December 27, 2009

the "LOVE BOX"


Last Christmas I made "Love Boxes" for all of my kids...I decorated each box to express each one's taste and personality and then the challenge began...snooping and spying for email addresses and cell phone numbers and secretly requesting love letters to include in the gift. The notes came via email, text messages and snail mail. In the end their boxes were filled with inspirational love notes that included stories, thoughts and memories that each person wanted to share about them.

The "Love Boxes" turned out to be the best gifts ever... my children were overwhelmed with tears of joy and surprise as they opened their Love Boxes and read their notes.

It was enormously fulfilling for me as I saw how blessed they were by the kind words from friends, co-workers, grandparents, aunts and uncles...each note was a tremendous surprise.

This Christmas I decided to make a "Love Box" for my best friend, Marsha!


She too expressed tears of joy and disbelief as she read each note and became aware of the authors. We all shared her delight as she read them one by one and once again I was the real recipient of the "gift" as I witnessed the love expressed in each word!

The Love Boxes don't end there....as notes, cards and letters are received throughout the days and weeks to come they can be added to the collection...and on a day when it seems the sunshine is dull and the laughter a bit quiet ...the box can be opened up, the letters read again and a hurting heart restored!





22 comments:

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What a wonderful idea. I think your friend and children definitely know they are loved by you! There had to be alot of time and work involved with each one of these. They're beautiful.
Blessings,
Marcia

Kelly said...

Carrie - What an amazing idea. I just might have to steal this idea for my girls. ~Kelly

unDeniably Domestic

Acorn Cottage said...

That is an absolutely fabulous gift! I LOVE IT!!!! I understand how you could easily feel the way you did. Those are the best presents in the world. Touching someone's heart. What a wonderful idea. I'm going to kidnap your idea and start working on some now for Christmas 2010. Do you have an outline letter/e.mail to help facilitate the request? Curious minds need to know!

Smiles,
Nancy

Just a little something from Judy said...

This is one of the best ideas ever!!! What a thoughtful, caring and time consuming gift! You are definitely a thoughtful person!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love this, too! What a special gift!

Deborah said...

Oh so sweet! You come up with the best ideas.

Lori R. said...

THIS IS SUCH AN EXCELLENT IDEA! as through the years, I have collected so much stuff for each of my kids and need to sort out! thanks!!!!!

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

What a fabulous gift! I remember my kids coming home from Sunday school with a list of positive things each other student had written about them. It really is a good thing! We all need to know from time to time what we mean to others.
Great mother you are CArrie!!
Happy New Year!!

Gayle (GardenofDaisies) said...

What a lovely thing to do for your children and friend!

Mags said...

What a wonderful and thoughtful gift. Truly special.

Teresa said...

What a delightful...oh so sweet idea Carrie!
I just love it that you thought of this and are blessing other lives in such a unique and thoughtful way!
Thanks for sharing!
And...I hope you had a lovely holiday with your dear family!
Tell Miss Pearl Doogan sends a kiss!
XXOOXX

Teresa said...

Carrie!
I just noticed that my post from 2 weeks ago is your latest post from me...on your sidebar.
I wonder what I have done wrong that this is not updating?
You know I am new to all of this...would you happen to know why this is not updating?
XXOOXX
Teresa

Country Dreaming said...

Hi Carrie--
Hope your Christmas was wonderful!
What a neat idea for anytime of the year BUT very meaningful at Christmas time.
Hope your new year gets off to a good start!!

Melinda

Just Breathe said...

What a sweet idea. I wish I felt creative, I use too! Nice gift.

koralee said...

What a wonderful idea ....you are always such a blessing to those around you! Hope your Christmas was as amazing as you! xoxoxo

violetlady said...

What a sweet idea. Amazing that you were able to get those e-mail addresses for your kids' friends. Hope your Christmas was special and your New Year will be also!

Cathy said...

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Yup, it is.

Please join me in my very first "Amour Valentine Swap". It's going to be easy, peezy and so much fun.

Just drop on over to my blog for the details, then send me an email if you'd like to participate. The more the merrier.

Thanks,

Cathy

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Those are delightful! And it just shows what a sweet person you are to have saved all the notes over time.

ProudNana said...

I love this idea and think that it is an amazingly lovely thing you did.

Pam said...

What a wonderful idea. Years ago when I taught teenagers, we did a lesson called "Gifts of Happiness" and each students wrote a positive thing about each of the students in the class. It would have been great to have them make a love box to put them in. (Students came back years later and they still had their little notes) I may steal your idea for a Valentine gift for one of my friends.

Lori E said...

I am helping my son's friend to make her wedding invitations. I just have to make her one of these in her invitation colors.
Where did you get the box? Does it have clear plastic in the lid? Any hints?

MomBE said...

What a wonderful idea, can't wait to try it out! Your kids have a great Mommy!

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