I remember when I was small, the first year I was in school, and December rolled around and it was time for us to make an ornament to take home to put on our tree.
We were so excited to make something with our very own hands, it was hard to keep the secret til the ornament was done...but keep it we did, and all during that week, making the ornament was such a lot of fun.
The teacher mixed up lots of plaster, poured it into forms to make them round, and into the center of each we put our handprint pressed deep, a moment frozen in time.
When they were almost solid, but not quite hard, into the top of each one, we pushed in a single hairpin to make a loop for hanging, and we clapped our hands in joy to see the ornament done.
I took mine home so carefully, I was so afraid I would drop it and it would break...into the house I rushed with my gift and placed it in my Mom's hands.
She smiled as she took it, and put it on the shelf til Christmas day had come and the tree stood there in the living room...and then she would let me take my ornament and place it on the branch I chose...sliding the end of the branch through that hairpin...my handiwork there for all to see.
I didn't see that it was far too heavy, and the branch it was on sunk nearly to the floor...it was enough that i had made it, and it was front and center on the tree - my joy was complete, I couldn't ask for anything more.
Our love gives me that very same feeling, that completeness and joy fills my heart...as each day I make a new ornament, a moment frozen in time, an imprint of the love I have, so many things, each one playing its own part.
What is captured in each one are that days love, hope and dreams, all the desires that I hope this day will come true, and I place it in your hands, knowing you'll keep them safe, close to your heart, and whatever we do, whatever comes true, I'll be doing with you.
At the end of each day we hang that ornament up on the tree of our life together...the branches strong enough to hold this living record of our love...we share it today, and tomorrow and forever.