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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Linda Haft notices Jeff Perkins: Jeff was one of the best "bosses" I've ever had. He has high (but fair) standards and gave those of us who wanted to work hard and learn as much as possible wonderful opportunities. He has always appreciated effort and his compliments are sincere. I wish there were more mentors and managers like Jeff out there. I am very fortunate to have worked for him.

February 4, 2010 @ 2:35 PM

Barbara Cissell notices Sherri Ferstler: I would like to notice Sherri Ferstler,who came into my life on the GreedyorNeedy site.She has been like a daughter to me and never fails to uplift me when I am felling bad.She takes care of her family,has a business,and still finds time to make each and every person who knows her feel special.God bless you,Sherri.

February 2, 2010 @ 3:17 PM

Anonymous notices Steve Quantumatters: To Steve at, I just wanted to "notice" you publicly for everything you have done for me after the deaths of my loved ones. You will never realize how much peace of mind you gave me by getting me "in touch" with them. No way on Gods green Earth could you have known so much otherwise to give me such great validation! Thank you so much and I hope you go on to help many more grieving people. God bless you Steve. Much love, You know who

February 2, 2010 @ 1:55 PM

Becky Jarvis notices Brenda Archambault: Brenda, It is the small acts of kindness that you do for the GON community that really makes you stand out as a caring individual. That special card seems to always come at the right time to brighten up someone's life.

February 2, 2010 @ 11:54 AM

Dana Key notices Bill: Hi Bill, This was an opportunity for me to recognize people who have made me a better person, changed my life, or given me inspiration. I definitely wanted to let you know that you are on top of my list! We met by chance but have stayed close by choice, and our friendship means the world to me! You have been my colleague, my friend, and my support system - - - you have witnessed so many ups and downs in my life, and you always helped me get through the worst and celebrated with me the best. I cherish you, and I love you. Thanks and BIGGEST hugs! Dana

January 31, 2010 @ 11:24 AM

Dana Key notices Ronnie: Hi Ronnie, This was an opportunity for me to recognize those people who helped to make me a better person, so naturally, I thought of you. Thank you for believing in me, giving me challenges, making me reach for stars that seemed out of reach, and for realizing my dreams! You were a huge part of my success, and remain a dear and close friend! I am glad you came into my life! Love, Dana

January 31, 2010 @ 11:18 AM

Dana Key notices Betty: Dear Aunt Betty, I want to tell you how much your faith in me and your attention to me all of my life has meant. From when I was just a little girl until my grown-up days, you have been there for me, and I don't know what I would have done without you! Thanks for always being my friend, confidant, and cheerleader. I love you! Dana

January 31, 2010 @ 11:16 AM

Dana Key notices Erin: Hi Erin, When I think of all of the people who have made a positive difference in my life, you are at the top of the list. When I had so many problems and much sadness, I looked down at you and you inspired me to go on with giving us the best life we could have. Because of you, I became a better mother, person, and daughter, and I am grateful for that! I love you! Mom

January 31, 2010 @ 11:14 AM

Dana Key notices Meagan: Hi Meagan, I wanted to tell you how much your sweet nature, forgiving heart, belief in the goodness of others, and your love for me has inspired me to be a better Mother. You are truly a light that is visible to all in a dark world! You have made a difference in my life since the day you were born. I love you, Mom

January 31, 2010 @ 11:12 AM

Cristina notices Janice: you have potental that needs to be used in the ay God gave you dont worry about what someone may say or think your not doing it for them your doing it for God and your self to make you happy you have a life to live your always doing for others take time for your self and say no sometimes its better to see you smile them to see you down because you are out of energy life is to short and youve waisted many years on sitting on it YOUR BOOK as well as other things just take that step and go forth God will help you in any way need be make your self determind and go after your life like you are determind to be there for your family I Love You have a blessed day you are you and no one can tell you different you are one of a kind a gift from God and a gift to me and im blessed to have you in my life thank you for being my insperation and being my light when i feel in the dark ive learned so much from you

January 29, 2010 @ 11:14 PM

Jeff Givens notices LaMont Givens and Thomas McIlreavy: I’ve been thinking about this for some time now. How can mere words really capture what a person(s) teachings and leadership have meant to another’s life, it almost seems like an injustice to even try. I have been blessed to have very strong mentors in my life both in my family and those I consider friends. My father- Terry LaMont Givens was born in October of 1936 and had 2 wonderful parents, 2 sisters and 1 brother and from what I was told about the early years as he called them they had their share of troubles, most families do. He and my mother were married for a number of years but then figured out that they were better friends apart. Now my father never would never shy away from talking about when he was a kid everything was a learning experience he could use to teach me what to do or what not to do and it made for some great conversations, embarrassing at times but always memorable. That was just how he was, he openly talked with me about anything I wanted and if he didn’t have the answer we’d find it together. He made a lot of money and lost a lot but never stopped telling me that he loved me and that he was proud of me, money and possessions had nothing to do with it. Sure he wanted me to have it better than he did growing up but in the end it was always about “are you happy?” cuz that’s all that really matters. Thanks dad—I’m happy. Now I was lucky my mother had good taste in men because her second marriage was to Thomas Watson McIlreavy born in the United State in 1927 but raised in Scotland. My mother came to this country from Scotland at 18 and not long after her first marriage ended she met my step father at a local social club, He asked her to dance, and she said no but within weeks they were dating. It was a bit odd at the start but I can’t remember ever introducing him as my “step father” he wasn’t to me, he was my dad. While I was growing up we had our disagreements but I was never made to feel like I wasn’t his son not even when he and my mother had my brother James and I can tell you that was the best feeling ever. There was no “that’s my son and this is my real son” it never mattered who was first or who was blood he was just dad and I was his son. My dad taught me that GOD was the one thing that never left me in hard times; HE never turned away in times of trouble and always had his hand open waiting to take mine. My dad was not a tall man in height but in his walk with GOD he towered over many people I see today they can’t hold a candle to him, he wasn’t a saint but he never tried to be, he wanted to be the best he could be. He led by example and speaking for myself it’s not easy to be like him but he taught me that it’s ok just keep trying because the reward we get in the end is better than anything he could give me on earth. Both my fathers are gone now but what they’ve left me and my family will go on forever. I was taught by one father how the world worked and how to enjoy it without losing a part of myself to it and remember that what’s important is “are you happy”, and the other father taught me to be a good husband, father and to always think about the other people I come across in my daily life. Speak for the one’s that can’t or won’t and if the cause is just fight for what you believe, you may not win but at least you can look yourself in the mirror. GOD IS GREAT and will never leave me or forsake me, he is there in the morning and at night and always ready to “take my hand”.

