To Encourage

One of our birthday gifts to Elijah was a scrapbook filled with letters written by male family members and friends.  I asked these men to write letters to Elijah that will encourage him as he grows in wisdom and stature and in his relationship with the Lord.  I wanted Eli to know that he has men in his life that care enough to come alongside him to guide him and offer their experiences and wisdom.

I placed the letters very simply in a scrapbook, some in pockets, some folded, some open, using only black and cream, and embellishing with staples and brads.

Elijah was very touched by the letters and I hope this scrapbook will encourage him throughout his teen years.

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Randi Dukes About Randi Dukes

I’m Randi, a wife and stay-at-home mom of five kids, ranging from preschool to high school. I love strong coffee, craft and DIY projects, my planner, my laptop, and my big ol’ family. When I’m not creating something for my blog, I can be found in the car, running kids from one place to another. I’m the one knitting at the red light.


  1. LOVE that idea. Have actually been planning to do it for sweet 16 coming up next year!

  2. Now really, you are amazing. What a thoughtful and poignant gift. I can only imagine how meaningful those letters will be for him his entire life. I want to buy a 2019 calendar so I remember to do this for Brendan. Maybe I can count on you to remind me. Happy Birthday to your teenager! :)

  3. This is a beautiful gift Randi. This is one that will stay with him for the rest of his life. Happy Birthday Elijah!

  4. This seriously brought tears to my eyes!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! Your newest follower,

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