today marks 9 whole years that john and i have been married! sakes alive, am i old (apparently, if i say 'sakes alive')? so this is what john gave me for our anniversary:
and this is what i gave him:
i found it for 25 cents at our local thrift store. ok, i got him a watch too, but only after he told me not to check the bank records because i might see a big purchase on it. he always does this to me. we started dating when i was 15. for our, i don't know, maybe 5 MONTH anniversary he gave me a gold rope bracelet (very 1991!) and i gave him...a pez dispenser. or the time he bought me my prized camera and i bought him a cd. things always seem lopsided. but he admits that he likes it this way. he's just that kind of guy, always preferring my happiness over his own. i am so thankful for our 9 years together (and the 7 years before that), for what has come out of it- lots of laughing, some crying, a best friend, and our 2 beauties. what a gift it is to grow alongside someone else, learning so much about yourself and them at the same time. it is a true treasure.