January 27, 2010 @ 10:58 AM

Sandy Rowley notices Lauren Klein: Lauren is such a great inspiration in my life. I am always inspired by her determination, work ethic and passion for building a better community. Thank you for reminding me to stay focused, keep the faith and be greatful for the many blessings in my life. With much love and respect, your friend always, Sandy

January 26, 2010 @ 5:00 PM

Jeff Givens notices Fred Zimmerman: Fred Zimmerman has been the minister of my church for 30+years and has an infectious spirit about him. He loves the LORD and you can see it in his daily walk but also in the way he talks to people especially kids. I grew up in the South Redford Christian Church and Fred has really been the only minister I’ve known and I proud to say I’m the person I am today in part because of Fred. He and his wife Bonnie have been second parents to me over the years and now that I’m married and have had my own children it’s wonderful to see the impact they’ve had on my kids. Sometimes I’m sure it’s hard for someone to lead a church and not know for sure that they’ve done enough to get the congregation to love the LORD, to learn about and read there Bibles and to go out and be truly GODS people but from where I stand Fred and Bonnie have. The church has had its up’s and down’s, people have come and gone along with big idea’s and big dreams but one thing has always been stead fast and that’s their love for the Lord and each other—there light truly shines for the rest of us.

January 26, 2010 @ 4:10 PM

Rob Boone (lil' big-eyed kid) notices Heather: In the interest of simplicity: I love you- somehow old and grey has its charm when you're by my side.

January 14, 2010 @ 1:34 PM

Rob Boone notices Terri Kirk: I know no one alive more deserving of my admiration or praise.

January 14, 2010 @ 1:32 PM

wafa notices gapiee: i love you . kisses ;)

January 11, 2010 @ 7:51 AM

Dr. Joyce Knudsen notices Danielle Dunker: If you want to hire the best, the only person to hire is Danielle Dunker. I have watched her work for two years and witnessed how she "makes your work, her work!" She is a phenomenal graphic designer and someone with a solid work ethic. It is for this reason she belongs in The Noticer Project. - Dr. Joyce

January 7, 2010 @ 12:51 PM

Dr. Joyce Knudsen notices Dr. Tony Alessandra: Dr. Tony Alessandra has been my "silent mentor" for my whole life. He is the author of The Platinum Rule and everything he's done, I've heard. Dr. Alessandra deserves the attention of the noticer project!

January 4, 2010 @ 7:43 PM

Dr. Joyce Knudsen notices Sarah Edwards: Sarah is a great person who has helped her husband as well as become "her own person." I admire Sarah for being able to work as a team as well as earn her own credentials as a Ph.D. She is someone I look up to!

January 4, 2010 @ 7:39 PM

Dr. Joyce Knudsen notices Paul Edwards: Paul Edwards is an amazing man. He encouraged millions of people, along with his wife, Sarah, to be successful at home businesses. Now, he has done so much more. Read about the Elm Street Library at

January 4, 2010 @ 7:37 PM

Dr. Joyce Knudsen notices Jay Niblick: Jay Niblick deserves to be noticed. His book, What's Your Genius helps anyone become the best they can be by illustrating with the use of the Internet and exercises that we all have genius qualities.

January 4, 2010 @ 7:34 PM

eric petersen notices Lionel Reinert: I want to notice Lionel for support, Professionalism, and kindness. My music tech is a remarkable guy, always available for support, Thanks so much

January 4, 2010 @ 1:04 PM

eric petersen notices Patrizia Petersen: We met in 1988, I was sure I would marry her after seeing her from across the room... I had NEVER felt that way ? We had a lunch date at a hot dog stand and have been together ever since, I have had love and support every day and I hope I have returned that love and support.

January 4, 2010 @ 1:02 PM

Christopher Holmes notices Katy Holmes: I want to let you know how much you are recognized by me for what you do for me, our kids, the kids you teach and the rest of our family. You are amazing and get much too little credit. You are my hero and I love you very much!

January 4, 2010 @ 10:46 AM

Matt Johnson notices Mary Johnson: Mary knows me the best of anyone, she's patient, fun, and easy going..and a great mom to our daughter Maddie.

December 30, 2009 @ 9:52 PM

george spradlin notices Joe Sostarich: In 2003 I took a job with a mortgage company in Louisville Kentucky. The owner was a 70ish year old man named Joe Sostarich. He refuses to count years, they mean nothing. I worked for this man for 8 months when the manager and I had a disagreement. He basically was a thief which he proved to everyone later. I quit and went to work at a place where this man wouldn't have his hand on my pay check. In 2008 I am walking across a parking lot when a car starts chasing me, so i stopped and the driver was Joe Sostarich, and boy did he want to know how I knew this man was a crook. I told him and asked him what he was doing, he said he had formed a company and needed a sales person did I want to be that sales person? I asked what does it pay he told me, and I said that is about 30k less than i am making now. To this his reply was sure you make more but you aren't working for me. I said you are right I am not, so where do i sign. I took the job and I have been with him for over a year now. If I am down he takes me for Jelly lunches, no one can be sad, or depressed if you are eating jelly. He gave me several oppurtunities to supplement my income outside of our company. He sits me down and tells me almost true stories about his life, he is my confidant, my employer, my mentor, but most of all Joe is my friend. I listen to every word he says I laugh, and I get to go eat with him. His favorite restaurant is Waffle House. There is not a waffle house in Louisville, that he is not known in. When they see him in the parking lot they start a fresh pot of coffee, and every waitress, and cook yells out his name when he comes in. he is a friend to everyone and everybody, Joe jhas given me oppurtunities that I would never dream possible. He lives everyday like it was his last, and encourages everyone too. While reading the Noticer, I realized my Jones was Joe. Thanks Joe You are my friend and I love you!

December 30, 2009 @ 3:48 PM

Dan notices Chevy: I would like to notice, thank and honor a man called “Chevy” by all his friends and family, who I have never had the pleasure of meeting personally however he has still had a profound impact on my life. This man true to the teachings knew nothing of the “7 Decisions” but lived them everyday without even knowing. Through the stories of his closest family members telling of his honesty, integrity and selfless caring for all of humanity, I can tell he is great man whom and I will strive the rest of my life to emulate. The prove was not only present at his funeral, were hundreds of people in a small town came to show their own thanks to this great man, but through his own living version of the “Butterfly Effect” I have had the pleasure of coming to know his off spring as the greatest friend I have ever known, and each and everyday displays his life time of teachings Chevy, I did not get to meet you in this life, but I would be truly honored to meet you in the next to thank you personally for your inspiration and the creation of my closest and dearest friend. You are a great inspiration to me in these most difficult times in my life and will work relentlessly to be but a fraction of the man you were!

December 29, 2009 @ 6:49 PM

Jaye notices Charlie: You've been noticed, by me, here and publicly. I want you to know that I see you, in my mind and my heart, every day. I know who you are, how you drop a few dollars on the grocery store line when you hear a lady adding up her groceries and wondering if she will have to put some back because she can't pay for them, then she finds the dollars, what joy! I see you listening, present and engaged with your grandchildren as they share their excitements and their disappointments. I see you with your daughters, family, friends, co workers, and hear the bad jokes and stories you tell so well. You make a difference, Charlie, day by day, moment by moment. And I want you to know, I notice. I feel it in the air I breathe. I am touched, warmed, by who are in the world. Thank you, I love you, Jaye

December 29, 2009 @ 10:18 AM

Emanuel notices Annette Rodriguez: Hello Mom, I wanted to take some time and "notice" you. I wanted to write and tell you how you have made and are still making a difference in my life. Your ability to stay positive through anything and everything always reminds me to appreciate the fact that I am simply alive. Thanks for all that you have taught me and all of your unconditional love. Bendicion!!

