The Noticer Project is a worldwide movement to notice the five most influential people in your life!

Noticing those five people is meant to encourage us to step outside our busy schedules and avoid waiting until a wedding, graduation or even a funeral to take notice of the special, influential people in our lives . . .

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Lou Pruitt notices Pat Fazio: Pat I notice how you are so willing to help your family in any way possible. I appreciate your quiet Christian spirit showing others how to live their lives. Lou Pruitt

April 28, 2009 @ 2:43 PM

Lou Pruitt notices Keiki Hendrix: Keiki, You are a great influence in my life. I thank you for your willingness to open your heart to us in our bible study each Monday night. Thank you for so diligently sharing your great knowledge of God's word. I appreciate you and notice how you live your life. Lou

April 28, 2009 @ 2:40 PM

Bill Ckark notices Alissa Clark: Alissa, You are the most important person in my life. You have made me the man I am today. You always have faith in me and support me. You make me feel like I can do anything as long as you are by my side. Your love has given my life purpose. Your caring has given me compassion. Your strength has strengthened me. I think the sum of our whole is greater than the sum of our parts. I thank God for putting you in my life. I love you.

April 28, 2009 @ 1:30 PM

John (the co-pilot) notices Kevin (the pilot): Kevin, You are one awesome space pilot (right up there with solo). I know I would not be the man I am today without your strength, love, friendship and heart. You are truly an amazing gift. Thank you for everything!

April 28, 2009 @ 12:52 PM

stacie notices dollie: I want you to know even if I had eternity to tell you I could never explain how much you have meant to my life. We have always had a bond I never shared with anyone else. You have always been my best friend, not just my grandmother. When I would give up on myself, you never did. When I was down on myself, you always brought me back up and when I thought I was so fragile, you were the perfect example of how to be a strong willed wonderful woman. I only wish I could be half of the person you are! I hope you know how much I LOVE AND APPRECIATE you! Thank you so much for being in my life!!!

April 28, 2009 @ 12:51 PM

John notices Rick (The Champion): Rick, Because of your faith in me and all that God has meant for my life, I have come to realize many of my lifelong dreams. Your encouragement and prayers continue to push me toward the finish line. You are one of those rare people that make the Kingdom a marvelous place!

April 28, 2009 @ 12:46 PM

Tracey notices Tammy: Tammy, I just wanted to tell you how thankful I am for you. God's plans for our lives is perfect and He could not have given me a sister-in-law that I could love any more than you. Your loyalaty to family is something that I appreciate and love about you. No matter what has ever happend in my life, you have been there to support me and I love you! Even in the difficult times we have been through, your faith has been so evident. You are more than a sister-in-law to me... you are really my sister and friend.... I love you!!!

April 28, 2009 @ 11:39 AM

Tracey Yates notices Peggy Gates: Mrs. Gates, I just wanted to tell you what a difference you made in my life. Although I loved music and singing before the 7th grade at PJH, over the next 5 years you really taught me to appreciate all types of music and the discipline to take the time to learn it. You are a very special person and I love you alot!

April 28, 2009 @ 11:32 AM

Jenny notices Vicki: Vicki, I just wanted to thank you for having been such a delight to work with during the worst year of my life. You will never know how much your warm smile meant to me and encouraged me. I hope that I am able to touch the lives of others the way you touched mine.

April 28, 2009 @ 11:27 AM

Rosemary notices Dr. Harper: Over the many years we worked together, I have noticed your sweet Christian spirit, attutitude, and made me want to be a better person every day. You always could see the best in everyone and the best in every situation- when I was the doubter. I have come to appreciate you more each and every day. If ever there was a Godly woman you are it. What an inspiration you are to every one you are around. Especially "ME". Love you Sister Sue.

April 28, 2009 @ 10:02 AM

Tiffany notices Tina (Mom extraordinaire): Im going to sum it up in one word... Superlative. My mom is the best. I am the luckiest girl in the world. I can only hope I am as good of a mom as she is! Thanks Mom for being amazing.

