Two Years – Part 2 – Cotton Anniversary

Do you remember the jingle from back in the day “The look, the feel of Cotton.  The fabric of our lives.”?  I always think that the materials they assign to wedding anniversaries come from left field. Except that jingle helps cotton make a little sense.

cotton anniversary

Perhaps the thing about cotton that pertains to marriage the most is how woven into every part of our lives it is.  Only two years in and it’s already hard to remember our lives without the other person.  Our habits, mannerisms, idioms, even our personalities have changed, have been colored and strengthened by the other person.  It’s true that marriage is God’s main tool of sanctification – but that is what takes it from a fresh puff of cotton to a beautiful, storytelling piece of fabric.

Anniversaries are a moment to intentionally celebrate the story that God is telling with our lives.  This year we knew we would be celebrating the official start of our friends’ Jared and Ruthann’s story just a few days after our anniversary, so we opted to string our celebrating out into “Anniversary Week” (like how we celebrate Birthday Week) rather than go on a vacation to specifically celebrate it like we did last year.

We kicked it off with an awesome trip to the Newport Aquarium where we reminisced snorkeling and swimming with the stingrays on our honeymoon.

Newport Aquarium  Please notice the HUGE gator behind Will's head.

For our actual anniversary, I made gluten free lemon berry sweet rolls for breakfast that we ate while we read last year’s entry in our special anniversary journal, reminisced, and started this year’s.

Will had flowers, a card, and Reese’s waiting for me when I got home from work, and he had planned a picnic.   Chick-Fil-A at the pond at our church.  It was a perfect evening!  Both of us love being outside, so it was a perfect relaxing way to slow down in the middle of a couple crazy weeks.

On our Picnic.   I always try to wear white (my shirt was white) and wear my head band and shoes from our wedding.

Here are some of the presents we gave each other.  That journal in the top right - the pages are 100% cotton; that was Will being clever.

When we headed to Virginia Beach/Norfolk for our friends’ wedding we had planned to spend a little extra on hotels because it was still our anniversary week, and this was our vacation.  We got a hotel near the beach one night and hotel downtown on the bay the next.  Which meant we got to see the beach at sunrise and have some fun breakfast excursions.

the beach at Sunrise

best Gluten Free Waffle ever!   Check out Sunnyside Cafe if you're ever in VA Beach!

That is the USS Wisconsin.   There were all kinds of jellyfish in that water.

Will scored some crazy doughnuts in downtown Norfolk

Fancied up for the Rehearsal and the Wedding

On the way home, we arranged our flights so that we would have an 11 hour layover enabling us to go walk around in NYC.  I had never been to New York City before, and it has been a goal of ours to get there.  We want to go back for a weekend, but those 15 miles we walked and all that we did see was great!  The perfect adventure to end our second year and kick off our third year of the everyday adventures of marriage.

Grand Central Station ...where you can't store bags because of bombs.

Time Square

Central Park

these shoes have seen me through a lot of adventures in the last two years.  And they'll see me through even more as I follow Will wherever our adventures take us!

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