My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary earlier this month. To celebrate, my siblings and I put together a meaningful gift to mark their special occasion. My sister-in-law Lori suggested creating a “memory jar” to hold 40 memories – one for each year of marriage. And because there are four of us kids, each family was tasked with coming up with 10 memories.
I took on the task of creating the jar. Thanks to Hobby Lobby, I found the perfect jar. Each of us siblings had one side of the jar for our families’ photos. I chose to incorporate two colors of significance – blue and red – with an accent of light brown to give it a natural feel. Powder blue was my parents’ actual wedding color and red is for the symbolic color ruby for 40th anniversaries. I personally think the jar is richer than a ruby. See for yourself below.
The bottom of the jar is on the left and says “Many memories ago…”, so after our parents read all of the memories that we wrote, they found their wedding photo at the bottom. Fun, eh? The top of the jar on the right is fairly self explanatory…
The photos below reveal the four sides of the jar, intermingled memories inside of the jar, the bottom of the jar that includes the dates, and a note attached to the jar with their current photo from my wedding last October.
When my parents opened their gift, they chose to read each memory out loud one by one to all of us. It was great and brought out some tears, but mostly laughter. After reading the memories we all shared, we realized we could have written down many many more. After all, I’m sure 40 years of memories could probably do a good job filling up more jars than I’d care to make! Families are the best!