mat and charlie brown

I have the best husband. And I'm not being cliche...I really have the world's best husband. I have, without a doubt, the most amazing husband that the Lord has ever created. I am confident of this. And this story will tell you just one of the reasons why I believe this is so...

We moved into our humble seminary apartment back in August. I'm still getting things situated here, and it's not been easy transitioning into the swing of life inside our new little house. I love it here...I really, really do. But our house is small, and we only have 2 closets (yes, you read that correctly...2 in the ENTIRE house).

I got out our smaller Christmas trinkets right before Thanksgiving.

(Insert long overdue Thanksgiving Mat and Whit Feast Picture here...)

Anyway, back to the story. I had almost just silently decided we would not be putting up a tree this year. Almost. And I almost decided this because I had no earthly idea where we would put it. No idea. And neither did Mat. So, I just almost decided not to put one up.

I called Mat from work today, and he said, "Well, I've been a busy little bee today." I, of course, had to inquire as to what that meant. He said, "You'll see when you get home."

On my lunch break, I drove home just to see what in the world he was talking about. I assumed he had done dishes or picked up his hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of Greek flash cards from the living room. (No, babe, don't worry about that-- I picked them up for you tonight.)

And I walked in, and I saw this...

Mat had gone out, and bought me a little tree for the countertop. And a Charlie Brown ornament that talks. And a card. And a tree skirt. And some simple Christmas ball ornaments.

I stood there, looking at that little tree sitting on my kitchen counter, and I cried.

And not because the tree was so beautiful (and it is, but the lights on the back...don't exist; there are only lights on the front), but because my husband knew, without me having to say anything at all to him about being upset because we didn't have a Christmas tree up, that I would love to have a tree. And because he did it without me asking him to. And because he bought a Charlie Brown ornament that talks to go on it. And because...because HE did it.

The card says,
"Long after the holidays have ended,
I'll still be celebrating the best gift of all...
I love you.
Merry Christmas."

And my husband, being the total champ that he is, wrote in before "us" on the card. He made it say, "...the best gift of all, Jesus, then us." That's my husband.

In the card he also wrote, "I think this is 'Just the right tree' for us. It only gets better from here, sweets."

As for that Charlie Brown ornament? You know the story of that scrawny little Christmas tree that Linus and Charlie Brown pick out for their Christmas play. You know, the one with only the red Christmas ball on it? Charlie Brown says, when you press the button on the ornament, "This is just the right tree."

And, Mat and Charlie Brown? I couldn't agree with you two more. It is just the right tree.