Ducks 'n a Row: Birthdays and Anniversaries

13 September 2012

Birthdays and Anniversaries

By Sinea Pies

If you have a small family, this may sound silly. "Why use a special tracker for birthdays or anniversaries when you can count them on one hand?" 

I totally identify with that. I grew up in a very small family. Mom, Dad, my brother Seth, and me. Oh yes, my maternal grandparents, as well. Six! We even celebrated the dog's birthday (November 29) so that we could have one more. Remembering the dates was easy.

If your family has grown beyond being able to count them on your fingers, though, how are you keeping track of them? It's a job! Remembering isn't all of it, either. You will be buying gifts, sending cards or attending/throwing parties. 

Now that I'm all grown up, our family has become a BIG one and we're all close. Remembering the birthdays and wedding anniversaries is beyond memorizing. I need help! 
Our Family: one great-grandpa, my husband (grandpa), myself (grandma), our five children, five children-in-law, 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, our siblings (2 aunts, 3 uncles), their 5 spouses, 1 nephew, 2 nieces, 2 nephews-in-law, 2 grand-nephews, 1 grand-niece and another on the way. 45 people! And that's just family. Add many significant friends to the list, as well. Try keeping track of all that in your head! Not going to happen.

That's why I created a monthly form and I'm sharing it with you. It is generic -- it has nothing to do with the day of the week on which these events fall. This is a tool to use along with your calendar. You can keep yours in a Birthday Binder with a yearly calendar alongside.  

Sinea Pies is a freelance writer who writes frequently on HubPages, GVParent Magazine, WebAnswers 
and her own website: Ducks 'n a Row.

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