The thankful jar

by Andrea Cooley

It’s that time of year when you’re supposed to remember the things that you’re thankful for. Part of me rebels against the notion of a “thankful jar or tree or wreath.” I argue that I shouldn’t need a gimmicky project to be thankful. I don’t need something like that to remind me to stop and give thanks for all the blessings I have. But then, I slow down for a moment and realize, that actually I do need something to remind me to recognize the blessings in my life and then I sheepishly admit that maybe having a jar with cards to write down the things that I’m thankful for isn’t such a bad idea after all.

So, here we are, the day after Thanksgiving, sharing how we’ve been taking time to jot down a few things that we’re thankful for every day. I found a great template over from Emily at Jones Design Company and printed out a few sheets (I used colorful construction paper, because we don’t have a color printer, but she made the tags in pretty fall colors).

I grabbed an empty Ball jar, tacked a ribbon around the top with hot glue, and set it on the table with a stack of cards.

I have to admit that I love peeking to read what Adam writes on his cards! Some of the cards are serious (being thankful for God’s grace, our church family, and our jobs), and some are just fun (holiday coffee creamers, solid-state hard drives–that’s Adam’s–and dark chocolate).

So of course I have to ask, what are you thankful for this year?

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Andrea Cooley

  1. I am thankful for the the Schmidt family.

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