This picture was taken at Ludlow Falls, Christmas, 1982
Today's prompt asks us to share Christmas Sweetheart Memories and just as I began thinking about what my post should say, I happened to see an ornament hanging on my tree from Christmas, 1980. It's a beautiful, blue and white ball with a painting of a Christmas sleigh and it states "First Christmas Together". Now, 1980 was not the first year we were married, but it was the first Christmas my husband and I shared together and that was the first ornament we ever purchased. We had started dating in August and a few weeks later, we were engaged. It was quick and we shocked many people, but here we are sharing our 30th Christmas together. I remember that first Christmas like it was yesterday. We spent many days shopping together for our families and for each other. We purchased giant stockings and had our names written on them in glitter. Our goal was to fill each stocking with goodies for each other. It was quite a challenge, but we managed to do it! Interestingly enough after all these years I think I can still remember everything I bought for him, but I don't remember one thing he bought for me.
I'm not sure if that's good or bad!
At the time we bought that first ornament, we had no idea what the Lord had in store for our future; three children, several different jobs, meeting new friends, saying goodbye to loved ones. We have shared much joy in these past 30 years and, although it sounds cliche', the time has flown by. Our children have grown from babies with wonder-filled eyes to compassionate, loving adults waiting to begin their own family Christmas traditions. My prayer and my hope is that they will find the same joy that began with our very first "sweetheart" Christmas in 1980.