A Jar Full of Moments

Photo Courtesy of: Amber Willis

We all know that Uncle Sam owns our spouses. They have to leave, pack up and head out whenever the call of duty is knocking on your front door; whether it’s for a training course, work-ups or the dreaded deployments. We all know this drill all too well. Our spouse is always missing out on important moments in our lives. And let’s not down play what important moments are, because every moment is an important moment. There are plenty of times that one of my kids say or do something that is hilarious and I find myself having to laugh to myself about it, unable to re-enact that moment for my husband when I talk to him on the phone.

Do you ever live in a moment and wish that you could just put it in a jar, twist it shut and hold onto it until your spouse returns so that you can unscrew the lid, open the jar and enjoy that special moment together? I think we all wish we could do that. A jar filled with special moments. I would have lots and lots and lots of jars filled with very special moments that my husband has missed out on and I know I’m not alone feeling this way.

Even though our spouse’s are missing out on all the little everyday moments, you can still keep them involved and help make them feel like they are still a part of your day.

How about making a jar full of moments? Every time you have a moment during your day that you wish you could share with your spouse; write that moment down on a piece of paper and place that “moment” in an empty jar. You would be surprised at how quickly that empty jar would fill up.

How many times have you finally been able to talk to your spouse on the phone, and you forget about that special moment that you wanted to share with them? And again, when I say “special moment” it could be anything in your heart that is important to you, big or small.

If you have children, you could do the same thing for them. Give them a jar, let them decorate it and they can start filling their empty jar with wonderful moments that they want to share with their parent. You can even add to their jars yourself and write something little about what he/she achieved that day, a funny joke they told or why they miss your spouse.

Once your jar is full of special moments, you could hold onto it until your spouse comes home so you can open the jar together and be able to enjoy your “moments” together; or if your spouse is deployed, you could mail your full jar of special moments to him, so he can read them one by one.

The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. 

If you had to write a special moment down in a jar for your spouse right now, what would it say?


14 thoughts on “A Jar Full of Moments”

  1. I love this idea, especially having a small child they are constantly saying or doing something funny. My issue when Vinny is away is that there is so much to cover I aways forget to tell him something. I am doing this when he leaves in a few months!

  2. This is such a wonderful idea. My hunnie us gone right now an amber you know this from fb, but I have the most silly dog. She is always doing funny stuff that he gets a kick out of when he is home, this would be a wonderful way to share it with him while he is away.

    Great post, as always!

  3. I love this. I wrote a letter every day to my husband, but I don’t think he got all of them. If I had to write a moment down for him right now, it would be something I probably shouldn’t share on here. LOL

  4. Oh Amber, I LOOOOVE this idea! I remember when my husband was deployed, and whenever he called, I was at a complete loss for words. Then suddenly, our phone time was over, and I had missed out on being able to share “special moments.” I’m so going to use this idea!

  5. Aw this is such a wonderful idea. Too bad we are at the end of our deployment or I would definitely be doing this. I will have to remember it the next time Uncle Sam says its time to leave!

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