December 28, 2009 @ 10:58 AM

Eddie notices Don Thompson: Don, I just wanted you to know how often your name comes up as one of the few who helped me make a major turn in my life. The first time I ever heard the quote "Humility is the beginning of wisdom" was from you. Your management style may have been viewed as "abrasive" by some, but it was one of the key reasons I got over my challenges and moved on with my life. I just wanted you to know, you make a difference in what you do.

December 24, 2009 @ 2:50 PM

Eddie Anderson notices Mary: Mary, As I took some time today to reflect on all the blessings we have in our life, for me, you keep coming to the front of everyone and everything........ I just wanted you (and the world) to know that I notice and so appreciate the way you are handling and have handled the various challenges the current economy has placed on our finances. I appreciate the way you speak the truth and then purpose to build me up when I have moments of doubt regarding my abilities, when you could easily find reasons to tear me down. I notice your peace, received through the obvious way you "privately" handle your fears and doubts with God and depend on him for your strength, rather than allow them to build into major frustrations and them pile them on me. You are a true blessing and an incredible example of how a wife can empower her husband to keep going and keep believing no matter what the circumstances are that surround him. You truly bring to life the vows "For Better or for Worse".

December 17, 2009 @ 4:13 PM

Marshall Jones Jr. notices Carla (Momma) F. Jones: I found this website called The Noticer Project. It encourages people to "notice" others who've inspired them. You were the first person who came to mind.

December 17, 2009 @ 2:15 PM

Sheila notices Donnie Swaggart: Donnie you are such a Inspiration to me I wanted you to know that I appreciate you so very much. you are the greatest Pastor and I Thank you so Very Much for leading me back to the Cross someday I Hope to tell you face to face Just How Much ILove and appreciate you and your Ministry God Bless you ps I have always wanted a Big Brother and Now i feel i have one in you Thanks again

December 10, 2009 @ 9:35 AM

rachel notices nathan: just wanted to notice the best brother in the world! you are so nice and talented! im glad we dont fight too much! :) you are so funny and great at music. i know you can do anything you set your mind to if you work at it! i love you and im proud to say youre my brother. love you shmeckles! :)

December 2, 2009 @ 9:37 PM

rachel notices olivia: Just so you know I am "noticing" you because you are more than a friend to me. You are more like a sister. You encourage me everyday. i couldn't make it through middle school without you! :) you have great advice and you are just plain awesome!! i am soo thankful i met you. to think we've been friends for almost 8 years!! thats amazing to me! :D our friendship isn't like most, we can tell each other anything, we care for each other like sisters, we encourage each other, and we always have each others back! i know i can always trust you and count on you! <3, rachel :D

December 2, 2009 @ 9:34 PM

rachel notices Richard Paris: I am noticing you because: A) you encourage me b) you are my crazy stage dad c) you listen to me d) you provide for me e) you set a good example for me f) you pick me up when i am sad g) you support me in everything h) you help me i) of everything you do that i dont thank you for enough j) you drive me to school K) you love me with all your heart And i love you too! i am soo glad you are my daddy! there are many more reasons but i dont have time to type them all. I will always be your brown eyed girl xoxo :)

December 2, 2009 @ 9:25 PM

Rachel notices Rebecca Paris: I am noticing you because: A) you noticed me B) you are my wonderful mother C) i live with you so its kinda hard not to notice you lol (just kidding) D) you are my amazing crazy stage mom E) You are a great cook F) you are an excellent editor :) G) you are an inspiration to me H) you are my primary teacher I) you do soo many things i dont feel like i thank you enough J) you help me and are a great advisor K) you care for me and love me there are many more reasons but i dont have enough time to type them all. I love you and I thank you for everything you do for me my school our family and our church. I love you!! <3 :D

December 2, 2009 @ 8:45 PM

Sharla Taylor notices Marylane: You are my dearest friend on the whole planet. Thanks for praying with me, encouraging me, and laughing with me. I consider our friendship one of life's greatest blessings! I am thankful God brought you into my life! Love, Sharla

November 30, 2009 @ 2:53 PM

SandraWoodard958 notices Melinda: Melinda, I am so happy to see you growing and changing and at the same time being true to who you are. I have been happy to share,because I knew that you wouldn't judge anything I said and that you would give me honest,loving feedback. That's a real gift. We all need friends that can embrace a relationship with these characteristics. I am so proud to see you pass that to your girls. You're a beautiful lady with her feet on the ground. You'll never be bored or boring and I love you with all of my heart.

November 30, 2009 @ 10:33 AM

Juan notices Juan: Probando, probando

November 30, 2009 @ 8:35 AM

emily notices lisa: mama i just want to notice you because you do so much that never gets any credit!! i don't know what i would do without you...seriously. our family would fall apart if anything ever happened to i know i don't always do what i should but i appreciate everything you do for me you are the upmost unconditionaly loving person i know not many people are so lucky to have a mother like you. when i got in trouble i cried and cried because i was afraid you would never forgive me, but i know you love me and all my flaws and lazy ways i promise you will be as proud of me as i am of you one day and i only hope i can be as strong and as wonderful as a mother as you are.

November 29, 2009 @ 1:59 PM

emily notices jackie: dear grandmama you are the best person in my life you have always been supportive and not judged me even though i am to short to be a rockette (hahaha) you still love me. i hope when i become older i am just like you filled with youth wisdom faith happiness and just truly pleased with everything i have. i love you more than you'll ever know!

November 29, 2009 @ 1:52 PM

John Bentley notices Laura Bentley: Thank you for loving me and modeling how to love others. I could not accomplish my dreams without your support. I love you and look forward to growing old with you.

November 28, 2009 @ 3:18 PM

Debbie Sanders notices Robert Sanders: Thankful that I have a wonderful husband and Grace has a loving father. You do so many little things for us that makes the difference in our lives. Because of you we have a future. I thank God for you!

November 27, 2009 @ 5:11 PM

Rebecca notices Rachel: Today I want to recognize my lovely daughter. You are the light of our lives and such a blessing to us. You are so sweet to everyone. You are so talented in so many ways. You make my day more enjoyable and I love to see you smile. I love you, Mom

November 25, 2009 @ 1:36 PM

Rebecca Paris notices Richard Paris: You are my best friend, the best half of me! I love you for all that you are and all the kind ways that you show love. Thank you for choosing me as your wife and for loving me through all my moods. Looking forward to spending my holidays with you and our family. You all are all that I need. With love from your content wife, Rebecca

November 25, 2009 @ 1:32 PM

vicki horning notices joan: love you ,,thanks for always being there .& being a strong figure in the lives of us all!

November 25, 2009 @ 10:17 AM

vicki horning notices amy: love you. thanks for all your support & love...

November 25, 2009 @ 10:13 AM

vicki horning notices janice: love you & thanks for always being a blessing

November 25, 2009 @ 10:06 AM

Patricia Verdone notices Larry: I am thankful, thankful that we met, thankful of the man you've become, thankful of the woman you've helped me become. I am thankful of our time together and of the future we have planned together, today, tomorrow and always...

