The number 7 is considered especially significant in many cultures and religions. It exists as an important symbol in a variety of scriptural texts around the world. To avoid going off on a likely very boring tangent, I’ll leave it at that and just say…
Happy 7th Anniversary to us!
Together we became four this year – an anniversary gift three months early! (And no, we are not shooting for a family of 7 – or even 5.) So obviously it’s been a wild and wacky year for us. I remember last anniversary being rather crazy with the J-Man’s evaluations, IEPs, etc. all happening within a short time in and around there. Not sure this year is any less crazy, though for the most part it’s a pretty good kind of crazy.
The local schools gave us a nice anniversary gift by scheduling the J-Man’s school to start back up again today after a five-week break. (And what a break it’s been…) Thank you! Of course, he decided to sleep in forever this morning (the one morning we needed him to get up) so we had to wake his dead carcass up and prod him through the routine in order to get to school on time. Not-So-Little-Anymore E has been remarkably calm today. He’s still sleeping wonderfully! Great presents all around for this day!
I’ve posted this before, but I think it bears repeating. We like going back to look at our wedding vows, and anniversaries are obviously a perfect time to do that. Ours turned out to be far more appropriate and perhaps prescient than we could possibly have known about then.
“I love you just as you are. I accept you as a blessing from God. I join with you today to be the partner of all my days, to be the mother of our children, to be the companion of my house; we shall keep together what share of trouble and sorrow our lives may lay upon us, and we shall hold together our store of goodness and plenty and love.
When our way becomes difficult, I promise to stand by you and uplift you, so that through our union we can accomplish more than we could alone. I promise to honor and care for you, to speak the truth to you in love, and to cherish and encourage your own fulfillment through all the changes of our lives. I will stand beside you in joy or in sorrow, in ease and in conflict, putting the commitment we make today above any obstacle that we may face.
This is my solemn vow.”
Sometimes I wonder whether I would have wanted to change the word ‘obstacle’ to something else if we could go back and do that. In truth, they’ve proven to be ‘challenges’, which are both difficult and full of opportunity at the same time. By facing them together, we’ve done well in the face of the adversities and realized a lot of the gifts that come from those opportunities.
So, here’s to 700 more (or even more) anniversaries!
And here are some of the other greatest hits about marriage from our blog, in case you’re feeling – or want to feel – all warm and fuzzy and a bit reflective today.