Monday, December 19, 2011

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So, we are putting together a t-shirt campaign for the Love Letters project.

A handful of people have submitted their favorite one-liners from Book 1 for review. We'd like to get your opinion. Which lines do you like the best? Let us know in the comments section.

We'd like to have some standard options...but then also have some shirts ready for Valentine's Day. 
Let us know what you think!

We've got a list of Top Picks - ideas that were picked by more than one person. Then we've got a list of random ideas (a bunch of them).

Can you help us narrow them down?!
What would you wear?

Please feel free to share the link to this post - we’d love to have tons of input! 

Current Top Picks:

someone else's joy is powerful enough to be my strength

I teeter on the edge of madness

Can you overdose on someone?

The experience is absolutely intoxicating.

I love you for not loving me

My hope is ever-renewed

I will fight to burn; you don’t feed this flame in vain

Other Ideas:

  1. I am thankful to you forever
  2. Move beyond the typical
  3. I want to be the light of your eyes
  4. I appreciate the direction of your heart
  5. in this moment love is shared
  6. I treasure the memories that define our past
  7. I appreciate what we are
  8. every time we were close
  9. I would love to remember, not alone, but with you
  10. I think of you
  11. The music we made still haunts me
  12. Every single time I taste that taste or smell that smell, I am transported to a time when we were all one team
  13. Tonight, I choose to remember it and tell you that I love you
  14. Thank you for never breaking my heart.
  15. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
  16. Who needs dessert after all that yummy-goodness?
Sweet potatoes: Who needs dessert after all that yummy-goodness?
  17. I've only just met me
  18. I love to look at you
  19. You are the most beautiful thing I've ever seen
  20. You are welcome to look at me like that anytime
  21. Feel free to continue to ignore my existence
  22. Our story will only be remembered by us
  23. Just say it: I love you!
  24. Thank you for your box o' goodies
  25. You always want more
  26. Keep at it. You're doing great!
  27. I want you.
  28. Let's dance and drink and hug again.
  29. Your influence has been something like lighter fluid added to the flame.
  30. I am always looking forward to how we will skirt and flirt with the burn in the future.
  31. I prefer mine juicy, if you must know
  32. Love = Choice
  33. Don’t be a chicken-shit. Write your Love Letter today.
  34. My heart believes in more, in You.
  35. Your grin does incomprehensible things to my heartbeat
  36. I love being me with you
  37. Because of you, I am changed for the better
  38. Grab the bull by the horns: wrestle it down, slaughter it, slice it up and grill it
  39. Shimmer your love on me
  40. All I’m left with is amused adoration
  41. The air inside is sweeter, deeper, more alive
  42. The colors almost did me in
  43. Wildflower

All of the content above is copyrighted within the first Love Letters book:
Love Letters, Volume 1: Moving On, Growing Up

If you haven’t read it yet, you should!
For more information: jab’s Love Letters, the Books

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I love you with all my heart, with all my you with every breath I take, every heart beat, every minute of the day and night are with me...

The mention of your name can bring tears to my eyes......I miss you, miss being your woman, missing hearing your voice, missing our morning, lunch, and dinner talks and the texts in between.

If I was granted one wish before I would be be in your arms, holding hands under the stars for one night....

I am proud of you, I am proud of everything you do, your thoughts, your writing, what you stand for, your strength, your self confidence, your parenting style, your life in general...I look up to you and you inspire me.

