For those not in the know, Amanda and I celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary this past Thursday the 18th.
We used up two days to celebrate, wihch is something we try to do with anything that’s a big deal in our lives in order to stretch it out and not make it feel as fleeting. On Thursday, we had our anniversary proper, with no gifts (not in the budget for this year), but a wonderful meal of stale bread soup, which combines all sorts of things we both like, such as beef stock, northern beans, thick bread, diced ham, garlic, and spinach. It’s really very good.
Last night, we used up a gift card my parents had sent us for Mothers’ Day and snagged some Applebee’s to go. Good stuff – I’ll take any excuse I can to have some ribs, she got this seasonal-item steak sandwich that looked really good, and we shared an appetizer of tavern chips, which are little, thinkly sliced pieces of potato that are then fried, covered entirely with bacon pieces, jack, and cheddar cheeses, and packed with a little dipping tray of ranch dressing that’s had a whole bunch of awesome spices added to it.
All told, we are just extremely pleased to look at how far we have come and see the changes and the challenges we have faced together over the past five (and really, more like nine!) years. It hasn’t been an easy path the whole time, and there have been times where we have disagreed rather strongly on one thing or another. Sometimes, we wonder how we managed through some of the more upsetting things that have happened.
But at the end of each day, I love my wife and I love her for everything that she is, and I would never trade what we have for anything in the world.
Love you, Mrs.!