The POWER of a Note

  
Ok, I love technology and all, but
there’s nothing like a handwritten note.
I love giving notes as well as receiving them.  It is amazing how something so easy to do, such a small gesture, can
make a difference in the lives around you.
The photo above is just one of the thousands of little post-it notes my youngest leaves me all around the house.  They always make me smile.
Right before I left to go to my blog conference in Nashville, I ran around the house with a dry erase marker and left messages (notes) for each of my children & husband on their bathroom mirrors.  It only took maybe 5 minutes.  I have been back from my trip for over a week and they still have the messages (notes) on their mirrors.  {Sorry, honey (my husband) I cleaned the bathroom today so I ended up washing your mirror.}
 Above is the little note I left on my daughter’s book.
I left this one (above) on my hubby’s closet.
I wrote the above message on my daughter’s dry erase board.  She told me she will never erase it.  I kindly told her she could if she wanted. 🙂
Are you beginning to see the power of a note?
 I wrote the above on my Son’s mirror.
  
This (above) is on my Son’s bedroom dry erase board.
My 7 year old likes to “borrow” my 15 year old’s cell phone and send me text messages.  I ALWAYS know it is from my youngest and not my oldest, mainly because my oldest has grown out of doing things like this.  She used to make me cards and tell me she loved me when she was younger, too.  Well, now she’s a teen and it’s not cool.  {boo hoo!}
I believe it is important to leave notes to your family members.  And not just for special occasions.  Sometimes, I think it means more to them when it is “just because.” It shows them you care.  It’s a small act of kindness that brings a whole lot of JOY. 🙂
Challenge:  
  • Make a Love Note box.
  • It doesn’t have to be fancy. Make it into a fun craft time & decorate an old shoe box, wooden box, etc.  Don’t make it difficult.  Use the tools you already have at home.
  • After you make yours, post a photo of them on your blog & come post your link at the end of this post via inlinkz.  Just click on the add your link button.  {I’m excited to be hosting my first link party!}  If you don’t have a blog, you can post a link to the photo through your favorite photo sharing website.
I will be doing this challenge with my children as well.  I have been meaning to do this for a long time now.  Since it is ‘LOVE’ season, I thought it would especially be an appropriate and fun craft time activity for our family to do together.  I will post photos of our love note boxes.  So come back and see how ours turned out.
The love notes box will be the ‘home’ for all the notes and cards you receive.  Then you can open it up, on any given day…maybe especially on a bad day, and read all the precious words.
Write a note today,

Sweet Child of Mine

The other day my youngest brought me our family’s Love Pillow with a Love Note inside. First of all, I want to remind you…this blog is like a journal for me. With that in mind, please do not think I am bragging about my kids when I write about them on here. I also want you to know that this is NOT considered to be a “commercial” for a product I happen to sell. (I sell the products because I love them, get a discount and truly believe in them!) My sole purpose for writing this is so I can remember some of the things my kids might do. In addition, I know that grandparents reading this will enjoy being a part of some of the everyday things that happen in their grand children’s lives.

Back to the story…we have a jar in our living room with these little Love Notes in it. A family member is to write something on the note and place it in the pocket in the Love Pillow. It is then recommended you place the pillow on the family member’s pillow to surprise them.
I was sitting at the computer working on something…probably Christmas shopping. Next thing I know my daughter brings me the pillow with a note inside and says, “Here mommy, this is for you!” I opened it up stunned. You have to understand that 1) she is in kindergarten and is just learning to read & write 2) I never really explained the whole “Love Note” process with her. I thought it was so sweet!

This past weekend my husband was very sick with food poisoning. My little one, again, got out a love note and asked her big sister how to spell “Get well soon.” Fortunately he is doing much better today!

Write a note to someone you love today,

Shan