September 5, 2013

Open When Follow Up

Wow. I officially feel like a blogger. I now know the power of Pinterest. 

I guess a lot of people pinned {this}
My one year anniversary gift to Kevin.

And so far I have gotten more emails than comments on what all the open whens were.

Well you heard it here. I will share them.
I debated for a while whether I would share them.
But in the end, I have decided to share them because what was really powerful and personal were the messages inside the envelopes. 


Open When...
You miss me
You need to remember why you love me
You want to smile at a memory
You want to look forward to the future
Before bed
You wanna know what I am thinking
You want your lips on mine
You need to remember how much I love you
You need a pep talk
You are up late at night or wake up in the middle of the night
We are together and bored
You want to tell me how you feel


What is a creative gift you have done for your hubby?! Anyone have any ideas for year two?!
Oh and GO DENVER tonight!!

33 comments:

  1. Year 1 we treated ourselves to a get-away to Chicago. Year 2 I stuck with tradition and told Keith we had to give each other cotton gifts - I got him a green cotton shirt stuck in a green Starbucks cup while he got me the new Victoria's Secret perfume that smells a bit like cotton. Year 3 is leather/crystal/glass so I may do more of a homemade thing. This is a great idea :)

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  2. Cool! This is such a great idea!!!! I think my only thing is finding the right words to put inside the envelopes! Any tips on that?! I feel like I would be repeating myself!

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    1. Did you every get any response on to what to put inside..tips or ideas??!

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    2. I think for each envelope you could recount a time that he made you feel that way (or a time that you overwhelmingly felt that way for him)...be descriptive, use details. e.g. when you need to know we are worth fighting for recount a time that was difficult, how hard the struggle was for both of you, and how, now, you feel it brought strength, love (you get the point) to your relationship.

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  3. This is such a sweet idea! I love that you shared what your labels were. I don't think I would have too much trouble with choosing/finding labels, as to what I would put inside of them ha ha!

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  4. Love it!! You are a total rockstar! I think I might do this for Jared's bday ;)

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  5. This is such a great idea!! I might just have to steal this for our anniversary :) Also, I love your blog, and I'm glad I discovered it!

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  6. That is so awesome! I plan on doing this when my husband leaves on deployment next year. our two year is next week and we are just having a nice dinner and enjoying each other. We did make a date jar though, so if we are not sure what to do we just pick from the jar!

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  7. Love love love this idea!! So creative!

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  8. What an awesome idea...i'll have to save for the future...or "pin" it for the future!

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  9. Dammit my anniversary just passed, I love love love this idea.

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  10. I loved this idea and made something similar to it! I linked your site - so hopefully you got a trackback from it. :) I'll definitely be doing a write up on mine too, so you'll hear back from me in a few months!! Awesome idea, really thoughtful.

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  11. I totally smiled when I saw this floating around Pinterest bc I knew where it started :)

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  12. I saw a friend pin this on Pinterest and it made me so happy for you! :-)

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  13. I still love this! Annnnnd guess who's 1st anniversary is coming up on the 21st... ;) Seriously thinking about using this as the "traditional" part of our gifts! xo!

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  14. love this. I am going to plan to this for my 9th anniversary. also thought it would be cute to do a version of this for my kiddos for when they move out or head to college.

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  15. I think this is so sweet! I love handmade gifts from the heart.

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  16. This was such a good idea. I am going to Africa, and I did it for my boyfriend. He loved it! http://kaylamgunter.blogspot.com/2013/12/sappy-post.html

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  17. The year that my husband and I met, he left to go on a missions trip on my birthday. He was going to be gone for 10 days. I wrote him a letter for each day and gave them to one of the girls going on the trip with him. I told her to give him one each day. Each one also had a small gift (bookmark, scripture card, necklace). She told me that he was up first thing every morning waiting outside her door to get his next letter. That was 12 years ago. Thanks for the reminder that I should do that again!

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  18. The year that my husband and I met, he left to go on a missions trip on my birthday. He was going to be gone for 10 days. I wrote him a letter for each day and gave them to one of the girls going on the trip with him. I told her to give him one each day. Each one also had a small gift (bookmark, scripture card, necklace). She told me that he was up first thing every morning waiting outside her door to get his next letter. That was 12 years ago. Thanks for the reminder that I should do that again!

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  19. I am a divorcee. Single mother of two beautiful, amazing girls (ages 8 and 10) who are really struggling with the fact that their father has chosen to no longer be a part of their lives. I saw this on Pinterest and I'm modifying your idea for them as a Valentine's gift, not only will I be writing them letters but I'm having their Aunts, Uncles, and Grandparents write them as well. Thank you for being willing to share your idea, and being a godsend when I had no idea how to show them just how important and valued they really are.

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    1. I love that you are adapting this for your children! ❤

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    2. I love that you are adapting this for your children! ❤

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  20. I was inspired and made my own, too. Thanks!
    http://infinite.nu/2014/02/long-distance-love-letters/

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  21. This is amazing my boyfriend doesn't know it and I'm surprising him, he's headed off for the job corps for two years and this august will be our two year anniversary. We will miss spending it together, but I'm going to do something similar to this that way he has letters to open from me when he can't hear my voice or is going through a hard time.

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  22. love this idea. where can i get colorful envelopes?

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  23. Thank you so much for this idea. I am sending a group of letters to my boyfriend who is in the army...

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  24. 22 months later and you are still helping people! I do love this idea, especially since the 9 year gift is willow or pottery. Not much on the willow front (we have a pussy willow out back already0 and we have so much pottery it's not funny. I plan to give this to my beloved tomorrow. Thanks!

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  25. Hy hi dis is really creative bt can u just let us know d whole idea like wat was d answer inside d envelopes please if u can.

    Thanks

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  26. this is such a great Idea, I was looking for something nice to do for my Fiance, We are getting married in 3,5 months and are a long distance couple (not for much longer though <3) He comes over here in about 1.5 week and I plan to give him sort of a 12week advent thing with small presents until he comes back here for the wedding (I will visit him 1 more time in between). I am thinking about adding a letter to this.. or maybe sending 1 every week (I'm not sure yet).

    Thank you for inspiring me :D

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