School is a relatively new thing for us. After over a decade of homeschooling, this is the first year that they are all attending school full time. It was a decision made with lots and lots of prayer and tears and discussion but we are finding God’s grace in it and so many valuable life lessons for all of us.
My sweet Girl is in 9th grade this year and it was her first time ever heading off to school, so on day one, I included an encouraging note in her lunch box so she would know I loved her and was praying for her. Upon arriving home she thanked me for the note and said it made her day. So started the tradition.
But you can only say, “I love you”, “have a great day” and “I am praying for you” so many times before they are just words on the napkin. So I began to look for inspiring quotes and encouraging scripture to include in my daily doses of written love.
I am not much of a Pinterest Pinner but I found that it was useful for collecting all these witty little pearls of wisdom I wanted to share. I bought some index cards and every morning with my daily cup of coffee, I write a note. Sometimes they are a fun quote from a beloved movie or book character, sometimes words from a song. Often times it is wisdom from God’s word. Paupers and Presidents alike have had profound words throughout the centuries that bear repeating.
Sitting around the lunch table at our big public school she excitedly pulls out the note to see what it says today. She smiles and friends ask what she is reading. These words are now being read aloud daily or passed around quietly like a secret fortune cookie. I pray for these kids, Many of whom don’t have Bible verses or words of wisdom spoken to them at home. But because these notes include words from Taylor Swift and Bilbo Baggins as well as God, the Creator of the Universe, they pause for a moment to see what the Lunch Box Note says today. It is my hope that these words will somehow may a difference in their day… even their Life!
My daughter would often comment on her Lunch Box Note at the end of the day and Big Brother started to catch on to the fact that he wasn’t getting any such notes in his lunch. The simple reason was that he leaves later, is a picky eater so he makes his own lunch and I wasn’t as involved in that process. This semester his schedule changed so that he is leaving early and asked if I would start making his lunch. “Of course,” I said. Come to find out that the real reason was just that he wanted Lunch Box Notes too.
We will have 4 more years of High School and I hope to continue the tradition for as many years, though I am afraid I will run out of new things to write. I suppose lots of words need to be heard many times in order to sink in so maybe I will start a note recycle program. It is easy to find the old notes. I find them pinned up all over my daughter’s room or stuck on the mirror in the bathroom. When I started out with this idea, I never imagined that it would mean that much to them. There have been a few days where I forgot or didn’t have time and I couldn’t believe the disappointment I heard at the end of the day. It means that much to them.
So, I encourage you to start your own collection of words for your children. Your’s may look very different than mine which you can find here on my Pinterest page) but that is what will make it fun and unique to your little place in the world… But someday, when they are old and grown with their own kids, there will be that conversation… you know the one.
“Hey, remember when mom used to put all those great notes in my lunch box?”
“Yeah, those were great… I still have some of them”!
“I do them for my kids now too and they love it as much as I did”.
Do you have a quote you would like to share? Maybe something said by your Great Grandmother or your 3rd grade teacher. I would love for you to leave them in the comments so that I can add them to the inspiring words that shape my children’s lives.