Love Jar

31 Jan

Ah Valentines Day… When I was single my friend Telicia and I used to call it S.A.D (Singles Awareness Day)…  We would sit around all sad that we didn’t have a special “Valentine” to spend the day with… WE DID, HOWEVER… We had each other and our other friends, we were just too focussed on the idea of a romantic relationship (aren’t all 20 somethings?)…  What I wish we would have done is taken our single, no responsibility selves out and LOVED on those less fortunate…  I can’t go back in time, but I can instill this value in my boys and that is what I hope the Love Jar does… It’s a new tradition for our family, but I hope to continue it for years to come changing the jobs to fit the stages of life we are in…    OK so here is the idea:  I thought of 14 LOVE JOBS.  I tried to think of jobs that were appropriate, yet meaningful for a 3 and 4 year old.  There are so many Love Jobs I would have liked to do like serving at a soup kitchen or passing out granola bars to the homeless, but I am going to save those jobs for when the boys are a tiny bit older.  So I thought of 14 jobs, one for days 1-14 in February.  I typed up each of the jobs and cut them in little strips.  I put them in our “LOVE JAR” and each day we are going to choose one “LOVE JOB” out of the jar and complete it.   I really hope that it is one more step towards teaching my boys to have giving hearts!


*  Call someone you care about and tell them why they are special!

*  Fill a grocery bag with food items from our pantry and deliver it to a food shelf!

*  Make a list of three people you will pray for each night this week!

*  Make a picture for Michele (our World Vision kid) and mail it to him!

*  Find one toy of your own that you would like to give to a child who may not have many of their own.

*  Choose one book from your collection that you would like to give away to a child who may not have many of their own.

*  Bring an apple to your teacher and tell her you appreciate her.

*  Make cookies or cupcakes for a neighbor!

*  Help make a meal for some friends.  Invite them over to enjoy it with us or help deliver it to their house!

*  Draw a picture for a friend or family member, deliver it or mail it to them!

*  Take some money from your piggy bank and give to the children’s offering at church.

*  Pick up trash that is on the ground in our neighborhood.

*  Fill a bag with new school supplies and drop them off at a local elementary school for students who may have run out and don’t have money to buy new supplies.

*  Spend time together as a family discussing our many blessings.

5 Responses to “Love Jar”

  1. Tiffany January 31, 2010 at 5:22 PM #

    Great idea! Oh, and I laughed so hard the S.A.D. that you and T celebrated! Good times!

  2. Katie O'Kane February 1, 2010 at 4:11 PM #

    Great idea Shannon! Can you/are you willing to share what was on your list of 14 Love Jobs. I would love to see the list!

    • mommyapolis February 1, 2010 at 6:44 PM #

      Katie, I added the list! THANKS For asking!

  3. Kelley February 3, 2010 at 11:46 AM #

    Shannon, I love this idea and pretty much all of the ideas on this website!

  4. Christina Kolb February 6, 2010 at 12:09 AM #

    This is a fantastic idea; and I would like to make it a tradition in our house, too (Liliana will be old enough next year).

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