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Hail the Snail 2.32

17 Jul

July 4th: The holiday meant no mail, and in the meantime I decided 8 of my pen pals would each get one of these to fill in for me, hehe:

July 6th: The first mail I actually got since the first was a letter from Kristy.

July 10th: And the first letter I got last week was one from Jody.

July 11th: I got a postcard from Kira over at Letters, Postcards and a Cup of Tea.

July 12th: Did you notice that I didn’t get a letter from Jody until the 10th this month? Well, we thought it was missing so her rewrite came today, lol.

July 14th: Manolo not only hooked me up with letters from Ashley and Justine, but with this adorable purse “from Gabe” for our anniversary (that’s on the 30th, FYI!):

July 15th: As for Pablo, so far my one and only piece of mail from my P.O. box has been a thank you card (and ATC) from a member of ATC the Change.

All in all, it’s been a pretty good month so far, both in the mail department and out of it. Sure, Gabe has been rather busy with wheat harvest (and sometimes Logan’s rather busy with it too if he’s not with his grandparents, hehe), but I’ve been busying myself with many a Change Card along with chores and hobbies like pen palling. The second half of this month should be even better yet. Gabe and I are seeing Queen with Adam Lambert in concert this week, our 7th wedding anniversary happens 10 days later, and I’m sure when Gabe’s not working, the boys and I will find other fun things to do before Logan starts school in another month.

Hope you’re enjoying your summer!
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

A Year of Change

5 Jul

If you came to this blog post eager to find out what changes I’ve been making in my life, this isn’t a post about resolutions, but rather a revolution.

You see, ATC the Change turns 1 this month. If you’re new to this blog of mine, last July I shared the “origin story” about how one night Sarah wanted to start a movement where people told each other words of encouragement, and I suggested people do so on ATCs. Since then, we’ve taken that inch of an idea and ran a mile with it. This old blog post showed you what all I accomplished during the first month or so, and it’s about time I catch you up on this endeavor again… at least my side of it.

September:

Sarah, the cofounder and my pen pal, visited me over Labor Day weekend. Among our festivities we not only made a couple dozen Change cards, but we left a bunch, too! Sharon also started making/ leaving ATCs for the cause– remember her, she’ll be important.

October:

I started the month with a goal to use 10 phrases by the 10th (that I met!). By the 25th I sent a lot of ATCs to Sarah and still had all of these to abandon with love:

November:

The election and its aftermath had us feeling pretty low, so much so I wanted to make daily Change Cards, but only made a couple batches. My favorite quote from that time? “Worry is like a rocking chair. It’ll give you something to do, but it won’t get you anywhere.”

December:

Though I made ATCs with a 2016 calendar and an old notebook cover (see below), the lull seemed to continue.

January:

Despite the new year, things were rather anticlimactic with one neat exception: a waitress received two ATCs that Sarah had and joined our group the following morning, hehe.

February:

Still a lot of crickets, but I did have a couple ATCS to take with me when my mom and I went to celebrate my 30th birthday!

March:

It was on the 23rd that I posted that the desire to make ATCs was (slowly) coming back, because until this I was only making Little Cards anymore. By the 28th I had 13 Change Cards to abandon like this Alice one I left at Mad Hatter Bistro:

April:

It was in this month that I found that when I knew I’d be going somewhere– like Barnes & Noble with my mom– it was so much easier to make ATCs with those outings in mind.

May:

With that epiphany in mind, I turned 1 piece of scrapbook paper into 9 Change Cards to take with me to Saginaw, posting my progress as I made them. Seeing this mot only renewed Sharon’s interest, but inspired her to talk to the administrator of a regular ATC group about me advertising ATC the Change. I did so, and we successfully breathed new life into the group.

June:

I brought back the weekly phrases for those who wanted the inspiration. Meanwhile I was inspired to A) make a plethora of kid-friendly cards to take places like VBS, B) break in my Zodiac pad of scrapbook paper and dust off my stash of washi tape, C) turn ATCs that never traded into Change Cards (see picture), and I even D) made a printable for participants to attach to the backs of cards if they wanted to include information about the cause. I should mention I left about 30 cards 😉

July:

We may only be 5 days in, but so far I’ve left 11 ATCs, gave my mom 12 to take to Philly with her soon, and have 8 to give to the family who recently found one of my cards and joined the group!

The past year of ATC the Change summed up in a phrase: “Success is not a straight line, but a wild ride.” 😉

I am so grateful to have been a part of this from the ground up, and I know now it will only keep going up from here! When July is closer to an end and ATC the Change is officially 1, I will tell you (and show you) more of what I’ve been up to. Of course in the meantime you can follow me on Instagram– sincerelykaterz– or even join our Facebook group, ATC the Change.

It may not be easy to change the world or even just your town, but it can be easy to throw love like confetti. And with a lot of luck and determination– just like actual confetti– that stuff will get everywhere.

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Hail the Snail 2.31

2 Jul

June 17th: This entry is starting with something from my last one: the second to last batch of Little Cards per my Childhood Memories theme.

June 19th: The rest of the Childhood Memories cards came in plus a batch of Summer ones, and I got a couple postcards from Krista, too.

June 21st: All of the Pirate cards came in next, and so did these awesome goodies from Sarah (left) and my mom (right):

June 22nd: Finally some letters to mention, brought to you by the letter J since they were from Jody and Justine 😉

June 23rd: Joining my little reply pile were letters from Kayla and Sarah.

