greetingStory: A Revolutionary Greeting Card to Capture Family Memories
I often wish that I had a sample of one of my ancestor’s handwriting – a note that they wrote about their life, a letter, a diary page, or anything showing a piece of who they were. So, I try to do everything I can to preserve my living relative’s memories now – for people like me in 100 years.
I love finding out what my grandparents’ childhood memories are, what they liked to eat for family gatherings, and how they viewed the world. Gathering these kinds of memories from my relatives who are still living brings me so much joy. It’s truly a delightful process!
Yet, I’ve never fully thought about a method to capture memories in their own handwriting. That’s one of the reasons why I’m excited to share a new product with you called greetingStory. (This is an affiliate link. I’m happy to be promoting such a great product. If you click the link and make the purchase, we receive a commission).
From the creators of Pass it Down, greetingStory is a revolutionary greeting card that helps families capture their memories! When you subscribe, greeting cards with biographical questions are sent to your relative monthly. They write their answer and send it back in a pre-paid envelope. Every card includes a QR code on the back, allowing the user to upload a loved one’s story into the Pass It Down platform. Pass it Down is a storytelling website that helps record and preserve family memories.
I recently had the privilege to video chat with Chris Cummings, the founder of Pass it Down. Chris started Pass it Down after his mother died at a young age and he wished he would have asked her more about her life. His company’s vision to make preserving memories simple and fun is laudable. Yet my favorite part of the Pass it Down vision is their plan to combat loneliness in the elderly. My children and I make an effort to send mail to our grandparents since we live far away and want to stay connected. I wish we sent mail to them more often! Pass it Down’s greeting cards answers that wish. Subscribing to their service means that a card is regularly sent. During our chat, I also shared my desire to preserve my own children’s memories and thoughts in their childhood. I experimented a bit with preserving my 3-year-old daughter’s memories with the Pass it Down website. Using the audio feature, I asked:
She responded, “Me! At Joy School! I’m good at making food!”
We had just learned at preschool that you can be your own super hero when you recognize your own strengths.
“What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“A Mom. I like to cook and look on the computer.”
This made me laugh. An accurate description of how I spend much of my time.
Chris shared with me that they are working on another greeting card set especially for children. I’m looking forward to it!
Chris sent me a few samples of greetingStory to review and my kids and I enjoyed checking them out. The cards are beautiful and high quality.
I set the cards out for my children with a pedigree chart to help them decide who to send the cards to. If you want to receive the cards first and then mail them to your loved one, you can order a set of cards all at once here: greetingStory Memory Box. After checking the stories that we already had, I realized that the card that asked “How did your parents meet and fall in love” hadn’t been answered already by my Grandma Elder. We sent her that card along with a drawing from my daughter. On the back of the envelope I wrote that I’d be coming to Utah to visit in a week and that I hoped to visit her.
Grandma Elder called excitedly a few days later telling me that she had typed up a whole story about her parents first few days as newlyweds. One of their first nights as a married couple, it was very cold outside and a mouse found it’s way into their bed! It made our visit extra special to have a family story to laugh about!
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