The Hundred Hearts Project, and all the lives it has touched and will continue to touch, would not exist without your inspiration. Your own 100 Thank Yous project inspired me to dream big and push myself into a place of vulnerability. You changed my life’s course into my True Path and for that I will be eternally grateful.
I am inspired by your determination, your belief that all things are possible, and your phenomenally sharp intellect. I feel the desire to reach higher and push harder whenever I talk with you, which isn’t nearly often enough. Thank you for modeling how emotionally, mentally, and physically strong women can be. Thank you so very much for your friendship.
Your generosity is astounding. Thank you for gifting me with what became a life-altering experience. I can only hope to pay your kindness forward again and again and again; I can never fully repay the debt - it is simply too huge. In addition to this deep gratitude, I am also so thankful for the way you light up any room you are in with your humor, wit, and genuine interest in others. I always feel like I am better person when I am around you.
Who knew that our brief meeting in 2015 would affect my life so deeply! Our conversation opened my mind and heart to possibilities that seemed out of reach until that moment. I was taken aback by your bravery and conviction for living an unconventional life. Our short encounter taught me that the only limit to my dreams was my ability to dream them. Thank you, thank you, thank you for waking up the dreamer in me.
You are my compass point. I am so grateful for our conversations - they always leave me feeling more grounded and sure of my direction. I appreciate your sure and steady course and how your life is rooted in your convictions. You teach me to be unapologetic in my beliefs and unafraid to live them. I love you, my friend.
Thank you for modeling how to turn your passion into a business. Because you were brave enough to share your heart with the community, the community has been blessed with a force and gift of incredible good. I love talking with you - you inspire me to hold tight to my own purpose and build a living, pulsing, juicy, generous community around it. Thank you for showing me that a life of abundance - in its many forms - is absolutely possible.
I wanted to create a painting that shows how I feel when I am around you - vibrant and full of life! Your laugh and energy is contagious - it seeps into my body until it blossoms to match yours. I am grateful for your ability to make things come to life - in your incredible gardens and the hearts of those you touch.
Though I have never met you, I have read your blog for years. I am grateful for your example of endurance, grit, making do, humor, passion, conviction, and profound faith. You are a phenomenal human being. Your navigation through the incredible trials that have come your way have taught me to appreciate my body and face challenges with resolve and determination. Thank you for sharing your challenges and triumphs with the world.
This pattern is a Pennsylvania Dutch Hex sign. People (our people) put these signs in their homes and outbuildings as a symbol of luck and prosperity. This one in particular invites love, friendship and peace. I am grateful that we share our family, our common stories, and our history. You are kind and generous and fun and strong - it’s an honor to be related to you.
I was inspired to paint this for you after I visited your home one evening. I have loved all our conversations from the moment we met but this particular visit left me feeling like I had been given the gift of a peek into your soul. I am grateful for your ability to bind the broken. You have a particular talent for compassionate healing. Thank you for helping me to see my broken pieces more clearly and even light up the way they might fit back together. You have a gift for this and I am so grateful that you share it.
You, my dear friend, are a connector! You know just about everyone and those you don’t, you soon will! I am so grateful for the ways you have connected me to our community. A large portion of the people I know are somehow connected through you - it’s remarkable. You have introduced me to people who have become dear friends. Thank you so much for that gift. And the gift of being a dear friend yourself. I really can’t imagine life without you.
Thank you for your strength, your love and your example. Thank you for your humor, courage and style. Thank you for road-trips, late-night conversations and Carrs pizza. Thank you for saying yes. Thank you for saying no. Thank you for going out on a limb and thank you for playing it safe. Thank you for a soft, warm place to land. Thank you for all the phases of your life and how they influenced my own. Thank you for my family. Thank you for my memories. Thank you. Times infinity (times infinity).
I am so grateful for the way you tenderly care for my body and spirit. I appreciate how compassionately yet firmly you touch my body, drawing attention to areas that have held onto years of stress, anxiety and worry. I am grateful for the way you ease into those places, honor them, and tell them that it’s time to let go. You have a gift of true healing touch and I am so grateful that you have shared that with me.
