– by Mary May Larmoyeux – Years ago my friend Suzanne told me about making a blessing book for her husband. In it she jotted down why she was grateful for him and included some fun pictures. So, following Suzanne’s lead, I made a blessing book for my hubby. He loved it! I used a small photo album and inserted note cards with written messages, pictures, etc.
Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, and it’s a great time for us to think about making a blessing book. You might make one by yourself for your spouse. Or, you could make one for a special person with your children or grandchildren. There’s really no right or wrong way to do this and a blessing book is sure to encourage someone for years to come.
Here are a few ideas:
Encouraging Someone Special
If you decide to make the blessing book with the children, decide who will receive this special little book—a parent, grandparent, teacher, neighbor, good friend …
Purchase a small photo album or notebook and select some favorite pics to go into the little book. Ask the kids to jot down on note cards why they are grateful for this person. Encourage them to be creative: draw pictures with their messages, attach stickers or dried flowers, etc.
Whether kids or grandkids live close to us or far away, we can make a blessing book with them. If loved ones live near you, ask everyone in the family to help fill up a small photo album with their personalized cards of thanks to God. Are parents thankful for their spouses and children? Did a husband get a needed promotion … a child learn how to ride a bike … a bad habit get broken?
For long-distance grandkids, you could ask them to prepare the “blessing” cards and mail them to you for Grandpa (and you could put it all together). You and long-distance grandchildren could also make separate blessing books together via Skype or Facetime. Or, you could send the kids everything they need to make their own blessing book wherever they live.
Whether the person you want to bless lives nearby or far way, you may prefer to make a special photo book using an online company like snapfish.com. Write encouraging photo captions.
What are some of your ideas for making a blessing book? How do you help your kids or grandkids have a spirit of encouragement?
Copyright © 2014, 2017 by Mary May Larmoyeux. All rights reserved.
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Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart. It’s filled with creative ways that grandparents near and far can connect with their grandchildren every month. Written by a USA Teacher of the Year, Nancy Downing, and Mary Larmoyeux, a writer for FamilyLife, paper and electronic versions are available. (Great for parents, aunts and uncles, too!)