November 24, 2009 @ 3:23 PM

Hope Henson notices Terry Henson: My best friend and husband. Despite myself....he believes in me. I am truly undeserving of his unconditional love.

November 24, 2009 @ 1:12 PM

Melinda Cameron notices Sandy: I have always looked up to you as the wiser sister. Your guidance, compassion and willingness to share are extraordinary gifts. Your expample has often inspired me to look at myself inwardly. Your faith and perservance has been such an inspiration. I love you. Melinda

November 24, 2009 @ 12:16 PM

Melinda Cameron notices Allie Cameron: I love watching you shape into an inspiring young woman with your ever growing love for arts and teaching children. I am so proud of your passion and diligence to get through school. You make me proud and I love you dearly. Mom

November 24, 2009 @ 12:00 PM

Angela Breidenbach notices Julie Cowan: The depth of your love in the face of the hardships you've endured is truly inspiring.

November 24, 2009 @ 11:58 AM

Angela Breidenbach notices Devan Leder: I've noticed how hard you work to do the right thing. I've watched you love your wife and son. I'm humbled to see you succeed in the face of difficult times. I love you, Mom

November 24, 2009 @ 11:57 AM

Debbie Stone notices Meagan Stone: Meagan, Thank you so much for the inspiring note. I am proud of your accomplishments! One small example is when you wanted to quit colorguard. You persevered and became the best! I am so proud to have you as a daughter, You have learned things from me and yet I have learned so much more from you! You have shown great respect, compassion, and love in the many things that you have had to deal with. I know you will make a great mother, and I hope that you will allow me to be the funny old grandma who does the crazy things with your kids. ( like tepee the inside of the house! ) I have always believed that you and your brother and sister gave my life meaning, I'm sorry that sometimes I got sidetracked. Love You Whole Bunches! MommaDoe

November 24, 2009 @ 10:05 AM

Joshua Mermilliod notices Gene Mermilliod: Dad, I really wish I was as good a wordsmith as yourself. Perhaps then this wouldn't be quite so difficult. I am incredibly grateful for the impact you have had, and continue to have on my life. You are always ready to talk to me about my struggles, to answer my questions about the bible, and perhaps most important help keep me grounded when my head full of ideas would make me float away. I am always being told how much I resemble you (shocking huh?), but the truth is I can't think of a better compliment to be given. You push me when I become stagnant, and help me when I falter. You haven't failed me once, and I don't expect that you ever will. You and mom really are the best parents I could ask for. And even though we don't always see eye to eye on everything, you accept me for who I am. I know you love God. And I hope that one day that can be said of me too. But for now i have a good model to follow. josh

November 23, 2009 @ 4:53 PM

Joshua Mermilliod notices Gant Garner: Gant, It's been a while since the last time I got to speak with you, too long if you ask me. You probably are wondering why you are even getting this message right now. The truth is that you have been one of the most profound impacts on my life. I never really know what it meant to have a mentor until you entered my life in high school. I have very fond memories of the countless hours we spent having dinner together on Wednesday nights before church. I guess I didn't realize it at that time, but looking back you taught me so much in such a short time. You challenged my idea's, pushed to be better, and asked me just to think for my self. You gave me a need to read and study my bible, just so i would be ready when the next inevitable conversation would come up. You taught me what it means to lead people, and on one particular evening challenged me publicly to lead or get out of the way. I hope that my efforts to lead out have been and will continue to be successful. Please know that you, as well as you family, remain in my prayers. And if you have the chance pray for me, as I seem to need it now more than ever. I wish I could place everything in words, but in the reality of it all I can't. I can only say thanks. So thank you gant. josh mermilliod

November 23, 2009 @ 4:43 PM

Brooke Stover notices Tricia Clark: Mama Clark, even though i haven't known you very long time. You have still made an impact in my life. You made having friday classes last semester not only bearable but fun. You have always taught in such a way that made it easy to pay attention. i never felt like i was about to be tortured going to your class. But whats has stuck with me more is the way you care. I can tell how much you love and invest in your students. You are one of/if not the best teacher ive had at this school. You are always so caring. Asking how a students doing because they've been sick or helping them with idea for service learning when they are short a few hours. You are an excellent teacher and do your job well. But you also go beyond just teaching your students, you genuinely care for them. I have loved having you for 3 of my classes. ill miss you next semester. Brooke

November 23, 2009 @ 4:37 PM

brooke stover notices Cayla walker: cayla, i can not begin to tell you about the impact you've made in my life. you have been there for times when i have so confused and frustrated. you always have a smile to lift me up. your life and how you live it has been such a challenge for me. you have always been an encouragement. i love our sonic trips, or marble slam trips, oh and of course our trio time. i have been so greatly blessed with a friend like you. I am going to miss out not living in the same town as you next semester. Im excited to see where your life taking you. You always be one of my dearest friends! even if you end up moving across the country. ill be praying for you and waiting for when you come home for a visit. Love you girl! Brooke

November 23, 2009 @ 4:25 PM

Joshua Mermilliod notices Deanna Carey: Dear Mrs Carey, I'm guessing what little you remember of having me in your English classes in high school was my generally sleepy disposition. And while I may have appeared to pay little or no attention to what you were trying to teach us students, truth be told you had an extremely profound impact on me. I had never much cared for English classes. I never much understood or cared for grammar, but upon arrival in to my second semester in you class you told us to through it all out. I hated every minute of that writing book that we spent months going through. Yet, as i look back on it, I see what good those countless hours diagramming did for me. They taught me how to write. In the grand scheme of it all you taught us that words is what makes up good writing. If we say what we really mean to say, and we can weave a good story with it, what can go wrong. And so what if no one else likes it? A good story starts with the author, and so long as he is happy with it he is successful. I can never thank you enough. Joshua Mermilliod

November 23, 2009 @ 4:22 PM

brooke stover notices terry stover: daddy, i love you so much. i know i hardly tell you how grateful i am for everything you do. You put up with some terrible people over the past few years and especially months, just so you can provide. you have always sacrificed so much for me, and our family. you have always been an amazing example to look up to. I greatly respect you and what you have done. thank you daddy for being the best daddy a girl could have your lil girl brooke

November 23, 2009 @ 4:16 PM

Joshua Mermilliod notices Ryan Salyer: Ryan, Hey man whats going on. You are probably wonder why in the world you are getting this email. Well, to sum it up as best I can, I just wanted you know how much it has meant to me to able to call you my friend over the years. We have been together for so long, it blows my mind when I try to look back at all the fun we have had over the years. We have been through the best times and the worst of times. Yet, through it all you are about the one constant friend I have been able to keep. Sure we have our moments when we would rather fight than talk, but gratefully those times have been few and far between. You have been my roommate, my brother, and probably one day my best man. I love you man. Josh

November 23, 2009 @ 4:10 PM

joshua mermilliod notices gayle mermilliod: mom, I probably do not say this near enough, but I think that you should know I love you. I deeply appreciate the way that you and dad have always been around when i needed you most, whether I needed to talk, or just wanted to sit in the kitchen while you are cooking you are there. You have instilled ideals and idea's in me that have shaped my into the person that I am, or better yet am becoming. I love you, but I'm sure you already knew that. (I mean come on I've already said it once.) josh

