Growing up my grandmother used to say your life was a book, as things happen whether you want them to or not those are chapters that are writing and a new chapter begins. Now do you want that book to be predictable and from the first page know what will happen by the end or would you prefer to read a book that was full of plot changes, twists, page-turning scenes and you never know what will happen by the end. Your life is like that - she would say you can make your book of life as interesting as you want it to be but remember that at the end those that pass through your life will have chapters that are written from their point of view that match yours but no two books will be the same, live the life that you want to read.
Earlier this month my husband had a birthday a very important birthday - yes he turned 40 as our kids told everyone they met that weekend I guess it's ok to share here as well. We knew that we couldn't do anything really amazing at this point as we hope to move house before the end of the year so I was looking for something different to get him and when Hope House Press popped up on my Instagram feed I knew I had found it.
Remembering my grandmother's words about writing a book and my new found love of pen and paper with my bullet journal it seemed a really unique present that would connect us and something we could build on over time as well. Now I love my journal for my bullet journaling but it isn't anything special so for the gift I wanted something that would stand out and I could keep as a memento for years to come. The Story of Us Book which is a leather bound journal with lined or plain pages and personalised on the outside with our names seemed perfect.
Our story is just a small chapter of my life - I didn't meet him till I had already finished one career and was training on the job as a teacher, he is a couple of years older than me and already had his own story before hand something that I wasn't part of so I really wanted something that could be ours as in the 12 years we've been together so many things have happened and writing those memories down, adding pictures, ticket stubs, boarding passes and even a flower pressed from my bouquet are all in the process of being added to The Our Story Book.
The Story of Us book is available from Hope House Press for between £45 and £67 depending on the size of journal - the one I choose is the A5 caramel leather with lined paper so that our writing would be easier to read in the future.