April 28, 2009 @ 9:37 AM

Tiffany notices Marc: Marc is the most driven, generous person I have had an opportunity to work with. He not only is smart but he is the top in his industry. I am very fortunate to have learned my way around our industry from the best. Marc is not only noticed, but respected by me and many many others!

April 28, 2009 @ 9:31 AM

mike cowart sr. notices Sue Foster: Even though you feel like you failed her, you loved her and did your best to show her hope and light. You cannot take responsibility for the choice that she made. "May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace." Num 6:24-26

April 28, 2009 @ 9:25 AM

Tiffany notices Shannon: Talk about noticeable. This woman stands out from the rest. She is an incredible lady that I respect more than any person on this planet. Not only is she smart, creative and very talented but she is absolutely beautiful. She takes the spotlight and runs with it. Shes everything I ever wanted or needed in a friend. She is my best friend and my sister. I can only hope everyone who reads this has experienced the love and joy Shannon has brought into my life.

April 28, 2009 @ 9:24 AM

jessica notices joey orr: joey has been a great role model in my life. she helps meith religon problems, and with my guy problems. thank you so much joey.

April 28, 2009 @ 9:08 AM

mike cowart sr. notices Esther Cowart: just wanted you to know how much I love you and admire: your love for God, your compassion, your laughter, your empathy for others, your wisdom, your great gift of discernment, and for being my lover and best friend!

April 28, 2009 @ 9:07 AM

Rosemary notices Daniel: I have noticed that you are a wonderful father, husband, and a great warrier of the faith. I appreciate you and love you more than you know.

April 28, 2009 @ 9:00 AM

Cheryl notices Bobby: I realize everyday how much I love you and how thankful I am for you. You are my life. I love you.

April 28, 2009 @ 8:48 AM

Cindi notices Jon: I am looking forward to enjoying out 23rd wedding anniversary in May! Thanks for making my life complete. Cindi

April 28, 2009 @ 12:23 AM

Caressa Sharp notices Howard Lattimore: I'm not sure there are words to notice my dad enough. He is, undoubtedly, the most influential person in my life. Good and bad, he's shaped who I am. He's made me stronger and more encouraged by his constant support and enthusiasm for all that I do. I appreciate him more than I can say. I hope my kiddos love me as much as I love him. What a great blessing that would be.

April 27, 2009 @ 8:15 PM

Julie notices John: You have been my husband for 22 years and my best friend for even longer. You love me--despite my failures. You help me become the wife, mother, woman and Christian I want to be. Together, we can do great things!

April 27, 2009 @ 8:01 PM

John notices Petula: Of course I noticed you. You are beautiful, kind, talented, loving, and wonderful. I was blessed when we became friends.

April 27, 2009 @ 6:17 PM

Paul Ross notices Tommye Ross: I wanted to notice you again to make sure that you got the message -- I love you more!

April 27, 2009 @ 5:15 PM

Paul Ross notices Tommye Ross: I love you more! And I just noticed that it is more than yesterday--

April 27, 2009 @ 5:11 PM

Petula notices John: You're deserving of more than I can ever give you and noticing you twice is my way of saying that you are "da bomb!" :D

April 27, 2009 @ 4:14 PM

Petula notices Amber: I am so proud of you and I am excited to experience the next phase of your life with you.

April 27, 2009 @ 4:13 PM

Petula notices Michael: Knowing you has been the highlight of my life.

April 27, 2009 @ 4:12 PM

Petula notices John: I hope you know how much I appreciate you.

April 27, 2009 @ 4:12 PM

Paul Brycki notices Eugene Brycki: Love you dad! You have helped shape my life into what it is today! You have been such a great Father especially when I didn't think I needed to hear it from you but you knew better!

April 27, 2009 @ 11:01 AM

Audra Krell notices Marina Berryman: Audra noticing Marina Berryman. You are a true friend, a prayer warrior and great woman after God's own heart. I'm deeply grateful for the influence you have in my life.

April 27, 2009 @ 1:55 AM

Julie Arduini notices Crista: On Monday, April 27, my blog will post a review on the book, The Noticer. There is a project called The Noticer Project where people can let people know how that person changed their perspective. You definitely through the years taught me to root for the underdog. Long live the Chris Elliott show, The Michael Reagan show, and The Golden Girls!

