A Traveler’s Keepsake


Kiss and Goodbye sign at the Aalborg airport, Denmark, 2005It’s that time of year again; the time when our grown children pack their suitcases for summer studies or summer projects.  Husbands kiss their wives and children before embarking on a short-term summer assignment.  And as mothers and wives we maintain the home until our loved ones return, sometimes with a cheerful heart, other times with a heavy heart.  So like the Proverbs 31 woman, we clothe our loved ones in scarlet, we bathe them in prayer, but what is a tangible way we can let them know they are missed?

The woman in Proverbs 31:26-29 lives her life in this way, “She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.  She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: ‘Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.’”  One way to reflect the description of the Godly woman in the lives of our traveling families is through “A Traveler’s Keepsake”.  It captures the essence of home and can be handed to the loved one in your life, either in print or online.  Here is the script for the cover page:

A Traveler’s Keepsake

Usually when a traveler takes a journey, he looks for souvenirs to bring home.

This keepsake is a souvenir from home, made for you to take with you on your journey.

There is a treasure for you to discover on each and every page for every day you are gone.  But do not look ahead or the keepsake will not be as fun!

Our family sent my husband away for nearly three weeks as part of his summer assignment with Athletes in Action.  Before he left, we made a scrapbook with the same number of pages as the number of days he would be away from home.  Each page was filled with a picture or a quote from one of our children or a scripture.

You can do the same, either through a booklet given by hand, through a digital scrapbook (try Shutterfly or Snapfish) or through any other electronic form of communication such as email, Facebook, Twitter and Skype.  You may create an album on Facebook entitled “Traveler’s Keepsake”, then post a new picture of you and your family on his or her wall for each day they are gone.  Or you may tweet something endearing on Twitter.  You may choose to set up a Skype appointment for another day.  There are so many ways to send a daily keepsake from home to your traveler who is away!

Meet e4e author Leaha Shaikh

This post is in a series on the book of Proverbs.

This image of the Kiss and Goodbye sign is available at Wikimedia Commons. (The photo was taken at the Aalborg airport, Denmark, in 2005)

4 thoughts on “A Traveler’s Keepsake

  1. I used to do something very similar when my husband traveled without us…we made him a scrapbook travel journal. It would include pictures of us, quotes and questions he could answer each day…questions about the people he was with, the culture, the living conditions, his activities, his highs and lows., his quiet times… Then when he got home, after all the hugs and unpacking, we would sit down as a family…he would read us his journal, we would show him momentos of the kids activities that he missed. That was how we got caught up in each other’s lives. This also helped us to not feel like we had lost part of his life. It helped us stay intentionally connected.
    All of this was before skype and email and inexpensive long distance.

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  2. What a great idea! My husband did something similar for me during a season of ministry when I was traveling for longer periods across Canada. He gave me a pack of cards, one for every day that I was away and it was the most meaningful part of every day. I could hardly wait to see the card and what he had written, what verse or prayer for that day.

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