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Dear Brides and Wives

December 29th, 2013

Dear Brides and Wives, This post has been started so many times; with Piper on my knees trying to type her own letter to you, in a classroom in the middle of prep for finals, and I don’t know how many other times over the past few weeks.  But, here we are, she’s playing with […]


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Dear Brides and Wives,

This post has been started so many times; with Piper on my knees trying to type her own letter to you, in a classroom in the middle of prep for finals, and I don’t know how many other times over the past few weeks.  But, here we are, she’s playing with my mom and I finally have a free minute to get my thoughts out on a belated Christmas post and the start of a new series addressed to all you lovely brides and wives out there.  (And, the semester is over so no more finals!)

[…back from interruption #1: Dad just brought a deer home from hunting and we had to take a picture of a terrified Piper with it… anyways…]

Piper and deer

Whether this was your first Christmas spent with your new last name or your tenth, or you spent your holiday dreaming about what life will be like when you’re married by the time Christmas rolls around again, I’m thinking of you right now.  Christmas is magical, and the whole spirit of it changed for me once I got married and had my own family.  Popular culture has made Christmas about gifts and wanting a whole list of things that hopefully someone gets us, not about celebrating the one gift we’ve received that truly matters.  And I don’t think it was until I got married that I truly understood what giving really means, and how powerful the spirit of Christmas really is.  True giving is SACRIFICE.  It’s not about selfishness and a list of things we want and frustration about holiday shopping lines, it’s about a true sacrifice that will bless someone else in return.  And for me, that wasn’t something I understood until I wasn’t the one on the receiving line at Christmas anymore, I was helping to give.  I can’t help but think of the woman who poured expensive perfume over Jesus’ feet, to the frustration of countless others…  It was all she had, yet it still needed to be given.

I’ve been drawn to the Proverbs 31 woman lately, and I think she has unfortunately become an overused symbol of the unattainable lifestyle a perfect wife should lead, but look at the sacrifices she makes for her family.  And it’s not just once a year, it’s daily… She reminds me of my own mom, and the kind of mom and wife I would love to become.

Short and sweet, but Merry Christmas and more soon!  I would love to hear what some of your family traditions are at Christmas!

xoxo

Katherine

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