Love Notes

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Friday is Valentine’s Day; a day that celebrates love. But here’s a thought, why wait ‘til February 14th to show your loved ones you care?

It doesn’t have to be in big ways. Sometimes all you need is a gesture, a word, a smile… or a simple love note.

When my girls were younger and I left for a trip, I’d grab a dry erase marker and write a note on their bathroom mirror. That way, every time they looked in the mirror while I was away they’d see my message: Make good choices, XOXO, Mom or Love & miss you, XOXO, Mom. And they’d know I was thinking of them.

Occasionally I’d drop a note in their lunch boxes—even when they were teenagers and pulling out a napkin with a big red heart on it might not look cool. These notes might say something like: A+ Effort, XOXO, Mom or You’re awesome! XOXO, Mom or You ROCK! XOXO, Mom.

In high school I snuck love notes in their cheerleading or show choir travel bags, and later, when they later headed off to college and study abroad opportunities, I snuck notes in their suitcases. Messages like: Break a leg, superstar! XOXO, Mom or Have fun, be safe and know I love you! XOXO, Mom or The world awaits your greatness! XOXO,Mom.

It was a simple way to let my girls know that while I wasn’t with them physically in that moment, I’d always carry them in my heart and thoughts. My note was a tangible connection to home—where they are always welcome, always loved and always cherished.

Last month, at the end of the Christmas holiday, when my middle daughter returned to her graduate program up North, she left a few surprises for me. As I crawled into bed that first evening, sad because all my girls had gone back to their own lives, I pulled back my bed covers to find a love note on my pillow.  The next morning I moved aside a bauble on my vanity tabletop and found another one. When I tugged open my armoire doors, I discovered another.  Later, hiding amongst my jewelry boxes, yet another.

Over the next few days I discovered a total of seven love notes hidden throughout my room. Notes that read:

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I’ll admit it, I cried when I found the first one. And the second. Then actually giggled with glee when I found the third. By the fourth it was a delightful game.

As moms we try hard to pass along our positive values and beliefs. I strive to show my girls that family is important, and you have to let them know it in words and actions.

My daughter’s surprise love notes brought tears to my eyes for multiple reasons. One, just ‘cuz they show she loves me. Two, because it shows she “gets” it—even the small things make a big difference. Three, because I’m sappy about emotional moments. Four, because I love her so darn much. Five, because it was proof of the circle of love I’ve been trying so hard to create with my girls.

So what about you, have you left love notes for your loved ones? Or what do you do to show them how you feel in simple ways?

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    Gabby

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    Love you, Mom. So glad you liked the notes xoxo

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    shanagalen

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    Those are fabulous, and I love the idea of notes! I always want to put them in my daughter’s lunch, but she can’t read yet. As soon as she can, I’m doing it.

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      prisakiss

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      Shana, maybe a little heart on a sticky note will do the trick. Or, it’ll be something for you too look forward to introducing her to. 🙂

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        elliejameswriter

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        I think a heart or a stick figure picture would be PEFECT. In fact, my preschooler might just find one tomorrow. Also, be sure to get a Valentines for PG, Shana 🙂 Or maybe even turn it into some kind of game, where you hide cards (or candy hearts) around the house for her to find 🙂 My kids LOVE when I do silly stuff like that with them 🙂

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    elliejameswriter

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    LOVE this! And LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that your sweet girl left notes for YOU! How awesome is that?

    Thank you for the reminder that sometimes the littlest of things can make the biggest impact.

    Guess who’s girl will find a Love Note in her lunchbox today?

    XOXO!
    Ellie

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      prisakiss

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      Ellie, I’m excited for your daughter! And am smiling just thinking of the joy on her face and in her heart!!

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    Heather Ashby

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    This would be another reason why you are such a great mom and you have such awesome girls!!! I, too, have always left notes for my kids – in their lunchbox, in their luggage, at their homes when I leave from a visit. (I’ll admit, I also leave notes for myself – in luggage, briefcase, Christmas decorations, behind the paper on the bulletin board in my classroom. Notes like: “See? I told you this would be an awesome school year” or “I knew you could do it” or whatever. I love coming across those affirmations – especially when I’m feeling a bit defeated.) I LOVE that your girls leave you notes too. How FUN to find those after they leave 🙂

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      prisakiss

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      Heather, what a great idea to leave affirmations and love notes for yourself!

      As a busy mom it’s easy to forget to pamper yourself every once in a while. This is a great way to give yourself a little pick-me-up!

      Awesome– and definitely something I’m gonna try hard to do! Thanks for the idea! HUGS

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    Jan Jackson

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    Love this, Pris. It’s so important to let the people we love and care for know we are thinking about them. Thanks for the reminder.

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      prisakiss

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      Hi Jan! It’s great to hear from you! I think in the busy-ness of our lives it’s easy to forget to show our loves ones they’re important to us.

      The little things count. And can often have the most meaning!

      Hope you’ve had a love-filled day!

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    Vicki Hinze

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    Precious. Hubby and I do this, and I save them. 🙂

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      prisakiss

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      Vicki, I’m a “saver” too! It’s nice to pull out old cards and notes from years past and savor the memories. 🙂

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    lilydalton12

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    Pris,

    What a sweet daughter! She learned from you. Thanks for such a heartwarming post. I’ve had a no-good-very-bad-day (relatives with health issues), and this made me smile. I needed that!

    Lily

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      prisakiss

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      Lily, sorry to hear about your relatives! I’ll be keeping them and you in my prayers! Sending “love note thoughts” your way!

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    Katie Mehnert

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    I met a writer last month who has four kids and she just self published TILT: 7 ways to be a guilt free working mom

    She talks about love notes and her
    Momoirs – little sayings from her kids so she remembers them and shares them back. The book is full of them.

    I’ve been thinking about getting my mom and dad to tell me their fondest memories of us as kids and put them together as a book for my daughter.

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      prisakiss

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      Momoirs sounds like a great idea, Katie! I bet asking your parents to share memories of you as a child will be an emotional project for all of you. Your parents will enjoy the walk down memory lane; it’ll be fun for you to see things from their perspective; and it’ll be great for your daughter to hear the stories. It’ll be a book all of you will cherish.

      TILT:7 is more than likely a book many moms can benefit from reading. Thanks for the sharing the info!

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