The Perfect Gift

When we found out about Ryan’s diagnosis I had this sudden urge to get something visual that represented this time in our lives. I’ve never been a tattoo girl. Though I have always admired them from afar, but they’ve never been for me. Yet all of the sudden I wanted to tattoo my wrist with something I could visualize while we held hands during chemo, but knowing Ryan would never go for it I had to continue my brainstorm!

I then thought, bracelets! A few years ago when I was walking through a particularly difficult time my sister ordered my mom, girlfriends, and me matching gold bracelets that had the infinity symbol. They were to represent just HOW much they loved me and would stand by me from infinity to beyond. It was the most thoughtful and kind gift I’ve ever received. We wore the bracelets for well over a year until the fell off. But again, Ryan would never go for a bracelet, so I was back to the drawing board…

Then it occurred to me: WATCHES!! Duh. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that first. Watches were perfect. They would remind us that time is precious, to always number our days (Ps. 90:12) and, most of all, that He makes everything beautiful in His time, Eccl.3:11. I knew watches were just the thing and we could have them engraved with our favorite verse, Eccl. 3:11. It was perfect!



As soon as told Ryan my idea he was 1,000% on board. He loved the idea and, being a watch guy, was really excited about getting a new one for this season. We spent one Friday night a few weeks ago scouring the web looking for the perfect timepieces. Ryan ended up with an automatic Tissot and I picked out a simple, gold Larsson & Jennings. As soon as they came in I took them down to the engraver for their special inscriptions. Thankfully they were done in time and I picked them up last Tuesday, right before our first chemo treatment.



They were perfect and just what our hearts needed: Visual confirmation of God’s promises for our lives and the constant reminder that nothing is more precious than time.

We hope to give these to our kids one day when they too walk through a difficult season like everyone does. As a reminder of the hope and goodness that is never too far away. 


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  1. Love the watches, what a great idea. Richard and I are praying for you and Ryan daily. We love you both.

  2. Thank you for this post. My husband is about to undergo major surgery in Sept. and he has done the same thing for me, in the form of a ring. I think it’s a great idea to keep your mind focused on positivity. I wish you and your family the best.

    • Oh, Erin, I love that you have a ring to symbolize this time, how sweet.
      Also, I’ll be praying for your husband. We are all in this together!


  3. I love this, this is such a great idea. I love going to Things Remembered and seeing everyday items that can
    be made very special. Continued prayers for you both.

  4. Absolutely! My parents would sign all of their cards to each other “Always and All Ways” It meant I love you always (forever) and all ways (in every way). They had it engraved in one of their silver spoons. When we ate dinner as a family, we would always try to get the Always and All Ways spoon! You and Ryan remind me of that kind of love.

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