Archive for April, 2010

Even Bills Can Inspire HOPE

Friday, April 30th, 2010

I know, bills suck.

I’m up to my eyeballs in them.

But I do get the TINIEST bit of satisfaction by writing the word HOPE on the back of any payments I mail.

Write the word HOPE on anything you mail -- even horrible, awful, depressing BILLS! It really does make you feel a tiny bit better....

Write the word HOPE on anything you mail -- even horrible, awful, depressing BILLS! It really does make you feel a tiny bit better....

Remember, ANY hope is a good thing. Write it on ANYTHING that you put in the mail. Really, it does make you feel better!

Building a Wall Of Hope With Straws & Cardboard?

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Well, I took my sad little plan for an easy-to-make WALL OF HOPE to my building, construction buddy Greg. Here’s how he looked when he saw my mock-up.ScepticalGreg

BUT…when I walked him through it, he totally got it! Tomorrow, he’s going to build a life-size version to see if the ideas work — and take photos of every step along the way.

We’ll have a killer guideline for ANYONE who wants to create their own WALL OF HOPE. Awesome!

My fingers are bleeding…

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

In addition to making sure others can build a Wall Of Hope that works, I’m writing tips and instructions too.

So far, more than 12 pages…REALLY pray for me now! I only have 12 hours before it’s MONDAY!

The Wall Of Torture!

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

It’s obvious I’m no engineer. BUT, I promised to get this Wall figured out for Courtney, and here’s the proof.

Russ's pathetic attempts to create engineering drawings...

Russ's pathetic attempts to create engineering drawings...

This is one of the first drawings (can you really call it that?) for me to show how to build a Wall.

Then, I actually followed my own drawings and instructions and built a mini-wall out of pieces of cardboard, straws, tape and so on. TOTALLY embarrassing!

I actually made a cardboard mock-up from my TERRIBLE plans!

I actually made a cardboard mock-up from my TERRIBLE plans!

Tomorrow, I’m going to The Home Depot with a builder buddy of mine to see if these plans can actually be done in REAL life…..pray for me!

Wall Of Hope Weekend

Friday, April 16th, 2010

OK, there is a woman named Courtney who works for a killer card company called Design, Design.

They’ve decided to create a Wall of Hope and take it all over Grand Rapids — if only I give them some instructions on how to do it.

I am 2 MONTHS behind schedule! I have PROMISED I would get it done this weekend.

THANK YOU Courtney, for your patience, I promise you’ll have something by Monday!

Thanks Grandma, You Still Give Me Hope

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

There have been a few notes on the blog since I started it about my Grandma. She was part of the reason Hope Is In The Cards was born.

She died last weekend — 90 amazing years.

* She’s written HOPE on the back of her mail.
* She sent a little check to help me send HOPE cards to kids at a school in Texas.
* She supported our incredible skateboard deck show to help raise money for Autism.

In short, she always came through with a note or a pat on the back or something to let me know she thought my ideas and actions mattered.

I’m going to miss her. And she’s an inspiration to keep this project growing.

UK Folks Spread Kindness

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Just thought this was a super cool thing they were doing across the big blue sea.

Check them out yourself. It will warm up your heart.

Imagine Sending a HOPE garden to someone?!

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

I saw this awesome new product — you can literally mail a garden to someone.


Check this out!

Here a link to the folks who make it. AWESOME!

Cards, Packages, Clothes — ALL BRING HOPE to mailboxes!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

A friend of mine hooked me up with the coolest article today — people sending packages, clothes – EVEN GARDENS – through the mail to one another.

Click here to check out the whole set of articles.

My favorite quote? “Ironically, it seems that the more tech-forward we become, the cooler stationery gets. For those suffering from in-box fatigue, or just looking for some fun surprises in their mailboxes, the old-fashioned postal service has become the impetus behind a number of creative endeavors.”

YEAH to that!

A Summer Of Hope

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Imagine the WALL OF HOPE in your town or city!

We’ve just about completed the coolest little kit that shows how YOU can bring the Wall Of Hope to where you live.


Here’s the WALL OF HOPE at a show in New York. Folks come to the wall, take a free card and mail it to someone. The more cards that are mailed, the more HOPE we see. Awesome!

If you want to bring the WALL to your area, let us know!

We’ll help you make HOPE happen!