Do you need a quick idea for Mother’s Day that will still show the recipient how much they’re loved? Then creating a Memory Jar is the perfect last minute gift.
Several years ago, my siblings and I created a Memory Jar for our mother and she still talks about it! It cost us next to nothing (except some time) and yet it touched her heart more than all the store-bought gifts we’ve given her.
A Memory Jar is simply a jar or box or any container filled with slips of paper that contain the best thing ever: memories!
Have you ever sat around a table at Thanksgiving or Christmas when most of the extended family is gathered together, and started chatting with cousins and siblings about childhood memories? There are probably inside jokes that only those who lived it would get.
My sister and I do this kind of reminiscing whenever we’re together. And my mom loves to listen in.
Well, the idea behind the Memory Jar is just to get those memories in writing!
If you’d like to make this gift for your mom (or grandma), then it’s easy to get your kids involved and have them write down things they love about her.
Make sure you grab the freebie for writing prompts at the end of this post!
You and your adult siblings could create a Memory Jar for your mother and each of you could write down 10-20 memories for a heartfelt gift.
The idea is that your recipient can pull out a new memory every day to read and encourage her heart. My moms likes to “cheat” and read a whole pile whenever she needs it!
About the jar – you could go as simple as stuffing the paper strips into a mason jar and adding a lid. Or, you could purchase a pretty glass container. Even a beautiful box would be a good option.
The idea is so simple, yet so profound. It will take you nearly no time at all to whip this gift together for mom, grandma, or another person in your life who you want to honor in this way!
Yet, as simple as the concept is, the heart behind it is deep. We want to speak words of love and appreciation while we still can. Don’t just treasure memories in your heart – share them with the people who made them possible!
This is a tangible way to “rise up and call her blessed.”
You can find printable writing prompts for a Memory Jar at 4onemore.com
Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.
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