I am so grateful for the education I received under your mentorship. I am grateful for the way you challenged me to consider what being a woman meant. I am grateful for your encouragement to explore scholarship in all kinds of ways - art, writing, speech, conferences, classes, articles, research, novels and music. You pushed me to learn new things, step out of my comfort zone and have confidence in my skills. I am grateful for the creativity you allowed in my courses of study.
There simply are no words that can do you justice. They all fall short. I love you more than I can say and my gratitude runs deeper than I can express.
Your generosity is astonishing. I am grateful for your example of selflessness. You are always willing to give your time, resources, listening ear, and energy. It’s a strange economy that such a small body can lift so many people - but you do it with grace and ease. Thank you for teaching both me and my children that service is a joy. And thank you for being such a dear friend. How can I be so blessed?
Thank you, thank you, thank you for offering me a lifeline in 2008. I had just had my third child and was realizing that my already meager but essential creative outlets were drying up. Our house was small, I couldn’t get away, and I didn’t have a usable space of my own; art-making was out and quilting was out. Those were my fuel. I was withering away in whirlwind of life with very young children. Someone gave me some knit washcloths for the baby and I was intrigued. I knit a few and then decided I wanted to attempt a sweater. I came to your store and you introduced me to my salvation. Color, texture, and pattern - all of which could be stored in a small little bag and brought out during story time, waiting time, nap time, movie time, and desperation time. I could knit one stitch or 100 and still make progress. It satisfied my need to create and fit perfectly into the small spaces of my life. Had I not had your beautiful yarn to hold onto, I would have been lost. Thank you for saving me.
I am so grateful that we are friends. I absolutely love our weekly dates - I enjoy your stories, the movies, the handwork, and the dogs. More than that though, I am grateful for the ease and comfort I feel with you. I love that we can go to lovely dinners or stay home in pajamas and feel equally at ease. You are a delight to be around and I am grateful that we found eachother.
I am so grateful that we met when we did and where we did. You were my lifeline - more than I’m sure you know. Thank you for listening and loving. Thank you for your example of steady motherhood. I appreciate how hard you’ve worked to become the kind and gentle mother that you are. Thank you, my dear friend, for your love, example, and friendship.
You inspire me to be adventurous and say yes to fun. I love the way you life life: rich, bold, active, and full of enthusiasm. Thank you for showing me that parenting is best done outside; that trails, water and snow are the building blocks of great families and great people.
Thank you for expanding my world. Thank you for being incredibly brave and taking a small herd of junior high students to Russia - especially so shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It was a pivot point for me. I learned that I loved to travel and have tried to do as often as possible since. I want to raise my own children as globally as I can - I want them to see and know that humans are humans, no matter what language they speak or where they were born. Thank you so much for teaching me that lesson so early in my life. I will do my best to carry it forward.
I explored a new medium to make this heart for you - clay. Earth, fire, water and air - this process held it all. We’ve held it all. I am grateful to be made of the same materials as you. Two halves of the same whole. You are tenacious, witty, sassy, compassionate, realistic, resilient, brave and incredibly strong. Thank you for sharing your example and life with me. I love you so, so much and am grateful for YOU - every piece that makes you you.
I am finally coming back around to the delight you exposed me to as a child. Art class was ALWAYS my favorite class. I loved walking into your bright, clean room and seeing all the supplies carefully laid out for us. I loved the smell of tempera paint and paper. You loved art, you loved us, and I loved you. Now as an adult - and after being distracted by life for well over 20 years - I have found myself back where I started. In an art room. My own this time. I do my best to give women the same experience you gave me - lovely supplies carefully arranged, a clean and inviting space and lots and lots of love. Thank you.
Thank you for changing my life. Thank you for teaching me what an education really is. Thank you for the laying the framework for a complete (and wonderful) re-working of our family dynamic. Thank you for telling me I could do hard things. And do them well. Thank you for opening my mind and heart to my mission. I know who I am and what I am working towards. Above all, thank you for helping me to see my place in the Great Tapestry.
Thank you for your gentle entry into this world, teaching me about the power and beauty of women’s work. Thank you for your placement as the last of our tribe, teaching me daily to enjoy the precious, fleeting moments. Thank you for your devotion, teaching me how to love. Thank you for your fire and wit, teaching me how to laugh through life. Thank you for your independence, teaching me to release control. Thank you for your creativity, teaching me how to marvel at the world around me. Thank you, dear one, for all that is you.
