Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lunchbox notes

I love writing my kids lunchbox notes.

I'm so grateful my kids get to go to school and learn, to be influenced by wonderful teachers and interact and learn from new peers. But as a mother, it makes my heart hurt to be away from them.

What a blessing lunch notes are! There in the middle of the day my girls can open their lunchbox and remember a funny conversation we had that morning at breakfast, or recollect some of the characters of one of our favorite books to read together. They may be far away from me, but I can give them a reminder of their home, a place where they are loved, and the person who loves them the most on this earth. You can have influence in a place where you cannot physically be.

Those who know me well know that I am not the "crafty"-type. I found these cute little envelopes at Walmart, but when they run out I'll go back to using post it notes. I have, however, always been a doodle-er, so I love drawing little pictures for my kids (turns out you learn a lot of life skills in junior high-- I loved to doodle on the notes I wrote for my friends back then).

I loved this sweet ad I saw on Facebook awhile ago

My kids are similar in that they love my lunchbox notes. When my girls eat school lunch, they even ask me to write them a note that they can take to lunch with them and open then! And Delaney saves all of her notes! Service doesn't need to be ornate, cutesy, or fantastic, it simply has to happen to make an impact on someone's life. Your loved ones will know that you care when you show that you care.

"They do not love that do not show their love." -William Shakespeare

"Don't focus on making your service ornate-- simply reach out as the Savior would." Sis. Linda Burton

Is there something you can do that is true to yourself (like doodling is for me) that can bless the lives of those you love?


  1. I loved this post. I watched the video with Dad. he said, "explain it to me, I don't get it." Wiping the tears from my eyes, I said, "You just don't get it do you?" Men are like that---dumb, or something. Love, Mom

  2. We do lunch notes too. Sometimes the girls or Paul help me make the lunches, so you never know who your lunch note will be from. Alice started asking for a pen in her lunchbox so she can respond on the back. It's pretty cute. The girls both love the notes, and so does Paul:)