This week I was inspired by Rachel Held Evans and her explanation of Proverbs 31, a well known biblical poem about wisdom. In her post, she explains that the Hebrew phrase for “woman of valor” is “eshet chayil“. You’ll recognize these words in our bibles as “virtuous woman”.
Rachel’s Jewish friend, Ahava, shared with her “that she and her friends cheer one another on with the blessing, celebrating everything from promotions, to pregnancies, to acts of mercy and justice, to battles with cancer with a hearty “eshet chayil”!
I love it.
Ok, maybe over a decade ago, snail mail was just something I did. Often. Birthdays and anniversaries were regular occasions for me to send a card to friends and family.
I was OVERLY organized about this.
In fact, my grandmother received her birthday card on October 29 even though I was in the hospital after having a baby on October 28. (I mailed it in the morning before I went into labor)
Truthfully, my Gema’s birthday in 2002 might be the last birthday card that I sent on time. Or at all. Ever again.
Motherhood completely disrupted my overly organized methods to remember special occasions. I just couldn’t keep up with cards every month anymore.
But I missed sending cards! I missed taking the time to write a note of encouragement to folks who were important to me. There had to be a solution for my disorganization.
Then it hit me…