Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"You are part of us, and we are part of you..."

We had a fun visit with Uncle David last night.  We only wish he could've stayed longer. I also wish that I wouldn't have accidentally DELETED ALL OF THE PHOTOS that I took of the fun that David and Guy had putting together an RC airplane, coloring with Scarlett, and wrestling in the basement.  Booooooooooooooo, and 'thumbs-down,' I say to that! (the good thumb, anyway...)


The only pictures that survived were the ones I took of the 500 or so bubbles that Guy blew all over my living room the day before David arrived.  What's special about these bubbles is that they don't pop quickly like regular bubbles.  They stick around for a loooong time!  When David was here, I discovered a bubble on the wall that was over 24 hours old. It's cool, you can catch them in your hand, but the clean-up is slightly more tedious with these bubbles, especially if you only have one good hand to scrub the floor.

Despite the mishap with the pictures, the memories that we've made with David will hopefully-like the special bubbles-not disappear, but linger, and remind us of the love that we have for our wonderful brother, uncle, and friend.  We love you, David!  Come back again soon!

As you are writing letters to people who have made a difference in your life this month, remember to include letters to those who are closest to you--your family.

Last week, we received a most exquisite letter from Steve's parents who will enter the MTC next Monday.  Their words really touched my heart.  I loved receiving this kind of guidance from parental figures.  I love that they felt ok to lead out and share their thoughts with us their grown children.  It was comforting to me to know that they love us this much--enough to put it into words that back-up their actions.  And the things that they shared...it was so beautiful, prophetic, and moving.  

The letter started out like this:


...and ended like this:


And what was in between was simply marvelous.  I said what they wrote was prophetic, because they wrote the letter ten years ago and only decided to mail it now.  I am so thankful that they didn't mail it in 2001, because if they had, I surely would never have had a chance to read it.  I didn't become their daughter-in-law until May 22, 2004.  What a blessing it is to be part of their family.  They have taken such great care of me.  They have loved me and encouraged me, and that has meant more to me than they know.

Perhaps, you are thinking of someone in your family who you need to write today.  I hope that you do.
Matryoshka Nesting Doll (Rubber Stamp) - Save The Date / Thank You / Personalize with your own texts. Item 1051
Today, someone will win a rubber return address stamp customized in the design of your choosing from the Etsy shop My Rubber Stamp!

WATERING Personalized (Rubber Stamp) - Return Address / Thank You / This Belongs To / Personalize with your own texts. Item 1007

Eunice from My Rubber Stamp has over 300 totally unique and stylish stamps in her shop and they are super affordable!
Custom Silhouettes (Rubber Stamp).  Return Address, Happy Family, Sibblings, Mum with kids, Childrens with pets, Grandpa with grandkids and etc. Item 1083

Eunice was recently featured in Knitting Today Magazine, and has more than just return address stamps for you to choose from.  Check these out:


Hand Knitted by Your Name (Clear Rubber Stamp) - Personalize with your own texts. Item 1026

CAKE MIXER (Clear Rubber Stamp) - Return Adress / Your Shop Name / Thank You / Baked with love by / Personalize with your own texts. Item 1004

Couple HUGGING (Clear Rubber Stamp) - Return Address, Save The Date, Thank You, Merry Christmas, Weddings Or Personalize with your own texts. Item 1068
A Beauty (Rubber Stamp) - Return Address, Save the date, Scriptures OR Personalized with your own texts. Item 2060

Ok, I could go on and on about this shop, but I must get on with the day here in my corner of the world!

TO ENTER do any of the following:

1.  Leave a comment.

2.  Be a follower.

3.  Visit My Rubber Stamp and tell me your favorite designs.

4.  Share this giveaway on FB (link to or like it!).

5.  Send a letter to someone today (don't forget family members!)

6.  Hug your children and tell them you love them.

7.  Smile at someone who is rude to you today.

8.  Eat breakfast.

9. Take a nap.

10.  Do some laundry.

11.  Revisit a goal that you've given up on.

12. Eat some chocolate.

13.  Go outside and look for sunshine!

Just DO SOMETHING today to make it a great day...and you can have an entry!

Please remember to leave a separate comment for each entry...and GOOD LUCK!

56 comments:

  1. What a beautiful letter...I think I'm going to write one to my children, with my husband, and save it. Thank you for a this post.
    And boohoo for lost photos. I know that feeling all too well. :((

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  2. I liked the tree and the baking and the baby stamps. I looked quickly and should take my sweet time and look and look. But so much to do today!

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  3. I follow. I like to see your perspective in the posts.

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  4. The bubbles you have are fun! They are not fun to eat though. We had them once and my boy ate them. The face showed his horror at the taste of them.

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  5. I ate breakfast.....before noon.

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  6. I looked at My Rubber Stamps shop - so many pretty designs! I loved just about everything in their "birds, bugs and animals" section. Then I clicked over to their "initial, script, handwritten section" - and loved all of those too! :)

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  7. I have already eaten breakfast....

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  8. ...AND I already did some laundry this morning!

