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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Pearista Pen to Paper Challenge Week #2

So it's week 2 of the Pearista Pen to Paper Challenge.  If you missed my week 1 post about sending a card to one of my best gal friend's, you can check it out here.  Unsure of what exactly a Pearista is?  It's a group of bloggers sponsored by Pear Tree Greetings that value the power of connecting through stationery.  Pear Tree Greetings is an online stationery company that loves to help people connect, whether it's via a personalized note card, party invitation, or birth announcement.
For the Pen to Paper Challenge I'll be writing a hand-written note once a week for four weeks.  I'll be sharing my experience with you by blogging about who the card was for, what writing a hand-written note means to me personally, how I felt when I wrote it, etc.  In addition, during the 4 week challenge, Pear Tree Greetings will be picking one Pearista post each week to win $50 to put towards Christmas Cards!
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For my 2nd hand-written note I decided to involve my girls in the experience as well, they're 5, 2, and 11 mos. old.  This card was for an older couple that have been in our lives for quite awhile and have become like grandparents to the girls.  They've made all 3 of my girls their baby blankets and have been there for birthdays and holidays...  they mean a lot to our family!

I let my 5 yr. old decorate the top part of the card- she drew a rainbow with a heart, and then wrote her name and put princess stickers around the rainbow.  She said there was 1 princess each for her and her 2 sisters.

On the bottom of the card I wrote a short note to tell them how much fun we had while we visited them over the summer (they live 2 hours away).  The girls love going there and seeing them and getting to feed the birds and fish.  I also shared how Angie was ready to start Kindergarten, and had gotten a new haircut and a new pair of shoes that she couldn't wait to wear.  And how we were excited to see them again soon and how much we appreciate them!  Then I helped my 2 yr. old & 11 mos. old sign the card along with my name and had my hubby sign it.

This card meant alot for my girls to be able to help me and for my 5 yr. old to put her own personal touch on it.  I'm happy for the opportunity to instill the importance of hand-written letters in a world of technology, and to share a great tradition of writing note cards, thank you cards, etc.  I want to teach my girl's proper etiquette and hope they always remember these lessons.

If you think about it, most of us send email & texts nowadays, but what about those people who aren't into the web or tech savvy?  For a lot of older people, including grandparents, a majority of their correspondence is still done by mail.  And even though it's jokingly called 'snail mail', it really doesn't take that long for someone to receive a letter or card... aren't all good things worth waiting for anyway?  Let's not forget too, there are unforseen times when the internet crashes or your computer gets a bug or virus (like mine did last week).
And I don't know about anybody else, but we love getting mail around here!  I am way more excited to check my mailbox than I am my inbox.  The mail carrier brings all the good stuff- letters, cards, packages, magazines.  The first thing I check for is a hand written envelope, overlooking all the bills and junk mail.  When you see handwriting it's familiar, comforting... something worth reading.  So take a minute and write a letter to someone you care about- I can almost guarantee it'll make their day, I know it does mine!

Sometimes the best way to say how you feel is to put 'pen to paper'.  The person receiving it will know how much you care that you actually took the time to hand-write a letter.
You remember right... like back in the good ol' days!

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Amy said...

it means more when it is home made..

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