the blessing boxes…

November 25, 2010

We make them every year, it was a tradition born from desperation…

The best holiday traditions start by accident or out of a moment of required imagination. Years ago we hosted Thanksgiving in our very first home, a little green house on the Southside with a backyard full of trees and lots of charm. While obsessing over the turkey and trying to track down old family recipes from various out-of-town sisters, my two little boys were bored out of their skulls and desperately needed something to do. Even the 232 Scooby-doo episodes had run their course. It was time for a project…read the rest here.

If you want to make your own blessing boxes, here is how we do it: (p.s. they are great for any holiday!)

1. Get a lovely mix of fall colors, pick a few different shades of the same color. We chose these tiny boxes to paint.

2. I let the kids paint them but try to steer them towards using just one color at a time and then let go when I lose all creative control trying to remember WHY I AM DOING THIS! šŸ™‚

3. I spend a crazy amount of money on ribbon because ribbon makes my heart sing. We write all kinds on blessings inside from kid simple (I hope you get a dog this year!) to super heavy deep. (May kindness find you when you need it most)

It is kind of amazing how the right person always gets the perfect blessing. This has to be one of my most favorite traditions, even when I’m tired some years, the kids always remember and require it. I’m always glad they do.

I am so thankful for this space to write this year, it has held so much for me. I often pretend no one is reading so I am able to write what is in my heart but the truth is, I feel your care and kindness…I know you are there, and thank you…just thank you. *sigh*


13 Responses to “the blessing boxes…”

  1. Kathyn Says:

    I love that idea, Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Amber Says:

    Thank YOU for writing. šŸ™‚

    And happy Thanksgiving to you!

  3. Elaine Says:

    Great idea! Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Amy Says:

    We hosted Thanksgiving this year for the first time. It was our blended family of six and fourteen other immediate family members from all sides of the fences. I wanted it to be special and it was, but it was also hard on many people who are used to their own traditions. I went to a little bit of trouble to make everyone a handmade card with a Thanksgiving quote and a little handwritten note. Next time I will make these boxes. I love this idea!

  5. stephanie Says:

    Hey! I’m Valerie’s old roommate and have heard so much about you I feel like I know you…anyhow, I love LOVE these. So neat.

  6. abby Says:

    This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing. I think that everyone needs a little blessing box….

  7. Love, love, love this idea.

    I’m going to gather my nieces and nephews and we are going to have a Blessing Box party. Making them, and doing lots of doorbell ditching. YAY!!!!

    Thank you!

  8. Lynzii Says:

    Wow! Absolutely love this… miigwech/thank you for sharing & writing. I hope to do this with our huge family Christmas dinner next week!!
    Lynzii šŸ™‚

    PS – can you share with me the songs playing on your site?

    • kindnessgirl Says:

      do you mean on my photography site?

      it’s Alexi Murdoch and Polyphonic Spree. šŸ™‚ Hope your Christmas dinner is sweet!

  9. […] to incorporate her loviliness into as much of my life as possible. Last Thanksgiving we made her blessing boxes and I’m sure they will be a part of all our Thanksgivings. See below for proof. Sometimes I […]

  10. Kelly Says:

    Love this!!!

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