The Book of Me Written By You ~ Prompt 8 ~ Time Capsule

 Prompt #8 is Time Capsule

1. You can choose who to create the time capsule for as that will influence what you put (or would put into your time capsule)
2. The creation of a time capsule
a. you can do this in the literal sense or
b. you can simply write what you would place into your time capsule and why. It is much more fun to create though!

* You may choose to create a time capsule for your children, or a niece/nephew, for grandchildren – A physical item that you will give to a named person.
*Why have you chosen that person and when do you intend for them to have it?
*You may choose to create a time capsule of your home and leave it for someone in the future to find.
*You may want to create a time capsule relating to an actual event or anniversary
*If you create a physical time capsule, what did you choose to use as your capsule and why?


This prompt had me thinking. Somedays I would think about it and other days I had a mental block and didn't want to think about it at all. It has taken me awhile to figure out what I wanted to do.

I thought about using a container such as this ~ 

or this...

I made these for Christmas gifts last year. The idea behind it was to write something for each day of the next year, fold it and put it in the jar. A year later, open it up and read all the notes. These were made with Mason jars and my final thought was not to use them because they are made of glass. Who knows what would happen to them years from now, maybe they would break.

My next and final thought was to use an archival box, which I already have. I will need to do two of these, as I will make one for each of my two grandchildren.

I will put whatever I feel is appropriate in each box for each child. For instance, we all went to the pumpkin patch recently and I took a photo of a sign which said, "Pumpkins $7.00." I thought that was a lot of money for a pumpkin, but then I thought, what about when my grandchildren grow up and need to buy a pumpkin for their children? I am sure they will be much more than $7.00. They will each get a copy of that photo.

I have also kept a running log of things my granddaughter says, out of the blue. She is quite animated at times and comes up with the funniest things. I planned to make a book of her "sayings." I think I will put that book in the box for her.

My grandson on the other hand is very quiet. I may choose to do a book of him with the awards he has won through school and sporting events.

I want to do a special picture of their hands or feet at the age they are right now. I may use finger paint, pictures or another means of capturing a part of the them that will grow and change as they get older.

I plan to write them each a letter letting them know how special they are to me. I want them to know I really love them. 

I may add a few single photos and special gifts. Every year at Christmas time the kids and I decorate a miniature Christmas tree for "their" room at our house. This year I plan to take a few of those miniature ornaments and wrap them up to add to their Time Capsules.

I will take the next full year to fill these boxes. The boxes will be labeled who they are for and sealed by the end of 2014. 

These time capsules are for my grandchildren to open after I am gone. I haven't decided exactly when they should open them. The first year anniversary of my passing? Maybe a week or month after I am gone? Maybe, when they reach a certain age? I want them to be old enough to be responsible so they will save their boxes and take care of the items in them...I don't want them moving all around and loosing the boxes. Well, at least I have given myself a year to think about this.

What do you think? When do you think they should  open them? I would love to hear your thoughts on this!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts! 

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  1. Awesome idea Cheryl . . . with your permission, I would like to do that for my grandchildren . . . I think on the year anniversary would be a good time or, maybe when they need to "feel" close to us they can go in the box and go thru the things and smile. I have done something similar but you perfected it, thank you!

  2. Cheryl, I too love this idea. I have a memory box for both my daughters and started them when they were baby's. They are 31 and 39 now. I also started one for my granddaughter and she is now 7. I put in one baby outfit, a pair of baby shoes, and a baby blanket. As the years when by I added school papers and things they made for me and their daddy. There are lots of things in there and I add from time to time.
    I think I will take your idea and twist it a bit....I think I will add short storys and thoughts I have been through in my life. Sort of a diary for them to read when I am gone.
    Thank you for sharing this post.

  3. Hi Gini, you certainly don't need my permission to do this, go for it! Thanks for commenting, glad my post inspired you. I have actually thought of some more things to add to their play doe cut outs...wrappers from the fruit snacks they eat all the time over here...and on it goes!

    Hi "The Path Traveled" :-) I love what you have done. I was thinking I need to do one for my daughter's also, I don't want to have them jealous. I do have some things of theirs in a box, I think I will transfer them over and make each of them a box also! Thank you for swaying me when I wasn't sure.


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