Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Letter In The Mail

I love receiving hand written letters or notes in the mail.  The other day, my mother-in-law sent me one, and it was four pages long!  My mother-in-law is 87 years old, so you can imagine how surprised and pleased I was to get this thoughtful letter.

She wrote about what she's been doing lately, and the happenings of the family.  When I finished reading it, I had a big smile on my face.

I love my mother-in-law, and she has been a part of my life for 36 years.  She's a wonderful woman with a big heart and much knowledge.  Can you believe she had 10 children?

How will our children
know who they are
if they don't know
where they come from?
~John Steinbeck
It brightened my day when I got a letter in the mail from her, and these orange roses are for her.
Do you ever get hand written notes or cards in the mail any more?


Tulla and Catie said...

How wonderful to receive a handwritten letter, 4 pages long and all this written by your mother-in-law! I must admit that in times of cell-phones, short messages and emails personally hand-written letters have become very rare! But of course I keep all the letters received in a box - very old-fashioned :).
Have a nice weekend,

Nely said...

Just lovely a handwritten leter dear Sheri,I like it so much..
Have a nice day
I send hugs to you!

barb said...

My 5 year old granddaughters are just learning to love getting the mail from the mailbox and this ol' grama is going to mail them a letter often. I love getting a handwritten note in the old fashioned huh?

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I LOVE to write letters, but for years now, an email is so much easier to write, and a blog comment so much more FUN since it's usually done en masse. But a handwritten letter, though a lost art in my life, still is one of the sweetest and personal gifts you could receive.

Much love. Anita

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love to receive a hand written letter, whether it's long or short. It is a lost art these days with email.
Your mother-in-law sounds like a wonderful woman.
Have a great weekend.

Noelle the dreamer said...

The handwritten note will brighten anyone's smile!
We seem to be so complacent these days and figure time is in such short supply, an email (or gasp a text!) is good enough.
Kudos to your MIL for reminding all of us the effect of caring enough to write without the use of electronics!
Chosing a nice stationary used to be such a personal thing...Adding this to my list of purchases when next going to the mainland!

Anne said...

It is lovely to get a handwritten note:) Hope you are enjoying the weekend!
~Anne xx

Deborah said...

Oh how sweet of her Sheri!!!
Yes, they are few and far between these days aren't they?!
How kind of her to take the time to share whats on her heart with you.
The orange roses are gorgeous!
Little notes and long letters in the mail are a sweet surprise and I love them!

All my heart,
Deborah xoxox


My best friend and I write back and forth once or twice a week. It's great getting a letter in the mailbox. I am glad you enjoyed yours.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

I would have loved that know someone would take the time to write you such a long lovely swet..phyllis

Patricia said...

What a special treat to receive this precious letter, Sheri. It is rare these days that I receive a hand-written letter, though sometimes a post-card turns up. We really have embraced the electronic version, and I write and receive many emails every day. Lovely images, especially the lady reading, just beautiful.

It's me said...

Not much......but sometims we have....lovely that letter !! is great !! to have one...enjoy your the front card so much !! from me...Ria...x !!


It's me said...

Please give me your adress and i send you a postcard from holland !!..if you like ???....wrote it on my blog comment and i will not published it ...of course !!...x !!

Tassell, Tea pot, and life down under said...

Hi Sheri, you are so blessed to have such sweet Mother in law. I love my mother in law too, she is such a sweet, loving, caring and generous person. I did gave her a bunch of sweetpeas last weekend.
Hand written letters?? I can't remember the last time I received one.

Enjoy your weekend.


andrea@townandprairie said...

They really do seem to be a thing of the past in our tech-oriented world. I wish more writing was reinforced w/ school children, but many schools don't even teach cursive anymore, they go straight to typing. It will soon be a forgotten art form, and then kids won't even be able to read the constitution. I love the beautiful script on really old letters- where it is so precise and even and you can tell the writer really took their time to make it beautiful. And everyone saved their letters, too. All of them were treasures.

sophie said...

i Sherri! Great post!
I love handwriten letters so much!
I recieve a lot of mails through swap bot and that really makes me happy!
have a great September!

oldthings said...

So lovely to write you a long letter ! I love too to send or to receive letters and I keep all. It is rare today to do somebody this !

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Now that is a most wonderful Mother-inlaw. I'm so happy there are a few people around that writes hand written notes. I have a few friends out there who always writes a sweet note to me. I love them very much and I'm so happy for you too.
XXOO Marie Antoinette

Jennifer Beaudet said...

That's so nice and put a smile on my face just reading about it:) Thank you for visiting my blog!:)

Marikki said...

Sheri, just lovely post!!♥

You have wonderful mother-in-law!:)

Unfortunately, I haven`t got any handwriting letters anymore...It would be fun if I got someday the one:)

Sheri, I would like to know, where do you live? I don`t know...

I wish you happy September, my freind!

Hugs, Marikki

The Silver Bunny said...

Hello, Sheri ! That letter is lovely and don't start me on those perfect roses ! I only ever receive hand-written mail from my 86 year-old mother and from my best friend, whom I've known since prep school; believe me, that was a looong time ago ... I am the first culprit though, I have a tendency to write only e-mails, I love them !xx

Marikki said...

Dear Sheri,

Thank you for your answearing:) Oh, you live so far!

