the blessing box

One of my new years goals was to spend more time being intentional with my life.  And since that can a broad statement, I decided to narrow it down to parenting, my thoughts, my friendships & marriage, and my time with God.
{how’s that for narrowing it down?}
I tried to come up with ways that I could accomplish all that on a daily basis.
I needed daily reminders.
While I already tend to read my devotions {almost} every day as well as I read one to Taylor every morning before school, over the months there were many days I forgot.  Yes, life happens, but a devotion takes all of five minutes, so really there’s not a lot of excuses.  So, that was goal number one.  Read my own devotions, as well as Taylors every single morning.
In case you need a good one, I highly recommend Jesus Calling for adults, and Jesus Calling for Kids.  They are amazing.
Then when I saw this post on Design Sponge, I knew I had found the PERFECT way of being intentional around my home that could include every member of the family.
She created what she called a Vintage Postcard Calendar Journal, and it looked like this:
I was instantly drawn to it, and it became my obsession to recreate it not just for myself, but for each member of the family.
And instead of it being a calendar journal, I decided to change it to a blessing box.  Where each day each one of us would record the blessing of the day in our individual boxes, and then file that dates card to the back to be added to the following year.
How much more intentional can you be when all day long you are looking for the blessings rather than focusing on the problems?
And I am SO excited to begin Taylor (and eventually Chloe) on theirs since good habits started as children are so much easier to maintain as adults.
And in the many years to come, you eventually have a box FILLED with blessings to reflect on in the times when life may seem impossible.
For ours, I followed the directions from Design Sponge only I used scrapbooking paper as dividers.
For Taylors box, I used kid themed paper, and for Jimmy’s, I cut up pictures from a surfing magazine and used those.
{not the bikini clad girls, but the actual waves/landscape shots}
I wanted each box to reflect our personality.  
To reflect us.
In addition to those things, I’ll also be reading more books….
on parenting, on loving better, on growing more.
As well as making it a point to read my bible nightly before bed, 
and having intentional time of prayer…
One step at a time…
falling forward towards growth.

What were your goals?
How’s it going so far?

  © 2010 “Le Musings of Moi”
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  1. This is a great idea! I’m going to forward to my mom! Kori xoxo

  2. Yep, gonna do this. But I am gonna tweak it a bit. We talk about our “High/Lows” at the dinner table….I think we will write down the Highs and then be able to see them all together as a family. Thank you for sharing!!!

  3. Oh, I really love this! I going to make one too. It was a rough year last year and I chose “Happy” as my word for 2011…blessings would have been perfect but my mind was blank. Anyway, I am going to make my “happy bessings” box. Thanks for sharing!

  4. That is a very cool idea for keeping a pseudo yearly journal of daily life! Could you imagine finding one that was kept for many a years, how interesting.

    Happy new year and may you be blessed with wonderful things this year.

    Sassypants Momma

  5. LOveeee this idea- I’m so doing this-

    Hope you had a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year-


  6. Gosh, what a fabulous idea! I think I’m going to give this a go too – love it!

  7. Hi! Love how you tweaked the project to make it your own. I found your link through Design*Sponge and I was wondering what you used as your box. I can’t find a fruit box like D*S offers, but I like what you used but I’m not quite sure what it is. Would you mind telling me what kind of box it is and where you found it? Thanks!

  8. What a great idea! I know i’m like 9mths late…but hey good ideas are hard to come by. :) Thanks! With 4 boys, this might be a great thing to do for my sanity!

  9. Love your version of this idea. Blessings/Thankfulness Journal. Beautiful!