In the late spring of 2006, I kept a few pages in my journal that looked like this: A short list of the day's highlights, including the weather, bike rides, farmer's market trips, good food cooked for dinner, etc. I wish I'd never stopped these little daily records. Each one on its own doesn't say that much about my life five years ago, but taken together they bring up other memories and the general flavor of life back then. Even still, it's a wonderful thing to remember those simple moments for which I was (and still am) grateful. This might be something fun to do while the husband/boyfriend is deployed!