May 02, 2011

The Gift

On Friday while the rest of the world celebrated the wedding of William and Kate, we were celebrating our own wedding which happened 11 years ago. This was a very special anniversary for us. Eleven just feels big to me.

We celebrated with a cozy, slow dinner on Main Street in a place we had not eaten at before. My Sweet Hubby completely surprised me with a painting I have been admiring from a Village artist. We don't buy each other Anniversary gifts so I was quite stunned. The artist and my hubby both personalized the back knowing that this painting will be passed down in our family and it will be a lovely remembrance and celebration of the love we share.


Walking after dinner to our new home, I was awestruck at the reality of this life I am living. I want to memorize every detail and lock it away in my heart forever. While I will always cherish the painting of another little cottage, it is the gift of this life for the past 11 years and the years to come in our own little cottage that are the real gift.




So to my sweet husband, thank you for the many gifts you have given me over the years, love and grace and for always being on my side. Thank you for being my best friend and for giving me the kind of marriage that I thought only existed in novels. May the rest of our lives be as filled with love and appreciation as these first years. I love you with all my heart.

27 comments:

  1. So sweet! I love it when my husband surprises me with something I actually love!

    ~Shanon

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  2. Love this! We who are in good marriages are really blessed. Here's to many many more for the two of you!!

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  3. You didn't tell me about the painting!!! What a guy!

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  4. Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more years of happiness and fun! :)

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  5. Beautiful heirloom and beautiful memories. Happy anniversary a little late - wishing you many more years together.

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  6. Happy Anniversary and Congratulations on your new home! You've got a keeper of a husband!
    Brenda

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  7. congratulations my friend. i love your sweet tender heart!
    (& i love your cottage painting too)

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  8. I LOVE the Kershners!!! Holy Cow, I'm so glad I know you. :)

    ps - Love. The painting.

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  9. Congratulations !!
    Love Helen xx

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  10. Aww-Happy Anniversary! My 10th is next week!

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  11. Happy Anniversary! May God continue to bless you, your marriage, and your family for many, many more years!

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  12. wishing you a lifetime of love

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  13. Very Sweet! Marriage is a blessing! Congratulations! SUE

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  14. what a sweet post...just loved it!!!! glad I found your awesome blog!!!

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  15. Jen - What a beautiful and awesome tribute to your hubby! God bless you as you walk the path of life together! Hugs- Diana

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  16. Happy Anniversary Jen! A genuine heartfelt expression can reach out over the distance touch others. I feel warm all over that you are blessed and recognize it. Thanks for sharing such tender moments.

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  17. i'm happy for you and wish you a romantical* anniversary and a lifetime of wishes come true together.

    xo
    elyse

    *tinkered word (lol)

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  18. Ah, what a sweet post! Happy anniversary. Your painting is lovely!
    ~michelle~

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  19. Happy Anniversary! May you have many more wonderful years together.

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  20. awwwwwwwwwwwwww I'm SO happy for you both!!! You got me in tears girl! Happy Anniversary! :)
    Kristi

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  21. very sweet. happy anniversary. the painting is beautiful. he did good.

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  22. what a beautiful, thoughtful gift!!happy belated anniversary!
    best,
    joan

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  23. you my friend, are a very lucky woman. i wish you years and years MORE of happiness....and how couldnt you be. congratulations on your new LIFE.

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