Monday, June 22, 2015

A Lesson You've Taught Me [The Letter Link-Up]

Welcome to you, to you and to your words today. 
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 my letters are documenting moments within our marriage before children for our children, you are allowed to write your letter to anyone, on anything with the prompt being simply a loose and suggestive starting point. 
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Dear Jason, 

The other day you asked me about my dreams. Well, you actually asked me to lay out my five-year plan. I mumbled and jumbled and wished Hazel would barf on the floor so I could do something -anything- else. I had no clue what five years from now holds, so I put together a bunch of random messy syllables that were more misunderstood than sensible. You stared at me and waited in silence. And I crunched under the pressure the same way an empty beer can does under one's sandal-ed foot. 

I didn't know what to say because I don't chunk my life out into five years or four years or even one year. I have these wild ideas and I pretend they'll just arrive the way Santa and the Tooth Fairy do.  But, that's not how this happens, does it? I don't have tread on my boots to hit the ground and run in because I'm not applying myself in the way you know I can.

You know me. You see the potential, you remind me that you fell in love with a college girl with bold and wild dreams. You know she's still in here, dulled by dementia and life and a focus on this very moment. You don't get caught in there, you don't hang out in right now with no regard for tomorrow. No, you are the man with a plan who wants to see me out there chasing some goals. 

You say you can win at a task and you do. You're a man that knows he has two weeks off of work around Christmas time and decides that's ample opportunity to take up woodworking. You're a man with a goal and subsquent plan. You don't always know the way to get there, the way to conquer the mountain ahead of you (and us), but you always succeed. You do it gradually, bravely, and -mostly- with grace. 

And now, with your questions and your prodding, there's a dream and a plan. There's a path on which to hike, hoping to find what's on the other side of this five-year mountain. I was lucky to get to follow you in all the adventure. Lucky to follow you until now. Now you've opened up space for me to lead. You've charged me with the tools, challenged me to go and do, asked me for deadlines and goals. I gave them to you, half-heartedly, then laid awake at night and thought about how boldly, how certainly I can do this not only with you, but for you. I can make this into a whole-hearted adventure, an endeavor that will redefine goals and circumstance. 

I can do this to show you the way you've been the best teacher of life. 

Love is learned and you're the best tutor in the land,
amber
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For those who want to know more about the dream, my dream, it's here. It's Amber Thomas Makes: original art from my hand to your heart and home. It's just a beginning, a stepping stone, a place where you've all encouraged me to pieces. It's a start at a five-year plan -or at least a two year plan.  
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Next month we're going to talk about:
Your Greatest Strength
And we'll be writing, linking, loving on
Monday, July 20th.
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Your turn. Your turn dear friend: 

21 comments:

  1. This is so sweet. Your husband sounds like an amazing man.

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  2. I love how our husbands can challenge us but in a way that is so loving and purposeful.

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  3. Gorgeous writing. And I love the idea behind this. When I am near my calendar, hopefully I will remember to write the next date.

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  4. Always so beautiful x

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  5. I will forever be the biggest fan of all you do and all you create. So proud of you for listening to that awesome hubby of yours and chasing this dream! It's off to a beautiful start.

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  6. This is so sweet!


    P.S. The banner doesn't link to the Etsy shop.

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  7. I love this. My husband also asks me this all of the time. He asked me what my biggest dream is aside from Mommying and Wifing, of course with jesus in and through it all. Scary questions because the answers are big. Thank you for living large and real and beautifully and answering to your gifts. We need more of that.

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  8. Melissa McMurchyJune 22, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    oh Amber how I love this new little venture of yours!! I have always loved your handwriting and am super excited for you!! Congrats and good luck girl!

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  9. I LOVE this letter! Beautiful!
    I hope it won't be too late if I link up tomorrow. I really want to! :))

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  10. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvJune 23, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    This is love.

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  11. You guys are the most precious couple.

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  12. He's such a catch. (But I might be biased... Pretty sure I am.) :)

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  13. YES PLEASE. You KNOW KNOW KNOW how much I'd love to have your sweet voice singing in this chorus!

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  14. Girl, he wears me down and lifts me up all in a single moment. But I guess that's what makes marriage SO fun and growing and hard. :)


    You're a gem. SUCH a gem. And I have your print drafted and EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEk.

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  15. THANK YOU for telling me! :) I immediately updated it before I RUSHED to the gym because THAT CANNOT STAND.

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  16. Oh thank you! It's been exhausting and exhilarating more than anything I've done in SO LONG. But, it's worth it and I go to bed proud of the work soooo, I win!

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  17. Oh thank you! :) Never too late... Well, over a month is too late but that's just because I have a free Link-up account! :)

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  18. Girl, aren't they exhausting in the best possible way? Some days I hear Jason get home from work and I pray he's not going to ask me what dream I conquered today and then he does and I want to hide in the fridge with hopes the beer will distract him. :)

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  19. So much love that I sometimes hate it. :)

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  20. Quit it.


    We are. YOU AND ME ARE.

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