how to celebrate an 18th wedding anniversary
my 18th wedding anniversary was on monday, september 24. special occasions and mondays are an oxymoron. life is just too crazy on monday.
well, if i’m really honest, life is crazy every day of the week.
it’s just the season we’re in right now.
we have three very social kids, two sports, one church.
my wife runs a business.
i have a full-time job.
and there’s all kinds of variables, situations and random chaos that comes along with that as well.
this is our life right now.
so when our anniversary came up, life didn’t slow down. we celebrated 18 years of wedded bliss with the following:
• our oldest son was home from school sick with a really bad headache
• my wife had to work late
• one of the twins had baseball practice
• a broken window (sports + kids = it was inevitable)
• spaghetti and meatballs eaten in shifts, with me eating with the boys and then jennifer eating when she got home, while i was at baseball practice
and while some may look at the day and think, “that’s so sad,” or “that’s not how you should celebrate a wedding anniversary,” i kind of think it was perfectly normal.
after all, this is our life.
this is the life we’ve built.
three amazing kids.
many highs and lows.
over the past 18 years, we’ve simply walked through whatever came up together, as a team.
both of us bringing our strengths and weaknesses, leaning into Christ and His Word for wisdom, strength, peace. and leaning into one another.
and at the 18 year mark, we just keep walking.
because there is still life here—it’s still being lived both in, through and around us.
and that’s how we celebrated 18 years.
and how we will continue to celebrate every day we’ve given.
sometimes you celebrate the life you’ve built by simply living it.
it’s a good life.
and we are overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of each other and all that God has entrusted to us.
(and for those of you who may be wondering, yes, i did get jennifer flowers. after all, life does need some roses along the way.)
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