I've had several people ask about this since I've posted some recent pictures. I thought I'd share a little more with anyone reading who might be interested in sharing this tradition with their family. :-)
Several years ago, Rebecca wanted to go to a pottery place on her birthday (I think this was either '05 or '06 because Daniel was little and Eliana wasn't here yet). This was the type of place that glazes and fires your pieces. While she painted, I decided to make a plate for our family. I chose a square one because it was different. I painted it red because I thought it made it really stand out - and it reminded me of love. I decorated it very simply and added the words "You Are Special!"
My idea was that we would use this plate to mark milestones and special events - like when Christopher got his driver's permit. I also thought it could be used when someone was extra helpful or needed to be reminded that they are loved and valued - not because of what they do, but because of who they are to us and in Christ.
I've been sporadic in using this. I've used it a couple of times recently though and hope that perhaps this will help get me back on track with it. I want my family to know how cherished and special they are. I want them to look for ways to encourage and affirm each other.
To help make this more of a keepsake, I also purchased a journal (at my favorite store - Target). I wrote a letter to my family in front of it telling about this plate and the journal.
I started recording the date, person eating from the plate and why they received the plate.
I am praying that this will be a sweet memory that our family has of times spent together. I am praying that my children will always know that they are special and loved.
God said "You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you." Isaiah 43:4