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Monday, February 6, 2012

Spreading the Love

In honor of Valentine's Day (which is just around the corner in case you forgot) I am linking up with Megan at Mackey Madness to spread a little love.

I learned about the link up from Anna at IHOD and thought it was such a great idea.  Unfortunately I have this nasty habit of thinking of nice things to do for people and then never getting around to doing them.  I fall into that "I'm too busy right now, I'll do it later" trap.  This link-up was the perfect little kick-in-the-butt I needed to do it NOW and not delay.

I had some things on my mind that I was grateful for and finally let it be known to my loved ones.

1. My appreciation for the sacrifices my parents made to send me to Catholic School where God was a part of my every day. (I wrote a similar one to my mom too).
Hi Dad,
I just wanted to send you a quick note about something that has been on my mind.  It's Catholic Schools week this week and I've been thinking about how thankful I am that L is able to attend Catholic School.  If D didn't work there we likely wouldn't be able to afford for L to still go.  I started thinking about all the sacrifices you and mom made for R and I to be able to go and I just really wanted to tell you how grateful I am for that.  I really don't think I would have come back so strongly to my faith as an adult if it had not been such an everyday part of my life growing up.  I don't think I can truly express how thankful I am that you guys brought God in to my life....a heartfelt THANK YOU is all I know to give.
I love you so very much.
2. My appreciation for my Godparents who still get me an Xmas present every year even at 34 years old!  My Aunt always picks out the most lovely ornaments that I hang on "my" tree.
Hi Aunt Liz!
This note is long overdue but I just wanted to Thank You for the gorgeous Christmas ornaments!  I really love them, I have a whole tree dedicated to my special ornaments and it is mostly covered in ones that you have gotten me :)  Every year I enjoy taking them out and unwrapping them.  They have so much sparkle and beauty and I think of you every time I look at them.
Thanks again!
3.  My appreciation for the inspirational ring my sister gave me for Xmas.
Hi Nae,
I just wanted to write you a quick note to say thank you for my ring that you gave me for christmas.  I never really gave much thought to inspirational jewelry other than a "oh that's a cute idea" type thing.  But I have to tell you that I wear this one about every day and every time I look at the "nothing is impossible" it reminds me to keep going and not give up. Whether it be in regards to Behind The Moon, motherhood, seeking a stronger relationship with God, losing weight, whatever...it honestly helps keep me motivated.  And that is certainly worth a big THANK YOU!
I just wanted you to know that.
I love you!

These were a good start but I think I'll be spreading the kindness to strangers next.  I love the idea Megan had of leaving $5 and an encouraging note on a random cart at the store.  So cool.

So have fun, get creative, and Spread the Love!


  1. Is it silly that these notes you've written made me cry? Like seriously cry?!

    What a wonderful idea, Krista. I love popping over to your blog because it's always so full of love and gratefulness... you're truly such an inspiration!

    I should probably get over my problem with expressing myself in "real life" and write some of these of my own. :)

    I hope you're having a love filled day! <3

  2. i love this krista! because i think for me sometimes it's the ones closest to me that i forget to thank. like my dear husband who is so willing to help me with everything. I'm going to think up something for him. thanks for the inspiration!

  3. What a thoughtful daughter, god-daughter, and sister you are! I bet they all appreciated that so much!:)

  4. Great little thankful notes! I love these! Sometimes just a little note is enough to be a random act of kindness. Even letting someone, make a turn feels like a little act of kindness when you know they have been waiting for a long time.

    Thanks for your sweet comment today! I really appreciate it! We're both so excited and just counting down the days. It still doesn't seem real to me yet though... I don't think it will until he's here and I get to see him in the middle of the week :)

  5. Krista,
    Thank you for writing this. I am just completely uplifted by everyone's posts.
    You know, my parents also made big sacrifices for all of us to go to Catholic schools and I am so thankful they did. Hope to give the same to my children.
    Personal notes can make an incredible difference.
    Thanks for spreading the love;)

  6. Love your letters!! They mean more to them than you think, I'm sure!

  7. This is so great, Krista! So fun to read these notes. Little letters and notes are my favorite way to show someone I love them :) Thanks for linking up! :)

  8. What sweet letters! I know you made their days!

  9. You are such a sweetheart! Everyone needs someone like you in their life!

  10. Wow, this totally touched my heart! My parents made lots of sacrifices for us to go to private school as well...you've inspired me to make sure they know how much I appreciate it!! Thanks for linking up with us!!


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