Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Great Gifts

I have received some great gifts in my life.

I remember one Christmas as a young child when my most wanted present didn't appear under the tree.  I don't remember being all that disappointed since there was an abundance of other gifts.  After all the presents were opened and the stockings emptied, one present was left unclaimed.

I asked my mother about it and she answered casually, "Oh, I think that's for you."  As I tore off the paper I found the Easy Bake Oven I had been wanting.

Then there was the birthday I received my engagement ring.  The next year, on the anniversary of our engagement, I received a "present" in the mail from the Alabama Board of Nursing.  I had passed my state board examinations and was now qualified to call myself a Registered Nurse.  A great present indeed.

I could never mention gifts without speaking of my sweet little beagle, Sparrow.  Given to me seven years ago as a birthday gift, she is a dear companion and friend.  I can't imagine what we did without her.

The greatest earthly gift I have ever received was provided for me by my mother-in-law 57 years ago today, when she gave birth to her son.  She raised him up to be a fine, considerate, thoughtful young man whom the Lord had the grace and mercy to bring into my life thirty seven years ago.

There is no doubt that my husband has been the greatest gift I have ever received in this life.  He is my best friend, my pastor, my teacher, the love of my life, the melody to my harmony, even my chauffeur.

He is the perfect compliment to my personality.  He is the leaves on the tree, swinging in the wind and I am the roots buried in the earth.  Together we make quite a tree.

Happy Birthday to the most wonderful person I have ever met. . .my husband.

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