In January 2013 I shared a tutorial for a Wonderful Jar. In my post I wrote:
Every time something wonderful happens to any of us, whether it’s monumental or a little thing that makes us smile, we’re going to write it on one of the pieces of paper and drop it into the jar. Over the course of the year we’ll be able to visually see all the amazing and wonderful things happening to our family and on December 31st this year, we’ll sit down together, dump out the jar, and focus on all the wonderful things that happened to us this year instead of grumbling about the negative.
I’m pleased to say, we actually did it! Not as much as I would have liked, but I was happy to contribute to the jar throughout the year. I’d occasionally catch The Hubs sneaking and reading the things I was putting in it and the girls got the hang of it and asked me to add their accomplishments to our growing glee.
Yesterday we dumped out the jar and I divided the papers out by who they were written about.
The girls LOVED this. I read each piece of paper to them and watched with delight as their little faces beamed with pride as I read the words about the wonderful things that happened to them during the last 12 months.
It was fun to look back at all the things I added to the jar. Some were truly incredible.
Others were more indicative of life with little kids!
But they were all amazing.
I’ll admit, when I first made the jar I thought it was a cute idea, but never could have IMAGINED the joy it would bring to my kids. We spent a good hour reading, reminiscing, and giggling over our year of wonderful moments. I can honestly say this is something I’ll look forward to doing again this year, and this time I’ll be more vigilant about keeping up with the jar. Sofia and Chloe grasp the concept and I’ve already had requests from each of them to add something to The Wonderful Jar.
Did you do something like this with your family? Tell me about it!