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Today is New Years Eve!  Wow!  Another year has passed and so quickly. 

When I look back, I realize how blessed I am.  I have a loving patient husband and a beautiful 17 year old daughter who never ceases to amaze me.  She is bright, talented, kind and mature beyond her years.  This time next year, she will be away at university and this house will never be the same.  We have always treasured every moment with her but as she matures our moments are not always as frequent as they used to be.

Last year, I introduced a “Smile Jar” to our kitchen counter. 

It’s not much to look at. 

Just a boring old Mason Jar.

No label. No fancy lid. 

Just a jar.

It’s what’s inside the jar that is precious.

2013 Smile Jar

2013 Smile Jar

You see, the purpose of a smile jar is  to collect all the moments that made us smile throughout the year. 

To be honest, the jar should be much fuller because 2013 was a joyous year.

I guess that just shows us how much we take our happiness for granted. 

Tonight over dinner, we will open the jar and take out all the little moments and read them out.

I can’t wait!

Have a very happy and safe New Year’s Eve
and a
happy and healthy 2014.



  18 Responses to “Time to Open the “Smile Jar””

  1. Love this idea Joan – I saw it over at the Inspiration Monday party! I do something similar every New Years Eve and it is a cherished ritual for me each year. Happy New Year!

  2. Sweet! I love this idea. I have seen it too with funny little sayings and you pull one out if you feel sad. Happy New year to you and may 2014 be full of smiles for you and yours!

  3. Great idea. Happy New Year.

  4. This is a great idea!! I would love to do this with my family! Happy New Year!

  5. What a sweet tradition…maybe I’ll start a jar with my girls!


  6. I love this idea and am going to “steal” it from you 😉 I also have a 17-y-o daughter but she plans to stay home and work next year, hanging on as long as we can 🙂 Happy New Year to you and yours ~ Mary

  7. I love this idea. I am going to borrow this and start it for my family. Our daughter is married and it would be great to share with her family and us. I know we all take for granted all the happiness that happens daily.

    • I saw it on Pinterest and knew our family could use a reminder. To be honest, just seeing the unadornd jar sitting on the counter is a very strong reminder even if we have nothing to add, Enjoy and Happy New Year. J

  8. What a precious reminder to have happy moments and not take them for granted. Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  9. This is such a great idea. And the whole family could contribute, making it such a fun thing at the end of the year. Thanks so much for sharing on Inspire Me Wednesday. Featuring you in this week’s issue.

    • Thanks so much Mel! I really should make the jar “cute and crafty” but for some reason, I love the simplicity of the unpretentious jar… Just a subtle reminder to remember the good things. Happy New Year!

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  11. Oh Joan,
    What a sweet and memorable idea. Thanks so much for linking up to Tickled Pink Times Two.

  12. Love this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Love this idea so much…I think we are going to start a 2014 now!

  14. I will feature the Smile Jar today at Home Sweet Home! Loved this idea!

  15. All your posts make me smile…especially this one : ) Hugs and thanks for sharing! : )

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