Doing This One Thing Helps Anniversaries Become A Lasting Memory

40 years! Today marks our 40th wedding anniversary. I started a tradition I didn’t know was a tradition until I had been doing it regularly each anniversary. It’s one of those things that has become precious to us as the years have passed.

When I was planning our wedding in 1979 I was given a Bridal book to record the details of our plans.

Photo Credit: Etsy

It included a section to record gifts given and also served as the guest book for our wedding. In the back there were blank pages that I used to write how we celebrated our 1st anniversary when we went to the Florida Keys and stayed right on the water. It is a fun memory.

I continued to write what we did each year. Some years we went out to eat. Some we had a romantic dinner at home. Some we were able to getaway for a night or two. In 1984 (our 5th anniversary) I was recovering from the Caesarean birth of our second baby; a sweet girl who had been born two weeks prior. We made plans for us to celebrate later.

Our anniversary list has grown longer as the years have passed, and each one makes us smile as we remember.

Remembering is what anniversaries are all about. It’s looking back at the faithfulness of God in your marriage and thanking Him for how far you’ve come.

When is your wedding anniversary? How have you helped to make it a precious memory? It’s never too late to begin.

As for us? This year Tom is taking me away to a Vineyard near our daughter’s home since we are helping to care for her post surgery. Reminds me of our 5th anniversary when she was born. We are anticipating the real celebration later this year.

Happy Anniversary, Tom. Thank you for filling our lives with memories both difficult and wonderful. Each one brought us to where we are today, and I wouldn’t change any of it. Our story belongs to us alone. Love you, Babe.

About Debi Walter

Tom and Debi have been sharing encouragements through their blogs for many years. Marriage, Reading God's Word and documenting family history is our focus. Growing in our relationship with the Lord is primary in all we say, write or do. We are grateful for all who desire to join us in the same endeavors.
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10 Responses to Doing This One Thing Helps Anniversaries Become A Lasting Memory

  1. Keith Moore says:

    Many congratulations to you both. You are so right about using anniversaries to reflect on God’s faithfulness over the years.


  2. Markus says:

    That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing your lives, your love, and your God-given wisdom with us!!

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  3. Lori says:

    WooHoo! Happy Anniversary, Debi and Tom. (What a delightful anniversary tradition.)


  4. Happy anniversary, guys! And what a lovely idea, a book of remembrance.

    We actually have two anniversaries; we were married in 2002, divorced in 2003, and remarried in 2004 (in a helicopter over the las Vegas Strip). We celebrate both.

    Remembrance of the special days
    is largely now o’erwhelmed
    by cancer’s battering tidal-waves;
    but their meaning is still held.
    I can’t remember eating out,
    or talking about our dreams,
    but Barb recalls, have no doubt
    the nights were rent by screams.
    Nothing good is really lost
    and real love ever dies,
    for God came down to pay the cost
    of the ransom for our lives.
    The hope and grace we can’t recall
    live in God’s heart; He’s saved it all.

    As an anniversary gift, I’d like to offer a bit of music, “Memoriae Tuae”, a choral work composed by Patrick Doyle for the wonderful film “Sgt. Stubby – An American Hero”

    Martis nec gladius, belli nec ignis impiger
    vivim monumentum umquam memoriae tuae consumet

    “Nor Mars’ quick sword nor his fire shall burn
    the living record of your memory.”

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  5. Bob & Laurie says:

    Congratulations on your 40th anniversary, you two! And thank you for sharing with the rest of us what you’ve learned along the way about marriage, family and life….

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  6. Vickie says:

    Happy 40th Debi & Tom. We will be celebrating our 40th this July 14th. The major celebration will be next February on the Family Life’s “Love Like You Mean It” cruise.


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