There's no combination of words
I could put on the back of a postcard,
No song that I could sing
But I can try for your heart,
Our dreams, and they are made out of real things,
Like a shoebox of photographs,
With sepia-tone loving,
Love is the answer
At least for most of the questions in my heart
Like why are we here? And where do we go?
And how come it's so hard?
It's not always easy,
And sometimes life can be deceiving,
I'll tell you one thing, its always better when we're together

it's always better when we're together
Yeah, we'll look at the stars when we're together
Well, it's always better when we're together
Yeah, it's always better when we're together

And all of these moments
Just might find their way into my dreams tonight
But I know that they'll be gone,
When the morning light sings
And brings new things,
But tomorrow night you see
That they'll be gone too,
Too many things I have to do,
But if all of these dreams might find their way
Into my day to day scene
I'll be under the impression,
I was somewhere in-between
With only two,
Just me and you
Not so many things we got to do,
Or places we got to be
We'll sit beneath the mango tree now

Yeah, it's always better when we're together We're somewhere in-between together
Well, it's always better when we're together
Yeah, it's always better when we're together

I believe in memories
They look so, so pretty when I sleep
Hey now, and when, I wake up,
You look so pretty sleeping next to me
But there is not enough time,
And there is no, no song I could sing
And there is no combination of words I could say
But I will still tell you one thing,
We're better together

The question is...Why are we not together?? Miles should not be a reason.

Many thanks to Z for posting this letter to our Blog
Write your letter and submit it to

Sunday, December 18, 2011

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The holidays are upon us, and no matter which holiday we celebrate, we all share an important ingredient in common: LOVE. It brings us together to give and receive gifts; it leads us in the path of honored traditions; and it supports us as we show affection for the special people in our lives. Its power in making this time of year unforgettable cannot be overstated.

And yet, we often choke up when trying to express our love and appreciation for others. Sure, it’s easy to buy a gift or to write a quick sentiment in a card; but what about a sincere heartfelt expression of love? We don’t often take the time. And, it’s a shame. There are people who add immeasurable amounts of value to our lives; and as all of our mothers have taught us, we should – at least – say thank you.

There’s a newly launched website encouraging the community to do just that: to share love and appreciation by writing a love letter. Just think how much it would touch your heart to receive one. And now, consider sharing that feeling with others by writing one. If you’re not often swept away by your feelings of love and appreciation, the Holidays can be your perfect excuse. It’s a time to get swept away, to let Love and Appreciation swell within your heart.

We need to stop saying we’ll get to it; it’s time to mark it off our list. Write your letter. Send it. Consider sharing it with a wider community at, thereby spreading your love and appreciation to others, warming hearts around the world.

That’s what this time of year is all about – no matter what Holiday you celebrate.

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I worked with a woman who became a very good friend. We accomplished an amazing feat: building a flawless rapport that transferred seamlessly back and forth from our professional and personal lives. One Christmas she gave me this ornament. It was thoughtful gift, because I love Diet Coke. I drink it all the time.

We don't get to see each other very often now, but I think of her every year when I decorate my Christmas tree. I am thankful for all the wonderful memories we made together.

Write your Christmas memories and love letters at

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My mom and I recently took a trip to Atlanta, GA for a quick mix of business and pleasure. I saw this pillow in a shop and thought that it was a perfect statement. Mom has been managing miracles for a long time. I can only hope to fill her shoes now that I am a mom.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

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You give my life harmony. 
My song is better when you sing along.

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When you called me girlfriend...
my heart fluttered scattering smiles around to shed light on my hope to love again

When you told me you were sure that you’d care as much as I may come to...
my heart was chained by the reality of my past

Written by J. B. in November 2011

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You guttural groan
Like fire - it burns the mass,
My deep hidden thoughts.

Written by J. A. on April 30, 2002

Write about your passion at

Friday, December 16, 2011

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You are the best friend I ever had
And Love me in spite of myself.
You let me spread my wings
And go on new adventures
Even when You know the result
Will be pain.
When I make mistakes,
You embrace me,
Reminding me that I can learn
From it all and be better for it.
You always tell me the truth,
The whole truth,
And nothing but the truth.
You know the value of love and friendship.
When I leave You to find myself,
You never stop loving me.
You know I will return to You.
You are the epitome of all I have ever wanted
And never fail to amaze me
With Your love, compassion, understanding, and
I’m so glad You love me
Better than I can love myself.
I’m so glad You love me
Better than anyone else.

