Jenny’s Rainy Day Letter (Hope in an Envelope 8)

Yay! Jenny is herewith her very own Rainy Day Letter. This letter is short and sweet, but don’t let the brevity fool you. In her wisdom, she packed a whole lot of permission and care into this gem.  

(Are you new here? A Rainy Day Letter is a message you write to yourself when you are having a good day, so you can read it on your bad days. It’s like a helping hand, but from yourself. I’d love to add yours to this growing collection. The original post that started the Hope in an Envelope collection is here: The Opportunity in Setbacks and Rainy Days Letters.)

Jenny is @jenrenpody on twitter, and her lovely new blog is Tranquilamama.wordpress.com.   She is a PPD SpeakEasy regular, and if everything goes according to plan, you will be able to hear her beautiful voice on the support phone chat tomorrow night. Click here to sign up for this free conference call, where you can share your story or just listen. I hope to have you with us.
Now passing the mic to Jenny: 
 

Jenny’s Rainy Day Letter

My dearest Jen,

It has been a difficult sixteen months, but you have made it.  You have emerged from the veil of postpartum depression and anxiety.  You finally recognize the girl you see in the mirror.  You are a little wiser, and there’s a trace of pain in your eyes from last year.  That pain has deepened your compassion and empathy for others.  You are funny, intelligent, strong, wise, and kind.
Sweetheart, you are humming and smiling again.  Your girls are soaking up all the love, attention and affection.  They love to your spontaneous dancing and singing parties.  The girls are better than okay.  They are thriving.  You have always been an attentive mom, but now you are really enjoying your girls.  You are able to relax and just be present in the moment which would have been impossible just a few short months ago.  Look at how far you have come!  Life isn’t always easy, but you know that you can overcome any challenge. Look at how much stronger your relationship with your husband is.  You took the time to really listen and understand how this has affected him.  Your relationship is not perfect by any means, but you realize how fortunate you were to have his support during this difficult time.

Give yourself permission to worry and feel overwhelmed from time to time.  It is a part of motherhood.  Continue to reach out to your family and friends.  Continue to acknowledge and name your feelings.  Your honesty has deepened your relationships by letting your loves ones see your vulnerability.  You are so loved.  Never lose sight of that!

Love and hugs,

Jenny

– – –

Don’t you just love this? I’m crying the good kind of tears.
Again, Jenny has a shiny new blog, please hop over there to give her some love.

Comment magic:

Talk to Jenny, talk to me, talk to you.
Tell her: what parts of her letter touched you?
Tell me: what do you need to hear when you are down? 

Tell you: what do you love about you most? How can that help you feel better when you are in a slump?

As always, all the love in the world to all who read.
Whether you comment or not, may the joy be with you.

P.S. I’ve been working on a shiny new sweet thing, and Jenny (and a couple of other moms you may have met on this blog) has been helping with it. It’s a free Facebook refueling station for moms. It’s not quite ready yet, I hope to have it go live in the next few days. If you want to be invited to the opening, “Like” this page: https://www.facebook.com/mamas.comfort.camp

10 Responses to Jenny’s Rainy Day Letter (Hope in an Envelope 8)
  1. […] Rach (my intro to this letter has more hints for how and why to write one to yourself.) Story Jessica Susan Nicole Becky Sarah Jenny Andrea […]

  2. Jenny
    March 18, 2012 | 10:06 pm

    Cindy, thank you so much for your kind words. This is exactly why I wrote this letter “It will act as a constant reminder of becoming who you want to become:)”
    Jenny recently posted..Rainy day letter

  3. Cindy
    March 17, 2012 | 10:31 am

    Definitely print it. Print everything that reminds you of how strong you are, print your idols, print your goals. It will act as a constant reminder of becoming who you want to become:)
    Cindy recently posted..Games as a hobby

  4. Jenny
    March 16, 2012 | 2:22 pm

    Margaret, thank you so much. The most healing part of writing this letter was seeing how much progress I have made. I cannot wait to read your letter.
    Jenny recently posted..Rainy day letter

  5. Margaret (mammacockatoo)
    March 14, 2012 | 11:54 pm

    Beautiful, Jenny! I’m so happy for you, both for how far you’ve come, and for your ability to see it.

    Funny story: I have just been thinking about writing my own, came to Yael’s blog to find the original post about it… and found yours! I’m so glad I did.
    Margaret (mammacockatoo) recently posted..Time to write my rainy day letter?

  6. Jenny
    March 13, 2012 | 10:08 pm

    Frelle,
    Thank you so much for coming here and commenting. I appreciate it. I am so glad that you find it inspiring. That warms my heart.
    Jenny recently posted..Rainy day letter

  7. Frelle
    March 13, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    This is a beautiful letter. Full of truth, and hope, and genuine affection of who you are, from yourself. Its a wonderful and inspiring letter to read. So glad to read your words here!! *HUG*
    Frelle recently posted..Tuesday Tunes : Liam and Caera’s Playlist, Vol. 1

  8. Jenny
    March 13, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Thank you so much Rach! I am going to print this letter off as a reminder to myself. I want to keep coming back and rereading it.
    Jenny recently posted..Rainy day letter

  9. Rach (DonutsMama)
    March 13, 2012 | 10:31 am

    So proud of you!! Remember these words you wrote here–you are much stronger than you know.
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently posted..Great Expectations: The Look of Love

  10. Rainy day letter | tranquilamama
    March 12, 2012 | 11:04 am

    […] sweet voice on a PPD Speakeasy call to write a rainy day letter to myself.  Please join me over at http://www.ppdtojoy.com/blog/jenny/ for my rainy day […]

Jenny’s Rainy Day Letter (Hope in an Envelope 8)

Yay! Jenny is herewith her very own Rainy Day Letter. This letter is short and sweet, but don’t let the brevity fool you. In her wisdom, she packed a whole lot of permission and care into this gem.  

