The idea I want to talk about today for leaving a legacy is a memory card box. Basically, a memory card box is a small box that you collect short, spur of the moment memories in. It is a way of keeping up on the little day-to-day things that you may otherwise forget. Here is what you do:
- Get a box. Fairly simple- ya still with me? You can use whatever kind of box you want- anything from a shoebox to an elaborately carved wooden box could work. You could get a paper-mache box from the craft store and mod podge it with personal photos or papers, or you could simply buy a plastic 3x5 card filing box from an office supply store. Some other fun ideas could be: an empty paint can (you can buy them at home improvement stores and easily embellish them with scrapbooking supplies), a small chest, a glass jar or canister decorated with ribbons, a cigar box, a vintage lunch pale, a small vintage suitcase, a recipe file box, a hat box, an old cookie tin- the options are endless!
- Make it yours! As mentioned above, you can decorate the box to let you and your family shine through- it will make what is inside that much more special!
- Pick a theme. If you have chosen a small box that can easily be displayed on a counter or entry room table, you may want to pick a very simple theme, such as "Ways you make me smile!" By leaving a small pad of paper or 3x5 cards with a pen near the box, you can quickly jot down sweet memories of your family and place them in the box for safe keeping. Other "small box" ideas could be: We Laughed When..., Out of the Mouths of Babes, The Little Things You Do, Joyful Moments, Highs & Lows, You Showed Grace When... (can be replaced with any fruit of the Spirit), Family Praises, Quick Prayers, Our Goofiest Times, etc...
- Start Writing! If your children are old enough to write they can contribute to a box such as this as well and will have fun looking back at the moments they thought were special but have probably long forgotten!