This past month has been absolutely overflowing. We bought a house. We had a baby. He is one month old.
Oh, and one more big thing happened too.
Matthew told me he would be a little bit late coming home from work on Wednesday night, because of some Christmasy errands he had to do. No questions asked on my part, because I LOVE surprises. He came home with a small box in hand and a note rolled up. I expected him to put it under the tree, but he went into the kitchen (looking back, it was probably to try to calm himself down) then came back into the living room where I was holding Harry on the couch. He sat down next to me, took Harry, and gave me the box. Nadine was standing next to me, recording on her phone. I tilted my head and asked if that was really necessary. Yes. Yes, it was. He told me to read the note first.
My beautiful Amy Lyn,
Just about 15 years ago you married a teenager. What a journey it has been so far! You have had to wait a little while as the boy you married became a man. Haha! You have lovingly stood with me through the most difficult and uncertain times of my life and for that I am extremely thankful. I know I have not always considered the full weight of the responsibility that I have as your husband. There have been times that I have not stepped up as I wish I would have. This Christmas, this anniversary I want to renew my love for you, my commitment to you and express the overwhelming joy that I have each day to work hard for you! With this ring, I want to express my unending love for you and resolve to always consider you. Each time you see it, if we are apart, remember that I am working hard to come home. I love you more than words could ever express. The greatest blessing in my life is the prospect of growing old with you, my bride. Merry Christmas!
I love you!
The entire note was interrupted by many sniffles on my part and more snippets of, “Does she really have to be recording this?” And, “Do I really have to read this out loud?” because I kept choking up. When I read, “with this ring,” I got a bit fluttery inside. We had talked about maybe getting a wrap for my engagement ring, to celebrate our anniversary in a couple of weeks. But I knew there were other more pressing needs, so I was NOT expecting that. I gulped and opened the box. There was a silver ring, threaded through a gold-trimmed red ribbon. Underneath all the ribbon, attached to the ring, was a key fob. I just stared at it. “Matthew!” is my favorite thing to exclaim when I’m a bit overcome or excited. He told me to look out the window. This is when the recording by Nadine starts to have a lot of excited movement as everyone rushed to the window. There, on the street, with a big white bow on the hood, was parked a new van.
We had started talking and praying about this need a few months ago. Well, pretty much the day we found out we were having another baby. Oceanus only seats 7. We had more recently been doing a lot of research on this particular make and model. I had spent many hours reading and sending Matthew photos of different vans, all while he worked secretly behind my back to settle on this one. So patient.
The kids immediately settled on naming her “Silver Belle”. We all hopped in and drove to my parents to surprise them.
We are all completely blown away. Such a lot of change this year. God gave me the word “Freedom” at the beginning of the year, and it has truly been a year of freedom for us. He has set us free from many fears, unhealthy mindsets, and doubts. He has restored things which were broken, and given us courage to ask, knock and seek. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!