Eric and I celebrated our 4th anniversary this year. We celebrated at the Melting Pot. Eric's thought behind that was that we would be dipping fruit into chocolate for dessert (following with the "fruit and flowers" tradition for the 4th year of marriage). When they brought out our dessert, we laughed a little about the fact that the only fruit on the plate were strawberries and bananas. But hey, I wasn't mad about having to eat brownies, rice krispy treats, marshmallows and cheesecake.
Now I will be the first to admit that our past two anniversaries have been a little lazy on my part. I will totally use the "pregnant card" and blame it on the hormones and lack of energy. So I knew this year had to require at least some effort on my part. I pulled in two of my most resourceful family members to create for Eric a meaningful gift that I thought he might enjoy. I emailed Eric's 91 year old Grandpa for marriage tips and advice. And with that, I recruited the help of my cousin Jackie to take Grandpa's words and form it into the shape of a pear. It turned out exactly how I imagined, as did Eric's awesome reaction to it:
And in true Eric fashion, he managed to one-up me again. His gift to me was to make me a bridal bouquet and for us to use it to renew our vows at our home church. When Eric and I got married, we hadn't fully dipped our feet into our Christian faith. And we have both really grown in our spiritual walk, and it's really impacted us as individuals greatly, but it has truly made a difference in our marriage as well. So now that we are happy in a home church, it was appropriate and meaningful for us to declare our commitment to each other, in front of our family and in the presence of God.
I will say this, 2 kids and an out-of-state move within 2 years is crazy, to say the least. Adjusting to such big and rapid changes has been exhausting and challenging. I am proud to say that our marriage has not only survived, but has grown in strength and in love (and in fath). It is a crazy life, but I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world and I am having so much fun trying to figure it out with Eric and our silly children.