Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Tradition of Letter Writing is Still Alive

While some may think that letter writing is a dead art, it is still alive and well in my life. I have always been the person who sends a card for birthday and holidays, a thank you note for any gift or special visit, and letters to friends who
have moved away. The gift of receiving a hand written note is something that no electronic message can replace.

Ryan learned this art while we were on our engaged encounter weekend in San Diego. We had to write letters to each other in a journal and while at the time is seemed a bit tedious, it has helped our communication grow stronger. The older couple that ran the weekend told us that they write a letter a day to each other. It is your time to express your thoughts, feelings, frustrations, and accomplishments without interruption. Ryan and I thought this was a little extreme, but now that we don't have any physical communication (and phone calls are extremely limited), we have learned to rely on the written word. While we email as much as we can, we also write a letter a day (or try to write one a day). So far I have received #1 through #21, #34 through#41, and #43 through #45. I have never been so excited to check the mail for a letter! Getting a letter is the highlight of my day/week/month! Just holding something that I know Ryan has touched is absolutely heavenly! I absolutely love that he has adopted the art of letter writing. He is the best husband! I love him dearly!

I really want to do something special with these letters that enables me to read them from time to time. I am thinking a pretty box, but there is a part of me that wants to be a bit more creative. If anyone has any suggestions, please don't hesitate to suggest them!


  1. i love that you write letters! save every one of them bc your kids/grandkids will love to look at them one day. as for some of you faves you could do a shadow box frame (deep frame that can hold things). i've seen people display letters/mementos very creatively in those with colored paper and scrapbook stickers. you could also put the letters on any table (like a desk) that has a glass top overlay. hallmark makes some cool boxes too if you don't want anyone to see them. glad your back to blogging!

  2. Thank you Marjorie! There is no doubt that I will save everyone. I have a box full of letters and cards that is overflowing at the moment, so I really need to figure out how to store them properly/stylistically! Thank you for your ideas! I really like the glass top desk idea; I'm thinking I could get an old chest and put most of my keepsakes/letters inside it, and then put a select few on the top with glass over it and use it as a coffee table or end table in my house! Thanks for the suggestions!!

  3. I absolutely agree with Marjorie: a glass table top would be fabulous, and Sarah, I LOVE the idea of a chest full of letter being an end table/coffee table! Maybe grab some of Ryan's old Navy patches/insignia (if that's etiquette friendly; I don't know anything about uniform respect issues) to press under the glass top with the letters? You're creative, so I'm sure whatever you come up with will be amazing!

  4. Thanks Kara! That's a good idea. I will have to ask about the etiquette of putting patches/Navy insignia on it and see if Ryan would want it. I was thinking of doing photos with a sepa finish and then letters/envelopes. I'll be sure to share photos of what I decide to do!


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