Following is a guest post by Marty at Marty’s Musings… enjoy!!
This is our Blessing Jar, a tradition that goes back to 1999. At that time we just had two children and couldn’t possibly have even imagined the changes the next few years would bring, with both joys and trials.
After the tree is decorated we gather around our table and take out The Blessing Jar.. This special little jar sits on our kitchen table year round, reminding us to take time to appreciate God’s blessings, both small and large. No special paper needed. Any scrap will do! We then go around the table and one by one open the slips of paper, seeing the blessings of our lives laid before us. As we read from the past year we are always reminded of the ways God has taken the good and bad times and turned them into family memories, a tangible picture of God’s love for us. I cannot begin to tell you how we look forward to this time. As our family ages and changes we welcome new members and treasure those to come in future years.
Our little jar, filled with the promise of tradition and memories.
What do I do with the blessings after we read them on Thanksgiving night? I save them until I’m ready to scrapbook them! The layout below is from 2005 and features just a few of the blessings from that year. Not one of my finest pages but it is done and in our album as a reminder of God’s goodness and those traditions that make our family unique.
I also store ribbon in mason jars.
Apparently my cat loves the jars as well.
Marty is a wife of 25 years and both an adoptive and biological mom to five children, Marty blogs at Marty’s Musings where she writes about faith, frugality, family and fun (among other things!). You can catch up with her via her blog, pinterest, facebook or email.