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As a mom, it’s important that I do what I can to inspire my daughters to be themselves, to stand strong, and to have character. I’m grateful that we are a homeschooling family, because it gives me time to guide and teach them that I wouldn’t have if they were in public school.
This past year, I incorporated inspirational quotes in to our school routine. Both girls copy their chosen quotations and passages into a special notebook and work on memorizing them. Abigail, my 7th grader, has always admired famous American women, so she has been using the book, The Girls’ Book of Wisdom, as her reference. Marianna enjoys copying poetry.
To expand on this, I decided to make an inspiration jar for each of the girls, so they could easily pull out a positive or encouraging message whenever they’d like.
I love that I can fill the jar with anything – words of wisdom, loving thoughts, things I admire about them, dreams I have for them, etc.
Knowing how important the words of historical women are to Abigail, I decided to fill her jar with quotes from some of her favorite women.
“Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.” – Abigail Adams, First Lady
“Right is right, even if no one else does it.” – Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of America
“What I am looking for is not out there, it is in me.” – Helen Keller, American author, first deaf/blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Choosing Quotes that Inspire
I chose 20 quotations that conveyed the messages I wanted. Then, I printed them out on blue cardstock, and cut them in to strips.
Personalize the Jar
To make one of your own, you’ll need a large-mouth mason jar and items to decorate it. This container makes it easier to get the slips of paper in and out.
To make Abigail’s jar more personal, I painted it using her two favorite colors, blue and green.
She’s a pretty simple teen girl, so I decided to keep the design minimal. After choosing the flower pattern, I got started. The stencils stuck right to the glass, making it incredibly easy to paint.
Decorating the jar took less than 30 minutes and we both love the way it turned out!