I live in Finland:)It is so far away from California:)

Happy Monday for you!♥

Many hugs, Marikki

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Those orange roses my dear are just special. Very rare is it for me to see them, and when I do, they are unique.

JE T'AIME! Ah yes, the phrase that everyone wants to know, speak and write. I hope my students will

Aimer la langue française enough to work hard all year, learn about themselves and how working diligently can take them places they never expected -it did for me.


Heather Lindstrom said...

What a lovely little tale of happiness sent through the mail. Your roses are sunny and gorgeous. Swoon! I do get notes here and there. My favorites are the cards I get from my husband (though he doesn't mail them). He writes the best cards and they are the first thing I would grab in a fire. :)
Happy long weekend my friend.
xx, Heather

Lucy said...

Such a thoughtful treasure. Letter writing is a lost art, I still enjoy writing them sometimes ans of course LOVE receiving them.

Shell said...

Sheri we must be chanelling each other with our roses this week. I love orange roses too. We are entering Spring as you say good bye to Summer. Happy days ahead for us both. xox

Miky said...

Lovely post ^_^
Unfortunately you do not use more than write letters. I loved to receive them.
Kisses dear friends

Susie Swanson said...

Wow, she'll love thoses flowers. Sad to say I don't get any letters anymore but I remember when I did. My husband proposed to me in a letter when we were dating. He was on an Army base and I became an Army wife. You talk about writing letters and receiving them, between myself, my mom and my mother in law we kept the postal service in business. lol I miss those days so much.. So happy you received that letter. Hope you've had a nice Labor Day Weekend, hugs, xo

Susan said...

Almost never get a hand-written note anymore, Sheri. But I'd like to. Well, I do get a thank you note, now and again. Love your Mary Englebreight cards! Susan

Marcia Pilar said...

What a treasure, Sheri. There is nothing like a handwritten note or letter. I still exchange them, thanks to my blogging friends. It is one of my favorite things about blogging. I have a shoe box where I keep every single one I receive and every now and then I like to sit back and go through them. They are so special to me.
Beautiful roses, beautiful post, beautiful friend.

Ayu Maselli said...

Dearest Sheri,

HANDWRITING LETTER?, rare and a treasure indeed.
so thoughtful your mother in law. unfortunately in now computerize century, I have never receive a handwriting letter no more, that's so sad.
happy for you Sheri.
have a great time with family

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

I cringe at the thought of not teaching cursive in the schools any longer.

I call precious handwritten letters "artkeep".

The roses are exquisite, my friend!
Happy September dear Sheri, Jess and Nel

sweetvintageofmine said...

Hi Sheri, This posting is sooo sweet! I believe we need to send more notes and letters to our loved ones and's a beautiful and personal thing to do! It's became a lost art! Thank you for your prayers, and I will pray for your re-occurring illness. In Jesus name...I pray, whatever this illness must go! It doesn't belong in Sheri's temple (body) weapon formed against her shall prosper! Now Sheri, accept your HEALING...regardless of symptoms...Keep saying and believing By his stripes, I am healed! Blessings~~~Roxie

bois-fleurie said...

How I love to read your blog,you always leave me feeling better than I did.I had no idea that the chemo would be so hard to cope with but 3 finished and hopefully only 2 more to go.I have a large number of pretty cups and saucers I use for tea and I love writing letters and receiving them. I love to keep them as e=mails tend to be deleated.

From The Heart said...

My Great Grandchildren send me handwritten notes..of thanks, whenever I do something for them. They are 9 and 11 years old, I think it is sweet!

Kerri said...

Ooooh I love getting something unexpected in the mail,cards or letters its like a Christmas present! I am back in blogland after a much needed rest from it all (creating & painting) was so busy with puppies and dog shows!

Hope you have a blessed evening!

Cindy Adkins said...

Hello Sheri,
This is such a nice post! I rarely receive handwritten letters or notes in the mail anymore, but it's a very lovely surprise when I do! Your mother-in-law reminds me of my 88 year old Aunt. Thank you, Sheri, for your recent visit to my blog and your very sweet comments! I enjoyed reading them so much! I'm doing very well...I just can't seem to get back into blogging right now. It was really nice hearing from you, though, and your thoughts made me smile! Big Hugs, Cindy

RobinfromCA said...

What a lovely surprise to receive in the mail. I love "real" mail and it's such a thing of the past. Two weeks ago my hubby and I spoke in our church on giving service. In the week following we received *two* handwritten thank you notes and they were pure delight! They are keepers in a way no electronic form of communication can ever be! What a sweet mother-in-law you have been blessed with!

Kristie Franklin said...

Hi Sheri,

I think the art of letter writing as gone by the wayside. With e-mail, Facebook and all the other multi-media ways to keep in touch it seems that people have lost the desire to sit down, with pen in hand, to write a letter.

Years ago I use to write letters to my mother-in-law and she and her sister used to write bi-weekly. They could have very easily called on the telephone and chatted but both preferred the written letter to telephone calls. I think it is wonderful that your mother-in-law is still writing to you and just think years from now you will have those letters to look at again and again. :-)

Sandy said...


Wow! That must have been quite a surprise! Hand written letters are a lost art. I do, however, receive handwritten cards but not as often as I used to. With the electronic world that we live in, I hope the art of a handwritten letter or note never disappear completely. While going through boxes of old photographs, I found many of the handwritten notes that my sisters and I wrote to my mom because she saved them. It was a nice surprise. The orange roses are perfect for fall!