Friday, October 1, 2010

Little Love Notes

Since Em was a very young child, I have written her love notes. When she could not read, I'd draw little pictures. I'd leave them on her nightstand, in her lunch box, in her school bag, in her pencil box at school. She has always loved them.

In fact, when she was in first grade, which proved to be a really challenging year, I wrote her notes on her napkin each and everyday. One morning, she asked me sheepishly to stop. Not wanting to upset her or embarrass her, I did as she requested. Her teacher pulled me into the classroom one day, and asked me to look in her pencil box...there they were, every single one. She didn't have any more room. I figured she threw them away each day, but no, she kept them. Sweet girl.

Em and I are blessed to spend some of our days in the same building. The Lord has granted me a wonderful job that I love. I feel called to serve Him and only God could have orchestrated this position for me. It just so happens, it is at Emily's school. Because of the sensitive nature of materials in and on my desk, I cover it when the school will be used for church functions. Imagine my delight when I pulled the cover off to find this little ditty...

A few days ago, I pulled down the covers to go to bed and noticed Emily's camel Web*kin on my nightstand. Our puppy, Maggie had chewed the tail clear off. Accompanying the maimed camel, was a note..."For you, Mommy to sow. He is my favrite. E " Yet another love note. A joy for me to fix her camel, but it touches my spirit to share this tradition. Whether we share through spoken word, written word or heartfelt word, we share. And I love that.

She is a love note God wrote to me. A daily reminder of his providence and provision. Hannah is just about the age Em was when we began this tradition...I think I will go find a post it...


Kate said...

I totally love this post Hether!!! Right after school started, Lia asked me to put a paper towel in her lunch since they didn't have placemats in on a whim, I drew a heart with a little message. Imagine my surprise when she came barreling out after school totally delighted with my "secret message". Needless to say it is now the last thing I pack, with great care, each night. It has been a lot of fun to come up with new ways to let her know that despite our distance she is constantly on my mind. :-) You are such an example of a loving mother...and raising your girls in your image. Beautiful.

The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh Heather....I used to write Elisabeth notes on her napkins too:) What a special bond you and Miss Em are such a wonderful mom. I love Em's heart because it is

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

That is precious Heather! Emily is truly growing up and turning into such a beautiful young woman!

Love and hugs,

Sharon Sloan - Joy In The Truth said...

And I know you are keeping her notes to you in a treasure box somewhere, too! :)

Love notes from moms to daughters are truly treasures. We must hold on to them. My mom and I wrote letters back and forth until I got married and left her house! Now, I mail them or hand deliver them.

Parents and their cherubs are indeed love letter to each other...written on human hearts!
"You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts."
2 Cor. 3:3

Michelle@BornInOurHearts said...

You are beautiful, my friend, in every single way. Absolutely beautiful! And your girls have such a wonderful role model in you. {{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}

Jboo said...

Oh my -- you are the sweetest mom and have the sweetest girls too! Those little notes from E would melt my heart!

Hope you all have a wonderful week!


Dita said...

I know it well....I agree, my Darlings are love notes from God...never thought of it like that but I never will think of them as anything else, thanks to you.

I, too, am a big note writer...and though the notes I leave in WonderBoy's lunchbox often come home, I know he has read them...and I am rewarded by being on the recieving end of his notewriting as well.

There is no better tradition than sharing the written word with your children to let them know just how much they are loved.

Beautiful post!!

(and Em is gorgeous as ever!)

LaLa said...

Awwww...we do this too. I send a note in her lunch box. Of course since she can't read much yet they are simple but I love doing it. So sweet that you are now receiving notes : )

LOVE this pic of her!

Gail said...

What a heart you have Heather. And what a wonderful mama you are...and now you are receiving them.

We are love note writers too in this household, have been since my oldest was a little guy.

Football and Fried Rice said...

What a tender hearted little girl!! You just KNOW that she is going to carry on this tradition with HER kids! I love how so much can be said, without anything at all being said ;)

Thank you for your sweet, encouraging comment! Prayer is absolutely the answer to this situation and so obviously worked in Emily's life - looks at how mature she is!! What a blessing! And maybe THAT was the answer to praying for the mean girls - not that they would change, but that Emily would outgrow them...


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