing, sketching, etc. in….a big stack. All with different purposes.



Let’s start with this set. I want to frame these they are so beautiful. I picked them up at Anthropologie. I started them to go along with reading One Thousand Gifts. I am beginning to record my 1000+ gifts in these.

Here is an exerpt:

1. The laughter of many small children.
11. being called “mommy”
13. laundry – we have an abundance of clothes
19. little hugs that freeze time
28. fine point gel pens
35. morning sun streaming in the window
37. white paint
41. a notarized homestudy



This one was a gift from Mica May. She came to a SnapShop earlier this year (when I did the in-person ones). She gave all the attendees a journal. This ones goes to church with me on Sundays for notes.

Here’s an exert from it:

“God wrote my genetic code for a huge reason. I am who I am because God made me this way. What am I doing with the gifts God gave me?”



Then there are these are for my kids. We have purchased journals right when we’ve found out we were expecting. There are 6: 5 pregnancies and 1 adoption. We write notes to the kids, memories, dreams, prayers, etc. They were all started from the moment we knew they were coming. We’ll continue to fill them through the years and give them when they leave home.

Here is an excerpt from the one we keep for our next little one:

“Once your brother was born, I cherished holding him in my arms and savoring his sweet smell. Yet, in those moments tears would form as I thought of you. I wondered if you would be held and adored as a newborn. I wondered who would answer your cries and what was happening in the heart of your birth mother. The journey remains unclear of who you are and where you are. You are so deeply hoped for, longed for, desired. I can’t wait to hold you my precious one.” - 2008


So I’m a fan of journals. I like looking back. It is probably why I like blogging too. I like to write things out. I just have a lot going on in my head and for whatever reason I like to take pictures and write about it. For every blog post, I have about 5 journal entries/drawings somewhere.

So, since this week is Giveaway Half-Week. Mica May is going to give away one journal to one of you. Here is the hitch, the journal can’t be for you. I want you to think of someone you could give a journal too!

Here’s the details:

Prize: 1 journal of the winner’s choice from MayBooks

One winner, chosen at random

Giveaway ends Saturday, October 29th 9:00pm US Central GIVEAWAY CLOSED

To enter: Tell me who you’d like to give a journal to and which journal you’d like to give!


You can also use the code ashleyann to get 20% your entire order.


*This month proceeds from book sales will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the RISE school ( a school for little ones with Down Syndrome)

If you want to leave a comment today, but do not want to enter to win, just let me know in your comment

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  • Karen - Thank you for this post. I started a journal for all three of my girls when I was pregnant with them as well.. but haven’t picked them up in a while.. This post has inspired me to keep on journaling all the small and big things that are happening in their lives. I would probably pick out the monogramatic journal for a dear friend of mine that is struggling with depression.. Maybe journaling with help her through this season..

  • Tina Watson - I would give the monogramatic E journal to my friend Elaine who dedicates her life to not only her husband and two children but to many who are in need. She is a true servant. Elaine has a love for writing who will use this journal on a daily basis.

  • ellen patton - If I win, I would give monographic A to my niece Adrienne who is a terrific writer.

  • Tricia Fisher - One very close friend is recently divorced and her ex husband just went to prison, leaving her with their 3 daughters….i feel that a personalized monogram journal would be a perfect gift for her and allow her to write all of her thoughts down daily! She is one of my dearest friends and a wonderful person.

  • katherine - i would give one to my dear friend paula… the vintage bird citron journal!

  • Amber - I would give it to a friend going through a very hard time right now. It would cheer her up and give her a way to write her thoughts down. Now that I think of it, if I don’t win I’ll send her one anyways. I would get the wallpaper citrus.

  • Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails - Honestly, I would love to win the same one you showed above, with the Custom “A” design on the front. I would gift it to my sister, who at 41, just had a baby girl(her first…and last). My niece’s name starts with “A” and my sister loves to record memories so it would be perfect!

  • Melissa Finfrock - I would get the monogram book for my sister. She is just like you. She has dozens – make that hundreds of journals. She is beautiful, inspiring, and selfless.

  • Brittaney - I would give the journal to my best friend. She’s expecting a new baby and it would be a great way for her to record his/her life!

  • Julie O'Dell - I am also a lover of journals!

  • Amanda Hays - I love them all but probably the Vintage Bird journal in Smoke is my fav! I’d have a hard time giving this one away! :)

  • Grace - I have a ton of girls in my Bible study that love to journal and I would love to give some of the Vintage Bird & the Monogram journals away.

  • Katie - I would send the teal chevron to my friend Hannah( She’s a blogging friend, and her words are beautiful. I love the way she views life, and I think that a new journal would inspire her. Also, it’s just something she would love.

  • Tara A. - Hi Ashley, I would give the journal to my husband. He is away from me and the kiddos a lot during the week.I know that when I’m alone I am always thinking about the kids. He’s a fireman and 24 hours and even 48 hours is hard away from the little toots. So I would give it to him and encourage him to write only the nights that he is away at the fire station. Thanks, Tara

  • patsy - I have so many journals too! I have one where I’ve been writing my only son letters ever since he was in my tummy, I also have a gratitude journal, one for my prayer time, one for inspirations…ooh lots of empty journals waiting to be filled! Patsy from HeARTworks

  • Stephanie - I love this, I started a journal for my baby the day I found out I was pregnant. I love reading back and remembering exactly how moments felt. I hope he can hold it dear to his heart some day, otherwise I know I will always enjoy reading back.

  • Julie - I keep seeing this picture on Pinterest!

    I just wish they hadn’t changed your story on the bottom, it makes it sound like your children are grown and you have already given them their journals. It is a beautiful idea though and I’m glad it seems to have captured peoples attention.

  • Jenna - Could you tell me where to buy journals like your leather ones? I would like to start that for my family. Thanks!

  • Laura - Where do you purchase the journals for your children? They are lovely and exactly what I’m looking for.

  • ÿþµþüþÓþ - Regards for this marvellous post, I’m glad I detected this web website on yahoo.

  • Rebecca - This is such a good idea and a sweet testament to the love you have for each of your children. I would love to do something like this with our own children someday. It reminds me of a blog I came across once that did something similar, but in blog form. I like how tangible a handwritten journal is, though.

  • Bree - I agree with you. I have millions of journals! I also have the beautiful set of anthropologie journals. Keep on writing!

  • Libbie - You totally inspired me to start these for my kids! Just bought them yesterday! I am so excited! Now just think you gave the gift to your kids & you gave this gift to my kds too! THanks!!!

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  • Lacee Curtis - I was wondering where you got your nice black journals from? I want to do those for my children also. Thanks, Lacee

  • Debbie - I am looking for a larger journal to my kids like the ones you have pictured and am having a hard time finding just the right one. Do you mind sharing where you bought yours? Thank you!

  • Victoria - Thank you for your post, it gave me inspiration to write on! I’m going through a journaling crisis right now, it’s hard to write on a daily basis and I feel I’ve lost my ability to journal… but I’m not going to quit :)
    The idea about journals for children is amazing. I’ve kept a journal for my daughter but I typed the entries into a MS Word file. I’m thinking to make a book for my girl with her pictures and memories.
    Your notebooks are lovely, too!

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  • Brooke - Hi! I love this idea! I have a 3 month old son and would love to start a mothers journal for him. I have been looking for the perfect one! (but I can’t seem to find it) I love the ones that you have… Would you mind telling me where you purchased them?

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