There was a clock that hung on the wall of my grandparents’ house in Michigan. Next to the kitchen, above the table, the sound of its tick as familiar as a view I could trace by memory.

I’ve had the clock for years, gathering dust in a storage box. I always talked about maybe hanging it someday—except it wasn’t much to look at, with its enormous brown curlicued plastic surround. It wasn’t the sight of the clock I wanted, exactly, it was the resurrected memory of the days I spent in a place I loved so much.

This is the Christmas present JB gave me on Sunday:

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He took that clock and set its face in a gorgeous piece of wood, engraved with a subtle design that evokes the original whorls, alongside my grandparents’ name. It’s on my kitchen wall right now, ticking away.

The sound of it. Oh, I can’t even describe what this gift means to me.

Other Christmas moments, captured via cellphone camera:

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Did you have a good holiday? What are you up to this week? I feel like I should have planned better for the kids being home all week long … although I’m not sure how. Stocked up on duct tape, maybe.

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Mariya
Mariya
10 years ago

That was an incredibly sweet and thoughtful gift! Very adorable pictures as well :-) Happy Holidays!

Melanie
10 years ago

Oh, Linda. The look on your face says it all.

Jackie
Jackie
10 years ago

That is such a wonderful present. It makes me teary just thinking about it. I love the thought that went into it.

JudithNYC
JudithNYC
10 years ago

You look absolutely gorgeous in that photo. Also, I can’t get over the fact that your men are outside in their shirtsleeves! I am jealous.

Love all the boys’ photos with their dad but that one of them running downhill is my favorite.

Be glad you did not stock up on the duct tape or you might be tempted to use it before the week is over a la that father on Facebook.

Rachel
Rachel
10 years ago

Your husband sounds like a treasure.

Ah the old bow and arrow, brings me back to my boy’s 10th birthday where he was gifted his first set. That was the day I instituted the single best house rule I ever invented: No screaming unless you’ve been shot.

Halyn
Halyn
10 years ago

wow, Riley has nice form for a beginner…impressive!

Great pics, I love the one of your three guys standing in the wet sand…and the look on your face in the clock pic! Your husband is a keeper!

Nikki
10 years ago

Your clock is a beautiful gift!! My grandma had a “grandfather clock” and now that she’s gone it’s at my mom’s house. It often reminds me of my childhood and spending time with her. It’s such a fond memory!

Great pics too! Do you have an iPhone? or did you use a program to edit those?

Jeanette
10 years ago

What a thoughtful gift! I have a old mantle clock from my grandparents house. It sits on a shelf in my closet gathering dust. It doesn’t work anymore but once in a while I go and make it chime just to bring back the memories and nostalgic feelings!

D'Ann
D'Ann
10 years ago

Oh man, that brought some tears to my eyes. What a beautiful and thoughtful gift. JB must be a pretty fantastic guy.
My grandparents had a mantle clock that sort of became part of the “music” of their house… always in the background with my sister and cousin playing and the adults chatter. During overnight visits I would listen to its sound as I fell asleep. The clock had this great soft chime that marked the hours. The ticking of that clock and the chime is probably one of my favorite memories from my childhood. My aunt has that clock stored away in a box in her attic. Family feuds being what they are in this case, I will likely never hear it again, but your post made me remember the sound for a moment. Thank you.

tracy @mamacreates
10 years ago

what a lovely gift….and also what looks to be a perfectly low-key holiday with your family. good on you :)

Eric's Mommy
Eric's Mommy
10 years ago

What an awesome gift JB gave to you.

I got a Pot Bellied Pig for X-mas, yes a Pig :)

Belle
Belle
10 years ago

What an awesome gift from that very thoughtful husband of yours! I love those photos of the boys with their dad – the love just oozes!

Kris
10 years ago

Oh oh oh, verklempt! Does JB give husbandry lessons? Because mine could use some tips from yours.

Lindsay
Lindsay
10 years ago

What an amazing gift! And your family is just beautiful. Glad you had a great holiday!

Deanna
Deanna
10 years ago

Awesome present! And so great photos!!

Kids home – this morning we put 1/4 bar of ivory soap in the microwave. Cute project. Hint- 30 sec for 1/4 bar. Take it out and flip it and give it another few seconds but be ready – that soap expands in a second or two! Was fun!

bouncy
bouncy
10 years ago

What an awesome present! Did you know about it or was it a surprise?

Niki
Niki
10 years ago

What a thoughtful gift from JB- your face just says it all
I too have clock memories. My grandfather had chiming clocks all over the house but my favorite is/was the Regulator. It now hangs on the wall in my moms kitchen. My younger son is in love with it and claims to have scratched his name in the back! Get in line buddy!!

MyFrogs
MyFrogs
10 years ago

I feel the same way about screen doors on springs. I call them slammy doors and I want one someday. They remind me of my great gmas house. It’s all about the slam sound. Love them!

Kelley O
Kelley O
10 years ago

One of your (beautiful) pictures is upside down. Still gorgeous though. :) I’m definitely not complaining.

H
H
10 years ago

The gift is fantastic and your expression is priceless. I’m going to pretend my Christmas was as good as yours.

kalisa
10 years ago

damn. you got a good man.

Stephanie
Stephanie
10 years ago

Dying to know: where in Michigan did they live?

alyn
alyn
10 years ago

JB MADE the clock for you (well the stuff that surrounds the works)? That is so cool!

Linda
Linda
10 years ago

Bouncy: TOTAL surprise. :)

Stephanie: the UP — Gulliver, near Manistique.

velocibadgergirl
10 years ago

Love the upside-down reflection photo. And the clock! What a great gift.

sooboo
10 years ago

Beautiful gift, beautiful pictures!

Lucy
Lucy
10 years ago

What a lovely thoughtful present! I love it that you and your family have such an incredible sense of family and the outdoors. Wonderful.

Lucy
Lucy
10 years ago

And wow, you look sooo like Riley around the eyes in your photo – adorable!

lisa-marie
10 years ago

That is such a sweet gift! Your pictures are lovely as well. They were all taken on a cell phone? Really? Wow! What kind of phone do you have?

Linda
Linda
10 years ago

Thanks Lisa Marie! It’s an iPhone 4S, and most of the images have been run through an Instagram filter.

I need to get back to my trusty old Nikon, but it sure is easier carrying a tiny little phone around.

lindsayc
lindsayc
10 years ago

I cried when I saw the photo of you & the clock, what a great gift.

Joanne
10 years ago

Your picture is so sweet, it really does say it all. I love the other pictures, too but it looks like you weren’t on the vacation! My pictures are the same way, there’s practically no photo proof that I am these kids’ mother.

Sarah
Sarah
10 years ago

I got teary reading about your gift. How sweet! What a treasure.
I love the photo too. What a gorgeous time.

sheilah
10 years ago

JB’s thoughtfullness makes me all teary. I love that last photo…it should be framed an put on a wall.

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8 years ago

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