Thank you for your example of faith and devotion to God, family, and community. I have long admired the way you love and give generously of your time. You are a great listener: compassionate, thoughtful and wise. I am grateful for the conversations we’ve shared when we’re together and your example of an engaged life when we’re not.
I am grateful for light in the dark. I am grateful for layers. I am grateful for struggles that turn into joys. I am grateful for conversations. I am grateful for crossed paths. I am grateful strength. I am grateful for courage. I am grateful for friendship. I am grateful for you.
In my part of the world the grasswidow is a herald of spring. It is, for me, a gift of promise and tender compassion that the struggle of winter is over - that light and life are returning. For a brief period of time, select hillsides are carpeted with this powerful message. It is a joy like no other to walk through this promise.
My dear friend, I can express how much I love you, and how grateful I am for you. I can only offer you a flower. Please know that it holds it all.
I am grateful for your wisdom, intelligence, adventurousness and devotion. Thank you for walking with me, running with me, hiking with me, and talking with me. I always leave our interactions - whatever their form - feeling invigorated, stimulated, and deeply grateful that somehow I’m lucky enough to be your friend.
The process of creating this heart was unique. It involved many layers of joint compound(!) and paint. In between each layer I would sand and scrape and sculpt and scar, both creating and revealing the piece’s history. It was always surprising and fascinating to see what would emerge. Just like this heart, I am grateful for all the things that have made you you. Some have been good, some not so good - but both have worked together to create the woman I love and admire. Thank you for your kindness, willingness to serve, patience, love, generosity and incredible work ethic. Thank you for continuing to push on - adding layers and scraping them back - always growing stronger and more beautifully complex. I love you.
I am amazed by you! You inspire me to work hard to carefully choose the thoughts I focus on. I am grateful for your lessons of perseverance, determination and resilience. I am grateful for your ability to get back up when you’ve been knocked down over and over and over. You are incredible.
I am both inspired and grateful for your ability to make both the light and the shadows beautiful. I am amazed by your talent to find the humor in every situation and not take life or yourself too seriously. Thank you for sharing this gift with all those around you - you add energy and fun everywhere you go.
You are such a delightful human. I am grateful for your ability to lift the weary, cheer the sad, and comfort the lonely. I am grateful for your gift to see past the obvious and into the heart of both situations and people. Thank you for listening to me and being a friend when I really needed one. Thank you for your beautiful bright smile that is always ready to brighten and cheer. Thank you for you.
Oh my goodness. At the time of this writing it has been so, so long since we’ve connected. I want you to know how important our friendship was when our paths crossed so many years ago. I am grateful for the wisdom and compassion you shared with me. I am grateful for your tenderness towards the earth and all her creatures. I am grateful for the generosity of your time, attention and friendship. I remember saying goodbye to you and weeping all the way home. Your friendship meant more than you can know.
How I love your healing, loving, wise spirit! I am so grateful that we have shared so many tender and personal experiences - you’ve been at my side during some of the very best and very worst challenging times, always supporting me with love and tenderness. I am grateful for your hugs (they are the BEST!!!), the way we can finish eachother’s sentences, and conversations that spread out over afternoons and into the evenings. Thank you for inviting me into your life and heart. I love you so much.
Oh, my dear friend! I can’t tell you how much I needed you when we moved here! I had been living in a personal, cultural and physical desert. There was so little that fed my soul and I had been slowly dying for years. Coming to your class was finding an oasis. I immediately fell in love with you and fiercely protected class time - it was MY time and I desperately needed that space with you and with myself. I slowly began to reawaken and find my passions again. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your kindness, gentleness, love, support and this precious gift. I am so very grateful.
When I think back to my elementary school years, your class is the first that comes to mind. I remember lots of color, wonderful projects, and delightful books being read aloud. I loved how you treated me like someone important, someone worth talking to. I have carried your request for me to become a teacher for my entire life. While I am not a teacher within the school system, I am absolutely a teacher at heart and love leading classes, discussions and workshops. I try to make them as fun, interesting, and colorful as yours were. Thank you for inspiring me early on. You made a difference.
