Our fourth wedding anniversary was on Saturday. Normally, your fourth anniversary is celebrated with flowers and fruit. We had planned to have a few baby-free hours, grab some lunch, and maybe head to a strawberry patch where you can pick your own fruit and flowers. Unfortunately, I came down with a bad cold Thursday and wasn’t on the mend. So, we had to stay in. However, when has anything gone perfectly to plan? It suited us well.
Despite being down for the count for a few days, I’ve taken some time to reflect on our first four years of marriage. Wow, have we come a long way!
How We Celebrated Our Wedding Anniversary
As I mentioned above, our plans didn’t exactly work out. I caught a pretty bad cold and didn’t feel up to going out. So, we improvised, which has gotten us where we need to be in life so far.
There was a UFC fight airing at a normal time on Saturday. Generally, the fights don’t start until way after my bedtime. However, Saturday’s fight was over by 8 p.m. My husband is a pretty big fan of the sport, so we decided to spend the money to watch the fight here at home.
Additionally, we ordered takeout so I didn’t have to worry about cooking food and spending energy I didn’t really have. We stayed on the couch and I read bits of my book in the commercial breaks. While it was far from what we had planned, it seemed to be the perfect way to spend the day.
Reflecting on the Last Four Years
Even though our initial plans didn’t wind up happening, we still had a perfect (for us) celebration. It always seems to work out that way for us, honestly. No matter what happens, we always have what we need.
When we got married, we’d actually planned a huge ceremony in November. Instead, my husband wound up getting a job offer in Atlanta. We got married in March and high-tailed it down 85 South to whatever waited for us in ATL. Unfortunately, things were pretty crazy there. The job my husband was offered was essentially a scam, the house we were supposed to stay in had holes in windows (and ghosts), and we weren’t sure what was going to happen next.
Things worked out though. We found a high-rise apartment, my husband found new work, and we kept things afloat. When life threw us more curveballs, we always seemed to find a way to hit it out of the park. Our first Christmas together married we had bed bugs in the building. Our first anniversary together was the day everything was shut down in the U.S. due to COVID-19. Despite that, we found ways to rise above everything and still celebrate our love.
All of this to say, I hope that you find someone in your life whose love truly conquers everything else. It is nothing short of being magical.
Readers, do you have any advice for us on our fourth wedding anniversary?
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Amanda Blankenship is the Director of Social Media for District Media. In addition to her duties handling everything social media, she frequently writes for a handful of blogs and loves to share her own personal finance story with others. When she isn’t typing away at her desk, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, husband, and dog. During her free time, you’re likely to find her with her nose in a book, hiking, or playing RPG video games.
Sorry for all caps, it seems to be a bug on my device and your web site. Anyway, we’ve been married slightly longer, 44 years, and sounds like you are on a similar path. Marriage takes patience and a constant seeking to find ways to give to each other. We don’t celebrate anniversaries, but we do celebrate life every day and feel supremely fortunate to have each other for so long.