April 26, 2009 @ 4:44 PM

Julie Arduini notices Tom: On Monday, April 27, my blog will have a post about the Noticer, a book that recognizes the influence of perspective. I notice you as someone who taught me the life changing attitude of giving people the benefit of the doubt. I'm so grateful for that. I love you. (subject: The Noticer)

April 26, 2009 @ 4:42 PM

Julie Arduini notices Faye: On Monday, April 27 you will see I "notice" 5 people who changed my perspective, and you were one of them. (Monday: topic: The Noticer)

April 26, 2009 @ 4:39 PM

jim woldhuis notices Keith Tompkins: Keith: In writing the 5 people alive who have had the greatest impact on my life you are the first. You hold me accountable, challenge me, urge me on and celebrate every victory. Your friendship is priceless beyond measure. Serving alongside you is one of my greatests joys. Thanks and with love, jim

April 26, 2009 @ 9:02 AM

Matt Gray notices Joseph Beckham: Bro, I thank God for sending you into my life and for the time, love and care you invest in mentoring me spiritually. You are a needed blessing of spiritual refreshment in my life. Thanks for continuing to pour God's Word into me and for sharing all the insights He gives you! Blessed be the Name of the Lord! I love you bro! Matt

April 24, 2009 @ 7:13 PM

Matt Gray notices Erin Gray: Erin, thanks for all the years of putting up with me and for the great wife and mother you are. Thank you for 2 beautiful girls and for all your support and encouragement. I couldn't make it without you. I love you, Matt

April 24, 2009 @ 7:08 PM

Ruth Hannon notices Jack Hannon: Jack, you and I shared the experience of being siblings and helped each other during good and bad times. I love you and appreciate you being there for me during both.

April 24, 2009 @ 7:05 PM

Ruth Hannon notices Marie Cooney: Marie (Ree-Ree), I appreciate you being in my life, both as a sister and a friend. You are a wonderful person and I love you a lot.

April 24, 2009 @ 7:02 PM

Ruth Hannon notices Keith Merritt: Keith, I want you to know I appreciate all the support you've given me through the tough times. And I enjoy our weekly breakfast get togethers and the conversations a lot.

April 24, 2009 @ 6:58 PM

Ruth Hannon notices Elizabeth Carter: Elizabeth, you are truly a saint to me and to everyone you meet. I am so blessed to have you as my friend.

April 24, 2009 @ 6:54 PM

Matt Gray notices Robert D. Smith: Robert, I thank God that He sent you into my life many years ago and used you to plant the entrepreneurial, success, motivational, and business seeds into my life. Thanks for the continual positive attitude you have, for the years of friendship, advice and input and encouragement you have given me. Your friendship is a priceless treasure. Love you man! Matt

April 24, 2009 @ 6:44 PM

elizabethmv notices Joanne Pcolar: Just want to say a very Big Thank You for all you have done for me for the last 2 weeks. Taking me places and helping me get things straightened out. I truly appreciate you more than words can say but THANKS AGAIN for every thing.

April 24, 2009 @ 4:37 PM

elizabethmv notices Ruth Hannon: Just want you to know Ruth That you are very special person to me. You keep me laughing and God loves you.

April 24, 2009 @ 4:35 PM

Cathy Davis notices James Davis: Hey baby! I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude to you for all you do for me and for the difference you've made in my life. I thank you for holding on to me, whenever I kept trying to run and for allowing me to hold on to you when you tried to run too. You're the most important person in my life. When I'm with you, I feel complete and satisfied. I like the person you make me want to be. I hope we['ll continue to hold on to each other, through the trials and triumphs of our life together. Thank you for loving me, even when I feel all that loveable. I love you with all that I have to offer. ~ Cathy

April 24, 2009 @ 2:32 PM

Rebecca Paris notices Richard Paris: I wanted to take a moment to notice Richard Paris, my husband and one true love. I have been blessed to have you in my life. Every day I grow to love you more. I want you to know that you are the reason I am the person I am today. Your patience, understanding, and insight to the hidden parts of me have helped me grow and be more comfortable with who I am. I love spending time with you and I treasure our moments together. You are a fantastic dad with unlimited patience and ideas to help navigate our children on the straight and narrow path. I just want you to know how much I love you. I am so blessed to have you in my life.

