It’s A Boy!

That’s right. Last week I adopted a servicemember and I got an Airman. This week my daughter Sofia sent him a fun “letter.” She wrote him a message—spread out over 19 postcards! We’re calling it a Postcard Scramble. As you’ll see, it’s pretty easy.

Postcard Scramble

  1. Write your message on a piece of paper. This way you know how many postcards you need.
  2. Write one word of your message on each postcard.
  3. Above each word, identify where it falls within the message. So “Dear” was 1 of 19. His name was 2 of 19 and so on.
  4. Address and add postage—35¢ for postcards.
  5. We shuffled them and mailed in batches of 4 or 5 over a few days because we’re hoping to make more than one mail call.

Here they are after she finished writing (and before I added his info). On two of the cards she put more than one word because, “they are important.”  Can you solve the scramble?

Postcard Scramble idea for deployed servicemember

Sofia’s Message

Dear Drew*

My mom adopted you so that kinda makes you my big brother 🙂 Thank you for your service. ❤ Sofia

Originally she didn’t want to add the number system (1 of 19 etc) but, there’s a fine line between fun and annoying. Plus I wanted to make sure the right message came across: that we care that he’s out there and that we are grateful for all he’s doing.

*name changed for privacy

© Gina left the mall, 2015

14 thoughts on “It’s A Boy!

  1. I am so glad that you are back to blogging and sharing your great ideas, Gina! This post card puzzle sounds like it will brings smiles several times; mail call (more mail the merrier), while working out the puzzle, and when Sophia’s lovely message is clear at the end! Are you able to share the name of the organization you adopt your service member through?

  2. Gina the postcard scramble sounds like fun, I have sent letters that were on a “puzzle” then you took it apart and mailed it in an envelope then they put it together. I have also sent a letter in a plastic fish pencil case then taped the address and postage to the outside…the postal clerk was a bit perplexed ha,ha. If you need any help just let me know!

    • Paula,
      I’ve seen the “puzzle” you speak of (which is fun) but I’ve never heard of the pencil case! Lol…it sounds great. If I were supporting someone who loved fishing, I would steal that idea! It also makes me think of other possible shapes. I will keep you posted if I try this. And yes, I will let you know if I need a hand. Thank you!!

  3. That’s a really fun idea. When I was deployed I sent a puzzle postcard to my (then) young son, but never thought of sending one in the other direction.

  4. Yay!!! Hi Gina, it’s Kyndal. I saw that you adopted a new service member and that it is a Airman. That is so awesome. Hey Gina, I saw your precious daughter Sofia’s message to your adopted airman. She is so sweet and so precious and has such a big heart. Atta girl Sofia!! 🙂 Great job Hey Gina, hope you won’t mind if I ask you this, sometime if you get to talk to or you get to hear from your adopted airman, will you tell him that I say “Thank You” to him for his wonderful service to our country.

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