Coin Stories

I'm giving this coin to my awesome cousin, Jennifer Madison, on her birthday, July 13, 2020. Jenn is simply one of the best people I know. She cares about the people she loves, and is a perfect example of "grace under fire". No matter what curve balls life throws at her (and there have been some doozies the past few years!), she continue to keep on keepin' on, doing what needs doing, and never losing her faith, her determination or her sense of humor. She's so much stronger than she gives herself credit for, and her inner beauty shines for the whole world to see. She is a blessing to everyone she knows, and I love and admire her so much.

Sis,
Less than 4 days after i landed at Incirlik you kidnapped me ensuring I got out of the house and experienced the various activities on the Air Base. You keep this old souls out way beyond my bedtime. It all started from a television purchase. That was the beginning or our life long bond. Whenever and wherever, you know i will be there. I am only a call, text, email away. You are indeed God sent. Please take care and enjoy life.
Paxton

Im so thankful for you coming into my life. When I was coming to Incirlik I didn't think it would be this easy to be expected into a family and make friends. But you made me feel at home, it sucks that l'm losing one of my family members. But i wish you the best and see you in the States.

Serena!
Boss Lunsford!!! Lol. I miss your face! Thank you for being a wonderful friend, for all the laughs, food, and the overall genuine care! Thank you for opening your heart to all of us! *bug hugs*
😎 Chiro

Serena,
Where has the time gone? The ‘Lik would’ve been such a different place without you. So many amazing memories — mingles, Game of Thrones, Starbucks, community center activities, Spaniard sightings and on and on. You brought people together, opened up your home and heart and became family. Love you lady! Your ride and die sister — Carmelita

Serena❤️
Thank you for your endless smiles and lots of love. I will always cherish our time together and I’m so grateful for your friendship. I love you woman! Thank you for being my family!

💙Dove

Serena, thank you so much for your kindness since I first got here. You are an amazing person that truly cares about those who surround you. I will surely miss your friendly demeanor. You are one in a million. See ya! Danielle 🤗

Serena, it's been a pleasure meeting you. Thank you for everything! I look forward to seeing you again.

Safe travels!
Erica

Serena, I would like to thank you for all that you did for me, including all the times you fed me 🤣. We are truly going to miss you! Good luck with your next adventure and hopefully our paths cross again.
-Daniel

Serena, our paths have crossed during 3 assignments on 3 continents, I am wishing you all the best and much success in your next adventure. Thank you my travel buddy. May god continue to bless you.

Serena, words cannot express how grateful I am to have crossed paths with you on this crazy journey. Thank you for opening your home and your heart to me. I have enjoyed traveling, laughing, eating, and everything in between with you. I wish you the best of luck and know that this place will definitely not be the same without you. Until we meet again!😘

Serena...my sister! There are NO words to tell you how much you mean to me! I had only been in Turkey for a couple of weeks when you arrived. We became fast friends and created so many lasting memories. You sincerely became and will always be my sister! I have so many great memories from my year over there and you are a part of them all. Much laughter and a few tears but most importantly it was together. Pool days, coffee and simit runs, carpet store visits, GoT, great meals, Reeses peanut butter cups with popcorn, wreath making, wine glass painting, neighborhood mingles...so many things. You were my sounding board and my safe place to land when I was missing my family back home. I love you more than you can know and can't wait to see you on this side of the world! xoxo

Serena! The woman who came into my life and definitely made it better. You are the most loving, inviting, selfless, person I ever met. You give your heart and you give it without wanting anything in return. This past year I not only gained another friend, I gained a sister for life. I’m truly lucky to have you and I wish nothing but the best for you. I can’t wait for all of your dreams to come true because no one deserves it more. Can’t wait to see you. Love always❤️

Serena!!!! You were definitely one of my favorite people at Incirlik! You have the biggest heart and such a warm personality. I miss our lunches at the club at "your table". Yes, you were the "Godmother", Lol!
I will always remember my birthday surprise, Thanksgiving at your house and the holiday mingles. You are a fun person and brought so much life to the "Lik" personally and professionally. I'm so glad you'll be back in the states. I will definitely visit you! Friends always, Valencia ❤ P.S. I'm so glad you got to go home and be near your family.

