EScape_0508_US-400px Do you recognize this sonnet?
Q4U How do ILU?
Let me count d waz.
BFF EBeth*
That's my paraphrase of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's beautiful love letter to her beloved Robert - if they were on the same calling plan.
How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and
breadth and height
My soul can reach,
when feeling out of sight 
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

Yep, I'm such a hoot. (I'm embarrassed to tell you how much time I spent researching chat room abbreviations to write this.)
Seriously, my Grandma Heaton stayed in school through the third grade just so she could learn cursive writing. (Both Grandma and Grandpa had to quit school to work on their family farms. Grandpa only made it to the first grade.) She was so proud of her penmanship. She labored over her letters to make every character and every word was just right – and they were poetry 
I was the opposite of my Grandma Heaton. My Dad used to make me type my letters home from college because he couldn't read my handwriting (on a manual typewriter no less). But, oh, how I loved getting their letters both when I was in college and when I moved across country with my husband and new baby.
More recently, I thought it was silly that my mother-in-law wrote me letters when she just lived up the street. Although they were sometimes full of unsolicited advice, they were sincere and heart felt. With my grandparents and parents gone now, I treasure every single letter they wrote. I sincerely hope we don't lose the art and gift of letter writing
Well, that's what this month's Stampin' Up! eScape promotion is about, helping us remember those days when we got letters in our mailbox instead of our inbox. You can find the details of the eScape promotion and all the latest Stampin' Up! specials at my Stampin' Up! web site, here: Stampin' with LMac.
Stay tuned – We're just five days away from Stampin' Up!'s release of the list of stamps that will retire in mid-August. Care to wager which stamp sets you think are on the list?
*Translation: "Question for you. How do I love you? Let me count the ways. I love you anytime, anywhere, anyplace, forever and ever. Love you, kiss you, already miss you. Best friend forever, Elizabeth"

Sweet Comments

  1. that is too cute!! I love it…great promo!

  2. First, your poem was TOO STINKIN’ CUTE! I’ve already told my SU demo to order this for me.
    One blog that I visit had a contest (she emailed it to her customers — local and by-mail ones) about the retiring sets. Here is her offer:
    Giving away 3 prizes to the top 3 entries who have the MOST correct guesses:
    1st: Choose either a $10 SU! gift certificate to redeem in July on retiring merchandise OR a goodie bag filled with retiring items…items such as papers, ribbons, Rub-ons etc.
    2nd: Receive which ever prize the 1st place winner didn’t choose.
    3rd: set of 4 cards made with her favorite retiring stamp set, plus 1/2 sheet of each of this years In Colors.
    *Hostess sets and sets that are part of kits do not qualify.

  3. Laura Pertot says:

    Once again I have been entertained by your blog! If I wasn’t a demo, I’d buy from you just to keep you in business! Love the stories about the hand-written letters. I have so many letters I’ve kept, and my favorite is one my Dad wrote to me when I was in college…a LONG time ago! I lost my Dad to cancer at a young age, so you can imagine what that letter means to me. I really should get off the ‘puter now and go write a note to someone I love!