Memories That Last Forever…
When I was pregnant with my son, I heard that “the days are long, but the years are short” and now that he is five years old, I can attest that the time really does fly by. I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday and just like that the time has passed and soon he’ll be starting Kindergarten.
Time is our most precious commodity and the memories we make with our family can last a lifetime. When I was pregnant, I decided to create a memory chest for our son that we will present to him on his 18th birthday. It is a collection of the good times with family and friends and the milestones from his childhood that he can treasure forever.
I haven’t found a trunk yet to keep all of my son’s items and so for now I have been using a Sterilite Deep Clip Storage box that I picked up at Target. I’m on the hunt for a cool vintage trunk for his memory chest that might also double as a coffee table.
In the meantime, I have five years of memories packed away for my son. So far I have included the baby blanket and hat he wore at the hospital on the day he was born, a few cute outfits my husband wore in the 70’s that were passed down to my son, a few of my favorite clothing items my son wore as a baby and toddler, family photos, some art work he created, his pre-school class pictures, his pre-school yearbook, birthday cards from family and friends, a few items from my baby shower, a baby book with memories and stories I wrote down from my son’s first year and more!
Every year I put a few items in Maxwell’s memory chest that help tell the story of what that year was like for him. I love putting items in his memory box and thinking about how much fun we’ll have opening it on his 18th birthday and reminiscing about what a wild and fun ride it has been during the first chapter of his life.
Memory chests are a great way to honor your little one’s childhood and to preserve precious memories that can be passed on from generation to generation. Imagine how cool it will be when your daughter can show her kids one day what their Mama was like as a little girl. To me, family is everything and my son is my proudest accomplishment. It brings me great joy to create a time capsule for my son so he can cherish his childhood with physical reminders of all of the beautiful times we have shared as a family.
So get creative and store your beautiful mementos, baby clothes, family photos, artwork and more from your lil cutie’s first eighteen years. It will be an emotional and heartfelt gift for your whole family to enjoy when you present your child with his memory chest on his 18th birthday.