This is written on a note card, colorfully decorated, and prominently displayed on my refrigerator. My middle daughter made it for me a number of years ago.
It still hangs on my fridge.
I love to look at it. The child-like printing reminds me of treasured days gone by. The sentiment still gives me joy. Her handwriting is different now. It’s her own unique style, a combination of flowing cursive and manuscript.
I’ve saved many of my kids love notes over the years.
And they have saved some of mine.
At this time of year, I feel the pressure to fly through my list of to-dos. I get caught up in keeping up! My stomach tenses every time another person tells me they are done with their shopping.
“People are more important than the present.” This is a principle Tom and I have woven into our family. (I need to take this truth more seriously.)
In my rush, I forget to communicate the blessing of encouragement to the people I love. I’m too busy getting ready for Christmas…. Hmmm.
Refocusing sounds like the best solution.
For some reason, handwritten messages are so intimate, so personal. They carry an element of importance. I guess that’s why these are saved in dresser drawers and displayed on refrigerators.
This year I am going to take the time to scribble some love notes to my young adult kids. I will bet those words will be precious gifts now and in years to come.
Who knows , maybe someday the note I write will make someone else’s Refrigerator Hall of Fame.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.
Co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting