What’s the opposite of “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me”?  For someone whose love language is “words of affirmation”, might it be “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can sometimes heal me”?

Lame.  Yuck.  I got nothin’ (please, PLEASE enlighten me if you’ve got somethin’ 🙂 ).

Those who know me understand that “words” speak life into me.  Encouraging words buoy me; discouraging words, torpedo my heart.

My favorite gifts given and received involved words.

It’s no wonder, then, when I read Shannon’s post last week (Rocks in My Dryer) about a husband who created a secret “mother letter” blog as a Christmas gift for his wife this year, I absolutely melted into a puddle of word-gushiness.

From my post today at Inspired Bliss (it’s not plagiarism if I’m copying my own words, right?):

Following a perspective-altering, life-changing trip to Africa last year, SecretDaddy (dubbed by me) decided 2008 would be different.  One of the manifestations of that decision is his family (including extended) will create gifts for one another and contribute the amount they would’ve spent to the village he visited.SecretDaddy, in collecting letters from mothers to mothers, wants to hear your story–your concerns, your wisdom, your perspective–and he will compile them all in book form to give to his wife.  Moms who contribute a letter before Christmas will receive a web-copy, too…. (click here to continue)

If you’re a mother, regardless of the ages of your children, would you please consider writing a letter of encouragement for The Mother Letter Project?  You can leave your thoughts in comments or send an email at motherletter(at)gmail(dot)com.  I’ve detailed additional GREAT ways at Inspired Bliss to become involved with TMLP (including a contest!), so I DO hope you’ll check them out, too!

And if you’re a father or don’t yet have children or just wanna chime in in general?  I sure would love to know your thoughts, too.


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