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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6922 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6922 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2023 :  2:33:58 PM  Show Profile
Have you seen the new merit badge for 2023? It is called the Lost Art of Letter Writing. I am super excited for this badge! It's going to be so nice breaking away from technology for a moment and writing letters and cards to other people. I was also thinking this could be a good spot for others looking for a pen pal to complete this badge. A pen pal is needed for the expert badge, so I know I will be looking for one soon.

Here is the link to the badge requirements.
http://www.farmgirlsisterhood.org/badges-eo-lost_art_of_letter_writing.asp

Krista

suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

4365 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
4365 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2023 :  3:19:29 PM  Show Profile
Ohhhh, awesome! I have a pen pal from here in the states, this forum actually and one overseas! I've loved letter writing for such a long time now! This may just be the beginning of the firsts of my badges! Thanks Krista!! :)

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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LauraBell
True Blue Farmgirl

284 Posts

Laura
Corpus Christi TX
USA
284 Posts

Posted - Jan 04 2023 :  11:39:32 AM  Show Profile
I am so excited about this one too! I have already started putting together my happy mail supply box and I've started reading a book I've had on my shelf Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh.

I just listed a swap for happy mail supplies inspired by our new merit badge opportunity. I am so looking forward to writing letters again.

Laura



Happy to be Farmgirl Sister #7286
Farmgirl of the Month October 2022

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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6922 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6922 Posts

Posted - Jan 04 2023 :  2:34:13 PM  Show Profile
Laura, that sounds like such a fun swap. I need to start looking into what letter writing supplies I already have and get them put together.

Krista
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Dreamer42
True Blue Farmgirl

2691 Posts

April
Central Oregon
USA
2691 Posts

Posted - Jan 04 2023 :  4:52:05 PM  Show Profile
This one is definately getting me excited to start my merit badges again. Laura, your book share interested me, so I looked for it online, wow, this is an expensive book via Amazon, etc... I did find a gently used copy on Ebay for under $18.00, excited to read. Thank you for sharing!

Dreamer42
Farmgirl Sister #7038
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suny58
True Blue Farmgirl

4365 Posts

Dianna
Jack Al.
USA
4365 Posts

Posted - Jan 04 2023 :  5:43:49 PM  Show Profile
Oh April!!! That still sounds expensive but worth it! Its a beautiful book! I'd been wanting to use mine for ephemera and a junk journal I've been working on but now I must reread it before tearing it up, lol. I'm not really going to tear it up, just scan the pages. ;) you can borrow mine if you want or check your library before you spend??

I live this badge idea and Laura's swap idea!!

Farmgirl #7103
FGOTM January 2018
Dianna
"Blessed are they that see beautiful things in humble places, where other people see nothing." Pissarro
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Jokamartell
True Blue Farmgirl

1539 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
1539 Posts

Posted - Jan 04 2023 :  6:35:26 PM  Show Profile
I ordered some of the other books for the recommended ones. I don’t have any yet though. I’m happy to lend them out when I get them. I used to have the snail mail book…hmmmm…wonder what happened to it! Lol

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
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Allison Clark
Chapter Guru / Farmgirl Guide / Sharpshooter

76 Posts

Allie
Nacona Texas
USA
76 Posts

Posted - Jan 04 2023 :  6:42:46 PM  Show Profile
I am very excited to work on this merit badge. I have already started to make a stationary box, I have been reading or listening to the book If you find this letter by Hannah Brencher. I love this book Y'all need to read it. I am not much of a letter writer but I make cards and write a little something on the card. I have already signed up for 2 swaps. I am so happy that this is a new merit badge. I get to make things and give them away this is one of my most favorite thing to do.

Allison Allie Clark
Farmgirl #8292
Farmgirl Guide, Sharpshooter, Chapter Guru,
Farmgirl sister for the Month of November 2021


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debbieklann
Sharpshooter/Schoolmarm

767 Posts

Debbie
Madras OR
USA
767 Posts

Posted - Jan 04 2023 :  7:21:04 PM  Show Profile
Allie, I just ordered that book today….I’m really excited to read it!

Debbie Klann
Farmgirl Sister #770
2018 Farmgirl of the Year

"Well behaved women seldom make history"....Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

9321 Posts

Denise
Beavercreek Ohio
USA
9321 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2023 :  3:35:24 PM  Show Profile
Well this would be right up my alley. I have numerous penpals just have to look into this one.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"I am a bookaholic and I have no desire to be cured."

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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Jokamartell
True Blue Farmgirl

1539 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
1539 Posts

Posted - Jan 05 2023 :  4:44:26 PM  Show Profile
Allie and Debbie, I ordered that book too…just waiting for it to arrive…

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
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LauraBell
True Blue Farmgirl

284 Posts

Laura
Corpus Christi TX
USA
284 Posts

Posted - Jan 06 2023 :  07:00:13 AM  Show Profile
Thanks for the recommendation - I just found If You Find This Letter on audible and I can't wait to listen to it. And I had no idea that Snail Mail had gotten so expensive. It's been on my shelf for a while. It is such a pretty book with lots of great art.





Happy to be Farmgirl Sister #7286
Farmgirl of the Month October 2022
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AndreaPA
True Blue Farmgirl

537 Posts

Andrea
Factoryville PA
USA
537 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2023 :  05:16:33 AM  Show Profile
I'm excited about this merit badge also. I signed up for Laura's swap which is going to be so much fun!
I would love to have a pen pal. Any farmgirl will do, I'm not picky. Also, very interested to correspond with a parent or guardian of autism/special needs child or adult.

