A Box of Memories: The Joy of a Card

by jessicaturner on August 11, 2014

Adeline and mommy

I get my propensity for memory keeping from my mom. Growing up, she made a photo album for every year of my and my sister’s life, as well as had several keepsake boxes for mementos like cards, coloring and school play programs.

When Mom came for a visit earlier this summer, she brought with her a shirt box with my name written on it.

card keepsake box
Inside were dozens of greeting cards from my childhood. Cards with memorable characters like My Little Pony and Rainbow Brite, illustrations that are so reminiscent of the 80s and 90s, even a letter from Santa!

I loved reading the messages from my family members who now love on my kids with the same loving messages, and I am so thankful that my Mom took the time to save so many of these cards. It’s a wonderful glimpse at my childhood. My mom wrote on the back of every birthday card what the corresponding gift was – what a fun thing for me to read and remember. For instance, that $50 savings bond went toward a larger lump sum that bought Matthew and me our living room furniture when we got married, including the red couches you have seen in so many blog posts.

birthday card

Adeline loved looked at the cards too. She spent a solid 30 minutes going through them this morning. Looking back at these cards, it is a reminder to me that when you give a card, it is something that will be treasured by the recipient. People love to receive cards. There is nothing like receiving a hand-written card in the mail.

I have a huge stash of cards that I keep on hand to write and send at a moment’s notice. The past few months with my pregnancy have meant that I haven’t sent as many cards as I usually do, but now that I feeling better I am back in the saddle.

Hallmark cardsLast night I got out a stack of Hallmark cards to write. Unfortunately, Matthew had a wood carving accident and had to be taken to the ER so that put a damper on my card writing. (Nothing some stitches couldn’t fix!). I’m looking forward to writing those cards tonight.

Speaking of Hallmark cards, did you know that for every five Hallmark cards you buy – whether at a Hallmark Gold Crown store or the more than 40,000 grocery, drugstores and supercenters where Hallmark cards are sold – Hallmark Card Rewards lets you earn gift cards, discounts, dollars off, and more from rewards partners that can help you enjoy more together time or even a little “me” time? Click here for more details about the program and the Hallmark Card Rewards mobile app. It’s such a great program!

Do you keep cards that you receive? Do you have any old ones from your childhood?

Disclosure: This post was supposed to be the sixth in a six-month series sponsored by Hallmark, but I am delighted that they have asked me to continue writing for them for another six months. Hallmark and the message of these posts fits so perfectly with The Mom Creative. I hope you love them as much as I do.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife} August 11, 2014 at 9:43 am

Omigosh! Look at that box of cards!!! I know I have one of those hidden around here somewhere. I want to find it now more than ever.


Megan Cohn August 11, 2014 at 10:23 am

I love this post. I am so glad to know that I am not the only one that keeps cards! I have tons and then not only do I keep cards we get, I also have a stash of cards for every occasion!


Shawnna August 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I have all sorts of letters and cards from my past. One of my favorites is the last Valentine’s Day card I received from my father before he passed away. I also love all the vividly written letters from my grandmother.


Audrey McClelland August 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm

I have a hat box with all my old cards in it and also a bin at home. I treasure the ones from college and from my Nana. I always love to look at them and smile. Thank you for this post, made me think of them and want to go revisit today.


Vera Sweeney August 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm

My husband has a box like this of our cards and memories. When we had children – he started one for them. So sweet!


Margaret August 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I have more than one box of my own and have just pulled together the cards from my oldest daughter’s scrapbook. My mother must have saved EVERY card she received for all of her 83 years – it was fun to look through all of the vintage cards. We had to let most of them go, there were that many (4 children’s worth of welcome baby from the 40’s on). Wish I had a few, but so hard at the time to decide …


Andrea Fellman August 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

I love keeping old cards, but I have to admit I only keep my absolute favorites about 4 from each family members Birthday. But Holiday cards, I keep them all from each year!


Cody Doll August 14, 2014 at 9:15 am

Oh that rainbow bright!! I used to watch her all the time! Very very cute.


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