Friday, November 9, 2012

Good Mail Days

I have something to confess that is a little embarrassing.  Ever since I've been a mom one of the highlights of my day is getting the mail.  Are you laughing?  It's okay, you can laugh at me, I don't mind.  I can honestly say that I've forgotten to get the mail maybe twice in the last 18 years.  And I can confess that when someone beats me to it, I get a little annoyed.  I will also tell you that sometimes I also wait till the mailman gets down the driveway so I don't look too desperate.  Oh boy, now you are really laughing.

Most of all, I love what I call "a good mail day".  A good mail day is not just ads and bills, but maybe a little check from blogging, sometimes a package or maybe a magazine that I can sit and browse through.  Yesterday there were 3 packages waiting outside my mailbox- a good booksent from my mom (thank you, Mom!), a new nursing bra I had desperately ordered this weekend, and some cute Christmas presents I had bought on sale for the boys.  Isaac's bank statement told me he is a great saver and a careful spender, and that he is working hard while attending school.  Our basketball tickets came and I can't wait to cheer my Uncle John on this season.  It's going to be a good one.

I don't know why something so ordinary like a 'good mail day' makes me happy, but it does. Maybe it's because sometimes the day at home are long, or a little monotonous, or maybe it's just because I like a surprise here and there.  I haven't quite figured it out, but I never want to lose my gratitude for the little things in life that put a smile on my face.

56 comments:

  1. Fun post Sarah! That's one of the main reasons I love December so much. Happy mail every day! :)

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  2. Good mail days are such a wonderful surprise! Thank goodness for the little things - yes, even mail.

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  3. My husband loves to get the mail because he's always hoping he might open up a big check from a long lost relative:)) Crazy guy!

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  4. You are not alone! When I hear the clink of the mailbox I practically sprint to the door to retrieve the mail. Even the kids get excited now, and want to open something. I try to wait until the mail-lady is around the corner of the house before opening the door though. :)

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  5. You're not the only one! Ever feel disappointed when it's a holiday with no mail? That's me! Fun post!

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  6. I love mail too. So does my husband and we fight over who gets to the mailbox first on Saturdays. I usually let him win because I do get it Monday-Friday. We both have different ideas of what good mail is and what is junk though, so if he asks me what came and I say, "junk!" it usually means nothing for me and tons of magazine subscriptions for him. Christmas is coming soon and I love getting cards. I send so many in hopes of getting as many back.

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  7. This is so me! Several years ago, I actually made a scrapbook page with a picture of our mailbox and wrote about my love of "good mail days". And one of my Project 365 days was dedicated "good mail day". It is such a defining part of motherhood for me and I wanted to document how this very simple, daily act brings me an immense amount of daily joy.

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  8. It's the truth! Stay at home mom here too. Makes me feel like a retired grandma, who also are pretty swift with their mail retrieval!

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  9. It's the truth! Stay at home mom here too. Makes me feel like a retired grandma, who also are pretty swift with their mail retrieval!

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  10. I remember when my boys were little I couldn't wait for the mail too. We live in the country and have a l-o-n-g driveway and in the winter I would bundle them up and put them in their sled and haul them up the driveway for the mail. We were on a very limited one income and I would ask for magazine subscriptions for Christmas and my birthday...what a bonus it would be when a new magazine arrived in the mailbox.

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  11. Oh my goodness! I am laughing so hard - not AT you, but because I am the same EXACT way! Especially about waiting for the mailman to be out of view before I open the door to get the mail! So funny!!

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  12. I love the mail too! I always tell the kids to "bring me some Valentines", whether it's February or not. Good mail = valentines.

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  13. I am completely opposite. Oh I love to get fun stuff in the mail but that's very far and few, mostly it's junk and bills. I usually go a full week before checking the mailbox. I've even been known to have the mail-lady have to drive all the way up my 1/4mile long driveway to put my mail at my door with a little note saying the mailbox was overflowing. Sad, I know but as a single mama to three who has to work outside the home, bills are the LAST thing I want to see. I guess my mind says, 'out of sight, out of mind'. LOL.

