Kelli over at" There is No Place Like Home", is the host of Friday Show and Tell. She explains it this way:"Welcome to Show and Tell Friday! Do you have a something special to share with us? It could be a trinket from grade school, a piece of jewelry, an antique find. Your show and tell can be old or new. Use your imagination and dig through those old boxes in your closet if you have to! Feel free to share pictures and if there's a story behind your special something, that's even better!"
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There is no place like home
My husband and I met and 2 days later he proposed. We were married six weeks later. I often wondered how we have had such an incredible marriage, and decided that this would be my show and tell for the week.
Right after we married Bill enlisted in the military, so we had several months apart. So although we did not date, we were able to get to know each other through the letters.
Several times in the first six years we were apart due to military assignments(in fact we were apart over 1.5 years in the first six if you added up the time). So we wrote letters. And more letters. And I keep journals of the activities of the growing family. So here are over 167 letters in this photo.
Here is another shot, more organized. It is amazing how much we learned about each other. And we were able to express goals, dreams and fears without any pressure.
Then the habit stuck. Before cell phones, when Bill was at work he sometimes would have a moment that he thought about me, so he would use a police report form and write me a note. Sometimes, because the kids took up so much of our time, the letters gave us an intimacy. The older I am the more I think back and appreciate these notes.
I would be struck by something, and would quickly make a note for Bill. This is from a magazine ad.
I then let Bill know that he was my lifesaver!
For Christmas 1991 we had been apart for 3 months, so when we were reunited, we gave each other carefully crafted cards. This is the envelope and the inside.
I must say that this is all made with a grown man using children's scissors. He also helped the oldest create a special card for Momma.
I am sharing these letters on Show and Tell because it is something that I value. Many times we wives forget that marriage is not like in the movies, and it takes a tremendous amount of time for each other. We are to cleave unto our spouse. But, when we spend time with our girlfriends, our parents, our children, or even a hobby to the neglect of our spouse, then we are in trouble.
I am ever so grateful that I had an opportunity to learn this due to the situation, that marriage, and the love you have needs to be constantly fed, loved and nurtured. Marriage in the United States seems to come with an escape clause. God told us that marriage is a covenant. He held marriage with importance, and so should we.