Written by C. M. on July 23, 2009
Comments: Thank you.
This one came to me and wouldn’t go away until I put it to paper. Glad I did.

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Write it down: everything you feel. Stop being worried about what others are going to think. Express your love without fear.

Think about how good it makes you feel to know that you are loved and appreciated. Now think about how great someone else will feel when they hear that you love and appreciate them.

Need a jump start?
Check out the Welcome post!

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jab's Love Letters is a brain child of J. A. Busfield. In a world where fear runs rampant, she challenges every single person to face their fear and to face their love. Consider it a dare.

But a dare meant to push everyone towards being honest with themselves and their feelings. A dare meant to raise awareness for sharing more love and appreciation in the world, for the participants of the world. Thanks to Love Me, If You Dare for this great, great image!

If you are willing to take up the challenge, submit your love letter to

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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When I think about you - I write it down. The “goodbye” hurt more than I can say - and the flashbacks are hard to deal with too; but there are so many memories, and I want to remember every single bit of our time together.

The good memories make me smile - they are fun stories to reread.

The bad memories remind me that there are lessons to learn in life that will make me a better person.

“What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger,” is how the quote goes. So, I choose to remember and to make sure that I will be better, smarter in the future.

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You make it hard for me to breathe when you’re close. I think about you and my heart races…
which can make it hard to breathe too. You’re amazing; and I love you!

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I am proud of you; and I am proud of me. And though our paths are headed in different directions, I know that we still stop to make time for each other along the way. I also know that it wouldn’t have been possible, this moment of living out our dreams, without each other.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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I think that this statement can be applied to love as well...
Most of the time, it doesn't work out like it does in the movies -- 
we are in charge of making the best of what we've got: 
two imperfect humans doing their absolute best 
to be selfless for the sake of their companion ♥

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Especially after we’ve spent the entire day together. It kills me that you won’t ask me to stay; that you don’t want me enough to kiss my face and wish me sweet dreams. I hate the fact that you pretend that you don’t care; I hate even more the possibility that that’s really the case: that you don’t care.

I want you - all the time, but especially in the night time. Your warm body close to mine, to make my heart race and my blood boil; to make my icy cold feet return to regular body temperature.

Write your Love Letter at

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It's very easy to hurt someone and then say, "I'm sorry."
But it's very difficult to get hurt and say, "I am fine."


We're not perfect.
Love shared between people isn't perfect.

But, we can make it perfect in the midst of imperfection by being selfless and by offering sincere apologies when we've made mistakes.

If you're not able to apologize, your pride is bigger than your love.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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I wish I could show you, but you’ll have to see it for yourself to truly understand how brilliant you are. I will continue to love you no matter what - whether you choose to live blind or in sight; but I hope with all my heart that you will choose sight!

Write your Love Letter at

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We were perfect together. In our brilliant moment of connection, there was nothing else to be done, but to love more than we ever had. It was a stupid love - a brave love. Everyone wanted our love; it was admired and envied. And, it was nice to have that with someone.

We are over now. Our time has come and gone. We've both moved on, but don't think that for a moment that I've forgotten you; or the heat and passion that fueled our partnership. Remembering you still makes my cheeks blush. Remembering the way you touched me; remembering how you looked at me. You'll be in my heart forever.

Remember what you said?
Someone worth having is going to come with some hard work. You were worth every bit of the hard work. I promise.

Write your Love Letter at

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I love being family with you.
We fuss. We fight.
We washing dishes, change diapers, do laundry.
We clean a dirty chin and enforce bath time.
We snuggle and grin; laugh and cry; kiss and hug. 

We are a team. We make sure that this little human we've created together is raised well; and we do that together too. Have I ever told you that I would never want to do this with anyone but you? This tiny person was created by our love for each other; and it will thrive because we will continue to love each other. And our love will grow, because it expands with the addition of the new heart we've created to join our family.

Write about your family at

Monday, December 12, 2011

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"Why do people (in general) and myself (specifically) have such a hard time expressing their feeling of love to others? It's such a positive emotion, regardless of what it entails. It conveys attraction, adoration, trust, admiration, companionship (be it platonic, romantic, or familial)."

