The Mister and I recently celebrated our fourth anniversary. We were both recovering from winter colds, which reminded us how sick we were when we wed (at the time, we both chuckled when the pastor said, "In sickness and in health...") The Mister kept up his tradition of making my co-workers envious by sending a beautiful bouquet of flowers to school. I thought it was only fair to get him a little something, too. The "traditional" gifts for a fourth anniversary are linen and silk - neither of which seemed appropriate for The Mister. The "modern" gift included electronics, which fit my idea perfectly. I was able to give him the battery charger he been wanting. Nothing says romance like a power-tool accessory. But, it makes him happy, and he makes me happy, and that's what matters.
We had an amazing meal at on of our favorite restaurants. It's the kind of place with beautiful furnishings, waitstaff that makes every occasion special and food that is always delicious. Being who we are, though, we actually went a night early to celebrate as the restaurant offers a discount on Mondays and we are just frugal enough to make that the priority over celebrating on the precise anniversary.
Over dinner we celebrated all the goals we've accomplished in our four years. We've sold two houses and bought our dream home. We converted overgrown woody acres into a beautiful pasture where two of our favorite creatures on earth roam every day. We have enjoyed countless hours relaxing in a hot tub, sitting on a deck watching wildlife, and sitting on the porch watching the sunset. We have taken a trip to Maine and trips north and south to visit family. We have helped each other with projects big and small; fence posts put in (and taken out), shelter built, gardens planted, rooms painted. We have paid off two cars and bought a truck. We have put a child through three years of college and me through grad school. We have bought more life insurance, written our wills, changed our health insurance and started getting serious about taking our vitamins. And we are wise enough to know that every single thing on that list is an "I love you" statement.
We both agree that there is no greater joy in our day than coming home. While it has a lot to do with the property, the creatures, the wildlife, the natural beauty, it has absolutely everything to do with whom we share this place. I don't have to imagine my life without The Mister, I lived it, for nearly forty years. I know that I never want to live without him. Together, we have everything.
Happy Anniversary, Chief!!