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Dear Husband,

Thank you for being my constant in this seasonal chaos.

I’m riding the roller coaster of emotions this time of year. One minute I’m calm, and the next, mom rage roars like a caged lion. Keeping our home in order, my health, work demands, kids’ practices and activities, gift exchanges, doctor appointments, organizing Christmas lists, and ensuring the holidays are magical and sweet have kept my plate overflowing.

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Yet you’ve been a constant even when we’ve been exhausted and pressed each other’s buttons. Even when we’ve felt the strain of finances and sleepless nights from anxiety and too much coffee. Even when we’ve been selfish and argued over trivial issues. 

You do what it takes to keep our marriage unified and help ease the turbulent waters. You’re never afraid to face hard and make things better.

While my feelings and emotions are all over the place, you’re focused and able to see life situations clearly. You tell me the truth, which isn’t always what I like, but what I need. You help keep me anchored when I feel lost and wandering. When I’m not fun to be around, you’re patient.

Your faith in difficult times inspires and encourages me when I doubt. Your faith is what keeps you anchored.

When I’m struggling with anger, overstimulation, and mental exhaustion with the kids, you’re right there in the mess getting their breakfast on the table before the school drop-off rush and helping with too much homework. 

When I need to vent and cry, you listen. When I need a break, you encourage a girls’ night out. When I just need you, you’re right here.

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We both know this season is also a time of joy, grief, happiness, loss, and triggers. It’s a mixed bag of emotions for us but I’m so grateful God has given us each other to work through our struggles. 

Truth is, we’re not alone. 

We’ve been able to talk issues out at bedtime, work through past hurts and pains, and dream about the future. Even when we fight or misunderstand each other, I know at the end of the day we’re for each other.

We’ll get through the holidays just fine. We always do.

The stress and the strain will certainly grow us. Let’s have grace for each other, go on dates, laugh at ourselves, watch predictable Hallmark movies, drink one too many peppermint mochas, and be a team—because that’s exactly what we are, especially during the holidays.

I love you.

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Samantha Krieger

Samantha Krieger is wife to Jeremiah and mama to 2 boys & 2 girls- 13 and under. She loves iced coffee, TJ Maxx, and mascara. She's the author of Quiet Time: A 30-day Devotional Retreat for Moms in the Trenches. Her work has been featured on the Today Show online, Love What Matters, and Cafe Mom. She writes from Florida’s gulf coast and enjoys connecting with readers on her personal blogFacebook and Instagram.

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