Read more at self Sagax:

"Sometimes, a thing fits...."

The author of self Sagax goes on to outline his thoughts on that sentence...but I have my own as well. Sometimes...a thing does fit; even though it shouldn't. That's the intrigue of love, I think.

I've looked at this partnership, this companionship, and have already noted the differences. I've outlined how it will dissolve over time, being eaten away by the stress of too-different philosophies of life. I prepare for a moment of dawning..."this isn't working for me anymore;" but it doesn't come. Instead, the pull of togetherness becomes stronger and stronger. The peace of a mate engaged and involved floods everything that I do.

I'm stumped completely. I didn't expect this at all.

Yea, sometimes a thing fits; and I call it love.

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I can’t even begin to imagine when we met. I know you’ve been a part of my life for a long time, farther back than I care to remember. I know we haven’t known each other our whole lives, but it feels like that. You’ve always had an open spot in your heart, you’ve never hesitated to let me settle in and unpack my mind, whether it’s full of grievances or victories. You’ve been my cheerleader when I struggled, and my friend if I failed. You have made me realize my potential in so many ways I could never have thought, you’ve given me more help than I ever even asked for, and you’ve never asked for a single bit in return. Most importantly, when my mind was at its worst, and I had lost almost all hope, you showed me what it is to be a friend.

The best part is this: I don’t think you’ll ever know how much you mean to me, because these are not things you just do, this is who you are as a human.

I love you, and I can never thank you enough for who you are. But it doesn’t mean I’ll stop trying.

Written by R. A. on December 1, 2011
Comments: I thank you

Write your own THANK YOU letter; express your love!

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There are many ways in which you have been a dad to me, and the one I appreciate the most is the time that you spend with us. You are never too busy to give us your time on the phone or in person. You are so generous with giving your time to others.

I can’t ever thank you enough for giving J-- and me the time that you have. We don’t thank you and Mom enough for loving us like you do. When I think about the best storyteller I have ever listened to, I think of you. When I think about the best listener, I think of you. Your impact on my life has been immeasurable. It has influenced my ideas and beliefs, and the way that I treat other people. You have been a fantastic gift from God.


Your ”adopted” kid

Written by L. B. on December 3, 2011

Comments: Redefining family

Write a Love Letter to someone in your family! 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

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It made me grin that the USPS had such lovely stamps - it's always good to send some love to someone...I suppose even on a bill. Someone's got to open that letter -- it'd be nice for them to see a heart :D

Share the pictures of love that make you grin at
We'd love to see what puts a smile on your face!

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Who would have thought that I would get a second chance? Me, the woman with 2 children. It took me awhile to come around, but when we met I knew that night that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you.

We have so much in common it is crazy. I love how we finish each other’s thoughts. And most of the time we know what the other one is thinking.

I am so lucky to have met a man so amazing, strong, & confident. Who loves me as much as I love you, who takes me for who I am, and who every time you are gone for even the smallest amount of time I miss you.

I love you with all my heart & I can’t wait until the day I can call you my husband.

Written by A. W. on December 6, 2011

Write and share your Love Letter at

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sometimes, love reminds us of what it’s like to trust as a child does
with no strings attached, with complete faith, with a full heart

Send your pictures and drawings of love to jab’s Love Letters!

You can send real-honest-to-goodness snail mail to:
PO Box 904; Graham, NC 27253

Saturday, December 10, 2011

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Take the time to be naked in a Love Letter! 
Send your thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams to jab's Love Letters-

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“I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”

Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.


You’ve got to pull up his blog - Paulo Coehlo is at it again!

Make sure that you take the reins on this one…don’t let your life pass without telling the people you love how you feel. I cover this in the preface of Love Letters, Volume 1: Moving On, Growing Up
(now available on Kindle and iBookstore).

Write your Love Letter at

It's not hard and it is a perfect way to get your feelings out there!

