Saturday, July 7, 2012
2012 Military Spouse Penpal Exchange
Today's technology seems to have brushed snail mail under the rug. Although I am convinced that snail mail will never completely disappear (unless we somehow come up with a way to teleport packages), it deeply saddens me to think that my future children may not ever get the chance to partake in having penpals or the joy or receiving a handwritten, heartfelt letter from someone. There is something almost magical about receiving a handwritten letter: Not only is it more personable than a casual text or e-mail, but it is so much more meaningful to know that the sender took the time to hand write every letter of every word of that special note. They carefully articulated each sentence and crafted the letter in their very own, one of a kind handwriting.
So here's what I'm going to do about it (and also in celebration of my 200th post! Partayyyy!!):
*NOTE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MILITARY SPOUSE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EXCHANGE. IF YOU ARE A SIGNIFICANT OTHER OR FAMILY MEMBER, YOU ARE INCLUDED IN THIS! IF YOU HAVE ANY OTHER RELATION TO THE MILITARY, PLEASE USE YOUR DISCRETION IN DECIDING WHETHER OR NOT IT WOULD BE FIT FOR YOU TO PARTICIPATE. THANK YOU!
Here are the rules:
1. Click HERE to sign up by July 30, 2012. The only information you will need to provide is your name and an e-mail address.
2. Anxiously await the arrival of July 31, when you will receive an e-mail from Elfster with the name and e-mail of your new Milspouse penpal. Once you have received their name and e-mail, you can then obtain their address and any other information you may need.
3. Write an introductory letter or postcard about yourself.
4. Slap on a stamp and put 'er in the mailbox by August 6, 2012.
5. Take a picture of your letter and blog about it! Come back and link up - I will post the link here when the time gets closer.
6. Copy and paste the badge to help spread the word! The more participants we have, the more fun it will be!
Questions or comments? Please feel free to ask below!
I would like to give credit to Jessica Lynn Writes for the basic idea of this post (she had a postcard exchange back in 2010 and I used her post as the basic structure for this post.)