Thursday, July 12, 2012

Jog Your Memories

A while back, I saw this clever, but touching, idea on a friend's Pinterest board. I pinned it, knowing beyond a doubt that I was going to use this.

The concept was the brainchild of Holly at Nothing But Bonfires. She invited friends and family to write and submit a favorite memory of her dad, which she then packaged in these beautiful vintage air mail envelopes and gave to him for his 60th birthday.

Just so happened that my husband's birthday was approaching. Coincidentally, his 60th birthday. I was so enamored with this idea, though, that I'd have stolen it regardless of the age coincidence.

So, I called on family and friends for their favorite memories of my husband, with the assurance that anything goes: funny, sad, goofy, R-rated. Anything.

I didn't know how many people would respond. But the memories started rolling in. And, they just kept coming--right up until the day before his birthday.

A few were hand-written, but most were in email form. I printed the messages on a variety of papers, using those that had a connection with specific people or their stories, when possible. Yes, at times it truly pays to be a pack rat.

After printing all the memories, I put them in vintage air mail envelopes I found on Amazon. I stamped postmarks on each. And, similar to the inspiration project, I tied them all together with mailing string.

That sweet bundle really had impact, if I do say so myself.

I had hoped to share a photo of my husband reading his birthday messages, but silly me--I forgot to charge my camera battery before he began his trip down memory lane.

His expressions told the real story. You'll just have to use your imagination.

Make it a great day!


  1. No matter who came up with the idea it is a fantastic one! These will also be wonderful stories for future generations to read. Happy belated birthday to your husband. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Oh Ann! I love this post, thank you so much for sharing this with us. Such a sweet and loving birthday gift and tribute. Bet your husband grinned the biggest grin ever!

    Happy Rednesday!

  3. I had pinned this, as well! What an incredibly wonderful and thoughtful gift.

  4. Ann what a wonderful idea, Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. XO

  5. What a delightful post! You are truly thoughtful to do something so meaningful. How wonderful that you received such a great response from your family!
    Of, course, I love the RED...but, the image of your sweet husband strolling down memory lane takes the top billing!
    Blessings and Happy Rednesday!

  6. That was a wonderful idea - and so well-executed! I'm imagining how happy your husband was on opening all those memory-letters.

  7. That's such a great idea. I'll remember this. I'm a new follower and would love if you followed me back at

  8. This was such a wonderful idea and what a surprise for your husband! Something he'll treasure for years, I'm sure. I enjoyed my visit to your site. You have a great thing going here!

  9. I had pinned this idea too, hope to use it one day. Love the vintage envelopes you found. Laura

  10. What a memorable gift! I'm sure your hubby will revisit those notes on future milestone dates!

    Visiting from Ivy and Elephants.

  11. Thanks for sharing this cute idea on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  12. You are featured today at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  13. This beautiful gift will be cherished forever.

  14. I did this in 1996 for my mom and dad's 50th anniversary. Before there was email, so they were in good old-fashioned handwriting. I put the letters into the photo album I was making for them. They thoroughly enjoyed it, and I still have it as my memory, now that they are gone. I'm sure your gift will be enjoyed over and over again !


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