you've-got-mail month!

I hereby officially declare January 2011… Mail Month!

All those Christmas cards the past few weeks reminded me how much I love to get mail (and we didn’t send one this year–boo). And it got me thinking–January is considered the most depressing month of the year, and that’s probably due in part to the fact that just when we get used to getting personalized mail every day, BOOM. It’s all over but the bills.

So, I’m not going to kill myself keeping some nutso Mail Goals, and I’m not going to beat myself up if I don’t mail something every day, but I’m going to make a sincere effort to Mail Things to People for the entire month of January. Encouraging things. To whomever God brings to my mind.

Things like handwritten notes and S-C-R-A-B-B-L-E magnets and something-or-other that I might create from the super cool alphabet cards from this 1964 game (I scored 2 of them for less than a dollar at the thrift store before Christmas).

Or things lying around my house that remind me of people I know and love.

When we cleaned out my grandma’s house so she could move into the nursing home, I inherited a lot of random odds and ends that had belonged to her. A few of those things just said “my friend so-and-so” to me. An old dress pattern went to a friend who loves to sew. A vintage red-handled cake cutter (new in the box) went to a friend who has her own cake business and makes masterpieces like this:

Do you have any blank note cards begging to be used or some sweet trinkets dying to be sent to someone who might be blessed by them?

The girls and I have been busy getting envelopes of (flat) goodies ready to send to our orphanage with Jen when she goes back to Cambodia in a week. She was so sweet to post pics of the kiddos opening the last stash we sent. Melted my heart into a puddle. I can’t wait for them to get more paper/markered/stickered/beaded love.

And I reeeeeally can’t wait until we get to go back and see them in person!

If you could get one thing in the mail (that doesn’t cost much–if anything–but would mean the world to you), what would it be?

(And I’d tell you my list, but I know you generous little freaks. You’d flood my mailbox with sweetness until I was completely embarrassed by all the attention. How about this? If you love me, send a little something in my honor to someone who could use a bit of sunshine in the coming winter months.)

p.s. If you’re joining our next Read-Along, don’t forget to introduce yourself on yesterday’s post!!

18 thoughts on “you've-got-mail month!

  1. jess

    i’m sitting here at my parents, just finished Christmas with them, catching up on the blog reading from the past 10 dyas that i missed while in PA…and lo and behold i scroll down and see that familiar thing. πŸ™‚ that was fun!
    and i have the cake cutter in my cake closet in plain site, and i actually pondered it and thought about you for a while a few weeks ago when i was working on a few cake orders. That was super sweet. πŸ™‚
    I always love getting little notes in the mail. i keep trying tobe better abouts ending them regularly…but i keep not doing it. maybe i’ll try again!
    happy new year, friend!

  2. Denise

    I love mail, which is why I love Christmas time, I always have mail everyday for a couple weeks – then starting in Jan it’s done…I get the junk mail, random sometimes mail from a company or 2.

    To be honest, I don’t know what I want to get in the mail. I know that January has been and is looking to be a hard month for me. After the holiday’s I tend to get depressed and am so worn that January pretty much stinks for me.

    I love words of encouragement and it’s even better when I open the mail box to that (or money I didn’t ask for – just being honest). For me, to open the mail box and get a card or a small something as a just because I care, or you were on my heart today type thing, it gives me the strength to make it through the hardest time of the year for me.

    Anywhoo….I love you and miss you.

  3. Holly

    I’m a huge fan of mail….and the handwritten note. Nothing like opening notes years later and feeling the same flood of emotion and encouragement that you’ve previously read. Love. It.

    This is a great idea. Thanks, friend.

  4. Kelli

    I love getting mail! It would be fun to get a friend’s favorite recipe or a verse on a notecard that reminded me of them! Free and thoughtful!

  5. valerie (in TX)

    Laughing with Laura who said, “I am one of those β€œdon’t you dare get the mail because it’s the highlight of my day and it’s mine all mine” kind of people”….because I’m exactly the same! So funny. I have to smile and bite my lip when one of my kids wants to get the mail. πŸ™‚
    And I’m also like Becky June – I get so excited about packages, even if it’s something I ordered myself! (one of those things being the banner I ordered from Bethany – definite squealing going on when that arrived!) I think all of our mail-love may say something about our longing for community and connection with people who care about us….at least it does for me. Love your idea, Marla – I’m definitely going to try to do more snail-mailing this year!!

  6. Kathleen-NM

    I love receiving random notes not connected to a birthday or holiday, that let me know someone is thinking about me. I am a firm believer that God speaks to us in our love languages and Words of Encouragement is one of mine. He will often remind me I am loved through the words of another. It’s really fun when this happens through snail mail, and worth the extra effort.

    Great challenge for January, Marla. Maybe a part of our Secret Name will arrive in the mail. Wouldn’t that be fun!

    Have a blessed day, friend!

  7. Diane

    I just wish the U.P.S. wasn’t so expensive…..costs more to mail the trinket than it’s worth…but I guess it’s the thought that counts.

  8. Missy June

    I adore real mail and packages totally make me squeal – even if I was the one who ordered!

    I love when I get a Sonic card and can pretend I’m headed there with my girlfriends.

  9. Liz

    Oooooh! I love mail too! I’m not too picky but I don’t really like the junk mail or the ones the scream “BILL!” either. By the way, do you need my address? πŸ˜‰

  10. Angela

    I LOVE getting mail – especially now that I moved to Canada. My mom is so good about sending stuff to us. She has these cool stickers that you put on the back of a photo and makes them into a postcard. It’s so neat getting personalized post cards with pictures of my parents or other family members. Always brightens up a day!

  11. Claudia Porpiglia

    I love mail as well…something that isn’t “junk” or bills. I absolutely love your idea and feel like God may have me do something similar…definitely praying about the prick I felt when I read about it!

    Praying that God directs you as you bring blessings to others!

  12. Laura

    I love, love, LOVE mail. I am one of those “don’t you dare get the mail because it’s the highlight of my day and it’s mine all mine” kind of people. Pathetic, yeah. I’ve been this way since Jason went to Afghanistan and sent me snail mail literally every other day. They even think I’m crazy at work – I ALWAYS get the mail first. Anyway, yeah. I (as you know) also like to find fun random things that I know will brighten someone else’s day and mail it to them. That’s a fun goal for this month as we’re packing our house and I’ve found all kinds of junk/someone else’s treasures that I can mail. What was the question again? Oh, what would I want in the mail! Honestly, ANYTHING that someone thought I’d like and actually took the time to mail – that would mean the world! (I’m not fussy) πŸ™‚

  13. Mary

    I am a big fan of the mail. Everyday Jake and I take his wagon down the street to see what we get. I get so excited to just see an envelope (a non-bill looking one) with my name on it! Just makes me feel special even if it’s a reminder from the dentist – ha!

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