8 years…

I am weirdish about numbers…I have some favorites that seem to carry a lot of meaning in my life and that have a way of popping up all over the place for me at times when I need to step back and take a moment to smile and realize that I am not alone.  It’s just the way that I am and always have been.

One of my numbers is 8.  I love the number 8.  I love that there is no beginning or end to the shape of it, just like the symbol for infinity.  Yesterday my husband and I celebrated 8 years of marriage.  What an amazing 8 years it has been for us.  Because of a tight budget and the fact that we’ll be getting a new car soon, we decided we would not spend any money on gifts for each other this year and that we would just go out for a low-key dinner together.  My mom came over to babysit and we headed out for dinner.  As we were driving, Robert asked me what was sitting in the cup holders between us.  I looked down and there was a piece of white paper folded into an envelope.  I opened it up and he had made me a card that said:

When we got married, we had champagne dreams…
and on the inside it said:
...and even though we are living a tap water life, I couldn’t be happier!
Happy Anniversary!  I love you.
oh and one more thing….

I unfolded the paper again to read:
We’re getting iPhones!!!

That sneaky sweet husband of mine totally got me!  He redeemed some of our Amex points to get us Apple gift cards so that we can buy the iPhones and he calculated our budget to determine that it will only be a $20 monthly increase for us so we can totally swing them comfortably.  I am so excited.  I’m not a big technology geek at all, but I have wanted one for a while and am just beyond thrilled.  We will get the gift cards this week and go buy the phones themselves this weekend.  I can’t wait!
What I love way more than the phones though is the card that he made for me.  And the time we got to spend together last night, just being together.  I love this man so much and am so grateful that he is my husband.  The person I share my life, and my everything, with.  My best friend, my biggest fan, my rock, my love…the 8 years we have spent together as husband and wife have been truly wonderful.  I have never been loved by someone the way he loves me.  It is just so REAL in every way.  So forever.  I do not think we live a “tap water life” (it is at least filtered!!) but whatever it is I love it too and I could not be happier or more grateful for the life we have built together.

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