Love Notes

Last week I was sick.  And tired.  And sick and tired of being sick and tired.

And then I got some mail.

strength & hope

It turns out Elizabeth of The Writer Revived nominated me as a blogger who has gone through a load of crap and who she wanted to sent a little strength & hope to.

I blogged about losing our niece, Arabella, last month.  It was awful and hard and we are still finding fresh ways to hurt at each turn in the road.  Getting these cards from Elizabeth and the Say Please Lunchbox Love products didn’t just make me smile, but they reminded me of how far a kind word can go.

Strength & Hope

As I turned over each of these cards in my hands, I remembered my lowest times and what brought the pieces of light that let me know the tunnel had an end.

All of those bright spots had to do with thoughtful words and unasked for deeds.

A simple text, a quick message on facebook, a tweet, a card just to say, “I’m thinking of you” or “You are amazing” were enough to give me an extra push to keep going when all I wanted to do was quit.

I think that is what I like most about these cards.  You can stick them with a little gift, or just insert them anonymously into someone’s life for a pick-me-up.

strength & hope

Each of these cards also has an encouraging quote on the back. I love this almost as much as I love the simple words on the front. I tend to put quotes everywhere. They remind me to hold on.

I am so thankful Elizabeth chose me to pass these along to.  The goal of Lunchbox Love is to start a chain that will touch the lives of those who need it most, so I get to send a set on to someone too to spread the love.

strength & hope

Because getting a card like this when you feel like your world is in a constant state of crazy? Well it’s healing.

Oh, and Lunchbox Love has sets for kids, teens, holidays, and more. They are pretty cool.

I might have to stock up. I like to spread love.

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Elizabeth sent me the cards because she thought I would love them and find comfort in them. She was right.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. That is such an amazing and sweet gesture! Love the idea of these cards. I’m glad they gave you the pick-me-up you needed. xo

  2. My heart hurt for your family when I read about your loss. I’m so glad the cards helped, even if in a small way. I think they are awesome, and was so happy to be able to share them with you. Love you, girl!

  3. Good Lord, this is terrific.

  4. Katie – I’m so sorry to hear the news about your niece. Sending you tons of virtual hugs – and strength & hope.


  5. what a lovely gesture. and a great idea to help cheer someone up. we should all reach out to one another more often.

  6. My niece lost a baby on her 20 week checkup. Things had been fine and she was going to find out the sex when it went horribly wrong. She lost him in less than an hour and they do not know why she went into labor like that. This month would have been the month she would have beenon maternity leave.. to say she is having a rough time at work and may have blown a gasket earlier. I wish I could send her some of these..

  7. This is so awesome! You are so awesome!
    I might have to stock up myself 🙂

  8. These are so cute, and what a sweet, caring gesture for her to make. I’m glad they brought you some happy.

  9. what a beautiful gift and such a brilliant idea. I think I’ll get some of these too. You’re so right about kind words having far-reaching effects. It’s the little things, always.

  10. I love Lunchbox Love and stock up before every school year. I got mine today! <3

  11. Love those! Hello! I’m Sarah from Thank You Honey! We met at Blogher! Sorry it took me awhile to stop in! Better late then never! Just wanted to say hi!

  12. So sorry to hear about your niece. I know firsthand how hard it is to lose a close family member–I lost my father two years ago.

    I also know how much receiving something like this in mail would have meant to me during those rough few months! It’s always nice to see how kind people can be when you’re going through something horrible. Love this pay-it-forward idea!

  13. I’m so very sorry for your loss. I know that nothing can take away from that or make it better but I remember how these small gestures and kind words lifted me up when my family has gone through hard time. Those gestures often don’t seem like much but they really are.

  14. Katie,
    I’m so sorry about your niece. My heart goes out to you and I’m so glad that Lunchbox Love for Strength and Hope was able to bring you some comfort!
    Much Love,
    Judi Willard
    Co-Founder of Say Please Inc./Lunchbox Loce