Monday, 16 December 2013

Teaching the Joy of Receiving Letters and Writing


Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever wins respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovable, whatever is of good repute--if there is any virtue or anything deemed worthy of praise--cherish the thought of these things.  

We cherish our grandchildren for all of these reasons and our home is full of cherished keepsakes of them.  Things that our children and grandchildren have made for us and pictures of time spent with them. 

This is the fifth blog post on “Teaching the Joy of Receiving Letters & Writing”:
    October 18th, 2013we explored guidelines in writing letters to children
    October 23, 2013 to write to children things that we have Notice about them
    November 4th, 2013 we explored letters that convey Gratitude  
    November 30, 2013we discussed writing about our Hopes for our children
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Today the value in letting our children and grandchildren know that we cherish them.

Being cherished is to know that you are important.  It speaks to the significance of a relationship or a moments in time. 

I journal about things that I cherish and most of us take pictures of people and places that we want to remember – to cherish.  So it is that we decided to incorporate both pictures and writing in expressing to our children that we cherish them.

Years ago in a photo shop I came across postcards a blank picture side with self-adhesive meant for you to place a photograph on.  On the back side was the typical place for you to write a short note.

Most of us have many old photographs of our children and grandchildren from times before digital photograph.  Take a few of these pictures and write  a short note on the back about how you cherish the person in the picture or the moment capture in the picture.   

I do want to pass on a piece of unintended wisdom.  One of the first personal picture postcards I sent was to Aunt Marjorie.  I waited impatiently for her to acknowledge the card and when no response came I started to wonder if she got it.   

She had received it and while she appreciated my intentions I had embarrassed her.  This was a number of years ago over 20 actually, and the post mistress and other postal employees had commented on Aunt Marjorie’s picture being on a post card and how nice it was - she was embarrassed.  All further personal card were sent in an envelope.

You can also take a digital picture and embed your message on the front as we have done in the pictures here.

You might send a cherish story, poem or piece of music to your children and grandchildren as a way of sharing yourself in a more intimate way.

Grandma Snyder

 ©2013 Twosnydergirls 

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