Because Life is a Special Occasion

The day my husband (then fiancee) and I found out we were pregnant there were many mixed emotions. On the one hand, we had a solid relationship and knew we would provide more love to our baby than anyone possibly could. On the other, we were not in an ideal place in our lives for having a child. When we made the trip home to tell our families we were filled with both joy and trepidation; knowing that while ultimately they would be happy for us, a part of them felt the same as we did.

My grandmother, who I tell everything, already knew and had a card waiting for us when we arrived. It’s currently packed away as we get ready to move and to be honest, I can’t remember what the card said word for word. I do remember that it’s a soft yellow with a bouquet of flowers. Instead of a ‘Congratulations Card’ it was an ‘I Love You’ themed card. I remember the way the card made me feel inside. Happy, relieved and hopeful. The words written inside outlined the qualities she loved about both Jake and I. It highlighted the strengths of our relationship and the reasons why we would make great parents. Without me saying a word, my grandmother knew exactly what we needed to hear. Not only did she mean every word, but she was absolutely right. It’s nearly five years later and I have been proud of our little family every single moment.

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That’s the beauty of a greeting card. It expresses the words you want to say eloquently, but leaves room to fill in all the little pieces that mean so much. It’s experiences like this that made me realize just how much a greeting card can brighten someone’s day. Now I send them all the time because they shouldn’t be reserved just for holidays – after all, LIFE is a special occasion!

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This post is written on behalf of Hallmark by me. All opinions are 100% mine.

13 thoughts on “Because Life is a Special Occasion”

  1. Sometimes things come in our lives when we think we are not ready for them. Those are the times when we grow and learn the most about ourselves. :)

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  2. It is so true that a simple card can cheer you up and it’s a nice way to let someone know you’re thinking of them.

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  3. What an amazing story. I love that your grandmother had a card waiting for you, and that it was an “I Love You” card, rather than a blanket congratulations. During a time like an unexpected pregnancy, while happy and having that support system happy for you, can be daunting. I bet it was amazing to know that you had your grandmother by your side, full of love for you and your family.

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  4. I have a box full of cards that I can’t bare to part with. Each one has a special memory associated with it. Great program Hallmark has created!

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  5. The right greeting card can make any occasion all the more special. When you get a great card that fits you perfectly, it just lets you know that the person who gave it to you really knows you as a person.

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