OK! I'm finally getting around to making a post - wa hoo! It's not for lack of WANTING to post … I've just been busy with life! Nothing exciting. You know how it goes. One day one kid is sick. Next day you take the dog to the groomers. Next day is "Costco" run. Next day is "WTH do I do with this much broccoli" day. Next day is "hurry up and wait for the freezer-repair-man" day … and on and on and on. Y'all know EXACTLY what I'm talking about. You're running all day long, no time to brush your teeth in the day but come bed time, she your husband asks what you did all day you have no reply!
So here I sit, drinking my tea … not knowing what to do with myself now that I have an hour to relax! Lord knows I can't do THAT … so I'll blog about how I have no time to relax! Makes sense, right? Hee hee. Ya … I *may* have a bit of cabin fever today and *may* be cracking up … stay tuned on that!
Now! Today's post just makes my heart smile to bursting!! It is all about one of my favourite subjects. Mr. Dan.
Ahhhh Mr. Dan. The man I love whom I have never met. Mr. Dan.
Are you familiar with his story? No? Maybe you are but you don't remember. His story went viral at the end of 2016. He was the topic of MANY "feel good stories of 2016". His story has been carried by news stations and newspapers around the world. Ring any bells? No? Check. It. Out.
OMG - gets me every. single. time.
This smile … this face … this friendship.
So. I saw their story in the fall. I instantly started following Tara (mom) on Facebook. I couldn't get enough of their story or their pictures. Shortly after I started following her, Tara said Mr. Dan loved getting mail and posted a picture of his PO box. If anyone wanted to send a card or letter they could. WELL! NATURALLY I sent one out the next day. I sent him a Christmas card a few months later. Fast forward to December 23rd. I was walking Doodles and stopped to check the mail. I found a letter that I thought was from Craig's elderly aunt. I turned the card over to see who it was from ...
A few weeks later I was at the mailbox again and found ANOTHER note from Mr. Dan. AGAIN I could have been knocked down with a feather. I felt SO honoured to have received not one but TWO hand written notes from this man I had never met. What an amazing soul. Well. Need I say more? This man and his BFF have my heart and they make me want to be a better person. Every week Tara posts pictures of the friends and it makes me all warm and fuzzy for days. That got me thinking. What can I do to keep this ripple going? What can I do for someone to make them smile? Then it hit me. If Mr. Dan has sent ME a note both times I sent one to him then man must be sung a LOT of stationary and/or cards … what do I do? I make cards! So! Wouldn't it be lovely to send him a package of LOTS AND LOTS AND LOTS of blank card that he can then send to people who write to him? … or to his friends who have a birthday … or when he needs a sympathy card … and on and on and on?
There it is. The birth of "Operation Mr. Dan"! I put out the call to my amazing and generous friends. Six of them are coming over this Saturday and everyone is chipping in to purchase and send at least 70 notecards and envelopes. Here are the designs I came up with. Quick, easy and "man mail-able" (i.e. not too foofy or flowery for an 82 year old gentleman to send).
The Thinking of You is from the hostess set "Time of Year" and the Hashtag in the background is from "You've Got This". They are stamped in Sahara Sand and Early Espresso … or maybe it's Chocolate Chip … but I don't think so … and now I forget *lol* … anyway - it's brown ...
This one is my fave. So simple and so perfect for him to send! The ballon is punched out of Basic Black using the Up and Thinlit dies ($40)
- the sentiment is from the coordinating stamp set Lift Me Up ($26 clear; $36 wood)
Of course you save 10% when you buy both the thinlits and the stamp set bundled together for $59.25 clear; $68.25 wood
Notecards. $8.00. You get 20 of them. You can get them in Whisper White or Crumb Cake. Best. Deal. Ever.
Life is good.
Pass it on.
Have a happy night My Friends.