We are admittedly lazy in the romance department, ringing in our anniversaries by going out to eat (and often including the children). And with a few exceptions, we can never seem to remember what we did for our anniversaries later. We try, but with kids, dogs, bills, and the other cares of life getting in the way, we never seem to have money or the time to do something really memorable and/or personal.
This year, however, we were determined to do better. Twelve years together is something to celebrate. And you never know how many years you’re going to have with someone. Each anniversary (and each day, for that matter) should be celebrated as if it’s your last. We are very grateful for the gift of one another and, despite our limitations, we wanted to remember this anniversary celebration.
We started celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary on Saturday, the night before. We invited a whole bunch of friends over to pray the Rosary with us and enjoy some food and fellowship. Every month we get together with other families from our parish for a potluck Rosary group. This month it was at our house. Emily made spaghetti, french bread, and a veggie tray (from our garden). Except for the garden veggies, it was the same as our first dinner together in our first apartment.
Charlie and Matthew picked out the yellowy-peach roses. Rose and Emily added all the other flowers (lavender, mini pink roses, and butterfly blossoms) from our garden. The crystal candlesticks were a wedding gift.
We shared a cake and champagne with our friends. The cake was fantastic–even if the bakery did get our wedding colors wrong.
Outside, the sky grew dark. The wind roared, thunder boomed, lightening flashed, and the rain poured down. We sipped hot drinks, watched the candles flicker, and enjoyed visiting with our company. It was really coming down hard outside. The 4th of July fireworks had been cancelled due to lack of rain (the burn ban), but rescheduled for that night. We were sure that due to rain, they were going to have to reschedule again. Oh, the irony!
As we tucked ourselves into bed that night, we heard (& glimpsed) fireworks from our windows. The rain cleared up just enough to get that show on the road. We missed them, but it was still neat to have big fireworks on our anniversary.
The next morning we went to Mass and, afterward, renewed our vows. Upon coming home, we made breakfast and read for a while as a family (one of our favorite pastimes). Then Emily gave Matthew the first of his twelve gifts: a shirt and silk tie. Well, at least we think it’s silk. It didn’t say. Silk and linen are the traditional 12-year anniversary gifts. And these are our wedding colors.
As you can see from the pictures, only three presents were ready in time for our anniversary, but Matthew will have 12 days of presents. It means our anniversary celebration will go on and on and on (until the mighty Greeks are gone, yea-ah…).
Matthew gave Emily the gift of his time and attention, which is her very favorite gift in the world. We talked, laughed, read books together, ordered the children’s school books, and just enjoyed being in one another’s company.
We are also digging through Quicken and our old calendars so that we can remember our past anniversaries and create something personal so they won’t be forgotten. Perhaps some artwork or some type of decor for our house? We’ll keep you posted on what we come up with. Meanwhile, happy anniversary to all celebrating anniversaries this year!