Thursday, January 22, 2015

the letter link-up: on refreshment

Welcome to you, to you and to your words today. It's the first rendition of The Letter Link-Up and we're glad to have you. 
The Letter Link-up | Mr. Thomas & Me

This letter is part of The Letter Link-Up. They are written to remember mundane moments that would otherwise slip away, to hold tight to him, and to remember how life looks right now at this very moment with the chance to shed light on your heart. 

While I am spending my letters documenting moments within our marriage before children for our children because they won't know us without them, but you are allowed to write your letter to anyone, on anything with the prompt being simply a starting point. 
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Dear Jason,

We've had odd weather this year. Weather marked by weekly rains and bone deep coldness. We've sat at dinner and remarked on how thankful we are for flannels and heaters and living in California where it really isn't that cold. 

And then I wonder, when did we start talking about weather? Because we all know it's either an awkward cocktail party or a dried up marriage that leads to commenting on the forecast and it's implications for the next for days. 

But then, the weather did the greatest of things: it brought snow. In the middle of the night, so early on the morning of December 31, 2014, I woke you so we could admire the white blanket outside together. You were groggy with the fog of sleep still thick on your soul and I was ecstatic to be rewarded with a white landscape after spending hours of my night waking instead of sleeping.

It was New Year's Eve. We knew the engagement was coming. The sparkly ring sat beautifully patient for weeks before the set day. And then snow fell. And he bended his knee into the smallest of snow drifts as flakes flurried around them. 

And we all celebrated old love made new as it was covered in a million unique flakes and in a diamond ring. You were thrilled because you love him like your own brother, because you love her and her addition to the family, because you are the penultimate of wedding goers. 

Standing outside the best breakfast joint in town, listening to your enthusiasm about their upcoming nuptials, I saw my groom there. I saw you as I did three years and three months ago, as a groom relived from planning, washed over in Hawaiian sun and wedded bliss. And I took it all in again, the ring, the engagement, the wedding, the honeymoon, the first fight, the first Christmas, the anniversaries, the dog, the vacations, the house. 

Like our California town covered in white snow, our marriage was magical all over again. 

Thankful always to be drinking life in with you, 
am
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And now, your turn:


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For February, the link-up date is Monday, February 23rd. 
And the topic: On dates and the Like. 

26 comments:

  1. You are so rich in life. And you always (and eventually) see the silver lining, and that, my dear, is positively beautiful.

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  2. Love you and your love with that man of yours! You just radiate joy in everything and it's beautiful. xo.

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  3. i love your letters always! made me tear up this morning and I seriously just Adore that photo of your brother!!

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  4. My heart goes pitter patter with this. You are wonderful and amazing and your words just speak life. My refreshment letter is in the works, it wasn't quite ready for posting. But isn't that the way it goes, we're always in a state of rewriting and editing, until something fits just right. And you know it. And we're refreshed. You'll hear it soon (I hope) :)

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  5. Gah! I just love this link-up so much and I found some great new bloggers to follow! :) Thank you for getting my creative juices flowing. Now I just need to try and come up with something non-baby related for a change ;)

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  6. I love that you write to Jason and memorialize this time before y'all have children. Your love and honesty is so refreshing and inspiring! And how amazing was that white landscape for your brother's proposal! Great job capturing such a momentous occasion, and how beautiful that Mr. Thomas is amped up for the upcoming nuptials! Truly a blessing.

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  7. I love this. But then again I love everything you write. Which is no major secret. You and Jason are adorable.

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  8. I love the reasons for your letters friend. What a special tribute this is to your marriage and relationships before you add little extra memberes to your family.

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  9. I think it's SO special that you capture these moments for the future. This past birthday (1/16), I gave my Mama a book called "Grandma, Tell Me Your Memories". Instead of letters, they are thoughtful personal questions that she has to answer in a book for her grandkids. It's something I think these letters help express: the today and how it will lead to tomorrow. Thanks for sharing love. Next month: dates? like a one on one date or a specific date like 01.01.01?

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  10. I've always been a fan of these letters, but, goodness, this one is beautiful. Do you purposefully share these with Jason, or how does that work? I've always been curious.

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  11. girl. i'm so glad you're launched and i get to consume all the goodness that's about to pour out of you.

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  12. girl. from you, the greatest radiator of joy that i know, i am flattered. <3

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  13. can i be honest? sometimes after i reread them they make me teary. total disclosure there. :)

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  14. you ARE refreshment boo. your heart is the kindest, purest of encouragement and THAT is all the kinds of refreshment this girl needs on the regular.

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  15. girl, i wasn't expecting this to be as rich as it turned out to be and it has just begun! :) i found myself some sweet new reads to follow too! ;)

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  16. i think i write to him because i'm afraid we're going to forget that we ever didn't have kids and just had each other! ;) thankfully, he's good about remembering the little details like that so he'll keep me on track! :)

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  17. i love you. and want to go to texas on vacation right meow.

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  18. you are rich. and it makes me so glad to know you.

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  19. thank you! one day when there's more thomas family members i'm going to have to look back on these and remember how it used to be before we were so consumed by parenthood! :)

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  20. oh that is such a neat idea! SO NEAT. because those words become so cherished. and i WANT THEM ALL.


    dates in any and all ways you want to approach them. TRICKY HUH?

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  21. i do share them with him. usually that night that they've posted at dinner. unless i'm really excited, then i read it to him before he leaves for work. but someone told me to write them in a journal and so i bought one, but i've yet to write anything in it! :)

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  22. I figured you did, but I wasn't sure what the format would be like. So sweet. :) I second the journal too... having things like that written down is so precious!

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  23. Hey!!! I just popped over here from "blogs you may like" on bloglovin and they were right! I love your site!!! :)

    I'm curious about this Letter Link-Up! Is this going to be a once a month link-up, or will it happen more often? If you've got a mailing list going to notify people of themes/dates/etc, I'd love to be added to it!

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  24. Hi Victoria!


    The letter link-up happens once a month and always has a theme. Soooo, February's goes up on Monday the 23rd and the there is: dates & the like.


    You can write to absolutely anyone (I almost always write to my husband) about ANYTHING with any loose or tight relationship to the theme. I wanted this to be open and fun for everyone, while reminding us of special beautiful moments in our lives! :)


    I do hope you'll join! (there isn't a mailing list as of now because I'm sort of lazy like that, but I do send out reminders on Twitter if you're on there we can connect!)

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  25. I am joining in for next month and I just wrote my letter, and cried all of my mascara off. I hope it is a good read. Amber thank you for doing this because it is really something I needed to do. I hope to keep up with it and all of the other ladies as well.

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