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.
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.