Wedding season & Graduation is fast approaching & my fridge is filling up with invitations and announcements! So naturally, I’m constantly arguing with my darling husband about how much money to spend on the Happy Couples & Grads. He see’s it as one more ‘obligation’ but I see it as much more than that! So here are my top reasons why it is so important to celebrate these milestones BIG:
(1) The gifts will last longer than the thought! Stick with me here: my moms best friend gave me a pampered chef mini baker and her ‘Artichoke Dip’ recipe at one of my wedding showers! I swooned over that Artichoke dip every time she fixed it so I was so excited to have the recipe. I have been married almost seven years and I still have the recipe, and I still use the mini baker … and I think of her EVERY TIME I USE IT! I think of an old boss when I use my microwave, I think of my Aunt every time I use my cake tester, I think of my cousin when I dust the cute sign in my bedroom, I think of all of the cute old ladies at church who made sure my china cabinet was filled to the max … I am so reminded of so many sweet people because there are items in my house that they thought I would need as a new wife. Not only that, I am reminded that we are loved and supported! Yes, a mini baker and a microwave do that!
(2) It shows you care! It truly is the THOUGHT that counts! I think that is why I love personalizing gifts more than most, because I feel like it shows you truly took the time and effort to make sure the gift is perfectly made for that ONE person or couple! In the long scheme of things, it truly doesn’t matter how much you spend!
(3) Uh, because God tells us too! He gave us the greatest gift of all, and by giving gifts to those we love we are spreading his love a little more! The Bible tells us to “be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share” (1 Timothy 6:18-19). So next time my husband gives me the “you spent how much on them??” speech, I can say I was doing the Lord’s work … right?
The moral of this story … Spoil those graduates, give some love to a pair of broke newlyweds, and while your at it buy yourself something nice too!
“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”