Before the ball dropped, Trae and I looked back over the year; we discussed the highs and lows of 2014. Even in the lows, we realized all of our blessings. In order to reminisce, I had to grab the calendar off the fridge; we keep a meticulous calendar on the fridge. (It was necessary when I was working two jobs.) On our calendars, we had marked major events: plays, dentist appointments, vacations, school breaks, etc; the calendar, however, couldn’t help us remember the little blessings like when Trae came by my work with coffee or when I left a Trae’s favorite candy in the car for him to find.
I wanted to find a way to help us remember not only the major moments of 2015, but also the little ones. We already have the 2015 calendar on the fridge which is rapidly getting filled (April promises to be a dozy), so to help us remember the little moments, I have set up a Blessing Jar station in the living room. I found my jar at the thrift store for $5 and the blackboard at Kohl’s clearance rack for $8. (I used Kohl’s cash and actually got the blackboard for free.) I decorated the jar with supplies from my scrap booking stash.
The idea of the jar is for Trae and I to write down and date a blessing each week. By the end of the year, the jar will hold 104 blessings. I am already looking forward to the next New Year’s Eve when Trae and I are surrounded by 104 blessings. I also imagine that the cats will dive bomb those paper slips. More importantly, by writing a blessing down each week, we will be seeing the wow moments in the every day. Many times couples get so busy they forget to notice the wow in the little things. By writing them down, Trae and I will be focusing on the positive moments we share instead of the negative ones, like forgetting to put the toilet seat down or leaving coffee cups around the house (oops!). Instead, I will feel blessed that my husband washed the dishes after I baked a cake and he will be happy I brought Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups for him when I can’t have them!
You do not need to invest a lot of money to start your own blessing jar; you don’t even need a jar. You can use a flower vase, a cookie jar, a photo box, or any other vessel that will hold slips of paper. Be creative! If you don’t have anything in your house, check out local thrift stores. I specifically wanted a clear jar, because I liked the idea of watching the blessings accumulate over the year. Feel free to decorate your jar anyway you want. You don’t have to make a Blessing Jar station; just make sure the Blessing Jar is in a visible spot so you and your spouse will remember to write your blessings down. For us, a station in the living room is the best way to ensure we keep up with the jar. Plus, the chalkboard was an impulse purchase since I really liked the saying on the board. If you want to make your own board, Michael’s craft store has a lot of inexpensive ones. I also like the idea of having pre-made slips of paper and pens around to make it even easier to write out the blessings, but don’t feel like you need to use scrap booking paper. Sticky notes, which I have an obsession with, would make a great surface to write blessings; sticky notes also come in a lot of fun colors and shapes. I put the paper and a pen in a coffee mug a student made for me; I really like that the mug add color to the set up. I encourage you to look around the house and see what you have so you can make your very own Blessing Jar. With just a week into the New Year, I can tell that my husband and I are really going to enjoy seeing the jar and watching our blessings grow.
My first blessing in the jar: I am feeling blessed that my husband is helping and supporting me in my Wow and Vow Days adventure! I cannot wait to see what direction God takes Wow and Vow Days in 2015.