Thursday, September 23, 2010

Good intentions

I feel like in the last few years I've gone through a cleansing of sorts.  I only have and do things that really work for my family and for me.  I put us on the top of the list and things all fell into place.  I am lucky to be surrounded by loving people and I try my best to not offend anyone in the whole "No, that's not going to work for me anymore" process.  Do you know what I mean?  It's not selfishness, it's balance.  It's priorities.  I was never surrounded by bad people or negative things really but there were just a few things that I felt like I wanted to sort through and shed or enforce.  Anyway, we've found great balance in our house and it's made a tremendous difference in just feeling settled and happy. 

There is, however, one relationship I have that is really shitty.  Thank you notes.  UGH, gah.  We don't get along.  They hound me.  Then I rebel by not paying attention to them.  I mean I love them, I know how important they are, I know how meaningful they are to others, but because they nag me, I get all, "Yeah, well, then I'm just not going to DO you, then."  Isn't that mature of me?

Below is a picture of just a few of the thank you cards I've ordered over the last few years.  I find the perfect picture.  I add some generic words of thanks.  I order them.  They arrive and then sit on my kitchen counter for a month as they taunt me.  Then I get pissed at them and I put them in the cupboard where they die.  I'm not sure why I can't just sit and write a few sentences to each person who so generously thought of me (or us, or the kids) and send it off but the task seems too daunting.  Even if I vow to do only 5 each night, I just can't seem to do it.  What's that about?  It's just laziness because I really am ever so grateful to all who think of us.

I ordered 40 of each of these.  I still have 40 of each of these.

I am vowing to change that and this is my first step.  William's party was last week (I know, sorry I never mentioned it or didn't share it with you) and our friends and family were so generous and thoughtful.  They deserve thank you cards.  I didn't want to spend another $50 on cards that just sat so I took the WEEEEEENY way out.  I actually printed a message inside so that if it comes down to it, I can mail them as they are.  Mom will be horrified, I know, but I figure it's better than not sending anything at all.  Am I right?  I'm taking baby steps to get back into the thank you card game.

The front.  Thanks, Misty, for the picture!

I know.  Don't judge. 

Have you seen this blog?  I love it and I admire her.  I bet her thank you notes are beautifully handwritten and are sent for even the smallest of gestures.  I'll get there, too.  Someday.  I just need to put it on my list.  


  1. I vote for easy way out! They are just so consuming!

  2. A generic "thank you" card is better than no "thank you" card. :)

  3. I vote for the old fashion way. There is something special conveyed to the giver that the giftee sends in hand written style. In most cases I'll bet you'll find that it takes less time than it took the giver to find and send the gift.

  4. I ALWAYS feel more special when it is hand written. I makes my heart melt when you and the kids sign their own name and it makes my eyes water when your husband takes the time to scratch his name down too.


  5. I have the same problem with thank you cards. In fact, I have some just sitting there waiting to be addressed. I have no problem writing them. It's the addressing them that drives me nuts. This also drives my mother crazy that I don't do it.


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