April 23, 2009 @ 1:10 PM

Stephanie Baffone notices Stephanie DelliCompagni: Hi Steph, I came across this website and you immediately came to mind. There are not words to tell you what a difference your constant love and support has made in my life. These days as I embark on living my dream, you know I have those moments where I doubt. Your words of wisdom make me laugh and on those days I wander around thinking, "oh brother...what am I doing" your advice and perspective are like the slap in the face I need!!! You make a difference to me and I wanted to take this opportunity to tell that to the whole world! Fresh strawberry lives!

April 22, 2009 @ 11:29 PM

Stephanie Baffone notices Roberty DiCerbo: Hi Bobby, I wanted to take this chance to thank you publicly for being the more tireless, loving brother to me over the years. You perpetually believe in me and cheer me on. You probably don't know how much your devotion has meant to me but let me say to the mattered and I noticed! I love you!

April 22, 2009 @ 11:23 PM

Stephanie Baffone notices Liz Sweeny: Hi Liz, I came across this amazing website and wanted to take this opportunity to publicly thank you for being one of the few people in my life who has made this journey a little bit easier to navigate. You listen with a loving ear, allow the space I need to process my complicated relationship with God and routinely make me feel like I am actually someone pretty special. Liz, thank you and may God bless you as much as you have blessed the lives of others. Stephanie

April 22, 2009 @ 11:16 PM

Keiki Hendrix notices Matt Hendrix: To say that Matt is my very best friend is an understatement. He is my husband and after the Lord Jesus Christ, Matt is my very best friend. He often 'notices' things in my life that I overlook. Many times he brings the perspective I need to the issues I face in my life. I cannot imagine what my life would be without my husband Matt.

April 22, 2009 @ 7:42 PM

Keiki Hendrix notices Lou Pruitt: The one thing to notice about Lou Pruitt is her life of worship. I first noticed her after we joined Westwood Baptist Church in Easley, SC. You could not miss Ms. Lou, she was the one who was having her own personal church as she sang songs to her Lord. I think of that moment sometimes and find encouragement and a deep sense of kinship.

April 22, 2009 @ 7:37 PM

Bob Settle notices Bobby Bennett: Bobby is the epitome of a great leader and possesses one of the most astute business minds I have ever encountered but his greatest attribute is his ability to lead others. Bobby is a passionate visionary who openly communicates what he sees to others effectively enough they readily embrace and support the vision. He encourages others and practices a participative, collaborative style that makes work not so much a four letter word!

April 22, 2009 @ 3:55 PM

Mandy` notices Pat Murphy: You are a community builder. When my family and I first moved to Niwot, within days you had arranged a play date for my children. You're always willing to help, reaching out and being a friend. It's people like you that make Niwot such a special place to live.

April 21, 2009 @ 5:19 PM

Mandy notices Dawn Macy: You were the first person I interviewed for my blog even before I had the blog up and running! You had faith in me and believed in this project. Once I'd interviewed you, then I had to make the blog happen. Now when I start to have doubts about where this is leading, I can see us sitting in your office and I know I just have to keep going - just have to make this happen.

April 21, 2009 @ 5:18 PM

Mandy notices Shelley Schlender: You have willingly shared with me your expertise and knowledge of audio production. You are never too busy to answer my questions, proof my story or check my pronunciation. Even when I flub on air, you still find something positive to say and make me feel less irritated with myself.

April 21, 2009 @ 5:18 PM

Mandy notices Jan Wilson: We've known each other for almost 30 years and even though there's been thousands of miles separating us for more than 20 years, I still think of you as my closest friend. You're always there for me, never judgmental, always accepting. Don't know what I would do without you.