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  14. I love that you share this. I wish we got more fun mail. I loved your post about imaginary friends as well. My husband teases me too.

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  15. I'm glad that I am not the only one! Great Post!

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  16. I love mail! I used to have a cloth diaper biz and so I received LOTS of fabric and what we all called fluff mail, cute diaper made by someone else. I love my Amazon CC btw, it makes for great mail days:)

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  17. I'm only laughing because I can totally relate! The other day we had an amazing mail day: my husband and I both got our magazines and my son got a (very belated) birthday check! Can't beat that!

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  18. I feel completely the same way. I am actually even more excited for my 2013 mail... I was told that at my baby shower, each guest is going to write me a note dated sometime in the first year of my baby's life. My friend will handle mailing them all so I will have thoughtful, handwritten notes for my first year of motherhood. I am just about to burst with excitement... we live in an isolated area a few hours from close friends and family, so the idea of getting sweet snailmail every so often warms my heart!

    But back to the present, I don't even mind catalogs this time of year. Beautiful Thanksgiving tables and glittery Christmas decor. Nothing I'd ever order, really, but fun to peruse!

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  19. I read the entire post nodding my head in agreement. I am the very same way and so is my husband. You can only imagine the race we have to get the mail. (I usually win!)

    Great post and thanks for making me feel normal! :)

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  20. I laughed through this because I am the same way! I wait to hear that the mail truck drove away...and then I am out the door : )
    A good mail day is piles of magazines (of course I will settle for one.) It makes me so happy - and of course the fam teases me.

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  21. My husband teases me that the only time I'm interested in the mail is during December when all those Christmas Cards start rolling in. :)

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  22. I am so with you! I love getting the mail, as well. We live in a city that has a lot of community locked mailboxes, so we love taking walks to the mailbox each and every day (sometimes twice if we go before it comes.) It looks like yours was an awesome mail day!

    Thanks for all the wonderful posts - I absolutely love reading your blog :)

    Kendra

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  23. I love this. I'm the same way. I love getting the mail....except when it's all bills or political ads which was really had the last few weeks here in Ohio.

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  24. I am a mail freak too but it goes back long before I was a Mom. My Dad always like to check the mail so I guess I get it from him. LOL That definitely looks like a good mail day to me!

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  25. Oh, this is so me!! Sometimes the kids will try to get the mail and I cry out "No!! It's my thing! Don't take away my thing!". I cannot for the life of me explain why I get such a kick out of getting the mail and going through it, but darn it, I'm sure glad to know I'm not the only one!

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  26. Wow! We all love mail so much, we should start doing pen pals again! Do people do that anymore?

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  27. I COMPLETELY AGREE! When I was down flat on my back for 7 months due to a twin pregnancy my doctor allowed me 3 things 1. shower 2. fix my own lunch if there was no one there to do it for me. 3. go outside to the end of my driveway and check the mail (I begged for this privilege). There were times when "helpful" children, family or neighbors would bring it in for me and I would almost cry. Okay - I honestly did cry a time or two when this occured. December is the best mail month of the year!

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  28. Good mail days are the best - it is one of the reason I love to send people cards. That little personal touch in the mailbox can brighten someone's day.

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  29. Are you kidding? Getting the mail at our house is also a very. important. thing! For the last 12 years, my husband COMES HOME FOR LUNCH everyday, just to get the mail! He springs out of bed on Saturday morning and heads straight to the mailbox. It's a very fun thing for me to tease him about. But I have to admit, it IS exciting to get the mail. Especially the fun mail!!

    I think my husbands main motive is to immediately sort, file the bills and throw away the junk. Never a scrappy piece of mail left lying around.

    Looks like you have lots of fun things to open!

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  30. Getting the mail seems to be one of the highlights of my day, too. I always try to do it before anyone else. I joined a site called Postcrossing.com where you send and receive postcards from all over the world. It really makes checking the mail even more fun!

