Do you ever have those moments when you are struck with an idea that sounds amazing, but you can’t actually do anything about it at that moment, so you need somewhere to keep track of it until the time comes? Whether it needs to wait until you’re in a better financial situation, or the kids might need to be older, or you might just need to ponder and develop it a little but longer….
Well I have decided to find a place here on my blog, to tuck away/hash out/revamp those ideas until the time comes along to use them!
I want my “just thinking out loud” posts to be open season for discussion! Give thoughts on my idea and share your own as we all try to think outside the box and be the best wives/moms we can be!
With all that said…let’s get to my idea! I’d like to start off by finding out if I’m the only one here that has had a hope chest?
I know it is a rather old-fashioned idea, but I diligently collected items throughout my youth and ended up filling a cedar chest and a large wardrobe in my parent’s garage! There were some hand-me-downs from my mom and grandma, but they were mostly things that I picked up that I thought would be beneficial in my future home.
I even picked out some lingerie when I was 15 because I had realized that it could be expensive and didn’t want to have to buy it when I had all the other financial obligations of starting a new marriage and home…a sweet thought, but unfortunately I bought them to fit my 15-year-old body and lets just say that after 12 years and two babies I have a very different figure!
There are many examples of things that I purchased with best of intentions, but I didn’t really know what would be most appreciated in a new home since I had never had one. I’m sure my mother could have given me MUCH wisdom on the subject, but honestly I thought I had it all together and didn’t think of asking for assistance…
Truthfully, very little of my hope chest is actually in use in my home. But the few things that are benefiting us were things that my mom bought with the express purpose of putting them in my hope chest.
Although I had a less then perfect experience with my hope chest, I still believe the concept should NOT die and that it could really be a MIND-BLOWING gift from the parents to their daughter!
Even just three years into married/homemaking/mother life I can think of SOOOOO many things that I wish I had used my money to invest in before marriage. No matter how much I train my sweet Heidi to prepare to be a wife/mommy and take care of her future home, I am the one that has a much better idea of what will truly make that transition easier for her.
So basically, my idea is to start making a list NOW of things we are having to buy that would have been perfect hope chest additions and start setting money aside. Then, when our daughter(s) reach middle schoolish age we can start purchasing those items.
I envision giving her maybe one gift a year to add to her chest. When I give it to her, I can talk about the benefit it was for me when I was starting a new home and use that time to encourage her to be excited about her future and all that God has in store for her.
In addition, Josh and I were talking, and we think it would also be good to set aside one item every year into our own stash so that we will have a VERY special wedding gift for her!
It seems that there are so many benefits that could come from this.
Obviously, the big one would be preparing our daughter for her future.
But choosing to give her a “practical” hope chest gift each year would help her think maturely and plan for the future instead of only keeping her mind on what she wants NOW.
It could also be personalized it you see a strength or specific talent in your daughter.
Items that I have been thinking of so far are things like: a full set of microfiber cloths, a Vitamix, a dehydrator, book collections, a cookbook full of family favorites, movie collections, etc.
So there you have it! I would LOVE to hear your thoughts, additions, or concerns!!