A Very Special Gift

We had a wonderful Christmas this year. We celebrated with family, like we do every year, and in January we'll celebrate again when S's younger brother, also a pilot, arrives home from a deployment. One of the best things about this year's celebration is that we were able to select and cut a Christmas tree from the farm with my family.
This is what a "real" tree looks like. As a kid I thought that fake trees referred to trees that were purchased from a tree stand and their perfectly shaped branches made them "fake." Now that we've entered the world of faux trees I understand the difference between a from-the-woods tree, which we have here, and a from-the-tree-farm-tree, which is what the majority of non-faux people have.

It seems like all around the blogesphere people were celebrating a little more generously this year, and our family was no exception. We gave gifts to our families that we hope they'll truly enjoy and we received gifts that we absolutely love.

Among several smaller gifts for our kitchen and for my shop, my parents gave us a new house number for the beehive. It's something I've wanted to purchase for a while, but just haven't done. We don't show our house number in photos, but currently it's a cut-out of a pig that our home's original owner made. We want to keep the pig, but it's not sophisticated enough for our tastes so we're going to hang it on the shed and prominently display our new cast steel number.

I gave S several much-needed new tools: a Dewalt circular saw, a Milwaukee sawzall, a Makita angle grinder/cutoff wheel, and a bucket-caddy tool organizer, along with the Milwaukee driver/drill I gave him early, for a project a few weeks ago. And just to make sure he knows I don't expect him to work on projects all the time, I gave S a pair of Cole Haan slippers and a Steinbach nutcracker to add to our collection.

The big surprise came after I thought we had opened all our gifts. S and I each had a nice pile of stuff to enjoy, but when I said, "what a great Christmas" S and my  mom both said, "it's not over yet." And then S appeared with a huge box with a label from my mom to my dad.
Apparently the label was a decoy because the gift was very much for me: my dream sewing machine.
It's a Bernina 440QE, which to me is the Rolls Royce of sewing machines. I love to sew and have been making bags from recycled sails to sell in our etsy shop for a couple of years, but I've always sewn on ancient machines that I've resurrected from near-junk. This machine is amazing. And it was a total surprise. I had no idea S was buying me a sewing machine. The bottom line is that they're expensive and I'd have to make dozens of bags to pay for one. I just didn't think it was in the cards. Ever.

The best part about the gift is the amount of time and effort that S put into finding it, buying it and arranging with my mom for it to be a surprise. S was dedicated to making me happy. 2010 has been tough for us. We have a lot to be thankful for and in many ways it's been a wonderful year, but it's been a tough year nonetheless and being happy was a big challenge at times. This gift is more than a generous Christmas gift from S to me; it's a very clear reminder that we're a team and we'll do whatever it takes to bring the other happiness. Here's to a happy and healthy 2011. Thanks, darlin'.

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  1. Awwww, I got teary-eyed at the last paragraph! :)

  2. Aw, that is SO SWEET! I mean, like, cute, sweet. But also SUHWHEET! Because I have the 440QE and I LOVE It. Love it. Cannot say that enough. I'm so excited for you to have a good machine! YAY!


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