Surprises and I have a "Love/Hate" relationship, as in; I love surprises, but I hate waiting for them. Yes, yes I'm a grown woman, but I hold onto some of my childish ways. However I digress. Let me tell you what a wonderful husband I have. Not only did he plan a romantic weekend away for US, but he also coordinated it with two other couples whom we are friends with that have anniversaries the day before and after ours. Say what?! Yes, we have an #AnniversaryCrew.
These wonderful husbands of ours
We all arrived at the Inn on Thursday evening, the ladies having no clue where we were going, but having been given a short packing list, (evening wear, bathing suits, athletic wear, cute going out clothes, etc..) that could have been for honestly ANYWHERE. EverythingManHB said we (Dee-Dee and I) almost gave it away chattering on Facebook...no way! WE were totally blown away when we all arrived and saw each other, and the grins were PRICELESS :D There's nothing like spending time with people who value their relationships as much as you do. But the surprises don't end there. Over dinner they kept hinting at more..yes MORE.
Now don't think that I forgot Mr. Hayes. My gift just wasn't as big. I tend to go with traditional gifts and I was very happy with the one I found this year. For the ninth anniversary willow wood items are customary. Do you know what a willow tree looks like? Its the one with the long flowing branches (they honestly look like strands hanging off the tree), they blow in the wind; even with a gentle breeze. When I think of a Willow trees I imagine a strong trunk and deep roots with branches that just go with the ebb and flow, standards of a good marriage. "The roots are remarkable for their toughness, size, and tenacity to life..." A great marker for any relationship I'd say.
Once early in our marriage we had a scuff about something and a friend asked me "Does he still make your heart smile?" The answer--Yes, yes he did, and he still does. That has been my measuring stick for many a thing. But as I perused shops looking for the thing, I came across this...
Appalachian Primitive on Etsy. That scripture pretty much sums it up. Accompanied with the family motto, and the smile question, it is all the affirmation of our marriage I need.
Needless to say, my gift was loved equally and will be with us for many, many decades to come, at least 5 more.
Marriage is absolutely important to me, and I'm making the sustaining of it a major part of platform this year. Expect to see more on love and marriage and how to keep it strong and together.
I'll post more pics soon.
Until Next Time,