The Mother Letter Project

By Kay on Sat, Nov 22, 2008

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The Mother Letter Project is one of the most thoughtful things I’ve heard of in a while and I just had to share.

Instead of spending lots of money on each other for Christmas, a husband and wife have decided to make gifts for each other and donate the money they would have spent to a village in Africa they visited this summer. The husband decided it would be cool to do something to encourage his wife with a collection of letters from other mothers. So, he’s opened it up to the internet and asked mothers everywhere to send him letters of encouragement, tips, wisdom, etc that he can compile into a book to present to her for Christmas. Here’s a portion of what he’s said:

As you may already know, I am creating Christmas for my wife this year and this is the site devoted to her present. Simply stated, I am collecting a series of “open letters” from mothers, to mothers. I am asking you to share your stories — no matter how raw or difficult. Share you concerns or worries — no matter how foolish they may seem. Share your wisdom — no matter how you came by it. Share your mother story. The only request? Start the letter “Dear Mother” and sign it. I will compile all of the letters in a Christmas book for both my wife AND YOU. If you share a letter before Christmas you will receive a copy of the Mother Letters.

I know that I’ll be writing a letter soon (as soon as the kiddos go down for bedtime and I can think clearly again) because a mother of any level of experience has something valid, beautiful, and encouraging to say about motherhood. And consider this my challenge to you to do the same… In fact, I’ll write another post when I’ve finished my letter just to let you know I’ve done it and now it’s your turn.

So, are you on?? Leave me a comment and let me know if you’re up for it, too!

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6 Comments For This Post

  1. D Says:

    I’m in… oh, wait. I guess I technically can’t write a letter, but I could always collect some more! Thanks so much. I look forward to your letter and I’ve included you in the blog lines.

  2. MIMI Says:

    I did send a letter over the weekend. I am truly excited about the
    idea and the possible contagious effect it could have all over the world. It is refreshing for people to show such creativity in their gift giving. Thank you for this post. I love you.

  3. Kay Says:

    Thanks for including me in your blog lines! Every inbound link helps! And I’ll be sending my letter today. So looking forward to hearing how many of these you wind up getting!

  4. Kay Says:

    Thanks for sending a letter to the project. I love the contagious aspect of it all, too, and love the that at it’s core, it’s all about encouragement to strangers. What could be better than that? 🙂

  5. Danny Says:

    As an update, we have collected 320 letters so far. Thank you so much for running this. Your readers have helped get this project going. I appreciate it so much.


  6. Kay Says:

    So glad to be a part of such an incredible venture. Still trying to motivate more friends and family to send their letters in, too! Amazing the things we can do via the internet these days!!

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