I recently had the daughter of my best friend return from her LDS mission! I wanted to do something special for her to welcome her home. She has been living and serving the people in Chile for 18 months, and I knew her transition home would be hard. She would miss the people in Chile while also trying to find her place again in the world. Many years ago, I served a similar mission in Japan, so I remembered well the range of emotions that come with this transition.
After a few searches on Pinterest that didn’t really have what I wanted, I set to work creating my own! I had so much fun and thought I would share the ideas here! I started with the little tidbits of advice I wanted to give! These were little nuggets of wisdom I learned both as a returning missionary, many years before, but also as a mom, getting ready to welcome my own missionary in a few months!
Then I went to the dollar store! I found little items that helped represent my “sage” words of wisdom and the basket began to take form!
Next, I created tags to print. I used a tag in one of my recent digital kits. Then I made my bigger basket label! These are all below if you want to download and print or you can make your own using your own digital scrapbook supply stash!
Here are the individual pieces:
For this little temple, I purchased a 5×7 frame at the dollar store and then printed this and placed it in. I kept it simple and easy, but you could personalize this in any way!
This amazing coloring book was one I had on hand and waiting for just the right time to give it away! It is hand drawn from my friend, Tomi Ann and available in her Etsy Shop HERE. This has coloring pages and journaling pages side by side, so perfect for a newly returned missionary with lots of feelings to explore.
Then I placed the items in a cute little bin I also found at the dollar store and added some colorful yellow tissue paper!
Last I added the label on the front (one for an elder is included in the printable below) and it was complete!
This handy survival kit could be tweaked and used for all different sorts of transitions! It’s amazing how easy little projects like these can be when you have your own digital software and scrapbook supplies!
Download Printables HERE.
If you think others might like this idea, please pin and share!