November 23, 2009 @ 3:59 PM

Heather Miller notices Stuart Frye: Dear Mr. Frye, Hello my name is Heather Miller and I had you for U.S. History II last semester. I have to be honest and tell you that I hated History! I would have rather been burned with a lighter than take another History class. But your enthusiasm for History and your way of making it funny and interesting left me wondering why I didn’t love it. After the first week I was hooked! Now I’m actually thing of taking more History classes just for my own enjoyment. It’s like you made History fun and you made me realize that it is important to know our own History and learn about others History’s as well. By learning about these things we can become a better society. Thank you for making History enjoyable and really helping me understand the need for knowing about it. Thank You, Heather Miller

November 23, 2009 @ 3:57 PM

Heather Miller notices Lisa Poole: Dear Lisa Poole, I hope that you do not think I am choosing you as one of my five to get a better grade because I know you better than that. This is my second psychology class with you and I wish that you would teach them all. Your spunk and spontaneity makes your class so enjoyable that I have never felt like I’m going to class but like I’m going to discuss interesting topics about something I have such a passion for. I have always loved psychology and your ability to present topics in ways that appeal to all persons has actually made me consider becoming a psychology teacher. The concepts you have taught me have honestly changed how I view my life, others lives, and the world. I feel if people were less ignorant in psychological matters that maybe the world would be a better place. If people knew how to speak to one another and communicated efficiently maybe we could all get along a little better. Thank you for your amazing way of doing things and for helping add to the wildfire of love for psychology that I have today. Princess

November 23, 2009 @ 3:47 PM

Heather Miller notices Jim Cook: Dear Warrior, We have only been friends for a very short time and yet it feels as if we have known each other forever. Before I met you I had just got out of a relationship with Allen and had some really bad views on men. You have shown me that not every man is a Player, that there are men out there that love and care for women whole heartedly and love with 100% of their hearts without asking for anything in return. You are one of the greatest men I have had the pleasure of getting to meet and know. I am blessed to have been lucky enough to be a part of your life. Your life has been filled with people who walk all over you and take advantage of you, people who pretend to love you and break you heart, and yet you stand strong. Your out look on life is positive and happy even with all the bad things that have happened to you. You have made such an impact on my life and who I am and who I want to be that I can not do justice by putting it into words. I’m at a place in my life where I’m trying to figure out who I am now and what I want my life to be. To have been blessed with a friend and role model such as you is positively magnificent. You have helped make me into the person I stand as today. You will always hold a special place in my heart and I can never forget how you have changed me and my life. Thank you Warrior for being and no one else. Love Your Princess, Heather

November 23, 2009 @ 3:32 PM

Amber Musselwhite notices Shea: when we met, you were incredibly sensitive and never stood up for yourself and I was so against showing my emotions that I often came off as mean or harsh. Over the years, we have definitely rubbed off on each other and I think we both have a more healthy balance of strength and sensitivity. You have shown me what a true friend is. While many people have come in and out of our inner circle throughout the years, I know that you are always the one that I could trust. You have never betrayed my trust or hurt me in any way. I have never needed you and you not come to be by my side. Most people have lots of friends…I am proud to say I have one, because I know that you are a real friend. I know that you like me for me and truly care about both my physical and emotional well being. Thank you for always being there for me. Thank you for being by my side through all my bad ideas. My n-newton...senior year (if we can call it that) shaped who i am today and i am so happy that we got to experience that together. Thanks for being there through it all, even being my stand-in baby daddy lol. I really believe that i needed you in my life and so god gave you to me.

November 23, 2009 @ 1:55 PM

Amber Musselwhite notices Nell (gramma): although you are my grandmother, you have always felt more like mom to me. You have been there through so much with me. There has never ever been a time when I felt like I could not go to you If I needed you. You instilled good values in me from a very young age and I am grateful for that because I feel that many people my age lack the respect and manners of older generations. You are stubborn and a bit opinionated and I have surely followed you in those ways as well. But it’s a strength I value. You are a good woman. I hope I can be as influential to my children and grandchildren as you have been to me.

November 23, 2009 @ 1:47 PM

Amber Musselwhite notices Marley: you are too young now to realize how much of an impact you have. But you truly have made up a big portion of who I am today. 4 years ago, I was young and wild and did not have any real plan or care in life. The day I looked down and could see you making my belly grow, that all changed. I was no longer content with who I was and where I was going in life. You deserved better. So I made things better for you. I got a better job and a place to live sans partying roommates. But the real changes occurred inside of me. I found myself being more caring, more patient, more dedicated. I started these changes in my life for you, but I received major benefits. And that was all before you were born! Watching you grow bigger and smarter and more interesting over the past 3 years has been incredible. I would not trade a single day of it for anything. You have made me a much better person and I will be eternally grateful for that. You are the reason I constantly strive to be a better person. I want so much for you and I know I must lead by example. If it were not for you, I would never have had the motivation to accomplish the things I have and all the things I will do in the future. It’s all for you, monster. Mommy loves you!

November 23, 2009 @ 1:45 PM

Amber Musselwhite notices Colt: You told me the 2nd day after we met that you loved me. I thought you were insane. But over the last 2 years you have shown me over and over again how much you love me. You have shown me such kindness, generosity, and selflessness. You have put me on a pedestal from the moment we met, as though you were privileged to be with me. It is really the other way around. I am incredibly lucky to have someone as intelligent and funny and dorky and beautiful and loving as you in my life. When you came into my life, I was already a mom. You not only chose to step in and be a daddy to M, but welcomed the opportunity. I will forever be in awe of your heart. It is so easy to love you. Because you are so amazing, I strive to be a better person. I want to show you all the love and devotion you have given to me. I want to be worthy of your love. Thank you for being my best friend, my confidant, my lover, my husband, my everything. You have made me happier than I ever knew I could be. Thank you for being who you are and making me excited about who I am.

November 23, 2009 @ 1:41 PM

Amber notices Colt: You told me the 2nd day after we met that you loved me. I thought you were insane. But over the last 2 years you have shown me over and over again how much you love me. You have shown me such kindness, generosity, and selflessness. You have put me on a pedestal from the moment we met, as though you were privileged to be with me. It is really the other way around. I am incredibly lucky to have someone as intelligent and funny and dorky and beautiful and loving as you in my life. When you came into my life, I was already a mom. You not only chose to step in and be a daddy to M, but welcomed the opportunity. I will forever be in awe of your heart. It is so easy to love you. Because you are so amazing, I strive to be a better person. I want to show you all the love and devotion you have given to me. I want to be worthy of your love. Thank you for being my best friend, my confidant, my lover, my husband, my everything. You have made me happier than I ever knew I could be. Thank you for being who you are and making me excited about who I am.

November 23, 2009 @ 1:40 PM

Amanda J notices Cindy Jones: Mom, You have taken care of me forever. I know there have been times where you haven't always felt the best but you've made it your priority to take care of me. All through school you supported me in any and every sport or activity I was interested in. You hauled me and my friends everywhere! Sometimes I look back and feel guility because I know I didn't have the best attitude and doubtfully said thanks for all you did knowing you didn't have to. Thank you mom! You've always been my supporter and number one fan. I've never been one to talk about my day to day issues but I'm glad to know you are there for me if I need to. After my surgery you took care of me and so much better then hospital staff. I wouldn't have wanted anyone else. Now that I am older it may not seem like I 'need' you but a daughter always needs her mother. You have passed on your caring heart, compassion for others and -be yourself- qualities to me and I am greatful. Thank you mom, for who you are and all you have done for me. I love you.

