Summer Pen Pal…

Jun 24, 2009

Do you have one? I do and it is my 5 year old, no excuse me my almost 6 year old sweet little niece Madelyn.

While I was down for my sweet niece Amanda’s High School Graduation (yes, lots of girls in the family… 5 to 1 poor Brittain) Madelyn and I decided we would be summer pen pals. So each week we send each other a handmade card.

At first I kinda freaked because I feel like I have to make over the top cards complete with machine stitching, inking, glitter and all the other things I think I have to do but then I came to my senses and realized all Madelyn really wants is mail… nothing over the top. Just a card from me to her. So here is the second card I made her. I punched out butterflies from an old Charlie Brown Kid’s Dictionary and added a Roller Rink Thickers letter “A”. Super simple and I know she will be thrilled.

My Summer Pen Pal

I am going to add one letter from her name on the front of each card. Then when she puts all her cards together they will spell her complete name. I am wondering how long it is going to take her to figure out that I am spelling her name. I bet not long and most likely right when she receives this card.

On the inside of this card I asked her if she could find 7 Summer words on the Butterflies… Pool, Vacation, Sun, Hot, Beach, Swimming, Suit. I thought she might enjoy a little game along with my rambling.

I hope she doesn’t wonder why “War” is on her card… the “m” got cut off of the word warm. Ooops!

So if you don’t have a Summer Pen Pal… find one. It’s fun and don’t stress… remember, all they want is mail!

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  • The teacher in me is so happy that you are doing this. My son and I write to each other as well. Of course, yours looks beautiful!

  • Krazgrl

    How special that you have this wonderful relationship with your little niece. You hit the nail on the head. She just wants mail, kids LOVE that! Your card is so cute. I hope you post a pic of the cards she sends you. I’ll to do this with my grand daughter.

  • TerryG

    I love your idea..I have 5 great nieces and 1 great nephew..I send cards to them for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines and Easter..Last Christmas I didn’t send them in the mail..but gave them personally…My nephew had been wondering where his card was…so now they always be in the mail…and I may just have to “lft” your idea of sending cards to slowly spell out their names..Very Cool!!! Your card is just beautiful too..

  • SuZeQ

    Oh Lisa, what a wonderful wonderful thing for BOTH of you. I wish I had a five – oops – almost six year old for a pen pal.

    God has a special place for you …

  • i have a penpal and we have been corresponding to each other for already 12 years. :)