Conquering Hallmark…

My life has been a whirlwind the past few days, maybe even the last few weeks… I can’t remember.  We’ve done basketball, baseball, work, homework, school, church.  I’ve been able to check some things off the “to-do” list.  Ray asked me to send him his jacket that he can wear with his uniform.  I hadn’t done this when he asked the first few times.  It didn’t seem a priority until I saw all the snow pictures… then I felt horrible!   Last week was more of a tornado that a whirlwind.  But, with God’s help, I managed to get the required tasks done.

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  We have another important date just before that… our tenth anniversary!  If you have a loved one that is far away, you know that you must plan in advance to compensate for the mail service.  So, I went to the Hallmark store last week in the midst of my most hectic day.  I was able to pick up cards for my boys and even managed a sappy card for my mom (her favorite).

My next step was a Valentine for my man.  I stood there staring at the mass of “husband” tabs.  I couldn’t even manage to pick up a card.  I stared as if at any moment I would developed x-ray vision and be able to read the inside.  I didn’t… all I did was cry.  Tears were quietly streaming down my face, I was in my own little world.  Then, much to her dismay, the clerk asked “are you finding everything ok?”

What happened next reminded me of the I Love Lucy episode of Lucy crying hysterically.  I responded “no! You don’t have any cards that say ‘you are in Japan and I won’t see you for two years!'”  This poor lady started tip-toeing backwards like she had just walked up on a sleeping lion.  Looking back, it was truly funny… but at that moment, not so much.  I put on a brave front, but the realization that I won’t see my man for the next few Valentine’s Days… more importantly, our 10 year and after anniversaries made me really sad.  Hallmark has a lot of cards, but I didn’t find one that applies to my life right now.  I bought the cards I had picked for the boys and mom and left the store.

You will be happy to know that after a few days and life calming a little I went back and conquered Hallmark!  I was not going to let those cards or my sadness defeat me.  I could not let my feelings get in the way of Ray knowing how much I love him (because surely he wouldn’t know unless he read it on a card, right?!).  Each day I am faced with new challenges, some expected and some not.  I give it to God and God gets me through.  All I can say to tomorrow is… “bring it!”

“But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. To the Lord I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. Psalms 3:3-5

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