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Welcome to the 10th Day of Christmas with Jennifer Smith from Unveiled Wife. Jennifer is a Christian, a wife and a mother of one. These are her three most important priorities in life, in that order.
Unveiled Wife launched in March of 2011. Jennifer first began this blog to share with other wives the struggles and the healing she encountered in her first few years of marriage. By God’s grace it has grown into much more than Jennifer could ever have imagined, reaching women from all around the world joined together in community.
And now, let’s hear from Jennifer:
The sounds of holiday cheer spread joy throughout the house. The Christmas tree was decorated colorfully from trunk to tip with interesting ornaments ranging over decades. I had traveled with husband and son to see friends of ours who had recently welcomed their first sweet child into the world. It also happened to be their families annual Christmas party celebration and they kindly invited us to join.
Aunts and uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters began filling every room in the house. The chatter of hello’s and reminiscing with one another was a joy to hear. I didn’t know any of the family who came that day so I sat comfortably playing with my son in the living room. The front door opened and another guest had arrived, it was my friend’s grandparents who have been married 60 years.
With smiles beaming on their faces they also made their way to the living room. Although this couple was older, it seemed like their love for each other was as fresh as when it first bloomed. The grandpa was wearing a beige suit with a red sweater vest and a nice comb-over. The grandma sat nestled in a wheelchair with dark hair, fair skin and a smile that never seemed to leave her beautiful face.
Distracted by my son’s play I only heard bits and pieces of the party conversations. However, there was something specific I kept hearing repeated by Grandpa,
“She made it for me for our first Christmas together!”
After hearing this over and over again I eavesdropped over his next conversation. A cousin came in to say hello and acknowledged the red bow tie that adorned Grandpa’s neck. Then I heard him say again,
“Thank you! Bobbi made it for me for our first Christmas together.”
I turned my head around to see the bow tie and chuckled a little by its appearance. It was made of red and white felt that had barely worn over the years. It was a very out-dated portrait of Santa Claus around Grandpa’s collar. Regardless of what it looked like, Grandpa was proud to flaunt it. He told every person at the party that his bride made it just for him. Grandpa was genuinely and unabashedly in love with his wife and he made it known to everyone. It was precious to see his wife blush every time he drew attention to the gift she gave him all those years ago. Such a dashing couple.
This Christmas experience made me realize the value I have in my husband and the passion I desire to have 60 years from now, which will only happen if I preserve our love and protect it, just like Grandpa did with the bowtie.
Marriage is important and I want others to be inspired by the love I share with my husband. I hope this story inspires you as well! May Christmas and our marriage be filled with genuine and unabashed love for one another.
Jennifer is giving away a copy of her devotional book Wife After God and a $25 Visa gift card to go on a date with your spouse. To enter, leave a comment telling us the best gift you ever got from or gave to a loved one. Or one with a touching story attached.
Mine would be the time my husband got me a leather journal and had written in it and had each of the kids also write in it. I use it to record Bible verses I have memorized.