Sending greeting cards is a big thing in my family. I’m guessing it started with my mom’s mom who was always stopping by the Hallmark store in the mall to pick up a few cards to send to family and friends. That was one way you knew you were important to Grandma–she sent you a card for every holiday and occasion, and sometimes just because.
My mom has carried on that tradition. She is always sending cards to my kids for every holiday and just to say hello. I can’t tell you how much that means to them.
When I was at evo conference last month, I made sure to stop by the Hallmark suite. There were several displays with new Kids Encouragement greeting cards. I found some perfect cards for my kids to send to them from the conference. (Hallmark was wonderful. They took care of stamping and mailing any cards attendees wanted to send.)
I chose the card with the alligator for Fritz, who had just lost his second tooth. For Lilly, I chose a card to tell her how proud I was of her. One day early in the summer she decided to be extra brave and completely on her own, taught herself how to ride her bike without training wheels. The last one was for Betta. We play a game where we whisper, “Guess what?” “What?” “I love you.” (Inside it says “I do.”)
I wanted it to be a surprise for them. When I called home two days later to say hello, they’d received their cards and were shouting above each other to tell me about them.
I knew they would love the cards (who doesn’t love getting one?), but I didn’t know how much it would really mean to them. Lilly’s card didn’t come until Monday. She was heartbroken that she had to wait. When it came, she tore open the envelope to read what it said. I got tears in my eyes because she was so touched by the simple words I wrote to her. I realized that I spend more time correcting her for bad behavior instead of encouraging her and praising the good things she does. My heart sank a little bit at that realization, but I felt happy that this small gesture that took maybe 5 minutes to do, meant so much to my sweet little girl. She said she wants to keep the card forever.
I also brought my kids some new text bands from my evo swag bag. They have had hours of fun “texting” each other with their bands. It was so much fun for me to see my three kids playing with each other and learning how to spell out what they wanted to say.
Quite possibly the favorite thing from Hallmark was the Nugget Story Buddy I won in a giveaway. I accidentally left it under my seat during the conference and I was so sad when I got home and realized it wasn’t with my things. The kind people from Hallmark PR sent a new one to me (wasn’t that so nice?) and my kids have literally spent hours playing with Nugget and reading to him. There are special words in the story that prompt a response from Nugget. As the kids are reading to him, he answers back. So much fun! We’re going to get the other two stories in the series. (There are also free iPad/iPhone apps for the story buddies. Awesome!)
I really love what Hallmark is doing. I need to be better at encouraging my kids. Things that seem so simple do mean so much to my kids. I’m glad that Hallmark is there to help me out.
School starts tomorrow for our district. In honor of school starting, how about a little Back-To-School Giveaway?
Hallmark wants to give one of you lucky readers the following gift package: *a pack of five assorted Hallmark Kids Encouragement greeting cards
*a Hallmark Gold Crown coupon for $2 off of three greeting cards
*two Hallmark Text Bands (valued at $14.99 each)
*a Nugget Story Buddy and book (valued at $29.95)
How does that sound? I promise you that your children or grandchildren, nieces or nephews will love everything in this giveaway.
This is open to U.S. residents only. To enter simply leave a comment on this post and a winner will be chosen at random next Monday, August 27th and announced on this post and contacted via e-mail.