A few years ago my mother came to me and asked if everything was okay between my husband and me. perfect
Startled, I responded,”Yes. Why?” She explained that my son had told her, “My mommy made my daddy cry.” That statement had her concerned.
Well, what my son said was true…I had made my husband cry. But why he shed a few tears needed some clarification. I explained that he cried after opening a special gift from me. While dating, I studied abroad. Rick and I wrote to each other almost daily. Without his knowledge I had saved all the letters. As a present, I packaged up all the letters we had written to each other while I lived in Scotland. The emotion from reading these letters brought tears to his eyes…that was a “perfect gift”.
During the holiday season it’s easy to get caught up in all the hype of wanting the latest and greatest gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. Aren’t you tired of being asked, “What did you get for the kids?” or “What are you giving to your husband for Christmas?” I don’t think it’s a competition of materialism, but a desire to find that next great gift. It’s hard, year after year, to give that “perfect gift” to the people that mean the most. Let’s face it, we all know what I am talking about….that gift that brings screams of happiness or tears of joy. Have you found that gift yet this year? Well, you are not too late! The truth is you may never find that gift in a store or online…it may be in your home right now. perfect
As we enter this crazy season can we find a way to give the perfect gift to those around us? Here are some ideas….
- Have a piece of your child’s artwork professionally framed and ask your spouse to have your child help wrap it for a Christmas gift. Hang it proudly for all to see your child’s work.
- Take a collection of your child’s writings from school and have them bound like a book. This can be a collection of work from the past year showing the child’s development as a writer.
- Give a day….a whole day to just spend with you. You can give your child or spouse a budget of what you’d like to spend and just go with whatever the other would like to do. If you have a child who is a bit resistant choosing, have six cards with activities you know he likes and have him pick three.
- If you like to cook or bake, ask the members of your family their favorite dishes. Make one for each family member each week.
- Commit to leaving a loving message on your child’s mirror or text him. perfect
The perfect gift does not always have to be the most expensive gift. It is true, it’s the thought that goes into the gift that really matters.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights
with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
James 1:17 (ESV)
By Megan Stone, M.Ed.
Wife to Rick
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Founder of Stone Foundations of Learning, Inc.
Author of Own Your Education: A Student’s Guide to Greater Success in School (And Life)
Contact Megan for one-on-one academic coaching or a parent seminar.
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