A wise person once told me that anniversaries should be celebrated more diligently than birthdays. You have to work to earn anniversaries – your birthday comes whether you want it to or not. At the time I remember shrugging it off and not thinking much of it. At the time, I wasn’t married. Nor was I yet 21 – there were definitely still birthdays I was looking forward to. And now that we’re five years in, I totally get it – and I totally agree!
Looking back, I wouldn’t trade the past five years for anything. I truly enjoy being married – coming home to my best friend every night, having someone to share my hopes and my dreams with, someone to share life with. These past five years have been great, but it certainly hasn’t all been unicorns and rainbows. There have been times that we’ve really had to work at it. We’ve had to make the choice, daily, to love one another, to put one another as our first priority, to respect one another’s thoughts and feelings. And let’s be honest, it’s not always easy to put someone else’s desires ahead of your own. But when you do, it’s totally worth it. So, I get it now. And I totally agree that anniversaries take some serious work.
So, after five years of marriage, we celebrated! We treated ourselves to a weekend up north just the two of us. We left Everett behind with grandparents and thoroughly enjoyed some time alone. We slept in and went out to breakfast at our favorite little café.
Then we lazily wandered some of favorite antique stores. Everett scored big with these vintage blocks.
Later we took a bike ride to a fabulous hiking spot. Devin had some bike trouble, but no worries, he’s a fix it kind of guy.
We classed it up a bit and headed out to dinner to celebrate. This is actually the second anniversary that we’ve celebrated at the Douglas Lake Bar. It was a perfect evening of reflecting and brainstorming for the future. If I’ve ever doubted how awesome my husband is, this evening totally reminded me that he’s fabulous.
The next day we headed over to Mackinac Island. It’s a necessary anniversary stop for us. It’s where we spent our first anniversary, so it only felt right to visit again on our 5th. We traversed the island on bicycle, ate fudge and then moseyed our way back home.
Devin, it’s crazy to think that it’s been 5 years already. It has been an honor to share my life with you. Thank you so much for choosing me for this crazy ride. Thanks for choosing to love me and for working to make our marriage the best it can possible be. And thanks for celebrating with me!