Friday, December 9, 2011

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Sometimes the things you want the most don’t happen and what you least expect happens. 
I don’t know - you meet thousands of people and none of them really touch you.

And then you meet one person and your life is changed…forever! 

Send your Love Letters to

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I miss you.
I think about you and my heart radiates all the goodness of the happy memories that we’ve piled up through our time shared with each other.

I can't wait for you to come home. In fact, I'm antsy and happy dancing in the kitchen as I think about it...about you coming into the house that we share together.

I have sweet kisses to give you.

Send your love letter to:

Thursday, December 8, 2011

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Always and forever, I will love you. You weren’t a fling for me; you changed my life. You’re engagement rocked my world, and I will never be the same.

I remember sitting in the living room with my parents. We told them together: "No, we aren't kidding. We aren't dating for fun. We are serious. This will last."

And even though it hasn't lasted as we thought it would, it will definitely last through the ages. We have declared it so by making a new life together.

Our love will be infinite because of him.
I will always love you - it is a commitment that will never die.

Send your love letter to:

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It's Thursday! Visit and check out the new posts to the website! 
Consider sending in your own love letter, so that we can post it next week!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

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***Love Letters Contest***

Book 3 will be entitled “Steady As She Goes”

We are looking for image submissions…we need a “look” for that title theme.

What does “Steady As She Goes” mean to you? 

Send us a picture.

The one picked by the author, J. A. Busfield, will be used at the theme to create the book cover; and you will be recognized and given credit in the book!

(Share this CONTEST news with all your friends…we will take submissions from artists, graphic designers and photographers of all kinds ♥ — You can post your ideas directly to our page Facebook Page. You can also email with your submission and contact information!)

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Need a pick-me-up? 
Are you active on Tumblr?

I've found an account that rocks my heart on a daily basis and 
wanted to make sure that I share the love with you:

Check it out. Soak in the love! 
And pass it along to someone that you love!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

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The first book is available for purchase on the eBook platform. 
You can buy it for your Kindle on Amazon
You can also buy it for your Apple product from the iBookstore.

I can't begin to tell you how exciting this journey has been; and I think that I am only getting a glimpse now of how wonderful this path will be in the future. This book has definitely been a labor of love - there have been so many close friends who have contributed their time and effort, their talents and skills to make this book and the entire Love Letters project what it is...
something that is simply awesome! 

I've got a section in the beginning of the book called "Saying Thanks" 
and I go into detail regarding the extent of my feelings of gratitude.

The first book in the series is available for only $.99 on the eBook platform. 
A print version of the book is in the works and we will post an update soon.

Monday, December 5, 2011

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Because love is a choice, you can decide whether you’re in or out…and when. This thought really spoke to me because of my own experience; not to mention I had just finished watching Crazy, Stupid, Love and was thinking about my marriage and its untimely end.


On the surface, I agree wholeheartedly with this statement: "I won't give up."
But, as was in my case, after I've worked through the mess time and time again, if I don't see any effort on your side (if I don't feel like your willing to work through the mess with me), I'm out.

And, yea; you can call it giving up. I sometimes feel like it up on you; on us. But then, I am reminded that you gave up first, and I am slightly mollified. But don't think that makes me feel any better. I chose you and meant it to last for the rest of our lives. So, I am still sad that it didn't.

But I am not sad that I drew a line with you. You gave up first...on me; on us. And you chose not to get back into the mess to clean things up. And I couldn't change your mind. So, the path as it unfolded was a choice that inspired many other choices.


Ultimately, love is a choice. And both people need to be "in it" for it to last through the ages.

Thanks to lovequotesrus for posting this thought. 
Photo Courtesy: herzmitte

Thursday, December 1, 2011

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It's Thursday, which means that there are new posts to view on the website! 
We've got a few new letters and a few new pictures added. Take a look! 
And then, consider sending in one of your 
love letters and/or snapshots of love for next week's posts. 

We love to share the love!