Serena, you are one-of-a-kind and an amazing person. From the first day I arrived at Incirlik, you pulled me in like I was family. There is not enough words to explain the impact that you have had on me and on other people, because you give everyone your whole heart ❤️. From the events you ran, to inviting people in your home for good food, laughs and relaxation, you treated everyone as family. You are a true friend, sister and someone who will tell it like it is 🤣 thank you for being there for me always! And even though you would make fun of my shortness and certain nicknames 🍀, it was out of love and probably personal amusement. I have unforgettable memories with you...from long conversations to coffee runs, Bingo, puzzles, movie marathons, Cyprus, cooking, chocolate chip cookies 🍪, and more. Excited for your next adventure and Kirkland better be ready!! Love you for life my sister!! Can’t wait to see you 😉🤪

“A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” Proverbs 27:9
Dearest Aunt (teyze) Serena,
You have selflessly invited us into your tribe, and I am forever grateful for your friendship and kinship. As the countdown draws near, I am deeply saddened to see a hallmark of Incirlik connectivity leave, but I pray those in your path will cherish and esteem you. Your compassion, honesty, talents, thoroughness, and the endless fun you bring to life will be our everlasting memory! Here is to virtual date nights, now unmasked! “We love you so much! Kisses and hearts, kisses and hearts, kisses and hearts! Eenie feenie finie oonie wahwah!” Love, Your Twinsie (and her tagalong Mom) ❤️😉

My amazing Serena...How lucky am I to have someone so special in my life? Getting to know you has been truly an honor. Thank you for your love, kindness, compassion, realness and thank you for not only being a friend, but a sister! Just know that I will forever be in your corner! I love your beautiful soul! I’ll see you very soon!

Love, Mel

This coin is dedicated to an amazing woman. She loves with her whole heart. Serena has become more than just a friend me. She’s my sister. She’s the type of person that will tell you how wrong you are and you don’t get mad. You don’t get mad because you know it’s coming from a place of love. When you come to her home she makes you feel like it’s your home. She will bend over backwards for you. Serena I will miss the make dinners, the Sunday breakfasts, the jewelry, the talks and everything in between. But most of all I’ll miss you, your presence, and your unbelievable love for those you call family. Thank you for being a sister to me and I can’t wait to continue this ride. All the trips, all the talks, all of Serena!!! Thank you beautiful and don’t worry I’ll still harass you as if you were here. Love you!!!!

This was giftedto me from a very dear friend after the loss of our daughter, sister, mother, friend.

I am passing this on to my dearest friend of 65 years, she has had a very difficult year ill family and a cancer diagnosis.

A lover of butterflys I asked her once "can you ever have to many butterflys emphatically replied NO.

This coin was passed along to me here at Grace Community Church. I look forward to passing it along to continue the butterfly effect and pay it forward. Serving others is a core principal to humanity.
Bo Beatty

I received this gift of kindness from my Uncle Dennis. This butterfly originated in Coulee Dam Washington and I'm its first stop at Hudson Florida. My uncle and I have only recently in the last couple of years become close. I'm honored that he shared the love with me.

There's no one I'd rather share the love with more then one of my dearest friends, Trish, in Canada...and in memory of Carole, her sister.
...thinking of you with all my heart ❤️

I received this coin from my dear sister....a thoughtful gesture for taking time to travel (from NH to OH) to spend some quality time with her and her husband during the COVID-19 pandemic. Butterflies have a very special place in my family's heart, for my grandmother who passed absolutely loved them. So, whenever we see one, it brings a smile, sometimes a tear, of some wonderful memories.

I was giving my buddy Max and his dad a haircut, and when I finished, Max handed it to me. He has always been such a nice kiddo to me. I have been cutting his hair since he has started getting haircuts. I always appreciate his kindness. I passed it to my friend Sean, who was so kind to wear his mask always , when I give him cuts. He is always kind to me and has been since the day I met him. Hope everyone can continue to spread kindness, especially in these times ❤️💜 Thanks Max!! Was so cool to get this from you! It made my day

Today, I am sending this coin to a friend I've known since I was 16 and is such an important part of my life. Thank you Judi for all your friendship and support over the years and for always demonstrating what kindness and love mean. I love you!

Two years after receiving this coin from our in-laws, we found it amongst some other belongings. We remembered how neat it was when we received the coin and were excited to release it back into "the wild".

To the next recipient - We hope that by receiving this butterfly we were able to bless your life with some kindness. Please spread this kindness by blessing someone else and then passing along the coin to them so the butterfly can continue it's journey. Don't forget to log your experience here and to check back and see how far our butterfly has flown!

We were walking our dog in the rain this morning and someone saw us and gave us this coin.

I love you.

I received this coin from two people. You know, the kind you feel like you know immediately, embracing them in to your world of deep friends without question. Bruce and Heather, THANK YOU for sharing your beautiful, soul-filled home. Loved the conversation, looking forward to the next one!
I will give this coin to a person who I know will give it an interesting next home.
I may elaborate on my coin story in the future :-)
BUTTERFLY EFFECT KEEP ROCKIN'!

Found this in the bathroom of the Georgia National cemetery, the day we laid my uncle to rest. It was a nice day of light on an otherwise dark day.