(Are you new here? A Rainy Day Letter is a message you write to yourself when you are having a good day, so you can read it on your bad days. It’s like a helping hand, but from yourself. I’d love to add yours to this growing collection. The original post that started the Hope in an Envelope collection is here: The Opportunity in Setbacks and Rainy Days Letters.)

Jenny is @jenrenpody on twitter, and her lovely new blog is Tranquilamama.wordpress.com.   She is a PPD SpeakEasy regular, and if everything goes according to plan, you will be able to hear her beautiful voice on the support phone chat tomorrow night. Click here to sign up for this free conference call, where you can share your story or just listen. I hope to have you with us.
Now passing the mic to Jenny: 
 

Jenny’s Rainy Day Letter

My dearest Jen,

It has been a difficult sixteen months, but you have made it.  You have emerged from the veil of postpartum depression and anxiety.  You finally recognize the girl you see in the mirror.  You are a little wiser, and there’s a trace of pain in your eyes from last year.  That pain has deepened your compassion and empathy for others.  You are funny, intelligent, strong, wise, and kind.
Sweetheart, you are humming and smiling again.  Your girls are soaking up all the love, attention and affection.  They love to your spontaneous dancing and singing parties.  The girls are better than okay.  They are thriving.  You have always been an attentive mom, but now you are really enjoying your girls.  You are able to relax and just be present in the moment which would have been impossible just a few short months ago.  Look at how far you have come!  Life isn’t always easy, but you know that you can overcome any challenge. Look at how much stronger your relationship with your husband is.  You took the time to really listen and understand how this has affected him.  Your relationship is not perfect by any means, but you realize how fortunate you were to have his support during this difficult time.

Give yourself permission to worry and feel overwhelmed from time to time.  It is a part of motherhood.  Continue to reach out to your family and friends.  Continue to acknowledge and name your feelings.  Your honesty has deepened your relationships by letting your loves ones see your vulnerability.  You are so loved.  Never lose sight of that!

Love and hugs,

Jenny

– – –

Don’t you just love this? I’m crying the good kind of tears.
Again, Jenny has a shiny new blog, please hop over there to give her some love.

Comment magic:

Talk to Jenny, talk to me, talk to you.
Tell her: what parts of her letter touched you?
Tell me: what do you need to hear when you are down? 

Tell you: what do you love about you most? How can that help you feel better when you are in a slump?

As always, all the love in the world to all who read.
Whether you comment or not, may the joy be with you.

P.S. I’ve been working on a shiny new sweet thing, and Jenny (and a couple of other moms you may have met on this blog) has been helping with it. It’s a free Facebook refueling station for moms. It’s not quite ready yet, I hope to have it go live in the next few days. If you want to be invited to the opening, “Like” this page: https://www.facebook.com/mamas.comfort.camp

10 Responses to Jenny’s Rainy Day Letter (Hope in an Envelope 8)
  1. […] Rach (my intro to this letter has more hints for how and why to write one to yourself.) Story Jessica Susan Nicole Becky Sarah Jenny Andrea […]

  2. Jenny
    March 18, 2012 | 10:06 pm

    Cindy, thank you so much for your kind words. This is exactly why I wrote this letter “It will act as a constant reminder of becoming who you want to become:)”
    Jenny recently posted..Rainy day letter

  3. Cindy
    March 17, 2012 | 10:31 am

    Definitely print it. Print everything that reminds you of how strong you are, print your idols, print your goals. It will act as a constant reminder of becoming who you want to become:)
    Cindy recently posted..Games as a hobby

  4. Jenny
    March 16, 2012 | 2:22 pm

    Margaret, thank you so much. The most healing part of writing this letter was seeing how much progress I have made. I cannot wait to read your letter.
    Jenny recently posted..Rainy day letter

  5. Margaret (mammacockatoo)
    March 14, 2012 | 11:54 pm

    Beautiful, Jenny! I’m so happy for you, both for how far you’ve come, and for your ability to see it.

    Funny story: I have just been thinking about writing my own, came to Yael’s blog to find the original post about it… and found yours! I’m so glad I did.
    Margaret (mammacockatoo) recently posted..Time to write my rainy day letter?

  6. Jenny
    March 13, 2012 | 10:08 pm

    Frelle,
    Thank you so much for coming here and commenting. I appreciate it. I am so glad that you find it inspiring. That warms my heart.
    Jenny recently posted..Rainy day letter

  7. Frelle
    March 13, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    This is a beautiful letter. Full of truth, and hope, and genuine affection of who you are, from yourself. Its a wonderful and inspiring letter to read. So glad to read your words here!! *HUG*
    Frelle recently posted..Tuesday Tunes : Liam and Caera’s Playlist, Vol. 1

  8. Jenny
    March 13, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Thank you so much Rach! I am going to print this letter off as a reminder to myself. I want to keep coming back and rereading it.
    Jenny recently posted..Rainy day letter

  9. Rach (DonutsMama)
    March 13, 2012 | 10:31 am

    So proud of you!! Remember these words you wrote here–you are much stronger than you know.
    Rach (DonutsMama) recently posted..Great Expectations: The Look of Love

  10. Rainy day letter | tranquilamama
    March 12, 2012 | 11:04 am

    […] sweet voice on a PPD Speakeasy call to write a rainy day letter to myself.  Please join me over at http://www.ppdtojoy.com/blog/jenny/ for my rainy day […]