Thursday, November 17, 2011

Writing a Letter

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A letter. Who does that anymore? Who receives them anymore? Not like a short thank-you note, or an invitation to a party, which are also becoming obsolete, but a true, long, heartfelt letter? I will tell you this much, a letter means a lot more than a quick email, an online invitation, or a quick, one-liner message on Facebook! Now, I'm not saying that I don't do these things, or that I'm offended when I get these things, but I'm just saying that taking the time to sit down and hand-write a letter to someone could make their day.
I was encouraged to do this from the book Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman and also in the book Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Kim Brenneman encourages you to sit down a write a letter once a week to a friend as a part of your office day. Nancy Leigh DeMoss encourages you to write notes/letters to people who have meant a lot to you in your life, and not to wait until you are standing at someone's funeral and wish you would have expressed how much they had meant in your life. She had amazing stories of how people had really touched other people who might not have otherwise known the difference they had made in someone's life.
I just think a letter is endearing, charming, and extremely thoughtful. For someone to sit down, and take the time to get out paper and pen, and to think of the words to write to you, to put that letter in an envelope and find a stamp to put on it, not to mention dig up your address, it really means a lot!
So, in light of this, I sat down and wrote my first letter a couple of weeks ago. I wrote to a friend who means a lot and who I haven't seen in several months. Someone who will always remain one of my closest friends, no matter the distance between us. She received that letter, and said she had just been thinking how we needed to catch up, and then she got the letter! It made her day! I was so glad I took the time to write to her, and look forward to writing to more people who mean a lot to me but are (sadly) far away!

So, who could you write a letter to this week? We could even write love letters to our husbands!! How much would that mean to them if we took the time to write out what we appreciate about them and how we appreciate all the work they do for our families, especially if that means that we get to stay home with our kiddos!

The possibilities are endless! Make someone's day today, and write them a letter!

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  1. I totally agree with you. There is something so much more meaningful about getting a handwritten, thought-out letter. When my husband was deployed with the military, we regularly exchanged them...that was particularly meaningful, because I felt like I was touching something physical--a part of his life--where everything else was phone calls/emails.
    I want to go buy some stationary now!

  2. This is great! I love writing (and receiving, which is rare) letters. I've been helping my girls write letters since they were little and they love it too. It's so great to see people's faces light up when they get them from my girls. Hubby also keeps a notebook in his nightstand where I write to him from time to time. When he was away for school I wrote him every week. And don't ask how many penpals I had when that was the "in" thing. =p I also like to write to the youth that I worked with before when they go away for college. As you can tell I like to write a lot. hehe...could you tell from the length of my comment? =p

  3. Letters are so sweet and not sent near often enough. :)

  4. I used to write letters and have thought how I should resume the practice. Thanks for this needed encouragement. I love getting personal letters too.