I have been waiting for a year to find out who this coin would go to on it next journey and waited until it found the right person. It felt like it found the one to be with next on its journey

Giving to Marcy Dover

I received this coin months ago, but haven't had a chance to look at the note until now. I'm glad I did because it makes me feel appreciated for the work I do with Rescue Pit. Thanks, John!

i’m giving this to my wonderful art teacher who inspired me to follow my passion in creating art 💜 i hope she never forgets how amazing she is :)

Just receive this beautiful coin in the mail from my dear friend, Holly, and am so touched. I really appreciate being part of its journey and will spend some time thinking about who I will release it to down the road.

I have to admit, this coin was so beautiful, that I kept it in my possession for a year. I purchased a large volume of coins in 2019 and released most of them, but I needed one to sit with me for a while. I looked at it on my nightstand each night before I went to bed.

Today, on the 5 year anniversary of my sister's passing, I am mailing this coin to my friend and former colleague, Heidi Daniels. She is such a great person and also loves to spread kindness! I want her to be a part of this coin's journey so she will know she is loved and thought of often.

With this coin, I sent her a package of handmade cards that she can use to continue to spread joy and hugs to those she cares about.

As always, I look forward to seeing where this coin journeys to!

Thank you so much for this beautiful Butterfly coin, how thoughtful and especially that it arrived three days before my 64th birthday. I have been feeling bored, useless and so unmotivated being at home, but having this butterfly in my hand gives me some hope and energy. Blessings Be, dear Bookcrossing friend!

This coin is going to one of my closest friends, Jaime Allen, after the loss of her soul mate boy, Munchkin, who she inherited after from her Uncle Jerry when he died in 2012. Jaime has been there for me in the loss of so many of my own special animals - and in so many other ways - too many to count. She is receiving this butterfly coin to let her know how much I appreciate and treasure her.

Vickie,
Love that we get to spend Mother’s Day together, passing this coin on to you for all the amazing things you do as a mom and grandmother...you are so thoughtful and generous.

Dearest Kelly,

I have hung on to this coin for a year-selfishly because I didn't want to let go of something that you gave me. But it's time to let it fly so I will be passing it on to the Mann family members as you requested. Tomorrow will be a year since you passed and our hearts are so very broken but what a legacy you left us with! This project is so symbolic of all that you are-giving to others and loving unconditionally.

Rather than one good deed, I have made a commitment to make giving a part of my everyday live-something that would come so naturally to you. Since you passed, I dedicated myself even more intensely to my mom and dad's care until they too passed on. I visited mom every day for four months and made sure she was alright. In addition, I made connections with elderly residents at mom's care center and built relationships with the staff. I have been showing a lot of care and love for our graduate student from Nepal-buying her gifts to bring back home, making sure she has enough food, and listening to her as she shares her thoughts on being so far from home. Currently I am reading a book over the phone every week to an elderly family friend in a nursing home. With COVID19 she can't have visitors and so we are reading together and chatting. Finally, the Mann family will go to Grandpa and Grandma's house to clean up their yard as Randy is in such pain with his back.

So my dearest Kelly, I am working so very hard to make giving more a part of who I am-something I learned from you. You continue to inspire me and I miss you every day. Well done good and faithful one.

In love and light,
Beth

I was in FlyDogz in Lincoln Ne when a young woman purchased 2 fly it forwards from me and told me to pass it on! This is amazing! #StayFly #FlyLife

This coin was being mailed to another location, but it fell out of its envelope at the postal processing plant.

Gave this coin to my friend Tyler. Very thankful for his help on all my crazy projects. Thanks TyTy!

During this time of working from home (starting March 2020), I have the privilege of delivering laptops to adult immigrants learning English from home. As long as I'm in their driveway to bring the educational gear anyway, I offer a few other basic essentials: soap, TP, eggs, rice, bananas, homemade donated masks. They must feel loved by this small gesture because they smile and sometimes jump up and down. I'm so grateful to share.

I found this butterfly in the amazingly beautiful little town of Redcrest on the Avenue if the Giants💖 it was a gorgeous day and summer is upon us in the Redwoods!! I Will move this along soon

I just received the coin from my granddaughter

Today I was sad then I got this coin as a gift from my friend Brinley! She thought I needed a smile and I did! Seeing Brinley made me smile too! I hope I can pass along the coin to my other friend who is missing her friends too!

I got this coin from my Mommom in 2019. She gave it to me as a gift. I hope to be able to pass it onto a friend and bring them happiness. Please pay it forward and continue to pass on this coin. Let’s see how far it gets!
-Brinley

I received this coin from my daughter-in-law, Susan, who is a loving, caring person who likes to spread joy. I will send it on to my sister, Janice, who (I hope) will send it on to her granddaughter. Sharon

My name is Joe Chiti. It is April 2020. I am a 15-year old boy and I found this coin in Zambia, AFRICA. I live in Village of Hope. I would like become an artist/musician in the future.

I'm the second person to get the coin!

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