Celebrating Anniversaries


wedding-anniversaryYesterday was our anniversary.  For some, these are stellar celebrations.  Big tents in friend-filled backyards.  Exotic meals.  Trips to distant lands.  For Kellie and I, we have rarely had such swarays to mark our day.

Take yesterday for example.  Sharing a simple breakfast gave way to little errands around the house.  A nice lunch at a classic deli and closing the evening watching a flick in our basement.  For us – pretty typical.

But even though the day wouldn’t top any New York Times list, there are elements of our anniversary that capture the importance of remembering special events in our lives.

  • We did something different.  The deli I mentioned was new for me.  Set in a classic part of town that seems the same today as 60 years ago, it provided a time for us to remember our past years together.
  • We remember the past.  Every year, we laugh about our 5th anniversary being spent in a laundromat because we didn’t have enough money to fix our washing machine.  We think about our ceremony 24 years ago in the 110 degree Arizona heat and the beautiful music my Father provided for the occasion.
  • We hit a “reset” button on our relationship.  Our anniversary provides us a chance to remember why we decided to commit, to take the plunge, to cross the line.  Phrases like, “… because I love you” and “… can’t imagine life without you” pour from our lips easier on such days than others and we sense a here-we-go-again reality (in a positive way).

In our simple celebration, we held hands, snuggled and remembered the blessings God has given our family.  We thanked him for sustaining our marriage when our loss could’ve ripped us apart.  And in this wee hour of the morning, I am grateful for the gift I find in my wife.

Peace!

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5 thoughts on “Celebrating Anniversaries

  1. Tim Johnson says:

    Todd…you and Kelli have always inspired us to do better, listen more, and live life. We will always be better people because we know you guys….TJ

  2. Lorene Mazdra says:

    Congratulations to both of you! Miss seeing you on a regular basis, but still feel the connection through your blogs. Thank so much for sharing!

  3. Pat Condon says:

    Todd,

    Thanks for sharing details about your special day. Its all about connection and appreciation, isn’t it? Thanking Him for the gift of Kelli…awesome. Sorry we missed on your Houston visit. We look forward to seeing you both soon.

    Pat

  4. Lynn Hagerman says:

    body{font-size:10pt;font-family:arial,sans-serif;background-color:#ffffff;color:black;}p{margin:0px;}Todd, what a beautiful remembrance of your anniversary.  Dave and I recently celebrated our 47th…no dinner out, relaxing at home (our new apartment home).  We decided to go simpler and sell our home.  We have a lovely place at the Park at Armand Bayou and it’s really beautiful.  We think of you and Kelli so often with love and admiration.Blessings,Lynn

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