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Counting Our Blessings

2016 is here! Happy New Year!

I don’t know about anyone else but, in this household, we roll with the uber cool “parents-of-young-children” version of New Years Eve. We tuck the kids up in bed, chill out on the couch with a good movie and end up in bed, asleep, by 9:30pm. I know, too wild right? And if everything runs extra smoothly… we may even score an uninterrupted night’s sleep so we can be at our best for a new day of adventures on the 1st day of the year! Whoop whoop!

Okay… so it’s not the crazy night of celebration we may have enjoyed in the past but priorities have changed over the years. The excitement is not completely lost, however. The wee hours of New Years Day also signify the moment my husband and I first truly meet 17 years ago. {At this point, feel free to picture the blowing of whistles and people yelling “Happy New Year!” amongst excited hugs as we locked eyes across a romantically lit garden… It’s a far cry from what actually happened but the idealist version involves less alcohol and no reference to the susequent demise of my favourite pair of Doc Martins!} But, I digress…

Apart from a relaxing evening, New Years Eve also brings a much awaited tradition for my husband and me. The opening of The Jars! Every year we start January 1st with an empty jar each. As the year progresses we fill up our jars with little notes describing special moments: funny things the kids said, proud moments when they achieved something spectaclur, holidays, wayward adventures, basically anything that made us smile and laugh or even a simple, fleeting moment that left us fulfilled and content. Come New Years Eve, we open them up and relive the year full of blessings!

There’s a lot of laughter as we realise just how crazy life is and it helps to put the year into perspective. Throughout 2015 it was easy to get weighed down by the hard times: things went wrong, diagnoses were made, we lost a family member way too soon and it all hung heavily on our hearts. But these little notes, often scribbled quickly on a torn off corner of paper, made us stop and be mindful of the things we could be thankful for. The year wasn’t the tragic series of events that it often felt like. In fact the year was downright wonderful! Kids conquer their fears and hard work paid off! We had truly memorable holidays, we reached the top of the forest and Miss SuperPowers wore socks! SOCKS! But that’s a story for another day…

After we have taken turns to read our memories, the notes get packed away in an envelope and we start again on New Years Day. Today! Every year the momentum for our little tradition builds and after one day, I already have three notes in my jar. I can’t wait to see what more this year holds so I better head off and find out!

Wishing you all a wonderful 2016 and I hope you all capture your happy moments too 🙂

If you’d like more information on how to make a Happiness Jar check it out in my original post over at Little Country Bobbin, here.



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