In January of 2015 we started a  jar of memories and you may remember that Lauren, being the eternal optimist that she is, had high hopes we’d have a lot of good things to write about.

Turns out, she was right.

We quickly filled the quart-size Mason jar that Kelly decorated and displayed on our kitchen counter. A few times. Whenever the Mason jar got full, we dumped the contents into Lauren’s big jar.

Early this year, we sat in the living room, and passed the jar around, taking turns reading & reliving all our happy memories from 2015.

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We were blessed with a lot of good things — Kelly making the volleyball team, a trip to Cedar Point, a new great-niece to cuddle, Lauren’s first swim meet, Dan doing Boston, sleepovers, good report cards, Tough Mudders, and much, much more.

Obviously:

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It was enlightening to see what the girls deemed important and memorable. I was struck by how many times three of us wrote the same thing and discreetly tucked our notes into the jar. (Someone in the family never once put a memory in the jar. Hint: It’s the only one who shaves.)

We’re keeping the jars for 2016 (I’ve already put my first note in) because I think it invites us to look for the good in our lives—to recognize it, acknowledge it, and share it—and I think we can all benefit from that.

Want to do it, too? You just need a jar, some paper, and willing participants:

Throughout the year write the good things that happened to you on little pieces of paper. On December 31st, open the jar and read all the amazing things that happened to you that year.