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  31. Let us know how the book is, it looks good!

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  32. Totally laughing...because I am the same way!!

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  33. Yes, mail is wonderful. When it's all junk, I still try to make the most of it and take a few minutes to look it over. And soon it will be Christmas card time! Some of my favorite mail to receive.

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  34. I'm trying to find your bleach post. You are good at getting your whites white and I need the tip. Do you know where I can find it? thanks.
    tawnie 77 @ yahoo . com

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  35. The best mail day of all is when we return from our two weeks away in the summer. The mailman drops off the full basket of mail and I'm in heaven! One year, we decided to return a day early so I had to wait an extra 24 hours to get my hands on the mail. It was agony!

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  36. I love this - and I could very well have written the same first paragraph, waiting for the mailman to leave included. :) Thanks for sharing. Your posts always stick with me and encourage me to love mothering more and more.

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  37. I so agree! In an age of emails and texting and on-line everything, I adore receiving mail. Catalogs and magazines(while I do love my e-readers nothing compares to physically holding those glossy pages!), even flyers and coupons. The bills...I could do without those, ha! Thank you for being real. I read often, and often relate.

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  38. I'm the same way! I love knowing that something is coming in the mail almost as much as actually getting it!

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  39. I love mail too! So much fun. That reminds me, I haven't gotten it yet today....
    Mary, momma to many

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  40. You are definitely not alone - I LOVE mail! And, it looks like a lot of others do too. ;-)

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  41. I am guilty of waiting until our mailman is down the street before I go out and get the mail too. Don't want him to think I have nothing better to do than stand by the window waiting for him :)

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  42. My kids love the mail, too. But I love trash day. It's like getting a brand new fresh start every Tuesday:)

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  43. Same here! Although the mail man has been throwing me off lately by coming early one day and late the next. Maybe he's on to me, lol.

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  44. That's not crazy at all! I'm the exact same way! Unfortunately, I don't have many good mail days.

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  45. I am exactly like that. I am obsessed with the mail also. I love to be the first one to get it and I get so excited. I even give my mailman Christmas cookies when he comes around Christmas time, fresh from the oven. I was like this way before I was a mom too and I am always shocked by people who just forget to get their mail.

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  46. I'm the same way about mail. I LOVE it. I look for the mail truck parked out in the street everyday around 5:00. Yes I have to wait til 5:00 or later for the mail.

    I have been posting 30 Days of Giving Thanks on my blog Home Ec @ Home (I used to teach highschool Home Ec before becoming a stay at home Mom). You might enjoy my gratitude posts.

    www.homeecathome.com

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  47. I am a little sad that "good mail days" will never be the same as they used to be.

    As a young mom (ages ago),I loved the arrival of mail, too. My parents lives overseas and I have many friends around the world.

    A good mail day ... meant two or three long handwritten newsy letters from people that loved me.

    Today, I would take the fun packages, tickets and good news that was outside your door. :)

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  48. People can laugh at me too because I too wait for the mailman to come. I can hear the rumble of the mail truck from a block away and I get all giddy inside. I may not be expecting anything, but it's great to get a surprise sometimes :)

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  49. I love to get the mail too ! I always look forward to my magazines and packages (sometimes I forget what I have ordered) that makes it a fun day!

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  50. Congrats on the happy mail load!

    Please be sure to tell us what you think of the book. It looks great! I am so touched that your Mom is sending you parenting books to encourage you. Obviously you are doing a great job thus far! So sweet.

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  51. I am with you on every one of those things! A good mail day is the best!

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  52. I know my mailman - I'm happy to stand and wait for him when I hear the truck coming up the road.

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  53. Hilarious - I was just thinking about this the other day. I STILL love getting the mail too and I too am annoyed when someone beats me to it. LOL

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  54. ME TOO!! I love getting the mail, and I get incredibly sad when we either get no mail on a particular day or I have forgotten that it's a holiday.

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