June 26th: And then came a letter from Ashley plus her Little Cards– the last of what I needed to make the Summer sets!

June 29th: I got another two postcards from Krista, this time from Vegas.

And since I didn’t post this on the 30th like I meant to…

July 1st: Another postcard came from Krista… that was sent with the ones from the 19th, lol. Better late than never, right?

I’m looking forward to what July has in store for me and the boys (both in the mail and out of it), because June was pretty good to us. When Logan hasn’t been busy camping or with things like the Summer Reading Program, for example, we’ve been to the movies, played putt putt, ate a LOT of ice cream, and even made stuffed animals.

Well, the boys are up (from their slumber party, hehe) now so I’m going to go. Remember, though: it’s always the small pieces that make the big picture!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Little Cards: May

22 Jun

Oh, you have no idea how happy and flat-out RELIEVED I am that I can finally share these Little Cards with you! Not one, but TWO batches from the Childhood Memory theme went MIA, so not only did their makers make new batches, I had to wait for them to arrive, hoping they wouldn’t get lost, too. Good news: they didn’t!

Childhood Memory:

Pirates:

I hope my fellow adventurers also feel like May’s Little Cards were worth their wait! I’m pleased to report that June’s themes have been going much more smoothly on my end– I should have the last batch of Summer ATCs any day now. With any luck I’ll be sharing those and the ATCs from Jenn’s Wizard of Oz theme with you very soon, and I’ll be announcing July’s sole theme in our Facebook group, ATCs: Little Cards on Big Adventures, even sooner!

Bon Voyage 😉
Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Hail the Snail 2.30

15 Jun

June 5th: This post is starting not with a bang but a whisper, though I’m grateful for the postcard from Justine all the same.

June 6th: An actual letter came from Justine now, and one from Kristy came, too.

June 7th: After Jody’s letter joined my little reply pile, the Loganator received a rather special piece of paper…

June 8th: I heard from both of my fellow Michiganders today.

June 9th: The Manolo Love streak came to an end, but Pablo had a letter from Charmaine.

June 12th: This week started with something in both boxes– Kayla’s letter was in one and a batch of Little Cards was in the other.

June 13th: Logan got a dose of happy mail thanks to Papa Halvorson.

Then today, June 15th, I got a letter from Jody, while our Build-a-Bear friends got some new clothes.

It’s been a pretty good month for letters, and for books, too! I’ve finished Furiously Happy and The Book Jumper, and am well on my way through Everything, Everything. With any luck the rest of this summer will continue to be full of good things and good times– and not just for me! 😉

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

Hail the Snail 2.29

2 Jun

I’d apologize for not posting this on the 30th like I meant to, but I know no one besides me actually minds so let’s just get to it!

May 17th: Once again I got the story back from Sarah, and she sent a letter along with it.

May 18th: I got a long-forgotten travel journal from Othella, and Bridget got these cute new pajamas:

May 20th: And once again I got a letter from Jody– the first of two in this mail call.

May 25th: After several days with no Manolo Love, Pablo hooked me up with a batch of Little Cards.

May 26th: The story and a letter yet again came “from Frankfort with Love.”

May 27th: And then I received a letter from Rose out in California.

May 30th: Also from California: a box my dad sent Logan with stuff per Boy Scouts plus books about a dog named Harry.

May 31st: I told you I got another letter from Jody! I also got a postcard from Krista, too.

June 1st: Last but not least was a set of calendar pages for my Day-Timer… Exactly seven months early, haha.

Yeah, much like last time I still didn’t have a whole lot to share, which very well could have been why I forgot about blogging. The good news is that 1) I was able to finish Furiously Happy the other day, and 2) I’ve made about 30 ATCs per ATC the Change.

Speaking of ATCs! Jenn and I still have batches we’re waiting on per our Pirates and Childhood Memories themes, but hopefully we’ll have ’em all soon now that May’s over and we have June’s Little Cards to tend to.

Thanks for reading this if you are, in fact, still reading this. Have a great month!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~

 

Hail the Snail 2.28

15 May

There’s part of me that’s a bit sad I only have a few days worth of mail to share with you from the first half of this month. The other part, however, is very much relieved I don’t have a mountain of a reply pile to tend to thanks to how busy I/we have been between my dad’s visit, Gabe’s birthday festivities, and several Logan related errands.

I’ll get to said happy mail momentarily, but I’d like to say that our visit with my dad went very well (and that we ate very well, too!), that Gabe’s birthday was a happy one, and that though Logan got a bit sick last week, all of the errands on his behalf went pretty smoothly.

May 4th: When the first few days of May were quiet, it was nice knowing I’d at least get a letter from Jody!

May 5th: Getting happy mail from Sarah has also been nice to expect rather regularly. Her Little Cards and our story came today.

May 6th: As for a letter from Kayla, that was a pleasant surprise.

May 8th: Some more mail– a letter this time– came from Sarah.

May 9th: It may have been Gabe’s birthday, but I was the one that got presents in the mail:

May 13th: Along with another letter from Jody were these other colorful pretties:

And there you have it! With any luck the rest of this month will have more letters (pretty or otherwise). All the best!

Sincerely, Kate ~!~