fullness of our December. It had a few unexpected moments... some challenges and bumps of course. But at the same time it's included amazing opportunities for my son, some gift purchases for loved ones that made us tingle with joy, some funny moments where we clutched our sides laughing harder than we thought possible. It's packed in some deeply intense heart to hearts. Some honest moments in coffee shops with hearts laid bare and stories open. This month has included day trips, old movies, fudge baking, girls nights, manicures with my mama and cute dresses. It's been filled with pretty instagrams, memory making, tradition enjoying, picture taking, dance recitals and whispered conversations long into the night. It's been filled with dreams, anticipation and sweet and salty popcorn. It's been a month of good hair days having finally hit that certain length which requires little effort. It's been a December for serving one another, showing love in new and unique ways, staying up late, drinking lattes and running in the rain. We packed in work, vacation days off and that one precious day where we stayed in bed until 11 am. We made time for naps, Jesus and family. We did everything we wanted to do and more. We did things we didn't want to do because they were important when weighed in the balance. We said no. We said yes. We stayed up late, and went to bed early. We set out to be intentional and we succeeded in almost every area. We were imperfect yet persistent. We kept the main thing, the main thing and it mattered.
Then there was the gift. Adrain and I married young and we struggled hard to make it work being young, broke and lacking any and all life experience. One could say some of those struggles clouded our entire future, another might say that they colored it. I tend to lean toward the latter. I wouldn't change them. But... being the girly type girl that I am, I did always long to see that quintessential little aqua box with the famous fall-apart white bow someday, and I knew I would cherish that moment more than about anyone I could possibly imagine, in light of my past with this man I love and the places we've traveled together from. I would have been thrilled with a key chain! Christmas morning came and suddenly there it was and I had no clue so the surprise shocked me deeply! My fingers shook, I felt the tears welling up and before I knew it, I was holding this little teal box crying my eyes out. The kids were trying to get me to open it but I couldn't do it... not yet. I knew it would be something lovely and simple but it was such a precious moment and I wanted to savor it as long as possible. In the printed card, my man called me his "lovely archer"... I carefully opened the box without messing up the bow because I didn't want to ruin it. (A girl can be emotional and practical at the same time.) Inside was the prettiest little arrow necklace... but his words... it was all in his words. He said, with his chocolately brown eyes smiling at me, "This gift is to encourage you as your raise up our children in this second half of parenthood." Ugly cry, full on at this point people!! It was the most precious gift he has given me yet.
Happy New Year!!