February 7, 2013

Valentine's Day Blessing Jars

The kids and I have been talking a lot lately about the difference between put-ups and put-downs, about using words of blessing and encouragement instead of criticism and judgement.  So I thought we'd practice thinking up encouraging and lovely things to say to one another by making what I'm calling "blessing jars".


We rounded up some scrapbook papers and mason jars and a chalkboard I had in the basement and labelled the jars for each member of the family.  We lined them up on a shelf and wrote "Things that we love about you..." on the chalkboard. 


Then we cut a bazillion little paper hearts and we've been writing small notes of blessing and encouragement on them and putting them in the jars.


I've been helping the younger ones write out their sentiments, but my oldest is doing it all by herself. 


We will continue to add heart-shaped notes of encouragement to the jars for the next week.  On Valentine's Day we will each receive our jars and read the contents.  The kids can hardly wait! (I'm pretty excited about it too...)



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20 comments:

  1. Awww, I love this! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. This is a beautiful idea, Kelly! I have 3 girls ages 2, 4, and 6 and there seems to be an awful lot of squabbling going on amongst them lately. I've been wanting to do something with them to help them see each other as blessings and not "burdens" and I think this is just the thing! We will be starting this tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration. God Bless!

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  3. What a lovely idea!!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. So, so sweet! I am a fairly new reader and I wanted you to know that I really enjoy your blog. It is down to earth, honest and inspiring all at the same time! Love it!

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    1. Awww, thanks for your kind words, Melissa!

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  5. aw, what a lovely idea! those will be precious keepsakes!

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  6. This is so cute!! A must-do for sure! :-)

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  7. I absolutely loved this idea. SO beautiful!

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  8. Awww, so sweet!
    I love the new signature too!
    Ieva

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    1. Thanks for noticing the signature, Ieva!

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  9. This just the best idea for a family! My two are a little young but next Valentines we might try it! I have been trying to think of ways to celebrate Valentines with my two (2 and 8 months). Wonderful blog!

    www.samandasha2.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. What a great idea, thank you!

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  11. Very sweet idea. Happy Valentine's Day!
    Ann

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  12. Cite idea. Love them in the mason jars. I did something similar with paper fortune cookies in a Chinese takeout box.

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  13. Sorry about the typo... I meant to say cute idea! I'm on my ipad.

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  14. What a lovely idea :-)

    Sue xx

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  15. What an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing it.

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  16. So sweet! It doesn't even have to be something for Valentine's Day. It would be a really beautiful idea for a wedding day or anniversary!! Thanks for sharing!

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