Tomorrow is our 5 year anniversary. Wow-has it really been 5 years? It's almost silly to me to think back 5 years and how much has changed in that time. I'm happy to report that marrying Dustin was a very wise decision on my part even if maybe not so great on his. ;) He puts up with a lot. I'll spare you the mushy gushy's, but lots of love all around. One thing I do want to share with you is this special tradition we have for our anniversary. We buy a Christmas book.
It started the day after we were married. We were married in Salt Lake City and stayed a few days there before traveling to our family's homes for Christmas. We went shopping and ended up in a bookstore and saw the pretty stack of Christmas books they had. We started flipping through them and I found "I Believe in Santa Claus". What a beautiful book. It parallels Santa Claus to Christ and reminds us what this fuss is all truly about. We had to get it. We decided right then and there that we would make a tradition of it, and would add a new book to our collection each year.
I can't tell you how I've come to love this! When the Christmas books start hitting the racks, we keep our eyes peeled and start thinking about what book we will add. The second year it was a lovely copy of The Night Before Christmas. The year we became parents it was "You are my Miracle."
Perhaps my favorite (OK-tied with "I Believe in Santa Claus") is "A Christmas Dress for Ellen." I have yet to read this book and not end up in tears. Which says a lot-I'm not a generally teary person. Every time I read it I think " I've read it 20 times, surely I won't cry this time." Nope-every time. Another truly feel good back to the basics Christmas story. It's true as well, and actually took place in a town an hour from here.
So tomorrow we will go search out a new book and celebrate the best 5 years of my life. We don't have a book planned this year as we haven't been out and about that much. We've done hardly any shopping which I'm not stressed out about at all. Lot's of homemade happiness on it's way to our loved ones this year. The result of having all my projects turned in and a month of quiet time. It's been the most relaxed Christmas I can remember.
I hope you are faring well too, and instead of toasting my creativity today, maybe thank my husband for being the most supportive spouse I've ever encountered. This all wouldn't be possible if not for him.