I often think of you when I’m in the studio. You’re philosophy of “more is more” inspires me to push past boundaries and work a piece more than I normally would. I am always - or at least almost always - so glad I did! Your use of color and texture and pattern consistently delights and moves me. I’ve also been incredibly inspired watching your journey as an artist. I’ve been part of your fan club for about a decade and oh my goodness! What you have accomplished in that time is astounding. I appreciate your reminder to show up and put the time in - day after day. Thank you so much for your mentorship - even though you’ve never known you were doing it.
Your words have the power to touch my soul in such a real, raw way. You have a gift for capturing the beautiful truth in light, leaves, wing beats, waving grass, mud, shadow and movement. I come back to your work when I need to be grounded, inspired, and reminded of the blessed gift of life. Thank you for the hours you spend watching and writing - I am a direct beneficiary of the investments you’ve made. I can’t thank you enough for the way you’ve helped me to see more clearly and love more deeply.
Thank you for your wisdom, your kind words and your compassion. Thank you for your generosity in conversation, time and resources. Thank you for loving the people I love the most. Thank you for being patient in hard situations, for staying the course, for always showing up.
You came into my life at a crossroads and I am so grateful for the gift of art that you gave me. Thank you for teaching me that art is a language - that I could use it to express the inexpressible. Thank you for giving me the space, materials and encouragement to rip back all the layers and lay them out again in color, line, texture, light and dark. Thank you for sharing your passion. Thank you for sharing your heart. Thank you for sharing your time. Thank you for listening. Thank you for critiquing. Thank you for being in the right place at the right time with the right tools. I am beyond grateful.
It has been an honor to watch your transformation from shadow to full sun. That I could witness the unfolding of a lovely woman is one of my greatest joys. I am grateful for every smile that was aimed in my direction. For conversations and hugs. I am grateful that you have left home - ballast released, wings unfurled, and lift off achieved. I am amazed by your strength, courage and general awesomeness.
For someone I don’t know, you hold a great deal of sway in how I strive to live my life. I am grateful for your kind, wise, connected philosophy of living and parenting. I am grateful for the bits and pieces of the personal triumphs and heartaches you share. You are a womanhood mentor for me - kind, strong, tender, fierce, nurturing and compassionate. I hope to meet you in person, but even if I don’t get that opportunity, I’m so grateful for the reminders you’ve given me to slow down, listen, and love.
The first time I met you my impression was how quietly warm and inviting you were. Years later I still feel the same. It is so easy to feel welcome and peaceful around you - there is nothing false or strained - you are just you. Wonderfully you. I am grateful for this as well as the love you’ve given XXX. You have been like a warm quilt on a cold day - always the right thing at the right the time. I love you and am so, so grateful for you!
You were with me during my first adult heartbreak - when the blush of youth’s dream faded and I got my head kicked in. I’ll never forget the kindness and dignity you offered me. And the pure joy we got to share later. You were water in the desert during such a bleak time for me. I am grateful for your time, attention, and compassion. So profoundly grateful.
I don’t know where to start. I don’t know where to end. You are a walking miracle and an incredible example of love, faith, compassion, strength and endurance. When I need to dig deep and do what seems impossible I think of you and your constant press onward and upward. You inspire me and all who know you. Thank you.
Thank you for your unrelenting dedication to continually reach out and help both me and my family. I am grateful for the thoughtful offers of time that you have given me. I can’t fully express how much I have appreciated that kindness. It has been an incredible gift for both me and my family. But especially me. An empty bucket has nothing to give and you, on many occasions, have allowed me to fill it back up. It’s a been a ripple-effect gift. I am so, so grateful.
I am so grateful for you showing me what opening doors for your children looks like - and where it can lead. I have long admired the gentle way you’ve raised your kids and how you’ve trusted them to do hard things from a very young age. You’ve challenged me to re-think what is possible, to allow my own children to pursue their dreams, and use our resources to help our family move forward. When I think of your family I think of roots, wings and mountains. Thank you for this vision - it influences my own more than you know.
Your strength amazes me. Your ability to find humor in everything inspires me. Your dedication to your family humbles me. I am grateful to know you and even more grateful to be related to you.
