There’s nothing more to say about this than simply posting the picture:
I’m back in the office after being home for Christmas break for a few days.
And I busted out my favorite Christmas present:
Normally you give me pics of the kids (which I like), but this was unexpected. I’m not sure I love me in that hat (cute maybe, goofy, most definitely), but I love us with our big old smiles enjoying the sun (on the left) and the snow (on the right).
I love it. A couple fun selfies of us – a cute, early forties couple (ha – you’re not quite there yet).
I love you!
I thought of you.
One of my biggest prayers for you is that you’ll not only feel loved, but that you’ll feel empowered.
You are a gifted, set apart, full of talent woman who has the power to do incredible things.
You don’t always believe that. There are times when you allow other people and what they’ve done or how they treat you determine your worth. Sadly, sometimes you even allow me to determine how you feel about yourself (sometimes this is good, sometimes not so much).
One of the biggest things you struggle with? You feel on the sidelines, set aside.
May I be so bold as to say this: You are only set aside if you feel like you’re set aside. To use a sports metaphor in an awkward way, you can sulk on the sideline or you can start filling water cups or cheer for those who you feel put you on the sideline in the first place.
If you steward the sideline well, then I think you’ll start to see more clearly just how set apart for awesome things you are (I need to listen to my own preaching here).
Just know that I love you and have tremendous amounts of confidence in you.
(Author’s Note: I’m behind. I admit it. But I don’t want to publish Christmas posts in March, so I’m going to catch up by writing current posts while I fill in the gaps of old – I’ve taken notes and pictures and have some drafts, but I’ve not posted all things because, well, life.)
So we adopted an elf this year, and as you know, the elf (lovingly named Jingles by our daughter who, in your words ‘embodies the spirit and wonder of Christmas’) kind of freaks me out on a number of levels.
Jingles seems to be very kind and sweet and undestructive. Let’s hope he stays that way!
We all have times when we feel overwhelmed but can’t explain exactly why.
Various stressors converge all at once. Our mind wanders into catastrophe-mode where it should or not. We end up wanting to just cry.
Sometimes I feel that way. Sometimes you feel that way.
Last night, you felt that way. But you let me hold you and just be there with you. I don’t mean to make your stress moment about me, but it meant a lot to be able to just lie there with you and be your husband.
I hate it when you feel sad or stressed or overwhelmed, but that’s what I’m there for and I pray you always let me be the person you need me to be in those moments.