28 Mar 2012

5 ways to make your wife smile: #1 leave her love notes

I told him not to buy me anything for Valentine’s this year. Just to write me a love letter. He liked the idea but his schedule was uncooperative. That was a month ago.

This morning I stumble into the bathroom pre-contact lenses and peer at an envelope that seems to have found it’s way onto the shelf next to the sink. My head is fuzzy from nearly five days of him being driven by the deadlines of work and me parenting solo. Thursday is our goal.

On Thursday we get his head and schedule back again. We’re living for Thursday.

But today is just Tuesday.

Micah and Zoe are still asleep and Jackson’s camped out already in front of either the Power Rangers or the Lynx. I have a bath in mind. A bath before anyone else wakes up. I reach over to run the water and wonder why a piece of junk mail has made it into the bathroom.

I squint at it.

Micah has an affection for writing on scraps of paper and leaving them breadcrumb like behind him. But this isn’t from Micah.

In the dark between shower and leaving for work he made me a gift.

I stand and hold this precious piece of junk mail for a long time. I trace my finger over the familiar loops and flourishes he makes of my name.

I feel beautiful.

Unshowered, dark smudges under my eyes and those extra baby pounds stubbornly still sitting on my thighs.

Half-blind without glasses and so, so beautiful.

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  1. 1

    Always the little things… yes, beautiful.

  2. 2

    Aw! How sweet. :)

  3. 3

    I love the little things…like my husband telling me to take a nap instead of putting the laundry away…

  4. 4

    Precious:) Those kind of notes make the single parenting days doable.

  5. 5

    Perfect. Beautiful. Wonderful. Lovely.

    Did I say beautiful??

  6. 6

    Agreed!! Love notes from sweet hubby are the absolute BEST!!!

  7. 7

    What a sweetheart! We do the same thing for Valentines Day. We usually don’t get each other anything (plus our anniversary is on the 10th so we have just celebrated) but try to give each other more of a heart gift. :)

  8. 8

    Is that not one of your best gifts…EVER? Thank you for sharing such an intimate part of your life. BEAUTIFUL!!

  9. 9

    Beautiful. What a gift. I love every word written here, and the ones in between the lines, the magnitude of love between you two, a simple yet heart-shattering gesture of pure love. So wonderful!

  10. 10
    Julie Anne says:

    I almost got on here to complain about my unbeautiful morning, but then I remembered that he DID fold laundry for me this weekend…all is not lost!

  11. 11

    Those little things make such a huge difference in our days. My husband will leave notes on our whiteboard or on mirrors throughout the house. It’s so uplifting when I find one.

  12. 12

    Yup, what you have there is a good man!

  13. 13

    Sweetest. Thing. Ever. <3

  14. 14

    You are blessed!

  15. 15
    Holly Covington says:

    I love all five of these! And I have (similar) past notes taped inside of cabinets, there every-time-I-put-the-dishes-away to remind me. Even when we’re in a week similar to yours…he loves me.

    I appreciate so much the encouragement you offer here! Thanks!

    • 16

      Hey, Lisa-Jo – meet Holly – one terrific mom of 4, wife to an overworked college professor and memorizer of scripture par excellence. One of my favorite real-life young-mom friends.

      And thank you for this lovely reminder that it is the small, the personal, the care-full things that make the tougher days bearable.

      I’d say you both chose very well indeed.

      (I read yesterday’s while I was here….and I’m betting he did, too. That was as gorgeous as this one. Cherry blossom laps, eh? Pretty spectacular! Have I told you lately I think you are just terrific? Well, you are. I’m glad to ‘know’ you in this cyber world.)

  16. 17

    Oh, this is just beautiful. So incredibly sweet. Thank you for allowing us to share in the beauty of that moment with you!! This made my heart smile. :)

  17. 18

    It takes so very little to bring so much joy to those we love the most and whose caring and contributions we often fail to recognize the most.

    Your husband is a wonderful jewel of a man!

  18. 19

    Oh, I love when my boy writes me notes. Such loveliness!

  19. 20

    Hi Lisa-Jo, I subscribed to your blog awhile ago, now, and link-up to your Five Minute Fridays. Thanks so much! I love reading the tid-bits of your life. I feel like I know you. All of this post made me smile. I love how you wrapped it up…but I especially love that your husband wrote the note on the back of a piece of junk mail (I’m assuming). Totally something my husband would do! And that actually makes it even more special, because you know he probably did it on a whim…a raw piece of his heart!

  20. 21

    That is just so, so sweet!

  21. 22

    That’s beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  22. 23

    You gave me shivers, Lisa-Jo. My dear leaves me love notes too. You have a wonderful husband. I love the list, and can attest to #3–tell her to take a nap. I came down with a 24-hour bug yesterday and my hubby came home and took charge of the little one. With a few breaks for nursing her I slept almost 12 hours and woke feeling refreshed.

  23. 24

    So, so sweet! A perfect way to start a day.

  24. 25

    So romantic and sweet!. My husband also wrote me notes or just picked a flower from the garden and put it in front of my bed. When I opened my eyes early morning first thing I see was this precious gift from him!

  25. 26

    love, love, love. it’s like the love note my hubby gave me…he worked late all week and had business meetings all weekend. i was stuck shuttling three kids to baseball practices and games in three different places. friday night we went to bed really late, exhausted from everything, and then i remembered that the dishes that still needed to be washed. saturday morning, he had to be at work by 7:30, which meant he had to get up earlier than normal. I woke up to find all the dishes in the dish rack, sparkling clean. it made my day. =) especially since work has consumed so much of his time, i hate to ask him to do more when he gets home.

  26. 27

    I woke up early last Saturday morning and tucked under my glasses on the table was a simple “I love you” note. It really is those little things that make you feel so incredibly special and loved.

  27. 28

    Having your husband speak your love language is a beautiful thing! Thanks for sharing.

  28. 29

    So simple yet so wonderfully romantic. I love it when my better half surprises me with simple gestures of love. It seems so much better than expensive gifts and so personal. Have a blessed day!

  29. 30

    Oh, I love this. LOVE it.

  30. 31

    This post was so sweet. I think that sometimes men don’t realize how far a little gesture like this one can go. I hope you gave your hubby a big kiss! ;)

  31. 32

    So beautiful!

  32. 33

    You write beautifully Lisa-Jo.
    It cheers my heart.
    Thank you,

  33. 34

    Lisa Jo, I have fairly recently discovered Gypsy Mama. It’s fresh, it’s real, it’s wonderful. I love resting in your posts. Bless you this weekend. I’ll look forward to coming back.

  34. 35

    the best.
    love it.
    love notes & words written in the dark. :)

  35. 36

    Hmmm.., very nice letter but is just only for house wife

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