Thank you so much for creating a space of homey delight. It has brought me so much pleasure to spend time with assorted treasured women within your walls. I’ve renewed friendships, kindled new ones, and bonded more deeply with beloved family members. I always knew that you would treat us with a delicious meal and wonderful hospitality. Thank you so much your pocket of grace and warmth in our little town.
Dear Number 51,
When I think of you I think of wild, crazy color. As a child I was awed by you - art everywhere, a picnic table in your dining room, students who worshiped you, and a wardrobe that consistently featured converse with crazy socks. This set the stage for my admiration but you entered into legend when you showed up as a personal angel during the hardest physical experience I ever had. Your humor, steadiness and total selflessness was appreciated more deeply than you can know. I can’t go back to that memory without weeping with gratitude for you. You are a light - thank you so much for sharing it with me - and so many others.
With deep gratitude,
Dear Number 52,
Oh, the memories! Long, long, long conversations, crazy ideas, testing of boundaries, obscene amounts of calories consumed in one sitting, first dates, last dates, proms, dinners, classes, late nights, early mornings, depths of despair and peaks of transcendent joy - we shared an incredible variety of experiences. I am so grateful that we found each other when we did and promptly grafted our hips together. You taught me in close range how to be an unconditional friend. Not only to me but to everyone. I can only hope that my own daughters can have friends as kind and genuine and inclusive as you. Thank you.
All my love and gratitude,
**This painting is for my daughter. She knows it’s for her so I’ll let you know, too**
My dear Anna,
I often marvel that I am your mother and not the other way around. You are so wise, kind, patient, and focused - I don’t know what I can possibly offer you that you don’t already have! It’s an honor to be a student of yours - and especially amazing that we get to live in the same home. I love it when your rich inner world spills out in your stories, sense of humor, and artwork. I love the questions you ask and the insights you share. I love watching you love your sister. I love traveling with you. I love holding your hand. I love hugging you. I love being with you. I can’t count the ways I am grateful for you - I simply am. In all the ways.
Love you to the moon and back - times infinity, infinity times.
Dear Number 54,
I remember when you sat with me in your living room and taught me how to piece together my first quilt. I don’t remember a heavenly visitation but there could have bee. I fell in love with quilting so completely that it was years before I lifted my head to take a breath. For a long time quilting was my creative outlet, therapy, and one-way ticket to the poor house. Thank you so very much for taking the time to share your passion - it fell on fertile soil and brought me joy as I was able to express my love to many family members, friends and brand-new babies.
Dear Number 55,
I am grateful for our wonderful conversations - in any form they take. I am grateful for your love for home and family. And I am profoundly grateful for your example of moving forward through tragedy. One breath into the next, into the minute, into the hour, into the day, into the week, into the month and into the year. Always forward. Thank you.
Big love to you,
Dear Number 56,
Thank you for sharing your incredible culinary skills with our family and our community. Your food has been a part of many celebrations in our family: birthdays, successes at work, anniversaries and just because. You’ve provided a place for long talks with friends, dates with my husband, and time alone. Thank you, thank you, thank you for making the decision to share your talents with our little town.
Dear Number 57,
You opened my eyes as a teenager to what a young woman could be: fiercely intelligent, well-read, adventurous, independent, grounded, kind, and capable. I was in awe of all you had done in your relatively short life and it caused me to consider for the first time the boundaries I had thoughtlessly set for myself. Thank you for waking me up to womanhood and all its incredible potential.
Dear Number 58,
I am so grateful for you loving one of my favorite humans. I always hoped he would find someone who would love and appreciate his humor, enthusiasm and good nature. Not only did he find someone - he found the BEST! I have loved getting to know your deep kindness, loving mothering, and solid foundation. You two are a great match and I admire how well you work together in both business and family. You are such a lovely person - in all the ways - and I’m grateful to be a part of your family.
Dear Number 59,
It’s been a total delight to me to see where and when our paths have crossed. I’m so grateful for our friendship, your forgiveness for my boneheaded-ness that you had to endure, your dedication to your muses, your strength, your endurance, your patience, your creativity, your curiosity, your deep insights, and your contagious laugh. Thank you for your continued friendship. I am incredibly grateful for and inspired by you.