April 21, 2009 @ 5:17 PM

Mandy notices Clair Cahir: Clair Cahir - when I took severance from my corporate job five years ago, I told you I was thinking about a career change and becoming a journalist. You encouraged me and introduced me to the folks at the local newspaper. You showed me the ropes and with your support, I went back to school. Now consider myself a journalist, writer and audio producer. Thank you!

April 21, 2009 @ 5:16 PM

Bob Settle notices Regina: The love of my life! She loves with enthusiasm and lives life to the fullest. Her smile lights up the darkest room and her eyes have more sparkle than Santa's! She encourages and uplifts, supports and comforts. She simply makes life worth the effort. God could not have designed a better wife! I love you and thank you for all that you made of me.

April 21, 2009 @ 11:09 AM

Bob Settle notices Jason Nave: Jason is the consumate striver. Carpe diem is his creed. He is an accomplisher and goal attainer. Jason maximizes the use of all resources to achieve what he sets out to achieve. He is a teacher who touches others and those who allow him to touch them never get over it.

April 21, 2009 @ 11:02 AM

Bob Settle notices Russell Justice: Russell Justice is the most amazing man I have ever met. Witty, wise and warm. Mentor, coach, example. He is used by God in so many roles. He is the father we all wished we had and we all wish we were. He has influenced business people and corporations to treat people better. Russell has shared his knowledge and his passion and encouraged me to do the same. He is truly a mighty man!

April 21, 2009 @ 10:56 AM

Rob notices Tanya: Thank you for letting me be a part of your life, i have learned so much from you, patience, kindness and love. There is a radiant glow about you that everyone around you cant help but notice. I will forever be in your debt and always love you

April 19, 2009 @ 2:01 PM

Rob notices Shannon: I will never be able to thank you enough for what i have learned from you this past year. Your strength, your never ending love for your friends and family and your passion for life continue to drive me to being a better person. Thank you for letting me be a part of your life

April 19, 2009 @ 1:33 PM

Janet Ann Collins notices John Olson: Thanks for all the help and support you've given me over the years. I'm a much better writer because of you and all the other SCUM.

April 17, 2009 @ 3:36 PM

Kelly notices Marie: Sometimes the most challenging relationships are the most fulfilling. I've been challenged in the best of ways-to be independent, to be compassionate, to be patient-and grown those muscles like I never would have before. But it has not all been work...plenty of it has been flat out joy and a connection approaching perfection (in my personal book). I notice her every day, but especially on this site...I've noticed you, Marie!

April 17, 2009 @ 10:26 AM

Angie notices Mom: for making such YUMMY Korean food... even after a long, arduous day at work.

April 16, 2009 @ 3:51 PM

Sue notices Larry: My sweetheart husband, I want you to know you are one of the most influential people in my life. I was always attracted to smart men and I recognized your smartness when I met you! You have taught me to be more disciplined in my thinking, more thoughtful about my choices, more mature in my approach to others, giving less of myself away. I am a better person having lived with you. You are a profound influence upon my life!

April 16, 2009 @ 11:06 AM

Bianca notices Tim: Honey, you have been the most influential person in my life. You have taught me how to really live life to the fullest with gusto and loud laughter. You helped bring me out of my shell which I am sure you wish you could get me back into a little! You are my life, my love, my everything. Thank you and I love you so much! Your wife. B

April 16, 2009 @ 10:25 AM

Rose Gonzalez notices Diane: Hi Sis! Thanks for everything. I appreciate how you are such a wonderful sister. Consider myself to be blessed to have you. God bless.

April 16, 2009 @ 6:09 AM

Caillan Kelly notices Anthony & Michelle: Hey Big Thanks to my two main mentors for sticking with me up until this point.I've learnt plenty & your help has been fantastic! Thanks guys

April 15, 2009 @ 8:10 PM

Erin notices Andrea: If only a Mack truck had the drive and energy that you do! You inspire everyone around you (even though you make us all look like wimps!) Your spirit, energy and passion are motivating, and they challenge the rest of us to keep up with the bar you have set. You are a leader, Andrea, and yes, I will happily follow!!

