You’re Out of Town

Dear Darling Wife,

I haven’t been doing a very good job keeping up with the letter-writing lately. Don’t forget that I still and always love you.

You are out of town on a 3-day business trip, which has again reminded me of how much you bless my life. I miss going to sleep with you by my side, and I miss waking up to begin the day with you. I miss talking, and I miss being silent by your side. I miss eating dinner together, and I miss the lunches you graciously prepare for me to take to work. I miss you.

I am glad that you have this job, and I am thankful God provides a way for you to have meaningful work during this season of life. It has been fun to hear that you’re enjoying this conference. You have many talents, and it is rewarding to see your boss and coworkers take note.

You are doing a great job at your work, and I am glad you get this opportunity to go on a business trip. But I am looking forward to you coming home!

I love you.

Watching Wildlife from Our Window

Watching WildlifeDear Darling Wife,

You and I have enjoyed our new rural hometown. We’ve spent nearly a full year here, and we don’t mind the small-town feel. We like the quietness and slower pace of the area, and we enjoy the complete absence of traffic on the roads!

One of the funny quirks of our small town has been the herd of deer that lives in town, thanks to a city ordinance that no one is allowed to hunt deer within city limits. So these deer, along with their young fawns, walk from house to house, yard to yard, eating whatever they can find.
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Snow!

Dear Darling Wife,

Winter has hit! We have gotten quite a bit of snow over the last several days, and you love it. The cold weather and snowstorms have been one of your favorite things about our new hometown, and we have gotten no shortage of snowfall so far this season.

SnowThis picture is the light day of our snow! Imagine that. The next night we got about eight inches and spent 30 minutes digging out our driveway so I could leave for work!

As native Southerners, we’re still learning to drive safely on snow and ice, but we have done a good job. We have made it nearly a year here without any sort of mishap or accident, and we’re getting more comfortable on the roads with every snowstorm.

Our area isn’t known for heavy snowfall, as we’re in something of a mountain desert, but you sure love it every time we get snow. For that reason, I hope we have a particularly heavy snowfall all winter.

I love you.

Writing Me Love Notes

Dear Darling Wife,

Last week you left me the sweetest love note at work. I came back to my desk to find a full-page, typed letter in an envelope addressed to me. You wrote kind, gracious things about your love for me, and I loved getting to read the letter.

Thank you for loving me so well and working to love me better all the time. I am incredibly blessed to be married to you, and I am lucky to be your husband. Thank you for all the ways you love me, and thank you for writing me love notes.

I love you.

Preparing to Move

Dear Darling Wife,

God answered our prayers by providing a house for us to rent, and we are excited to know where we’ll be living at the start of 2014. It’s a great location and a great house, and we are glad to sign a long-term lease.

Right now we are looking forward to painting a few rooms in the new house. You are a talented lady, and painting is one of your many gifts. Because we have a month-and-a-half overlap with both houses, we will have time to paint the new house before moving in. We’ll also be able to slowly move things over piece by piece.

I look forward to the memories we will make in the new house, and I love that our lease is for 20 months. This way we know we’ll be stable for longer than one year at a time!

I love you.

Preparing for Winter

Dear Darling Wife,

The weather has begun cooling, and the first snow fell recently. We both enjoy the cold weather, and it’s a delightful change from the warmer climates we’re accustomed to. Lately, we’ve begun adjusting to the winter weather, and we finally turned on the heat in our house.

Even though we’re only in October, we have the space heaters out and turned on, and we’re pulling out the hot chocolate and herbal tea for our evenings in the house. This year, I’m hoping we don’t have to deal with a frozen water heater again! Now we’ve learned to leave our cabinets open around the pipes, and we’ll take other precautions.

We’re entering your two favorite seasons, and I enjoy watching you light up as we prepare for Thanksgiving, your birthday, and Christmas. Thanks for bringing joy to our home.

I love you.

Infertility from a Wife’s Perspective

Editor’s Note: This letter was written by my dear darling wife, Rachel.

This weekend we found out another dear couple to us will be having a baby. Again we were reminded of that paradox I have truly only experienced in this season of life: being heartbroken and happy at the same time. Two years ago I never thought this feeling could be real. At that time none of our friends were interested in having a baby and some of them weren’t even married yet. Recently, this season has been filled with phone call after letter of pregnancy announcements, and we entered into a whole new stage of grieving and learning contentment.
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Hosting Family

Dear Darling Wife,

This weekend we had your parents in town, and they just left yesterday afternoon. We had fun exploring the outdoors with them. We took them to a national park and hiked up to a waterfall with them.

We love the natural beauty of where we live, so we like getting to show it off to visitors. But we also enjoy resting and enjoying fellowship and communication, so it was fun to spend Sunday at home with your family.

Thank you for creating a home environment that is so welcoming and hospitable. You are a fabulous hostess, and you give our house a comfortable, warm atmosphere for guests. For so many reasons I am lucky to be married to you, but I recognize that each time we host guests in our home. You are wonderful, and I enjoy it when we are able to have people stay with us.

I love you.

Disagreements

Dear Darling Wife,

We don’t always get along perfectly. Even though other couples tell us that we are still in the “honeymoon” phase after 28 months of marriage, we already have moments where we get frustrated with one another, and I don’t enjoy those times.

I hate the times when you and I are at odds, particularly if it’s due to some silly disagreement. I far prefer to be united, agreeing on everything. I hate going to bed knowing that there is distance between us, and I know that you hate those moments as well.

So thank you for your patience in those moments, and thank you for your forgiveness. Thank you for your unfailing love that endures even though our disagreements. I am grateful for you, and I am thankful that you remain at my side even through our arguments.

I love you.

NFL Football Starts Again Soon

Dear Darling Wife,

I have written before about how thankful I am that you were willing to learn to love NFL football for my sake. I am grateful that you are willing to accommodate one of my hobbies and watch football with me on Sunday afternoons.

Well, football starts up again in two days, and we are excited to watch. We are also very excited to watch the Redskins season, because that’s our team. We look forward to seeing whether RG3 can come back from his ACL injury and whether he’ll be the same superstar-level player.

So this letter is to say thank you as football season begins. Thank you for watching football with me, and thank you for learning to love one of my favorite hobbies.

I love you.