The Letter

February 1, 2012 | 7 comments


I found the letter the other day on the top shelf of the closet, where all the forgotten things go.

It was the only letter my father-in-law ever wrote to me. His stationery: a piece of paper ripped from a spiral-bound notebook. I excavated the note from an old paper bag, and held it in my hands, this artifact of my life story. How could I have forgotten?

I’m telling the rest of the story today over at The High Calling. Will you join me there? (Click here.)

But before you go …

This month, at The High Calling, we’re launching a series exploring the joys and struggles of marriage, broaching the topic from multiple angles for the sake of helping, healing, and considering.

The series begins today, with the story of my father-in-law’s letter. Now, we invite you to tell YOUR story on the topic of marriage. You may focus on yourself, your grandparents, your best friends, or someone else.

Maybe you’re feeling a little unsure about where to begin? Here’s a writing tip that I regularly use while writing. Try zeroing in on a detail—a bowl of soup, a bouquet of flowers, a letter. Let that detail capture a moment and help drive the story.

Then, publish your story at your blog or in Facebook Notes. Link up here by February 10. We’ll publish highlights from the participants on February 15.

The linky is now open! (NOTE: We’ll return to God-Bumps & God-Incidences next week.)

by | February 1, 2012 | 7 comments


  1. Christina

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing this story.

  2. Joan

    That’s a beautiful story, Jennifer! Thanks for sharing your heart!

  3. Megan Willome

    After this week alone with my hubby, I may have something to say.

    Loved your piece. As you know, my daughter’s name is Jennifer, but we call her J.J. I’ve always wondered if someone will call her Jenny someday.

  4. Linda

    Beautiful! Sometimes putting a message in writing adds richness and depth that the spoken word might not. Then, too, you have his words in writing to cherish forever. Thanks for sharing this exquisite story.


  5. Hazel I Moon

    Accepted and belonging. I am so happy that he put it into a letter so you could discover it again and enjoy the love that he showed to you.

  6. Abigail

    My father-in-law was the person who warmed up to me the slowest when my ex-husband and I first got together. Now, years after we’ve separated, he is the one who has loved me the longest and the most. I still call him Dad.

  7. Simply Darlene

    It only took me 500 years to get my linky-do-hicky to work. My apologies if dozens of links to my place appear.

    What a blessing to be covered in in-law love.



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