April 15, 2009 @ 5:30 PM

Erin notices Jill: My beautiful friend, Jill. (Yes, that is what I call you behind your back!) A stunning beauty you are - both physically and also from within. Your brilliant mind, your generous heart, your loving soul - these are the traits that make you "glow" like no other. I treasure our time together, most especially our hikes. I grow from every conversation with you, and I am grateful for your advice, insights and support. I am better for knowing you, Jill. Thank you.

April 15, 2009 @ 5:25 PM

Erin notices Pam: My dear friend, Pam. The one who takes care of us all. Seriously, you do. What a gift you possess, and how lucky is everyone else that you so willingly give of yourself?! Your thoughtfulness goes beyond my expectations, every time...and your laughter exudes your happiness and pours love on us all. It's a joy just to be around you. It's an incredible blessing that you are my neighbor and friend.

April 15, 2009 @ 5:20 PM

Erin notices Kelly S: If I could pick one person who is likely thinking the same thing or feeling the same emotion as me, it is you, my dear friend. What would I ever do without your love, comfort, encouragement and support? You always know just what to say or do, and I never leave you without a smile. That, my friend, is the greatest incentive to always remain in each other's lives! Thank you for making my life better!

April 15, 2009 @ 5:14 PM

Erin notices Kelly D: I don't have a sister, but you are it by choice. (Everyone asks us that anyway!) You have been an emotional, spiritual and professional support - sometimes, even a crutch that is literally holding me up. You have been there for some of the most critical decisions, most celebrated moments and joyous occasions of my life. I wouldn't have had it any other way, and I look forward to sharing much more of our lives together, arm-in-arm, as only we can do, my dear friend.

April 15, 2009 @ 5:10 PM

Erin notices Wendy: You are such a special and inspiring woman, Wendy. You hold all your friends accountable, and we are all better people because of your influence. Thank you for often interjecting such a faithful perspective. Thank you for doing all the reading and research from which we all benefit. Thank you for being sincere, real and loving. (Nice and beautiful are just icing on the cake!!)

April 15, 2009 @ 5:06 PM

Stephanie Vanden Boomen notices Amy Daniels: Thanks for being such an awesome best friend! although you are a million miles away! :) You are amazing and beautiful!!

April 15, 2009 @ 12:23 PM

misty flynn notices kenya simmons: Thank you so much for becoming my best friend , my mentor and a sister to me. The way you have reached out to me and countless others has touched my heart and soul and it helps me strive to be a better person, an I now see that with my savior Jesus Christ and you by my side there is no mountain I can't climb! I love you.

April 15, 2009 @ 1:03 AM

Paul Fowler notices Robert Knowles: Thank you Bob for your wisdom beyond years and for impacting my life in a significant way on a regular basis! May God continue to bless life and your ministry!

April 14, 2009 @ 9:33 PM

Paul Fowler notices John Weiler: Thank you John for making a major impact on my life; for your wisdom and love for Jesus that speaks volumes about your character as a follower of Him!

April 14, 2009 @ 9:28 PM

Paul Fowler notices Chris Killacky: Thank you Chris for making a significant impact on my life and for your friendship!

April 14, 2009 @ 9:23 PM

Paul Fowler notices Mike Durkee: Thank you Mike for making a major impact on my life and for being a really good friend over the years!

April 14, 2009 @ 9:19 PM

Paul Fowler notices Terry Atkinson: Thanks Terry for making a significant impact on my life. You have been a real friend!

April 14, 2009 @ 9:16 PM

Tim notices Shauna: You are such an encourager, strength, and peace in my life. Always their, never ignoring me, welcoming when times are tough. Your smile makes me smile inside. I guess these are the reasons I married you! My Love and care for you is deeper than ever.

April 14, 2009 @ 9:14 PM

Kent Coley notices Darwin Moody: Darwin saw things in me that I had not yet discovered. He gave me my first music business job which led me on an amazing journey over the last 14 years and I owe him so much for that one opportunity. One of the most important things I learned from Darwin was how to really listen, relate, and communicate with people. He gave me a foundation that has opened some many things in my life. I am eternally grateful and am a better person for knowing him. Much love to you Dr. Moody!

