You see, when I was young (between the age of 7 and 14 maybe), I thought that the most interesting letters were from people who had beautiful handwriting, who put cute stickers on cute stationery and drew doodles on the envelopes.
Of course, I still like to receive letters that were written on nice letter sets and everybody knows that I still have a handwriting fetish. But the most important thing to me about the letters I receive now is the connection that I have with the other person. You know when it just clicks with someone? That's what I'm looking for in a penpal. So if that person doesn't have the greatest handwriting in the world and writes on plain white paper, that's perfectly fine with me.
I also like when the person who's writing me is interested enough in my life to ask questions about me and what I've been up to. Comments on my last letter are also wonderful to read. I like when letters feel like conversations between old friends.
I'm not especially crazy about letters that only describe daily events. I do like to know what my penpal does and what his/her daily life is like, but I'm also interested in feelings, opinions, dreams, goals, fears, things like that.
So everybody who's into penpalling, tell me... What do you think makes a good letter?
Yesterday, my friend Véronique and I had a picnic at the park with our kids. We spent the whole afternoon outside, so I have a little sunburn on my nose. It's pink, not red, so it doesn't hurt at all and it's nice to see some color on my face for a change!
Here are some photos that I took.
Like me, Véronique doesn't like having her photo taken!
A cute family portrait.
Véronique and her goofy son!
She'll say I'm crazy, but I think Véronique looks a bit like Madonna!
My little guy loves "his friend" Véronique!
He also loves his friend Trinyté!
She's a little monkey!
But she can be quiet too...
Neeho was always running around, but I caught him here!
Trinyté, striking a pose...
She had fun playing the little model for me!
Isn't she adorable?!
Back at home, quietly playing in her sandbox...
This one is a little blurry, but I still like it.
We had a great day! I never take a whole day off, but I'm proud to say that I didn't work at all yesterday. It was good for my sanity!
Something unusual happened yesterday. Louis-Justin and I were taking a walk to the mailbox to send a customer's order. (Her name is Cerrisa - isn't it pretty?!)
It was very sunny, so Louis-Justin was making weird faces!
We were walking back home when an old man on a motorized wheelchair just threw a stuffed animal at us! He said that it was " for the kid". I said thanks and asked him a question, but he didn't answer and just went away. How weird!
Louis-Justin was trying to protect his eyes from the sun, so he doesn't look too happy in the pictures - but he was!
We're going to the mailbox again right now to send another order and a letter to my penpal Marie-France from France!
Meet Nicolas, Louis-Justin's dad! He and I have been separated for over 2 and a half years, but we're still excellent friends. I'm so grateful that my little guy has such a great dad!
My own dad died almost 4 years ago of lung cancer. He would have turned 59 years old on May 26. He too was a great dad! Here's one of my favorite photos of him with Louis-Justin and my mom, a few months before my dad passed away.
Hello! My name is Julie, I'm a 30 year old mom who loves designing stationery, selling handmade letter sets, eating sushi, inventing stories with my 5 year old son, writing letters to friends around the world, going on picnics with friends and wishing that I was a mermaid.