Before we moved to Las Vegas this spring I wanted to come up with a way for our kids to say good-bye to their school classmates and their church friends. Something that would also ease the transition for our kids as we moved to a new state.
One day in a stroke of inspiration it came to me . . . postcards! LOTS of them.
Walmart came through for me. They had a large selection of Oregon postcards for just 12 cents each! Which was a good thing because I bought over 100 of them.
I added address labels to each of the postcards and attached this little note with a paperclip:
My family is moving to Las Vegas on March 7th. Would you please use this postcard to write me a letter? If you do I will send a letter back on a Las Vegas postcard! Thanks! I will miss you!
Conner (Payton or Anna)
P.S. Be sure to write your return address.
Now, all their friends needed to do was write a note and attach a stamp!
On the kids' last day of church and school they handed out these postcards to their classmates and teachers. I think it was a pretty good parting gift.
Then we moved to Vegas. And postcards started arriving. THAT was the best part of all. For the kids to get notes from their friends and teachers back in Oregon . . . . they were so excited to check the mailbox each day to see if a new postcard had arrived.
Then it was time for us to write back. Once again, I hit up Walmart and found a great selection of Las Vegas postcards for 12 cents.
Once in a while we'd have letter writing days,
After we wrote back to a friend, their postcard was placed on the wall and we began to create a display of scenes across Oregon.
I think in all we received 20 postcards. It was fun to walk down the hall and have this reminder of friends who cared about us. And a reminder of what a beautiful state Oregon is! Once I take them down I plan to punch a hole in the cards and keep them together with a binder ring. A fun little flip book of memories.