April 14, 2009 @ 6:03 PM

Kirk notices Beth Lockamy: Beth, at a time in my life when I needed a strong support at work and a strong support as a new husband and father, God gave me such an amazing blessing by sending you into my life (and Brenda's). In the office you were my right arm with business and out of the office you were a friend, mother, sister, encourager and the best cook in all of the south! Thank you for the investment you made in my life. I'm forever grateful to you and Aaron for loving me, believing in me, guiding me and supporting me. I love you both.

April 14, 2009 @ 5:03 PM

Kirk notices Aaron Lockamy: As I look back over the years and identify those who really made an impact in my life, you are certainly one of those at the top of the list!!! Aaron, what amazing memories I have walking around the lake with you, Brenda and Beth as we discussed productivity, sales, marketing, and spiritual matters. You have made a significant difference in my personal and professional life and I am grateful. What a blessing it is to have someone like you in my life who is a friend, teacher, mentor, example, preacher, encourager and father to me.

April 14, 2009 @ 4:59 PM

kirk notices hal: Hal- I was leading a study last week and we were talking about "speaking the truth in love" and I thought of something you told me several years ago that changed my entire outlook on my personal career and character... After badgering you most of the meeting - trying to convince you that I was qualified for the job, you gently and genuinely said to me, "I hear what you're saying but I want you to consider that you have a higher opinion of yourself than reality" And while that hit me like a brick the first time I heard it, God has used your words to remind me of Who He is and who I am NOT. It has also helped shape me and my attitude towards humilty and service. You may not even remember that conversation but it has stuck with me all of these years and has shaped the person I am today. Thank you for your leadership in my early years in this industry.

April 14, 2009 @ 4:52 PM

Kirk notices Bill: When I think about the years I've spent in this industry and the way I've grown, I honestly am reminded of the way you guided, taught and encouraged me in the ways of this crazy Christian retail world. I am thankful for your friendship.

April 14, 2009 @ 4:46 PM

Mark notices Debra: Debra is the my very best friend and the most important person in the world to me. I am thankful each day that she is in my life!

April 14, 2009 @ 4:27 PM

Jeannette notices My Neighbor: My Crackhead Neighbor - man, I love you! You taught me SO many valuable things! Just thinking about what I learned from you brings joyful tears to my eyes. (For real.) I learned that 1) I alone am responsible for how I feel; 2) people are capable of absolutely anything (that means both of us, good and bad); 3) I can choose peace instead of war. You gave me great inspiration to learn releasing resistance under challenging circumstances. Thank you for that. I don’t know anyone else who would have had the stubbornness to see me through it. It’s a privilege to call you my friend today.

April 14, 2009 @ 12:31 PM

Paula Wiseman notices Amanda Jeffries: Amanda is my closest friend. After my husband, she was the first person that I dared to be open with and I have never regretted it. She constantly encourages and uplifts me. I so appreciate her passion for God, her confidence and her wisdom. I can't imagine my life without her.

April 14, 2009 @ 11:27 AM

Paula Wiseman notices Jonathan Wiseman: My husband Jon has been the most positive influence in my life. He has a strong, genuine faith that I strive to emulate. He has been willing and diligent to learn how to support me emotionally. He loves me in a sacrificial, sheltering way. He is the perfect example of a husband and father and he makes me want to be my best. I am so very thankful to God for the gift He gave me when He brought us together.

April 14, 2009 @ 11:20 AM

Annie Downs notices Shannon Primicerio: Shannon was the first friend I made when I began to be a full-time author. Every good connection I have in writing is from her. She encourages my writing while also being selfless with her connections and knowledge. She is an extremely talented author and speaker and she challenges me to be better at our craft. She is, without question, the most influential friend in my writing career.

April 14, 2009 @ 1:41 AM

Annie Downs notices Tom and Pam Downs: My parents have been the most influential people in my life. They raised me in a Godly home, insisted I get a good education, and replaced all the tires I busted on the car(s). They have supported me at every turn, pushed me when i wanted to stop, let me follow God even when it wasn’t fun for any of us, and they are just really good at raising kids. I consider myself very lucky for being born into this family.