Blessings to you,
Dear Number 60,
Our relationship has been a complicated one - I’m so grateful for the perspective of age and I have come to a place of deep respect for you. I feel like my eyes have cleared with adulthood. I can now see a woman who is fiercely loyal to her family, who loves her husband, who has a huge heart for helping others, who is very intelligent, and who can endure anything. When you receive this in person, please know that it is a physical peace offering. I created this piece to honor our past and look with hope to the future. Thank you for teaching me how to open my heart.
I love you.
Thank you for showing me what can be done with determination, sacrifice, and a whole lot of work. I have always been impressed by your quiet fierceness. It’s been such a pleasure for me to watch you chip away at your goals - it inspires me to keep pressing forward with my own. You are incredible.
All my love,
I’ve never known anyone who is as passionate about life as you. You have always been full of incredible ideas for how to tap into the magic of life. I suspect your body is made of fairy dust rather than the usual flesh and blood. Thank you for sprinkling wonder everywhere you go.
Thank you for showing me that with a lot of hard work, persistence, and business savvy, an artist definitely does not have to starve. I am grateful for the generosity with which you share your wisdom, experience and friendship. You are pure class all the way through.
With love and admiration,
You’ve seen me through childhood and adulthood and are still my friend - it feels like a miracle. You have one of the kindest, most gentle souls of anyone I’ve ever met. Thank you for your kindness, patience, and refusal to leave me to the wolves - even when that would have been the most reasonable thing to do. You are so very dear to me - I love you so, my sweet friend!
When two circles overlap, the space of commonality is the birthplace of all other shapes. I was curious how long it would take to create a heart shape working from that creative space. Not too long, it turns out!
I think of our conversations like this painting - when the circle of my mind meets the circle of your mind I am always delighted by what we create together. It’s always fascinating and leaves me with things to ponder for days after. You are insightful and wise and endlessly curious. Plus you’re just a lot of fun. I am deeply grateful for you.
I love you to the moon and back, my friend.
Your sweet smile and huge heart fills me with joy every time I think of you. I am so grateful that our paths crossed when and how they did. Thank you for sharing your flowers, your sweet compliments, your insights into your happy marriage, and your delightful sense of humor. You are a gem of infinite worth.
When I think about you the word that keeps coming to my mind is generous. You are generous with your time, generous with your friendship, generous with your enthusiasm, generous with your support, generous with your attention, generous with your effort. I’ve never known you to do anything halfway - you live all-in and I love that so much about you.
I love and miss you,
I’m so grateful to know you in the way that I do. I’m grateful for a connection deeper than circumstance or geography. I love that we can pick up a conversation and go - even if it’s been years since the last one. I am grateful for small but mighty force you bring to everything - parenting, work, running, family. I love you.
Dear Number 69,
It’s a hard thing to raise a family without family nearby to help and love our kids in real time - I often feel like we are on our own island, fending for ourselves. How can I express the depth of my gratitude then for the ways you’ve stepped in to help us? Watching our kids, spoiling them with treats, simply noticing them, and being our friends - it’s been such a gift. What is so remarkable is that I know we aren’t the only ones you do this for. You have such a kind and generous heart that you share with an efficiency that is truly remarkable.
Thanks for being the village.
Dear Number 70,
I am constantly amazed by your generosity. I have watched in wonder as you’ve used both your time and money to serve those around you. You have become a role model for me as I think about how I want to serve others. I’ve certainly been on the receiving end of your generosity and I so grateful for the opportunity that’s given me to look for ways I can pay that forward. This mindset is more healing than you can know. Thank you.
All my love,
Dear Number 71,
In many ways you were like an older sister to me during my childhood. I looked up to you and loved the peek into the future you gave me. Boys! Highschool! College! Marriage! Children! I am grateful for the ways you tested the waters and then reported back to me. I always felt so honored that you took me under your wing in the way that you did. Thank you so much that gift. I loved you then and I love you now.
Dear Number 72,
Thank you for always making me feel like family. You are one of the warmest and most welcoming people I ever known and love the time we get to spend together - which is not nearly enough! Your dedication to family inspires me to look for ways I can be more engaged and supportive in my own. I appreciate your attention to detail and how you are careful to see that all the bits and pieces of any puzzle are accounted for. You are such a lovely human and I am grateful to know you in the special way that I do.