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So then, not too long ago we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary.

I went on line to look up what the traditional gifts are for eleven years and it says they are steel and fashion jewelry – basically power tools or cheap jewelry.  If they had checked with me they would know that it’s not steel or jewelry, it is picture frames.

A few days prior, I happened to notice on the calendar that the big day was nigh, so I said, “Dude. Did you know that our anniversary is coming up?”

“Yes,” he lied.

“Really?” I queried.  “When is it?”

“It is soon,” he said decisively, “Very. Soon.  It is….coming up.”

So because both of us stink at event planning and having ducks in a row, on the day of, we separately snuck off to generic big box stores to buy each other thoughtful meaningful gifts to express our love; gifts that said, “You are the love of my life, you are my passion.”  And what better expresses that sentiment than picking up something from the clearance end cap at the very last minute?  And I really think that doing it this way is a greater expression of love just because of the creativity and challenge involved.

Later that evening, we went out for dinner and when we got to the restaurant, we handed each other slightly used gift bags which may or may have not featured Rudolph.  As they say, it’s not the gift bag that counts, it’s the gift. Okay “they” don’t really say that, just me.

In his bag was a photograph I had taken of Sean and him which I had stuck lovingly placed in a frame that I found at Target for $5.99. But it looked like it cost at least $7.99.

In my bag was a digital picture frame which is now sitting on my desk with the past eleven years literally flashing before my eyes.


39 thoughts on “Eleven

  1. Oh my! That picture is sweet.

    We are just like you with our anniversaries – we’ve had 22. We are very casual about it and somehow I really do find that more romantic because it means we don’t need one day a year to remind each other that we’re still glad to be married.

    And Happy anniversary to you.

  2. You know, I should know that I will get teary here, but then when you start out silly I think I’ll be ok! But here I am teary… such a sweet sweet picture. And a reminder that I MUST dust & use the digital frame my husband gave me for our anniversary a few years ago! Happy Anniversary, AM!

  3. What a sweet photo!
    Funny how you each gave one another photo related gifts
    One of the best gifts you gave your husband was not being in a twit about his not making a big deal over your anniversary.
    Scott was a pilot for almost our entire marriage, which meant he was pretty much never home on the big event days. Sometimes I handled that well, and sometimes I didn’t but I can honestly remember only one anniversary gift, and that was my parents treating us to a night at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC.
    So how important are those presents, anyway??

  4. Happy Anniversary, AM! Love the picture of your guys. Very very sweet! We celebrated our 33rd anniversary helping our son and daughter in love paint their nursery.- She arrived a bit over a week ago! Call me Nana! fabulousfifty dot com for a peek.

  5. That is so sweet that you both were thinking along the same lines. Sweet picture too! Happy Anniversary!

  6. Happy Anniversary! I remember the date. But my problem is remembering which one it is — four? Five? It seems like forever. In a good way. LOL!

  7. Happy anniversary!!

    What a sweet, sweet picture. Wish I could smooch that boy! (The little one. 🙂 )

    * * *

    Ha! The big one is not so bad if you don’t mind whiskers!

  8. I love that both of you chose gifts that connected your son to your marriage. A true family unit. You are all so very blessed and I love getting glimpses of it here. Even more, I love the level of acceptance that shines through all the posts which mention human foibles in passing, rather than in frustration.

    Happy Anniversary! And congratulations on snagging a spouse who travels so smoothly on the same wavelength.

  9. Aw, LOVE that photo! And it’s a reminder that you guys already perpetually have the best gift ever – Sean and each other!

  10. So beautiful! We’re coming up on #10 in a few weeks. Hopefully the suggestions for #10 are more exciting than tacky jewelry or power tools, both of which we have in abundance at our house! Which means that from the sounds of things, we’ll be going off the “recommended” list next year just like you did! Happy anniversary and here’s to more sweet memories to be put into clearance frames!

  11. Happy Anniversary AM and AD.

    My husband and I celebrated out 11th in August and we have never exchanged anniversary gifts. He also remembers the date far better than I can.

    We had a week-long trip planned but had to cancel due to some illnesses in our 4-legged family.

  12. :wub: We bought the grandparents digital frame phones last Christmas – our new house has a perfect spot for one in the kitchen. Do you think it would be tacky to ask if anyone is NOT using theirs, so I could?! My heart just melted thinking of our 10 years flashing! Congratulations on more than a decade of love. Love that picture, btw! Thanx for sharing your precious family 🙂

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