How do I know if my child received pictures I sent?

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I sent pictures with my letter last October, but they weren't referenced in return letters from him. I wonder if he didn't get them, and I would like to know why not.
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Bettina Rater

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Sarah Heacock Schreffler

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Is there a reason to think the pictures were not received?  I send pictures in every letter. Sometimes the return letter mentions thanks for the letter and picture. Sometimes not. Most common is a statement like "He wants to thank you for the letters he received and for the prayers." But I don't think lack of mention means they didn't get it. It just was not on their mind as they wrote the letter. I get much more excited when a letter mentions a specific topic I wrote on. Such as this one that mentioned two different letters -- the first sent in February and the other in April. "I liked your letter very much and that she does the growing of Jesus that you sent to me. I have colored it and it is very beautiful... I also liked the pictures of the bluebonnet season that you sent me with your last letter." <-- this latter 9 year old in general seems to do a very good job of answering letters with details. I don't know if his project is good at supporting him in writing or if he's individually good.  I have two kids. The younger one (age 7) is VERY much better at remembering details and writing in general than her older brother (age 11). Same family. Same training (So far as I can manage). But it just comes easier to some kids than others.

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Hi Bettina, 
I am so sorry you are concerned your kiddo did not receive your pictures. I can assure you that unless you received a letter from us stating that we could not send an item that you sent, that your photos did go through. You are unable to see these online because we typically only scan items that need translation. The only thing we can really recommend is that you write and ask your child. Since this was almost a year ago, your kiddo might be a little confused or may have forgotten, so I would just recommend sending new pictures and say something like, "I would love to know if you like my pictures! Which one is your favorite?". Something along these lines could really be helpful for your child to engage with you. I am sure that your child loved your photos from before, they may have just forgotten when letter writing day came around to mention them. 
Again, I am really sorry for the confusion here. I hope that you will continue to send letters of love an encouragement to your child and include photos, as we know they are completely adored by them! 

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