As I told you last week, Austin and I met at Bible college in Dubuque, Iowa. That year, we each went to our respective homes (Austin in Iowa, and me in Colorado) at the start of Christmas break.
That Christmas I made and mailed to him a special shadow-box collage with a picture of me and stickers/embellishments that represented things that we had discussed and dreamed about for our future together.
The day after Christmas, he got in his Toyota Carolla at 9:00 at night and drove straight through the night to Colorado to meet my family. He met my immediate family and myself at my aunt and uncle's home in Westminster, Colorado. He pulled up their street right as my family and I arrived at their home, and got out of his car carrying a beautiful bouquet of multi-colored daisies. He had stopped at a convenience store to freshen up and bought me the bouquet. We put the flowers in water inside the house, made initial introductions, and the two of us went to Subway for lunch to get caught up on Christmas happenings. He gave me my Christmas gift at that point. When I got in the car with him I noticed a massive, wrapped box in the back seat, and he let me open it before we went in to get our lunch. It was a "Girls' Night In"-in-a-box. Very cute and thoughtful. He had made me one of the fleece tie blankets with purple and white layers, and inside the rest of the box was a gorgeous mug with hot chocolate mix, the movie Serendipity on DVD, and a pair of fuzzy slippers.
After our lunch date, and without even a nap for my sweetie who had been up driving all night long, he went with us to prepare and serve a wedding rehearsal dinner for the son of a friend.
My parents decided right after they were married to alternate which family they spent the actual Christmas day with every year. That year, we spent Christmas day with my Mom's family, so we celebrated Christmas and exchanged gifts with my Dad's family on New Year's Eve Day. Austin was in town, and that was his first experience with my cute and quirky extended family. :)
This year, my husband rocks because he is taking time off of work to drive me twelve hours to visit my family so that we can be in Colorado on Christmas Day! He has never been away from home on Christmas day, and his family is very close, so I know this was not an easy decision for him. Thankfully, he loves my family, too, so he is not bummed about being there with them, we both just wish we could figure out how to be with both families at the same time.
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