Ten years!

Last time we went to Olive Garden for our anniversary, our waiter left us a special message on our pumpkin cheesecake (which was free since it was our anniversary). This year we had a different waitress and different cheesecake, but she still left us a special message, and our strawberry cheesecake was still free.

The couple at the table next to us were celebrating 55 years together, which makes our ten years seem like a grain of sand in the hourglass of life, but it’s something to aspire to, the sunshine to dream of on cloudy days. And if I have anything to say about it, it’s a dream we’ll see fulfilled.

Happy anniversary to the man who’s done his best to make all my dreams come true, my partner, my encourager, my motivator, my best friend. The best is yet to come!

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The City Girl and the Country Boy

An ode to a map proved to be a tougher challenge than I could handle today, but since our poems were also supposed to incorporate metaphor, I chose to share this one.  I wrote it a few weeks ago as a gift for Seymour in honor of our sixth wedding anniversary.  One long metaphor, it depicts six years of  marriage in a few short verses.

This is my favorite engagement picture. Photo by Witt Photography

This is my favorite engagement picture. ❤
Photo by Witt Photography

A city girl and a country boy
Were united this fine day,
And even though six years have passed,
Their love is here to stay.

He is her most cherished friend,
She’s his summer sun,
He’s a rock for her to lean on
When times are less than fun.

She holds him close through winter’s
Long and dreary night;
He keeps her warm and wakes her up
When spring returns so bright.

They’ve had their share of winter
But they’ve also had much fun,
And as the world turns round and round,
Their love runs wild in the sun.

Down city streets or country roads,
She’ll follow where he leads.
He has her heart, he has her soul,
And he is all she’ll ever need.

Have you ever written a poem for a loved one?  Or do you subscribe to the Elizabeth Bennett school of thought, that poetry is only the food of a fine, stout love?

(c) 2015.  All rights reserved.

Photo Friday returns!

I had actually planned for Photo Fridays to return last week, but since last Friday was my first day back to work and generally insane, I decided to push it back a week.

This week’s Photo Friday post (and next week’s, and probably at least the week after that) is a throwback.  You know, like Throwback Thursday, but on Friday.  I have a huge archive of old photos, and I thought it would be fun to share a few.


This one, clearly, is from 2010.  We traveled south to see Seymour’s cousin get hitched, and as always, had a heck of a great time.  Her wedding was the day before our first wedding anniversary, so we made a fun weekend of it.

Don’t Bubbles and Miss Tadpole look little?  It’s hard to believe how much they’ve grown in the last four and a half years.

Have a great weekend, everybody, and don’t forget to check out Charnele’s blog to see what she’s got going on!

(c) 2015.  All rights reserved.

Photo 365 #54

One of the things we did over the weekend to sort of celebrate our anniversary involved attending a football game at the University of Northern Iowa. It was my first time tailgating, and I had a lot of fun (despite the swarms of little black bugs).


Nothing says fun like a game of catch with the old man.

And the Panthers? They stomped the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles 50-7. Those seven points were scored late in the third quarter against the Panthers’ third string. It was a blowout.

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