April 14, 2009 @ 1:39 AM

Annie Downs notices Haley Watkins: Haley is one of my best friends and I have known her for the majority of my life. She plucked my eyebrows for the first time, went shopping with me for my first homecoming dress, cooked me breakfast my first day of college, asked me to be a bridesmaid, and shares my love for all things Top Chef. Every huge decision in my life gets sent through the Haley Filter because she is full of wisdom and honesty. I love her and am grateful for her influence in my life every day.

April 14, 2009 @ 1:36 AM

Annie Downs notices Kathleen Morris: Kathleen led my small group at church for all of middle school and high school. Her guidance in my life, in decision making, and in following God's will, has been priceless. I know God better because of her influence in my life.

April 14, 2009 @ 1:32 AM

Annie Downs notices Susan Spence: Mrs. Spence was my third grade teacher. I remember clearly sitting in her classroom and thinking, "If this is what being a teacher is, I wanna do it." And for five years of teaching, I tried to be like her. We went to lunch about a year ago and I can only pray that in 15 years, I'll get a call from a student to see if I'm available to grab lunch. Cause that's proof of a lasting impact.

April 14, 2009 @ 1:27 AM

Missy Narkates notices David Narkates: My husband has significantly influenced my life in such a positive way. Much like my dad, he is a man of his word. He is a hard worker. He is another "one in a million" that was so hard to find! I prayed that one day I would find someone that would take my young son and I as a "package deal" and love us the way that my dad did. Then, there he was. My prayers were answered. Dave, you walked into my life and have given us the love, guidance, and support that we have needed. You taught me how to love again, unconditionally! You have been an amazing dad to both of our boys! Thank you for being such a great leader of our family. I am so proud and honored to be your wife. God knew exactly what I needed when He blessed me with you. I love you so much and I am so proud of the man I married! I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with you! -Your Wife

April 14, 2009 @ 12:17 AM

Missy Narkates notices Neal Allen: My step-father, that I have lovingly called "Dad" all of my life has influenced me in so many ways. He came into my mother's life when I was just a couple of years old. He took us both as a "package deal" and has loved us ever since! He has been there for me through some of the hardest times of my life. He has never once turned his back on matter the stupid mistakes that I have made. He has lovingly been there with open arms teaching me the better path to take. I have the upmost respect for this man. This man is a man of his word! He is one in a million and I am so greatfull that God paired the two of them together! He is a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. You have taught us so much! Thank you Dad for loving us the way that you do...only love buys love! I love you! -Your daughter

April 13, 2009 @ 11:51 PM

Missy Narkates notices Debbie Allen: I would like to take a moment to thank my mother for being my "everything" for all of these years! There is nothing like a mother's love! She has worked so hard to raise three children, now grown with kids of their own. She is also a wonderful grandmother to all five of her grandchildren. This woman would drop anything and everything if any of us needed her. She goes beyond the call of motherly duty! Only now that I am older do I truely appreciate all that she has done for us, as well as all she continues to do! Thank you Mom, for your loving guidance throughout the years. Thank you for the love that you give Dad, your children, and your grandchildren. We love you so much! -Your daughter

April 13, 2009 @ 11:36 PM

Missy Narkates notices Barbara Melville: One of the most influential women in my life would have to be one of my best friends...Barbara Melville, also known as "My Nana." This lady is one of the most Godly women I have ever known. I cannot imagine what my life would have been like without her guidance. She has taught each of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren what love truely is. It is not the money you make, the house you live in, or the car you drive that defines who you are. Money only can buy so cannot buy love. She is one of the most selfless people I have ever known. Always helping others when in need. Giving all that she can to everyone else when she is on such a limited income herself. I would love to take this opportunity to thank her for being the Godly woman that she is. I am sure my Paw Paw is smiling down from Heaven proud of the woman he married! I love you Nana! (Your great-grandson, Cory also thinks your great and is ready for a late night game of cards with the wizard!)

April 13, 2009 @ 11:16 PM

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