Monday, January 5, 2009

The Gift Arrives

2008 was the year of struggle. How to make ends meet, whether to move or stay put, what to do about the car.

I’ve been waiting for something in the mail. I hate waiting for something in the mail, especially when it’s something special for someone else.

But it finally arrived a little while before the holidays, so I saved it to be a special Christmas present. I was more excited about giving this gift than receiving any of my own.

It was for my wife.
It’s a midnight pearl with crystals set in sterling silver.

She loved it. When I told her how beautiful I knew it would look on her hand, she put it on and glowed.

When I told her that it was also a symbol of persevering through struggle, she tucked into me and cried.

It was a wonderful Christmas.


  1. What a lovely gift! 2008 certainly was a tough one for many - here's hoping 2009 holds much more promise and happiness!

  2. Absolutely divine! For a divine lady!
    Best wishes for 2009! Sherry

  3. Oh my .... I would be in tears too... What a beautiful... thoughtful gift...

    You and Nancy are a classic example of what love is all about... I truly love the symbolism in the ring...

    Here is to a NEW YEAR with less struggle ... for all of us.... heres to a renewed spirit..



  4. Bill & Nancy ~ such a beautiful gift, second to the gift of having each other.
    Happy New Year and a prayer for God's abundant blessings for your both!

  5. ummm, that's "for YOU both"... lol!

  6. This is truly the art of giving, being so happy that you have found something that makes somebody else happy! I think that midnight pearl is so Nancy.

    Have a happy and healthy 2009, this is a great start!

  7. I found your blog for the first time today, through your wife's. I am madly in love with the depth of the relationship between you two! And the romance you find in the grand things and the simple! You're so very lucky to have each other!

  8. Awwwww...that is sooooo sweet! Very sweet! The kind of sweetness that brings a tear to the eye! :)

  9. what a beautiful gift,and an even more beautiful sentiment! happy new year,stacy

  10. oh my!!! that is so beautiful and romantic:) i am crying too, happy for Nancy that she has such a wonderful husband!!!

  11. What a very special gift. All the best in 2009


  12. The setting is a love knot a symbol of united by love. And if ever there were two more wonderful souls united by love...
    What ever hardships you struggled through in 2008 brought you closer together, a blessing in many ways.

  13. Oh, how beautiful and oh sooo romantic...came here by way of Miss Maddie' your writing. Many Happy New Years for you both!!!

  14. Beautiful gift for a beautiful person, your wife Nancy.
    Now, when looks at her finger, she will remember your words and thoughtfulness!!
    Happy New Year Bill!! And may all your dreams come true this year!!

    May we all continue to realize how blessed we truly are!


  15. Bill, just found you via Sugar Bear...this is a fantastic concept for a blog. I am married to a very supportive "Bill" myself! I couldn't do half the things I do without his support. 18 years this last's so great to see that you just get it. You are both blessed to have found one another. I will have to share this with my Bill. Happy New Years! Mari~

  16. You two are my idols when it comes to ROMANCE! Wow!

  17. Amazing. Your wife is very lucky :-)

  18. I don't remember how I found you and your wife's blogs , but whenever I come to them I am always reassured that there is still so much good and love in this world...I see it in both of you. You have been blessed with amazing talent at writing and I will visit often. Blessings!

  19. Ooooooo.... Ahhhhhhh....
    How beautiful! You did good.

  20. I just came across your blog and what a beautiful ring! Your wife is a lucky woman!


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