Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Marian ATC Swap

For most of May I meant to post about the great Marian ATC swap that Kimberlee from Pondered in My Heart was hosting.  It seemed like some activity or minor disaster incident would crop up to distract me every time I even thought of sitting down and blogging about it.  The fact that I never got around to blogging about it in the first place irritated me.  I took pictures of Ellie carefully crafting a card for that blog post that never was.  If only time would cooperate with me sometimes.....

Before I knew it it was time to mail away the cards we had created and I took a few snapshots of the cards my girls had joyfully created [and the ones I drew up on what was my last 2 1/2 hours of child-free mom time for the school year--not counting the lovely afternoon break my parents gave me yesterday].  The girls were eager to see what cards would come in the mail for them and they were hopeful that they might even find out who got their cards. Imagine my delight when the day ours arrived I recognized one of the cards Ellie received and the name (and handwriting) of another little girl I read about online.  Even better was when I got word from one of the bloggers that her daughter received Ellie's pink Blessed Mother card. I recall that we had a little dispute about that card.  I said the Blessed Mother likes to wear blue and she told me that she thinks Mary likes pink. I backed off and let the little artist work her magic.
Ellie's Cards

Madeline's Cards

My Cards
Yesterday our mail carrier delivered our new Marian ATCs.  Ellie was delighted as she looked through her cards while she waited for me to finish making her PB&J sandwich.  She carefully inspected each card and asked me the names of the kids who made them.  She was quite excited about the cards.

Madeline was very happy to see that the cards finally arrived.  She's been asking me almost daily since the day after we mailed ours out if I knew when the cards would arrive. She was thrilled to see her new cards.  They were the first thing she mentioned to Bryan when he came home from work.  Proof that they ranked pretty high on her priority list for the day.

And lastly we have the cards I received.  I was particularly impressed by the creativity of the mom who crafted the lovely card that reminds me of a scrapbook page.  I'm glad I decided at the last minute to join in on the fun.  I had seriously doubted my ability to make a card that didn't contain stick figures and so I was resolved to not participate.  I'm glad I decided to join in on the fun.

If you participated in the Marian ATC swap please consider blogging about your new artwork and linking to the Mr. Linky Kimberlee set up on her blog.

Summer has just begun and I'm already looking forward to the All Saint's ATC Swap that Kimberlee has  graciously offered to host.  The girls and I are already excited and even Bryan is interested to see what cards will come to us to celebrate his birthday. (He's an All Saint's Day baby which is a good thing because he needs a whole communion of saints to pray for him.  In fact, he even gave the girls an idea for a card.)


  1. It looks like you received some very lovely cards!

    We had such fun participating in the swap.

    Thank you for sharing.

    God bless!

  2. Beautiful cards and great story!


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