Andrea
Farmgirl# 8166
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tigger9777
Schoolmarm / Chapter Leader & Guru / FG Guide

152 Posts

Candy
Oakley CA
USA
152 Posts

Posted - Jan 08 2023 :  7:58:30 PM  Show Profile
I ordered 2 of the books to read and add to my lending library: A simple act of gratitude and The art of writing the personal letter. The 2 books just arrived in time because a fellow MJF sister is visiting an a couple days and we will make our letter stations together. Looking forward to getting started this week.
Candy

Sister # 8283
Farmgirl of the Year 2022
Farmgirl of the Month Dec 2021
Farmgirl Guide
Farmgirl Guru
Farmgirl Sharpshooter
Farmgirl Chapter Leader
"Everything Counts, Someday Eventually"
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GinnyBelle
True Blue Farmgirl

506 Posts

Hannah
West Lafayette IN
USA
506 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2023 :  03:02:14 AM  Show Profile
I signed up for Laura's swap also! My first swap in over a year and I am extremely excited about it.

Candy- How wonderful to have a friend to do that with! I keep hoping a farmgirl (or twenty) will pop up close to me! Haha!

Farmgirl #6994

Sunshine Mixed With A Little Hurricane
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6922 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6922 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2023 :  1:08:49 PM  Show Profile
Candy, that sounds like so much fun. I also wish I had a closer Farmgirl to work alongside. Too bad we all live so far away from each other.

Krista
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LauraBell
True Blue Farmgirl

284 Posts

Laura
Corpus Christi TX
USA
284 Posts

Posted - Jan 17 2023 :  05:57:28 AM  Show Profile
I just finished reading Snail Mail and would be happy to lend it out to anyone that would like to read it. Just send me a message :) it was a pretty quick read and is very pretty to look at.

I'm almost done with my audio version of If You Find This Letter too - yay!

Laura

Happy to be Farmgirl Sister #7286
Farmgirl of the Month October 2022
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Jokamartell
True Blue Farmgirl

1539 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
1539 Posts

Posted - Jan 17 2023 :  6:32:40 PM  Show Profile
Laura, I would love to hear what you think of “If You Find This Letter”. I’m about 1/2 way through…

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
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debbieklann
Sharpshooter/Schoolmarm

767 Posts

Debbie
Madras OR
USA
767 Posts

Posted - Jan 17 2023 :  6:57:28 PM  Show Profile
What do you think of it, Karen? I’m working on it right now.

Debbie Klann
Farmgirl Sister #770
2018 Farmgirl of the Year

"Well behaved women seldom make history"....Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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Jokamartell
True Blue Farmgirl

1539 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
1539 Posts

Posted - Jan 17 2023 :  7:00:34 PM  Show Profile
Debbie, I don’t want to ruin it for anyone…but I’m not sure it’s what I expected it to be…does that make sense? I’m enjoying it though.

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
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debbieklann
Sharpshooter/Schoolmarm

767 Posts

Debbie
Madras OR
USA
767 Posts

Posted - Jan 17 2023 :  7:05:54 PM  Show Profile
Yes, it does!!! I’ve been thinking the same thing.

Debbie Klann
Farmgirl Sister #770
2018 Farmgirl of the Year

"Well behaved women seldom make history"....Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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LauraBell
True Blue Farmgirl

284 Posts

Laura
Corpus Christi TX
USA
284 Posts

Posted - Jan 17 2023 :  7:55:10 PM  Show Profile
It's been a little bit of a surprise to me too. I still have about 2 hours to listen to finish it up. I will be interested to see how it turns out. More thoughts to come.....

Happy to be Farmgirl Sister #7286
Farmgirl of the Month October 2022
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6922 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6922 Posts

Posted - Jan 18 2023 :  12:34:01 PM  Show Profile
I have been trying to decide which book to read and was going to pick "If You Find This Letter". Do you 3 suggest I pick something different? LOL I'm not so sure now if you all feel it's different than expected.

Krista
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debbieklann
Sharpshooter/Schoolmarm

767 Posts

Debbie
Madras OR
USA
767 Posts

Posted - Jan 18 2023 :  5:56:07 PM  Show Profile
It’s a little different than what I expected but it’s still holding my interest. It’s an easy read.

Debbie Klann
Farmgirl Sister #770
2018 Farmgirl of the Year

"Well behaved women seldom make history"....Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
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LauraBell
True Blue Farmgirl

284 Posts

Laura
Corpus Christi TX
USA
284 Posts

Posted - Jan 18 2023 :  6:29:38 PM  Show Profile
I think it's an easy read - just not as focused on letter writing as I expected. It could surprise me in the end though.

Laura

Happy to be Farmgirl Sister #7286
Farmgirl of the Month October 2022
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Jokamartell
True Blue Farmgirl

1539 Posts

Karen
Kennewick WA
USA
1539 Posts

Posted - Jan 18 2023 :  6:32:57 PM  Show Profile
I would agree with Laura and Debbie. Not what I thought but easy to read and I’m enjoying it. :)

Karen :)

To quote one of my past preschoolers “Not one of those Karens, but a good Karen”! Haha
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