Love Notes on My Sidewalk

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This afternoon L and I were in our backyard working on homework when we heard our little neighbors laughter cascading into our yard. He immediately smiled and ran over to the fence to say hello. It didn’t take long before they had conspired to get together for an afternoon of fun and before I knew it, I was sitting alone in our yard listening to the whimsical orchestra of children at play. That’s when the idea of expressing love and gratitude came to mind.

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Expressing Love & Gratitude:

Unable to walk away from their laughter, I decided to spend my “free” time outside pruning trees and straightening up the front and backyards. As I gathered L’s toys that he had left strewn across the front lawn, I felt a tinge of aggravation towards him for not remembering to put things back where they belong. And while those feelings are valid, and it is something that I addressed with him, hearing his sweet little laughter invoked an overwhelming surge of love and gratitude towards him that quickly evicted my feelings of annoyance. This is exactly what I signed up for. I LOVE being a parent to my silly, spontaneous, spirited boy. Some days are harder than others, but everyday, no matter what, I love him to bits and he inspires me to be the very best version of me.

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With chalk in hand, I decided to profess my love for him right then and there on the sidewalk path to our front door. Upon his return, I happened to be at the kitchen window and I watched him as he walked towards the door reading my message. It was fun spying on him as he saw that what I had written was expressing love and gratitude for him. As his face softened into a warm smile I could literally feel the connection between us strengthening. I met him at the front door where he threw himself into my arms and gave me an earnest hug before looking into my eyes and telling me how much he loved my note.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t tell him how much I love him, but I think tonight’s delivery of that message felt different to him and besides, who isn’t flattered by love notes?

What are your favorite ways of expressing love and gratitude?

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  1. Awe, this is just too awesome! Such a sweet way to bond with your son!

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  2. I am doing this tomorrow!!! I love Love LOVE this idea. Kids need to feel the love. Almost like a random act of kindness in a way.

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  3. I really cannot tell you enough how much I love this. This is so beautiful! I’m looking forward to the day when I can do this with my kids. Shelah, thanks for linking this up!!!

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  4. I love this idea so much.
    I think when we redo our garden next year, I will find big enough rocks and paint uplifting words on them.

    I wonder if I did this on the cobblestones out front if anyone would notice. Hmmmm.

    Blessings,
    Emily

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  5. I don’t even know how to tell you how much I love this post! What a truly inspired idea!! Thank you so much for linking up with us! What a fantastic way to show gratitude for the ones you love! I can just imagine his face! I’m sharing this on my page tomorrow!

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  6. This is one of the sweetest things I’ve read! I love this so much! I want to do this for my kids too-as soon as they can read. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get some tissues. Thank you for sharing and thank you linking up!!

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  7. Truly awesome. I use to leave love notes in my daughters’ lunches – all the way through high school. They loved it, embarassed, they didn’t care. I still sneak one in from time to time when I leave their homes. I loved the creatvity of the messages.

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    1. You are such a sweet mother, Michelle!

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  8. I love it! My mom was so amazing at leaving notes in creative ways when I was growing up, but I haven’t done a very good job at it. You inspired me to go write each of my kiddo’s a note and find a fun way to get it to them!

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    1. What a sweet mom you have! We would love to hear about the fun ways you came up with to give your kids notes.

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    1. It helped me remember to be grateful, too.

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  9. That is the sweetest thing. Sometimes we treat our kids as an addendum to what we already have happening, when loving them is the point of it all. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Thank you Sarah for sharing this sweet post! I’m going to be featuring it at the Family Fun Friday Link Up on my blog this week. Blessings, Misty

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    1. Thank you, Misty, that’s sweet of you.

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  11. What a nice idea. You could probably do the same thing for your spouse too! (I think I might try it out 🙂 )

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  12. Awww….so touching! I’ll have to remember this the next time I feel tinge of anger.

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    1. Reading your posts help me. too. 🙂

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  13. Aw, that is such a sweet post. And a great reminder to us all to express our love to our loved ones.

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  14. “the whimsical orchestra of children at play” <— LOVE! And this is a darling idea 🙂

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  15. I’m glad I read this. I love how she flipped her feelings of frustration and instead focused on the positive aspects of parenting and the love and the relationship. I’m going to try and remember this the next time I’m feeling frustration.

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    1. Thank you, Melissande. It’s nice when we can turn from frustration to gratitude.

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  16. That’s very sweet and a lovely reminder when I’m staring at a very messy house!

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    1. When my husband would come home from work to a messy house he used to say that it must have been a successful day.

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  17. that’s a lovely post. My children and I have our “secret sign” (which is actually US sign language I believe) for “I love you” – we originally started using it when my eldest got a bit embarrassed about us saying it in the line for school, so we started using a sign instead. Actually, it was only a couple of weeks before he wanted to shout it loud again, but we still like using “our sign”.

    I think we’ll do some chalk art in the back yard in the coming week.

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    1. I love that yoy have a secret sign with your children. That’s so sweet!

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    1. Thanks so much! I love the praise but this post was written by my partner Sarah. She is a very special parent.

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  18. This is such a sweet post. So beautiful. Children’s laughter and play is such a joy to hear and your thoughtful message on the sidewalk such a great way to strengthen your bond!

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