Simple Gift Sunday: November 25, 2012

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Family Tradition: The blesing jar is a daily reminder of God's blessings, written on scraps of paper throughout the year and opened on Thanksgiving evening together as a family.

Our favorite family day of the year is Thanksgiving so I wanted to share just a simple look into our blessing jar tradition. This simple, unobtrusive  jar sits on our kitchen table throughout the year, reminding us to record our blessings on slips of paper to be opened Thanksgiving evening. This year was a little different for us as Joshua was at school most of the year and Rachel and Donny have now been married a year. I wasn’t sure if our little jar would be emptier this year. Thankfully it wasn’t! Rachel and Donny had written down blessings separately (Donny typed his) and Joshua filled out a few when he was home.

Here are just a few of our blessings from the past year:

Rachel kept safe during tire blowout in Kernersville

Yard sale-made $140 and got rid of stuff!

Mommy didn’t get lost in airport

Joshua to Vietnam and back

A new house to call home (Rachel and Donny’s)

strawberries with family

family game night

home from vacation – car trouble the last hour but it was ok!

Adams Farm Community Church

letter from adult adoptee

25th wedding anniversary

having help and support to finish home renovation projects I am not talented at (Donny)

my new friends

I pray your Thanksgiving was as blessed as ours! What family traditions help define your family.

Linking with: Ni Hao Y’all, The Better Mom, The Modest Mom Blog, A Mama’s Story, Hip Homeschool Moms, Cornerstone Confessions, Far Above Rubies, Thankful Homemaker, ABC and 123, MercyInk, Intentional Me, Leaving a Legacy, Raising Memories

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  1. I love your blessing jar idea. That is awesome. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. What a great idea!
    When my husband and I were first married, we didn’t bother trying to define family traditions, instead keeping with the ones we’d grown up with. I think this is fairly common, but it’s kind of sad, as I think about it.
    Now that we have our little one, we’ve been intentionally focusing on creating traditions that she can grow up with, and I love this one. I think we’ll be implementing it this year!
    PS: I’m here from the Better Mom Monday linky!

  3. Sandra @Beneath this Roof, Within these Walls says:

    That is a lovely tradition, and your family was certainly blessed this year! May it always be so.

    • Thank you, Sandra, for your always encouraging comments. My family is indeed blessed and enjoying this moment in time. Hope yours is as well.

  4. Adrienne Reina says:

    I found you blog hopping from Titus Tuesday. I love this post it is so sweet! What a great idea!!

    By His Grace,

  5. Jenn @ Monkey Butt Junction says:

    What a wonderful idea, and what a lovely bunch of blessings you had to celebrate. I think I’ll keep that idea in mind for my own family this year.

  6. Such a sweet idea. Love this!

  7. I’m catching up on the blog world. I always love visiting Marty’s Musings. We also have a blessing jar that I started last year. My children, husband and I write notes randomly to place in the jar. SOmetimes they are simple like “I was on green at school today.” Other ones are more heart-felt, “I am thankful that Jesus loves me even when I don’t do my best.” It brings tears to my eyes just thinking at how innocent and wonderful this tradition is.

    Joyfully in Him,

  8. How fun! I made a jar but forgot to fill them out! Opps….

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