My Favorite Gift

The best gift I've ever been given.

Warning!! This post will be just oozing with lovey doveyness. The kind that makes people roll their eyes and say “get a room”  Proceed with caution.  You can’t say I didn’t warn you.

The last couple days Dave has been doing his Christmas shopping for me.  He’s so excited about the gifts he’s picked out and just “knows” I’m going to love them.  It’s really sweet.

The thing is, I’d really like him to realize that I don’t need him to buy me things.  Don’t get me wrong, I like to get presents!  Who doesn’t love getting something new that they didn’t have to pay for?  But I don’t need them, and wouldn’t miss them if we skipped a year of gift giving.

Dave is enough of a gift to me. Every day of the year I think of how blessed I am to share my life with him.  He has stuck by me through a pretty scary medical issue. He stayed, even though I told him he could leave, because I didn’t want him to be “stuck” with me if I was going to die, or have a debilitating disease. He held my hand through what my doctor said was his most difficult spinal tap ever.  The man has BEEN THERE.  That is the greatest gift I could ever receive.

He married me. That’s a big deal. A Huge commitment. And those of you who know me, know I can be “difficult” to live with sometimes.  He’s never given up on me. He forgives me. He never holds anything over me. He never brings up the past. He is supportive. He is caring. He’s kicked my butt into gear and made me finish three 5ks. He makes pancakes every Sunday. He does the dishes.

This time of year I see so many ads for diamonds, and cars. Women making wish lists for husbands and boyfriends that include Coach bags and Uggs.  TV shows where women get so excited and love their husbands so much more because he bought her a Movado watch, or a Tiffany bracelet.

I don’t need a Coach bag, I’m content with full bags of food from Stop & Shop because it means we’re well fed.  I don’t need “bling.” The way Dave’s eyes sparkle with excitement when he talks about Avery’s arrival is better than any diamond bracelet.  I don’t need a thousand dollar watch.  I get my wake-up call at 6:50am every day, a kiss on the forehead from Dave as he leaves for work.  As for the Uggs, well, I just don’t like them.

I have everything I need, and everything I’ve ever wanted (well, except for a pony)

When you make your list…..when you open gifts and think “Oh, man I didn’t get the ____ that I asked for”  think of everything you already have.  You’ll be a lot happier.

I am so grateful for the amazing gift of my husband.

Merry Christmas,  and Happy Hanukkah Everyone!

Now, if anyone wants to get me that pony……


  1. Jen says:

    Love this post, Sarah! I like to think that there are still a few of us out there who care more about the things that aren’t tangible than bling and toys and expensive gifts. Your post should be in some letter-to-the-editor to remind others that it’s not the “stuff” that counts!

  2. sking140 says:

    That was very inspiring. I feel the same way. I don want anything this year because I have everything Inhave ever wanted. Erin. Thats it but I will get her and my fam a little something.
    P.S. UGGs are soooo not in. They need to die. I don’t even want to imagine the nasty smell of ones feet when they pull them out. Like eew!!!!


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