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  9. I also hugged both of my kids and told them I loved them when they woke up this morning. One of them I hugged and kissed twice, because he is sick (poor little guy).

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  10. And now for my comment - I love this post! (As I do all of your posts.) Just reading that little bit of your letter reminded me how much I really need to keep up with my boys' journals. I used to write to them quite often, but I have definitely been slacking lately. Since we're having a rainy, sick, stuck-at-home day, I think this might be the perfect day to get caught up. :)

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  11. I hugged my kiddos on the way to school this morning...

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  12. After taking my kiddos to school I came home and took a long nap (just found out we are expecting twins after years and years of trying) and am bound to take another one later today... Do I get two entries for two naps? :)

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  13. Had a piece of pizza for breakfast.

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  14. And - my husband is getting his letter today. Thank you!

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  15. I love the letter- how special that will be forever!!

    I just awarded you the Stylish Blogger award!! Stop on by to pick it up!!

    http://dewthis.blogspot.com/2011/02/stylish-blogger.html

    Delina
    Dew This

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  16. I actually ate breakfast today:)

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  17. Fun bubbles! I like the clean look stamp.

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  18. I also enjoy writing letters to my children. I like that they are more permanent than a conversation...a tangible expression of love.

    =)

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  19. oh pick me please! I'm a follower too :)

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  20. Ohhhh...stamps are fun :)

    The Happy Wife/Danielle
    ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
    http://juanshappywife.blogspot.com
    Twitter: The_Happy_Wife

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  21. I like the tree return address label.

    The Happy Wife/Danielle
    ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com
    http://juanshappywife.blogspot.com
    Twitter: The_Happy_Wife

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  22. I loved the initial ones and the vintage classic ones, and the tree and flower ones... I guess I could keep going.

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  23. I told my kids I loved them and hugged them.

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  24. Heading outside right now to look for sunshine. (Hope I don't get blown away.)

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  25. lots of hugs and "i love you"s going around here, can't wait to hear it from our son with autistism...I know it's in there, he just can't get it out yet.

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  26. oops, spelled autism in an new way.

    But I found some great sunshine right outside out back door.

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  27. got the laundry done too...yeah, I am having a good day.

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  28. A nap? That would be nice, but my little ones tag teamed me with their naps today. I guess they needed the personal attention.

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  29. My goal: decluttering in preparation for a move. Inch by inch we are getting there.

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  30. I ate breakfast! I love your blog! I used your scripture cover idea to help some YW with a personal progress project!

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  31. I did lots of laundry today...it is sheet day!

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  32. Something fun: taught Friend School (similar to Joy school only with a Montessori emphasis!) to my daughter and 4 other little ones.......which is why I need a nap!

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  33. I love everything in your etsy shop...can I bring you home?????

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  34. I played in the windy sunshine at our house today with bubbles....we didn't even have to blow the wind just carried them up to the clouds!

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  35. I didn't want to eat chocolate....but couldn't resist the last 5 chocolate chips in the bag when cleaning out the cupboard!

    Thanks again for all your fun ideas!

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  36. Wow, that is amazing that they didn't mail it for ten years! What an interesting idea!
    Wow!
    -CK

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  37. I am writing to my grandparents and the first person i met at the Bozeman Institute on my first day of college.

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  38. I hate five pieces of chocolate! All because you said I could! Oh and you are awesome!

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  39. I do believe that the hand knitted with love stamps would be perfect for all my projects. I also love the monogram ones, too many to choose.

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  40. I just smiled at my editor who with 30 min. to go said i might have something else for you tonight. Does that count as rude?

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  41. I like not only this post but the blog in full.

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  42. Hey thanks for the chocolate reminder i have a bag of m&m's in my camera bag.

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  43. I love this idea, and I love the fact that they didn't send it for years. What a treasure for everyone when they did.

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  44. Oh pants I hope I'm not too late!!!

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  45. Can't eat chocolates right now--still coughing...again--waaahhhhhh!

    I am actually writing letters and making projects for my girls inspired by the "30quotes" gift your friend gave you, only i used the small Hershey's chocolate wrappers for the background and gathered 41 quotes from "For the Strength of Youth" and placed the 41 umwrapped choco in a beautiful container i got from Target fro a dollar!...i'm finishing it tonight so tomorrow they can start eating choco while reading a quote. I'll send you the quotes from "For the Strength of Youth" if anyone likes to make copies.If only i can upload pictures so I can post it and show how it looks, it's really cute!

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  46. I love the letter from Steve's parents...priceless.

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  47. The rubberstamps are great basket stuffer[did i say that right?] for Easter...i actually got an idea from your blog on what to put in the girls basket for Easter, a copy of the tips or steps in writing letters, the pin with a black and white letter envelope print or drawing, some thank you cards-the personalized ones from dbphoto, INC., rubberstamp, stationaries and envelopes, least to say chocolate bunnies!


    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  48. I know this giveaway is over. That's why I'm commenting now. I just wanted to say that your blog is so uplifting. Thank you:)

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