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To get love, you give love. Let a woman from San Francisco show you how she does it.

Shannon Weber knows a thing or two about the power of a simple love note.

To get love, you give love. Let a woman from San Francisco show you how she does it.

Ah, love.

GIF via Disney/Pixar's "Up."


Hugs. Gifts. Snuggles. High fives. Smiles. It's often simple gestures that have the power to truly make a person feel special, important, remembered, appreciated.

For Shannon Weber, it all started with a simple love note on a fridge.

A mom of three, Shannon wanted her kids to have a little reminder of her love all the time, so she stuck a note on her fridge. Seeing it every day made her (and her kids!) feel so great that she started placing love notes all over town; she wanted others to feel the same amazing positive mojo. "I feel alive when I do it. I feel connected to myself, to my kids, to the greater world."

Images by Shannon Weber, used with permission.

It's been four years since Shannon's kitchen note, and her movement has grown.

It's in every ZIP code of San Francisco thanks to a grant from the Awesome Foundation, and love notes are now a part of events at schools, street fairs, and Maker Faires. Participants write love notes and create large "Public Displays of Affection" for all to enjoy. It's public art with a purpose, and for Shannon, it's like a giant love affair with the universe.


Though she started solo, leaving love notes is now a family (and friends) affair.

Shannon and her three kids often go out undercover at night to leave notes around town so others will wake to a happy surprise.

Image via The Talking Fly.

The love has even expanded beyond San Fransisco to the likes of New York City, Utah, and Washington D.C. Shannon leaves a little piece of her heart wherever she goes.

Shannon's love notes bring happiness and comfort to those who see them — loved ones and strangers alike.

Recently Shannon was on a work trip in Washington, D.C., and was feeling some "mom guilt." Her son texted her a photo of one of her signs that he found while out on a walk, and that "You Rock" sign created a shared experience for them, even though they were thousands of miles apart. It lifted Shannon's spirits and connected mother and son.


Image via Shannon Weber.

One of Shannon's most profound experiences with her signs came from the parents of a 22-year-old who died in a freak car accident under an overpass in San Francisco. When these grieving parents went to the scene to look for evidence, they found one of Shannon's signs hanging there. It proclaimed boldly, "There Is No One Like You." It was a powerful reminder of their son's love.


Image via Shannon Weber.

The love continues to spread — and you can help.

Love is important. Everyone wants to feel loved and be part of something greater than themselves. It's ingrained in the human condition. Shannon knows that love has healing juju and the power to make a community stronger, so she's out there, making sure people feel loved.

"This experience of taking love or getting love from somewhere ... you have the capacity or the bandwidth to give love somewhere else."

For more of Shannon's story, check out this video from The Talking Fly:

Want to start a guerrilla-style love-fest of notes in your little corner of the world? Shannon has made it easy with printable templates on her website. Go forth, share love.

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Love is what united Marie-Claire and David Archbold, who met while taking a photography class. "We went into the darkroom to see what developed," they joke—and after a decade of marriage, they know firsthand the deep commitment and connection romantic love requires.

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However, their relationship became even sweeter when they adopted James: a little boy with a huge heart.

In the United States alone, there are roughly 122,000 children awaiting adoption according to the latest report from the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. While the goal is always for a child to be parented by and stay with their biological family, that is not always a possibility. This is where adoption offers hope—not only does it create new families, it gives birth parents an avenue through which to see their child flourish when they are not able to parent. For the right families, it's a beautiful thing.

The Archbolds knew early on that adoption was an option for them. David has three daughters from a previous marriage, but knowing their family was not yet complete, the couple embarked on a two-year journey to find their match. When the adoption agency called and told them about James, they were elated. From the moment they met him, the Archbolds knew he was meant to be part of their family. David locked eyes with the brown-eyed baby and they stared at each other in quiet wonder for such a long time that the whole room fell silent. "He still looks at me like that," said David.

The connection was mutual and instantaneous—love at first sight. The Archbolds knew that James was meant to be a part of their family. However, they faced significant challenges requiring an even deeper level of commitment due to James' medical condition.

James was born with congenital hyperinsulinism, a rare condition that causes his body to overproduce insulin, and within 2 months of his birth, he had to have surgery to remove 90% of his pancreas. There was a steep learning curve for the Archbolds, but they were already in love, and knew they were committed to the ongoing care that'd be required of bringing James into their lives. After lots of research and encouragement from James' medical team, they finally brought their son home.

Today, three-year-old James is thriving, filled with infectious joy that bubbles over and touches every person who comes in contact with him. "Part of love is when people recognize that they need to be with each other," said his adoptive grandfather. And because the Archbolds opted for an open adoption, there are even more people to love and support James as he grows.

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