Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Hand written challenge...

So I'm seeing a lot of people taking on the Project 365 challenge this year - which is super-cool  & makes me excited about seeing your week through pictures.  But I've done that - & will continue to do that - & then I ran across a new challenge.  I saw this at my friend's blog: Mimi's Memories (this woman is incredible, along with her beautiful daughters & ADORABLE granddaughter!!!)

The challenge?  52 weeks/52 handwritten letters.

Well, for me, can I make that 50 weeks/50 letters since we're already 2 weeks into the year? 

I may not even make the full 50 - but I am wanting to take the challenge of sending out hand written cards or letters.  One a week.  That seems simple enough - right?

I used to be so good at sending out cards through the postal service, but with everything in life, things just kinda slip off.

But who doesnt love to receive a surprise in the mail?  I know when I used to send cards to kids in the youth group, they always came running up to me with the biggest smile on their face.  I think we're all like those kiddos - love a fun reminder that someone is thinking of you...

I know I have shoe boxes FULL of cards & letters... the most precious ones are the ones I still have from my friend Stephanie who is now with Jesus.  Its just so comforting to look back, see her handwriting & I can hear her "voice" in the words she wrote... letters are like pieces of time captured...

One of my favorite books I've ever read is a book called "I Love You, Ronnie" - a book with nothing but the hand written letters that Ronald Reagan would send his wife.  They are just touching, sweet, full of love... something I'm sure his wife can look back on & just cherish....hand written letters are powerful if you think about it...

Here are is a little bit more details on how others are doing this challenge:

“One piece of “real” mail sent out each week. It can be a letter, a postcard, a care package, a thank you note, handmade art, etc. I’m searching for all of the cards and stationary I have collected over the years and gathering them into one place with pens, envelopes (regular & padded), lots of stamps (.28 & .44), a glue stick, unlined index cards (great for making postcards), and a few USPS Small Flat Rate boxes.
Oh, and update that address book.”

You want to take on yet ANOTHER challenge for the year? 

How about challenging yourself to one or two a month? 
That's REALLY feasible...

Let me know if you will be joining in... & go & visit Mimi!  She's pretty awesome...

Now off to get some Forever-Stamps before they hike up the price of postage again! :)

PS - if you want, email me your address... I'd love to add you to my address book & then you'll never know when you may get a little surprise in the mail from me...


  1. What a great idea! I am going to consider doing this! Heading over to Mimi's to check it out!

  2. Love the picture a day idea, but I found that I got camera focused and decided to let it go by the wayside earily on last year. I really like taking pictures for many reasons. I really like this idea here though. I tend to send out updates on our small family of four each season. I do it on the computer and put a couple black and white pictures in it. At Christmas, when most people who have you in their address book send out notes, I get thanks for the notes I sent out during the year and apologies for the lack of responce. Each year I do it again. I also have a tendency to send out post cards or notes checking on random people in my address book during the year. I get out my book and notice that I haven't heard from some people for a while and drop them a line. It's not on a schedule or anything, but it's fun to know that I sent them a note and brought a smile to someone elses day. *smile* Thanks for the challenge. *smile* I hope all the best in your adventures of note sending once again. *smile* Sicerely, Mommy of two little blessings & so much more!

  3. I love it! One of my favorite things in the world is sending cards to people. It makes me so happy to know that they'll get a little surprise in the mail. And just for fun, I like to put a sticker or two in each card. :) I probably won't technically join in, because I feel like I do it a lot anyway. But I just might do a post about my card box where I keep all my goodies!

  4. I love this idea. Just last week I got a surprise letter in the mail from a friend. It wasn't anything earth shattering, just an update on her life, something that she could have emailed...but the fact that it came to me in a real letter made it special. I have re-read it several times just to appreciate seeing the handwriting and holding it in my hand.

    I'm totally in!

  5. I'm heading over to check it out!


  6. That is a neat idea! I love getting things in the mail!

  7. Thank you so much for your kind words, Rebecca Jo! I am so excited that you and several of your friends have decided to join me in this project. I think it is going to be a fun and rewarding experience.

    I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw you reference "I Love You, Ronnie"! That was absolutely the sweetest book I have ever read! His letters were so sweet...he really had the gift of letter writing--even if it was on the back of a napkin or a hotel notepad! He expressed his love to Nancy so eloquently and I am sure that she cherished those words. I am so disappointed that I seem to have lost that book in one of my moves, but I have told a lot of people about it over the years. Thank you for reminding me of it again...I may need to look for another copy of it! ( :

  8. I LOVE this idea! I think I'll do it:)
    I always enjoy reading your blog!

  9. Everyone who loves this idea will love what we are launching in a few months...the ability to write handwritten letters to your loved ones, and have them delivered later in life, often after you pass. See splash page at www.psiloveyouletters.com

  10. WOW girl, I love your focus. You do so many fun things on your blog. I'm just trying to keep up with Friday Fragments, and doing that pitifully I might add. But I'd love to be able to do this. Maybe I'll try the 2 or 3 a month. I just don't know if I can keep up with one a week.

    I LOVE MiMi too. I'm so glad she's back to blogging.

    Love you friend,


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