November 23, 2009 @ 11:29 AM

Brad Curtis notices Josh Kilmon: Dear Kilmon, My oldest friend, man the stories we could tell. If we could remember half of them(haha!). You were my first bestfriend in high school. It was tough after moving down here and not knowing anybody, but as soon as we became friends I knew exactly how great of a friend I had. You were always the one who would help push me and motivate me. For better or worse, the times we have spent together have impacted my life completely. Without you even knowing it you've had a hand in shaping me in to the person I am today. I've learned things from you, you were actually one of the ones who helped me break out of my "shell" in high school. That is truly a precious thing. Senior year was one of the best times of my life, and I know this was partly because of you. It's the little things I remember that really make me smile and always will. The endless stories we have of my clumsiness; the hot tub; music before football; and being an eleven are all memories I cherish dearly. Thanks for being such a great friend and congratulations!(you know what for). I look forward to sitting down and drinking a beer with you when we are 70. Love Cheddarbob

November 23, 2009 @ 11:05 AM

Brad Curtis notices Josh Bogal: Dear Bogal, Where do I start buddy? You're one of my best friends and that is a rarity in life. Rarely do people bond and become friends as we have, and only through the trials and experiences we have shared together is a best friend made. I know you would do anything for me and to help me out. I hope you know the same is true for me. I look forward to the times when we are 50 and looking back on life, laughing at the stories we know or the experiences we've had. I never grew up with any siblings, so you see, you aren't just a friend, you might as well be a brother to me. Infact you are, my brother, and that is how I treat you. I can't wait until the next story we have to tell is reality...the times we've shared together I just simply cannot put a price on, and I thank you for this. Love Brad

November 23, 2009 @ 10:56 AM

Meagan Stone notices MommaDoe: Dear Momma Doe, I know you already know this, but you raised me. I want to thank you for that! Thank you for taking the time to read stories to me, taking care of me when I was sick, picking up after me when I was messy, and protecting me when I needed protecting . Let’s not forget the countless times you helped me with my homework, like the Egyptian name tag. When things got tough for you, you didn’t let it stop you from being the best mother you could be. It’s because of this, that I want to make you proud. I want to show you that your struggles weren’t for nothing. I want to show you how your morals and values have turned me into the young woman I am today. I’m going to school, so that one day I can provide for my family the way you did for yours. When I have kids, I’m going to be there for them, like you were. We know what happened to our family, and we are lucky to have come out of that situation the way we did. I love you mom for everything you’ve ever done for me and for everything you’re going to do! Love Meagan

November 23, 2009 @ 10:53 AM

Brad Curtis notices Bobbie Curtis: Dear Bobbie, There was a time when we were always at odds, I was a kid and you were my step-parent, naturally there was friction. Now that I have grown up and see things as an adult I understand things so much more clearly now. I have grown to love you and think of you as a mother figure. I have begun to learn from you and really learn the person you are. You're a great person with an even more compassionate heart, you'd have to be to put up with Dad all of these years(hah!). I could have never moved out and lived on my own if it wasn't for you. When I was a child I thought you were just being mean to me when you made me do things for myself. Now I understand how important it was for you to do this as it has taught me how to take care of myself. I am forever grateful for this. You may not think that you have had an impact on my life but you have, and it was for the best. Thank you. Love Brad

November 23, 2009 @ 10:49 AM

Brad Curtis notices Nancy Welden: Dear Grandma, I started off doing this project with thanking my father for helping me to be the person I am today. I know, however, that without your guidance he would have never become the person he is. You've have always been there when I have needed you, and for that I am eternally thankful. Throughout all my screw-ups and despite all of my faults you have done nothing but love me and encourage me in all of my endeavors. It is just now at the age of 24 that I have learned the person you are. It seems strange to me that a child can never see his grandparent or his parent as an adult and individual until he himself has become one. I cherish every family gathering and moment I get to spend with you and Weldon because it is all a learning experience to me. I have always known you were my loving and caring grandma, but now I am beginning to learn about Nancy the person and it is a deeply profound experience. You'll never know where you're going if you don't know where you come from. And I know that I come from somewhere great, thank you for everything. Love Brad

November 23, 2009 @ 10:39 AM

Brad Curtis notices Russell Curtis: Dear Dad, Where do I even begin? You have been the most influential person in my life. A lot of my personality traits I attribute to you. You have taught me how to be a good person. To always be responsible for my actions, and to accept these consequences as a man. You've taught me that money and material positions do not matter, it is the memories and experiences you take with you from life that makes one truly blessed. You've shown me how hard work is needed to achieve goals, and to fully and completely believe in myself and my abilities. I could not have had a better father or role model with which to grow up with, and I thank you whole-heartedly for that. Thank you for everything, maybe this will help to show how much of an impact you've had on me, but I know it will be my actions in life that show this, not my words. Love Brad

November 23, 2009 @ 10:30 AM

Heather Boyd notices Freddie Boyd: Dad, You are my rock! I can never say thank you enough! I want to notice you for being the ideal father to a child! You were there for me when I needed you and was there for me during my sugery and radiation treatments! You drove 8 hours to see me and made sure I was O.K. every weekend! Thank you so much for loving me and caring for me! You know, I'm a mommy's girl, but a big daddy's girl! I love you and appreciate you so much to where words could never explain how a daughter like me loves the greatest parents in the world and I just want to say "Thank you and I love you!!!!"

November 23, 2009 @ 10:12 AM

Heather Boyd notices Teresa Boyd: Mom, I want to recognize you because you have been there for me through thick and thin! I can never thank you enough for those nights we have spent crying together because I can feel your pain and you can feel mine! I especially want to think you for being there through the biggest part of my life and going through the most challanging experience of my life... my biopsy of my tumor and radiation treatments. You kept me going and getting out and not feeling bad and sorry for myself and I can NEVER repay you for that! I love you so much and you and dad are my hero's!! I Just wanted to recognize you and say, "Thank you!!!!" and "I love you!!!!!"

November 23, 2009 @ 10:02 AM

Rebecca Fowler notices Zane: From the beginning you were a fantastic entertainer, simply watching you become aware of your hands was absolutely hilarious. Taking what I taught you one step further you have become a caring, respectful, courteous, and intelligent young gentleman. There have boys I have asked you to stay away from because they were bullies, and the next thing I knew you have turned them into your best friends. Only a caring, social butterfly could turn around such bully. I love the fact you like to help others, and ladies first as you say. You are my own personal comedian who keeps me laughing even on the bad days. We are the iron chefs of Telford with our own little restaurant called the “Crazy Chef”, which I absolutely enjoy assisting the master of spaghetti. Because of you I am a better, easy going person who has finally came out of the closet to be crazy with her little man. I am so proud of my young man, who makes an awesome dance partner and son. I love you so very much.

