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This week’s Five Minute Friday prompt was chosen in conjunction with the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Challenge happening over at Christina Hubbard’s place this month. If you haven’t clicked over to read some of the participants’ writing, you’ll want to head there next!

I had the enormous privilege of spending time in person with Christina Hubbard and Ann Kroeker this past weekend! It was our second time this year to see each other in real life! Yay for God-given opportunities!

 

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They are both such huge encouragements to me.

Who spurs you on in your writing life?

 

Our FMF prompt for this week is:

 

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Before we kick off and since it totally relates to the prompt, have you heard about #fmfpartysnailmail?

It started with a tweet a long time ago and turned into an ongoing ministry. Members of Five Minute Friday have been sending each other snail mail once a week over predetermined six-week periods, and it’s so amazing! I definitely encourage you to try it out.

There’s a new round starting Monday, and you might just have time to sneak your way onto the Sign-up form!

 

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Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Bouchillon, http://kaitlynbouchillon.com/

 

Click here to register for the next round of #fmfpartysnailmail!

 

Okay, ready to write? Let’s go!

In this digitized, instant gratification world we live in, I sometimes wonder if the slowed down, personal touch of handwritten communication has been lost.

I know, it takes time and effort. Stamps are expensive. And do people really care anymore?

But let me tell you something — there’s something special about receiving a handwritten card via snail mail that no email or text message could ever achieve.

Don’t you agree?

After hearing the news that I’d signed a book contract last year, a dear writing friend of mine sent me the sweetest surprise in the mail — an adorable card with CONGRATULATIONS! scrawled across the front, and a Starbucks gift card tucked inside.

My mom was a greeting card fanatic. At her funeral, my sister even referenced her obsession in her eulogy speech. She said something like, “Mom kept Hallmark in business for the past several decades. She sent cards to people for every imaginable reason — birthdays, anniversaries, because she saw you at the bank one morning, because it was Tuesday, because the weather was nice.” We laughed, but it was only slightly exaggerated.

And now, I’m so thankful that I kept most of the cards she sent me. Seeing her handwriting remains one of the precious things I have left that she touched and crafted just for me.

How can you bless someone through the mail this week?

STOP.

 

PICK YOUR OWN CHALLENGE

A challenge (or three) for you:

  • Mail a card to a friend via snail mail “just because”
  • Start a snail mail group at your church, mom’s group or workplace
  • Have a cardmaking party with some friends to stock up on cards to send in the future

 

Link up your own five minutes of writing on the prompt, MAIL, below! Then visit your link-up neighbor to read and leave a comment!

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31 thoughts on “five minute friday :: mail

  1. Dear dear Kate,
    so thankful that you too are a “keeper” of cards. My mother’s perfect cursive is timeless. I treasure each handwritten note I have saved. (And one of the best was a check that she wrote out to me for doing chores-I believe it was for a thousand or even a million dollars! I know I have it somewhere.)
    Thank you for the times you have helped me get some mail flowing where it needed to go. You really are a kindred spirit. I can’t wait until we’re both in our heavenly time frame and can catch up whenever and wherever we wish!
    Blessings on you and your family this week. You are joy-bringers, all of you!
    Love,
    Tammy

  2. Awww, what a treasure to have her handwriting on paper to touch and remember. I remember how my mom and her mom wrote physical letters every week. Maybe I should do that with my mom too. Thanks for the tender inspiration.

  3. I love your post, Kate. Your mom sounds inspiring! I have a best friend who does this and is just a bright light in everyone’s life. I would love to sign up for this. I guess I thought that was thing of the past but didn’t realize it was still going! #yay!!!

  4. Kate, I’m a huge fan of the handwritten card or letter! I still have many letters from my growing up years. Back from the days before text messages and emails. Those friends I made at church camp who lived in other states? We exchanged addresses and sent each other letters. A-MA-ZING. To know someone thought of you and took the time to send a card says something. You are special. Cared about. Letters sent through the mail can be cherished forever.

    Loved your post, my friend.

  5. […] Every Friday we unite for five minutes to write on one word. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on mail. Go. […]

  6. I’ve saved my mother’s letters and cards too. What a gift they are to me! Every now and then I’ll open them up and read her words of love and encouragement. I need to do a better job at sending notes and cards to others. Thanks for prompting me to do so! Much love to you, friend!

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