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Woman Who Passed Loving Post-It Notes to Coworker Bawls With Joy When He Incorporates Them Into Proposal Years Later

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A woman who passed Post-it notes to her boyfriend in the office during their growing romance was left bawling tears of joy when he used them to propose to her years later.


Christy Smith, 36, from Sugar Land, Texas, met her partner Joel, 43, while they worked together in a substance abuse treatment center.

With Joel being Christy’s senior in management terms, the couple were initially skeptical about dating.

Joel had received the necessary approval from his higher-ups, but he and Christy still wanted to keep their relationship on the down-low.

During those early weeks and months, the couple would pass each other in the corridor, where they would hand one another wholesome notes that they had written on Post-its.

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Some of the Post-it notes the couple shared. ©Christy Smith / T&T Creative Media

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Each time, they’d politely say, “You dropped this,” and over about a year, they amassed hundreds of notes each, keeping every single one.

Knowing how special the notes had been in the growth of their relationship, Joel wanted to include them when it was time to ask the big question.

He contacted three of Christy’s closest friends, who he asked to take her on a shopping day before insisting they head for a Starbucks coffee, as that is where he and Christy first dated.

With Christy sat at the very Starbucks where they first shared a coffee, friends and family walked by, each handing her one of the Post-it notes that the couple had shared with each other.


After a few had been handed to her, Christy suddenly realized what was about to happen and started to cry uncontrollably.

Her friend captured the moment on video, with Joel then appearing and asking the big question, to which Christy sobbed ‘Yes’.

The moment took place on February 3, 2018, but the video itself received an outpouring of love in the summer of 2023 when Christy shared a throwback post.

Christy and Joel married in Magnolia, Texas, in 2019, surrounded by 250 of their friends and family.

Both still have their Post-It notes.


Christy said: “I was initially confused as to why so many of my friends from different areas of life happened to be together.

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All the people who helped hand deliver the notes for Joel. ©Some of the Post-it notes the couple shared. ©Christy Smith / T&T Creative Media

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“Nobody was answering me and you can hear in one of the videos I get louder and more confused.

“When it suddenly hits me that Joel has planned this and that these Post-its are our Post-its I completely fall apart.

“I’ve never had a more heightened emotional response in my life.

“I couldn’t believe this man that I loved from the first day I spent with him had so intricately planned this moment.

“I couldn’t believe all my friends and family were a part of it; I couldn’t believe I had no idea it was coming.

“I was so blown away I had no words.

“I have never felt such intensity of love in a single moment.

“And when he arrived with the final Post-it, it was like it was just the two of us, and I just wanted to download into him how full my heart was.”

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