November 23, 2009 @ 9:53 AM

Rebecca Fowler notices Cesar Wilson: We met over fifteen years ago on a little island in the Mediterranean, and who knew we would stay in contact through out the years. There is no other person I would trust my emotions and secrets with. You have always been a fantastic listener, and emotional support. Everything does not have an easy fix, but your questions are stated in a matter to get the ole wheels turning to come up with a solution. What a great therapist you have become. Thank you for being the greatest friend in the entire world

November 23, 2009 @ 9:26 AM

Meagan notices Josh: Josh, I can't even imagine where I'd be right now had i not met you three years ago. You've become such an important part of my life right now, and to my future. You've become not only my lover, but my best friend and protector.Your my light in the dark. When ever I'm sad or upset you come to the rescue. You don't force me to smile, or try to joke around, you take me by the hands and ask me what's wrong. You not only make me feel better, you actually make me a better person. By your example I'm more excepting of people, and I do my best not to be rude. You are always so accepting of me, being so patient with me, especially on the nights when I'm doing homework. I get so crabby, and short with you, but you just take it and rub my back and wait for me to be done. You let me be myself too. I don't have to worry about what your gonna think if i want to watch muppet treasure island. You let me be silly, and you join in with my fun. A lot of my friends don't think I'm old enough to be engaged, they think i haven't experienced enough. Like everyone else would, I don't agree with them. I know that I've already experienced so much with you, and our future together only brings more experiences to me. I can't wait to get older with you, watching things change around us. I love you Josh, and I can't wait to be your wife.

November 23, 2009 @ 1:17 AM

Meagan notices Amanda: Hey Amanda, as my older sister you influenced how i turned out. DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE? HUH HUH? No seriously, you did have an impact on me. As i watched you get older i saw how much prettier you got every year, and how much more popular you got. I was so jealous. Ever since I was a child I have shrived to be like you. Now that i see you as an adult i was right to want to be like you. You are worry free, you do what you want to do; meanwhile, you are still very responsible.You have worked for everything you have right now. You are still very beautiful through diet and exercise. Granted you have gained a little bit, but gosh darn it, your still so pretty. I wish i could weigh as much as you. I wish i had that much will power to go running every day. You are going to college for a second time. It was because of you going to college the first time that made me want to go to college so bad. When you decided you needed to come back, it only made me more determined to do well in school. You are a person of success, and have accomplished so much in your life already. I still strive to have a good life like what you have. Your blessed with a good husband, a beautiful house, and a cute as a button dog. Thanks for influencing me Amanda

November 23, 2009 @ 12:03 AM

Logan Hobbs notices E.C. Vines: Dear Papaw, I want you to know how much I apprecitate you and the things I have learned from you. You have taught me that patience is an important quality to have, and that it makes life a lot easier. Things can be a lot more fun when your energy is not wasted on anger. Youve shown me that worrying about things that are out of your control only causes unecessary suffering. I cant think you enough for the lessons you have taught me, and the memories you have given me. Love, Logan

November 23, 2009 @ 12:01 AM

Stephanie notices Deborah: Dearest Deborah, I would like to thank you for everything. You have impacted my life in such a positive way and I am ever grateful to you. Although we live so far apart I have always felt that you are one of the closest people to me in my life. I am so glad I have such a beautiful person, inside and out, in my life. You are my second mother and one of my absolute best friends. Your advice has always been the best and your words of encouragement have reminded me of how lucky I am and to never take life for granted. I wish so badly I could give back half of what you have given and taught me. I know you are going through the hardest of times right now and I just want to remind you that someone is thinking of you and loves you. I am always here for you no matter what. Thank you for always being a genuine and wonderful person. I only hope I can shine as bright as you. I love you Deb! Love, Steph

November 22, 2009 @ 11:51 PM

Logan Hobbs notices Elvy Vines: Dear Granny, Thank you so much for the time and the energy you have put into showing me how much you love and care for me. Its easy for everyone to see that you have tried to be the best grandmother possible. Ill always have the memories of your house on sunday afternoons and how much fun we always had. You have shown me that putting all of your effort into everything you do really does pay off. This is only one of the many things you have taught me. I truly apprectiate you and what you have done for me. I couldnt ask for a better grandmother. Love, Logan

November 22, 2009 @ 11:49 PM

Logan Hobbs notices Doris Hobbs: Dear, Grandmama I felt like I should write and tell you how much I appreciate you and the influence you have made on me. You and grandaddy pretty much helped raise me, and I think that I learned a lot from you. Your the most compassionate person I know. Thats probably why everyone in the family calls you an angel. You showed me that its possible to deeply care for people without being spineless. Youve given me a healthy perspective on how to love others while not being taken advantage of. Its the best example of tough love that I can think of, and it has really impacted my perception and attitude toward the people in my life. I cant think you enough for you love and the lessons you have taught me. Love, Your favorite grandson

November 22, 2009 @ 11:43 PM

Stephanie notices Angel: Dear Angel, I know I may hardly ever show it but I greatly appreciate everything you do. You have always been such a hard worker and I have always looked up to you for your determination. Thank you for generously giving me a job that fateful July of 2006 and for being more than a manager but no less than a friend and a mom away from home for the past three years. You have seen past my sometimes stubborn-ness and have forgiven me when I was out of line. Thank you for understanding when I didn't deserve it. You are a wonderful person, mother, manager and friend. Don't let anyone ever tell you any different. I am always here for you anytime you need know my number. Thank you for your patience, generosity and great advice. I love you "Momma Milhorn"! Love, Steph

November 22, 2009 @ 11:38 PM

Logan Hobbs notices Lynn Hobbs: Dear Grandaddy, I wanted to write you and tell you about how much I appreciate you, and about the important role you have played in my life. You basically helped raise me, seeing how you and grandmama would babysit me everyday while my parents were at work. Ive looked up to you since I was a child, and have leaned a lot from you. Most importantly, to have faith in yourself. You are completely comfortable with who you are and how you act. It has shown me that not everyones opinion of me has to become a reality. It has shown me how to take others thoughts into consideration without letting them control me. This is only one of the numerous invaluble lessons you have taught me, and I words cant express how much I am thankful for the impression you have made on me. Love, Your favorite Grandson

November 22, 2009 @ 11:33 PM

Logan Hobbs notices John Stevens: Dear, John If there is one teacher that has truly influenced my life for the better, it was you. Not only did you teach me academic lessons, but lesson of life as well. I learned how attitude can go a long way when dealing with others and yourself. Your the only person Ive ever met that has been truly in control of themselves. It wasnt just your positive and laid back attitude that affected me, but also your sense of humor. You always had a good joke to brighten everyones day. You taught me how to have confidence and to trust myself. I wanted to write and tell you how much I apprecitated you that you made a difference in my life. Sincerely, Logan

November 22, 2009 @ 11:26 PM

Stephanie notices Megan: Dear Meg, We might as well be sisters. We've fought like sisters, we've stood up for each other like sisters, and we'll always be there for each other like sisters. Thanks for everything. Thanks for letting me hang out with your older friends when I was younger and for being an influence to me today as you are a successful, beautiful young woman who I strive to be like. You have never for one minute stopped being my role model since as long as I can remember. You are a part of the reason I am who I am today. I'm so glad I have you in my life and I know I can always count on you no matter what. Thank you for being the big sister I never had and for being so eager to fill those shoes. You have made quite an impression in my life. I love you always sis. Love, Steph

