Today Tom and I celebrate 14 years of marriage, 16 years as a couple, and 18.5 years of friendship. Thanks to volunteer commitments, work meetings, after school activities, and evening practices, we won't be able to fit in dinner out or even a lunch date, at least not on our actual anniversary. We both understand that right now, during this phase of life, we don't always have time or money for the "big things". No extravagant trips, no new cars, no fancy jewelry. We do have time and money for the "little things", though. He'll make the bed for me, I'll bake gingersnaps for him, and we'll spend a few hours working across the table from one another at our "McOffice". Staying together is about loving one another, yes, but also about choosing and committing to each other even when life looks and feels less exciting, fun, and romantic. We said "I do" on our wedding day, and I like to think that these little things are the way we continue to say "I do" each and every day.
He makes me laugh, listens graciously when I tell the same stories over and over again, and unloads the dishwasher without being asked. He tolerates my need to constantly organize and declutter, the frequency with which I change out our throw pillows, and my tendency to worry about...well, most things. He supports my professional endeavors and personal passions, works hard to provide for our family, and trusts me to steer our ship through the occasionally rough waters of our life together.
There is no one I'd rather do life - the big things and the little things - with.
Happy #14, babe.
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