Finding Joy In The Little Blessings

Make Your Own Joy Jar

There are so many times in our homeschool days that we get so caught up in…..stuff.  Stuff can often overtake us mommas!  We are often busy from the time that we wake up until we fall into bed, too exhausted to sleep.  We can’t sleep because we often have so many thoughts going through our head.  Well, in the midst of a frazzled Mommy day, my husband and I were working on a printable book and this activity came to me.

Between the lessons, discipling my children, guiding them, training them and shuffling them to activities, some days the little things get lost.  The week ends and we start again.  I wanted to find a way to teach my kids (and remember myself) all the small little blessings that we encounter each and everyday.

To help remember the little blessings, we made a JOY Jar.  It’s a simple project that allows for as much creativity as one can muster.  It is also a great project to get little ones involved too, especially if you use a can.  They can put stickers or whatever you like on it.  For me, I admit I am NOT the most crafty person in the world.  That is a skill my mother did not pass on to me and grandma wasn’t in town :).

Here is how you do it:

1.  Take a can, any can.  Wash it first! 🙂

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2. Cut out a piece of construction paper or fabric to cover the can.  My husband has also used card stock.  You can use almost anything in your imagination to cover the can.

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3.  Decorate the construction paper how you like.  Make sure to place the word JOY on there somewhere, then you can know exactly what the can is for.

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4.  Take paper strips and write blessings for each person in your family each day. At the end of the week take time to go back through them and read them aloud and thank God for your blessings.  Reading them aloud can be something shared as a family too by taking turns:).

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If you want to use an actual jar instead of a can let me share some pictures of how to do that too.

1.  Take your jar and cut a square of fabric bigger then the opening so that it hangs down. You can make a decorative edge if you want.  Then cut a circle the size of the jar opening in the middle of the fabric.

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2.  Screw the ring of the jar on, don’t use a lid:)

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3.  Adjust the fabric so that it is pretty even and there you go! Very simple:) Then place your strips in each day like you would the can.

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I hope this activity blesses you and your family.  If you make one I would love to hear from you!

In Christ,

Laura

Laura PraterLaura is an Army wife to a Soldier who has served the last 18.5 years active duty. They reside in WA for the time being with their 3 boys. Laura home schools all 3. They are very active in their church and community. You can find Laura blogging atwww.raisingsoldiers4christ.com on Facebook athttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Raising-Soldiers-4-Christ/320756691285805, on Pinterest atwww.pinterest.com/RS4Christ and on Twitter atwww.twitter.com./RS4Christ.

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