November 22, 2009 @ 11:18 PM

Jeanee Birchfield notices Joni: Joni, Joni, Joni ~ Oh Lord, where should I begin? Do you ever get the feeling that between the two of us that we have seen, done and heard it ALL? I have so many fabulously fond memories that include you and I wanted you to know that is has never gone unnoticed the love, compassion and friendship that you have always shown ME and MINE. You are my oldest and dearest friend. I know that I could share anything with you and never be judged and if you are going to laugh at me that you'll just go ahead and do it to my face. HA! It is a wonderful feeling to know that if myself or one of my kids needed someone or something that you would never hesitate to make your own sacrifices for them or me. I feel secure in that fact because you have done it many times over already. You AND Kendall. Now that I think about it, I should have included him, as well. I realize this past year or so has been difficult and challenging for you guys, to say the least. I want you to know and understand that I see you as having the strength and courage of a hundred women. I also know that you are only human and as humans our hearts and minds can only absorb so much heartache before they both seem to start fighting against us. Combatting our own personal feelings and thoughts becomes the biggest part of the battle. You are an inspiration to me to continue to push forward in my own life regardless of what may lie ahead. I also appreciate immensely that you obviously think enough of me to share so much of your personal self . Thank you for simply being Joni. I can't even (or more to the point...I don't want to) imagine my life past, present or future without you. May GOD BLESS you and yours AND Joni....keep on, keepin on...NEVER give up because when more of lifes rewards start rolling your way AGAIN ....they will be plentiful and worth the wait. Wanna know how I know? Because a gal like you deserves only the best that life has to offer

November 22, 2009 @ 11:16 PM

Stephanie notices Gram: My Dearest Grandma, Words cannot express how much you mean to me. You are the most generous, selfless, optimistic person I know. You have given me so much in the past 19 years and I will always appreciate everything you have done for me. You have been there for me through everything no questions asked and when I was at my lowest point, you helped to bring me back up. I am so glad I have a grandmother like you who can make me feel better and safer about any one of my problems. You have been my rock in this life and nothing I can do could ever compensate for all the tremendous generosity that you have shown to me. I only hope that one day I can finally be even with you. (haha). Thank you so very much for always listening when that was all I needed. I love you very much. Love, Steph

November 22, 2009 @ 11:02 PM

Courtney Radtke notices Sue Radtke: Oh, Mom, where do I even begin? You are such a wonderful mother to me, that I feel foolish trying to put this down in a letter. I cannot hope to capture how much you have done for me into words. I was so scared when I found out I was pregnant, but there you were, with comforting words. I do not know why I was so surprised, because you have always been there. I will never forget those first few days when I brought Kaleigh home from the hospital and you taught me how to take care of my daughter. I love the special moments we have when we are shopping together, or working on one of your puzzles :) I feel very blessed to have you in my life and to have your love so unconditionally. You have embraced all of the important moments in my life with loving arms and understanding words of encouragement. This last year has been rough on us, but we are making it through, just like I always knew we would. When you got divorced from Dad, I hope that I had given you the same type of love and encouragement that you have always given me. I am glad you are such a strong woman! I know not of my choices have been smart ones, but I am so glad that even as dumb as they were, I got to share them with you. No one is really guaranteed another day on this Earth, and if something happens to either one of us, I want you to know how lucky I feel to have you and that I have loved you forever, and I will love you always. When I was growing up, you were my that I'm an adult, you are my friend. I look forward to the many more years we have together and making more special moments and traditions. I love you like I love a Coach purse. Thank you for inspiring me to go back to school and teaching me to be a good mother to my daughter. I love you Mom!

November 22, 2009 @ 10:50 PM

Stephanie notices Mom: Dear Mom, First of all I would like to start out by saying that I am extremely lucky to have a mother like you. I know we may sometimes have our arguments and we get mad and say things we don't mean, but I wouldn't trade any of it for the world. You are always there for me no matter what and I really appreciate that although I may not always show it. From the little things like "straightening" my messy room to coming to get me in the freezing cold to change my flat tire, I will never forget all that you do to make my day just a little bit better. I know there will be plenty more fights to come as it is normal for mother and daughter but just remember that I don't mean any of the harsh things I may say and that I do love you very much. It's me and you against the world and together, we can do anything. You are my best friend Mom. Again..Thank you. With Love, Steph

November 22, 2009 @ 10:42 PM

Courtney Radtke notices Jerome Kelley: I do not know where to even begin with you :) You have been a part of my life for so long, that I feel for you as a brother, rather than as a friend. You are truly the greatest friend anyone could ever have. You have shown your friendship to me more times than I can count and you have never asked for anything in return, other than my friendship. You have impacted my life because you have given me someone to talk to, to confide in, when I felt there was no one who would listen. When my daughter needs a father figure in her life for certain things, you are always the first one to step up to the plate. I think of you as a member of my family, because you are. You have shared more moments with me than anyone I have ever known. I will always treasure you in my life, and I am so grateful to know you and to live next door to you. I know that your help is only a phone call away, and I hope that you know I am only a phone call away for you. I love you like you are my own brother. Thank you for all that you do for me.

November 22, 2009 @ 10:42 PM

Courtney Radtke notices Kaleigh Shipley: My Dearest Kaleigh, I am writing to you to tell you the joy you have brought into my life. I never knew I could love another soul so completely and so unconditionally. I never wanted a child until I found out I was pregnant with you. When the doctor placed you in my arms, I had never felt so completely fulfilled before. Raising you has been the most wonderful experience of my life. You are such a smart, sweet, funny little girl! Every time I look at you, my heart feels like it is going to explode with love. When you started your first day of Kindergarten, I was so afraid to let go of you, and afraid that you would get lost in the shuffle of the other children, but you have proven yourself to be so capable. You are such a strong, brave little girl who is not afraid of anything. You embrace everything in life with excitement and enthusiasm and you have taught me to do the same. You make me so happy and I look forward to cherishing all the special moments in your life with you. You are truly an angel!

November 22, 2009 @ 10:37 PM

Courtney Radtke notices Nick Radtke: I would like to share with you some of the ways I feel you have impacted my life. I wanted to tell you thank you for helping pay bills at our house so that we can all survive and have somewhere to live. I am sorry that we not get along all the time, but I really do love you. I think we have the kind of relationship where we like to pick on each other. We both do things that annoy each other, but we will always be brother and sister. My hope is someday that we can get along and maybe be like mom and her brothers. I know in the past I have said otherwise, but I have usually said these things out of anger. I have never actually meant them. I know it is a lot to ask for us to get along, but I am willing to work on it if you will. You have impacted my life by providing a home me and my daughter, Kaleigh, and being a father figure for her that she has never had. For these reasons, I will always love you. I'm so glad that I have an older brother. And I know you care, even when you pretend you do not. I look forward to amending our relationship in the future and becoming closer brother and sister. Thank you for always being there.

November 22, 2009 @ 10:31 PM

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