02 Dec Traditional 5th Anniversary Gift Guide
Friday is here! It’s the 5th and final day of our week of love and marriage in honor of our 5th wedding anniversary tomorrow! Each day this week, I’ve shared my favorite traditional wedding gift ideas for the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and now 5th wedding anniversaries. I’ve also opened up about our marriage and shared what each year had in store for us and what we learned/how we grew! The traditional gifts make me happy because they remind me that many people before us and many after us have found love and have celebrated their commitment to one another year after year after year!
Our fifth anniversary is tomorrow, so I don’t know what details it has in store. I do know that I’ve given F something made of the traditional 5th anniversary gift material… wood! We spent our honeymoon in Napa Valley, so tomorrow we will drop Baby B off with my sister and brother-in-law for the day/evening and come home and sit by the fire and open up a bottle of wine from our favorite winery we visited on our honeymoon in 2011. While we sip our wine, we are going to watch our wedding video… the rehearsal dinner speeches, the footage of our friends tipsy dancing… memories of those we loved deeply who are no longer with us [thankfully, we’ll have the wine]… our vows and ring exchange… the whole thing! Afterwards, we’re headed to dinner then we’ll probably come home and go to sleep [we won’t have the baby, after all, so sleep is a high-priority for us that evening]!
There’s so much to look back onto over the past 5 years with joy and gratitude. This last year has been a WHIRLWIND. I don’t think we’ve had a busier year in our lives. Our anniversary and Christmas are in the same month, so we flew past our 4th anniversary and focused on B’s first Christmas. He took his first steps in Colorado on Christmas Eve. We came home and planned a fun First Birthday Party for him and we cried as we remembered the day he entered the world one year prior. We spent some time in Mexico for Spring Break, celebrated a friend’s birthday in Charleston in March, visited Disney World while in Orlando for a wedding over Memorial Day. I threw a prom, got a new job and spent my last few months as a teacher running around crazily trying to make the end of my kids’s senior year memorable.
Once the school year ended, I jumped right into my new job and we had the chance to travel a bit. We took B with us everywhere. We joined my family in California and his family in Florida. We went to Colorado twice this summer… once to visit and once for a wedding. We even drove up to Oklahoma for a night for another wedding! We drove to Waco and Austin more times than I can count and took B to East Texas to see F’s family a few times too! I haven’t even started on the blog and how it took off during that time too, plus, the oil and gas economy took a hit and F had to pick up a lot more work to make up for it [Praise God he was able to keep his job, as so many weren’t so lucky].
I started to notice that something was off with me. I couldn’t focus, didn’t want to be social or put makeup on and the fatigue was horrible. I was diagnosed with stage 3 adrenal fatigue and I had allowed my autoimmune issues [hoshimoto’s and hypothyroidism to name a few…] to take over once again. F was my constant support. Once I sought treatment and started putting my health at the forefront, I started feeling better and clicking on all cylinders again!
This year tested our teamwork abilities quite a bit. F really stepped up to the plate as a husband and as a father, allowing me to attend functions and business meetings or just to get some extra sleep and heal. We worked together to fit each other’s schedules to allow for both of us to still be able to fit in a workout here, a nap there. We’re working to figure out just what these terrible two’s are all about, and we both have a hard time letting our boy cry it out. We want him to sleep with us as much as he does! I’m so thankful he’s my teammate, my partner, my best friend.
All that is to say, I don’t think we’ve laughed with each other and had deep conversations with each other like we have this year. In fact, I feel like our fifth year of marriage felt closest to our first year of dating… the butterflies, the flirting, the “I love you” text messages… It’s like we’ve stepped back in time a bit, but the love we have now is infinitely deeper than it ever was!
F, I love you with all my heart. I absolutely adore you. I don’t know how or why God decided that I deserved you, because I certainly don’t. It’s been an honor to be your sidekick, your cheerleader and your best pal in this life. I thank God for you every single day and I’m blown away by the blessing that it is to walk alongside you each and every day. Happy 5th Anniversary, my love. Here’s to 100 more!
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I’ve shared all of my favorite traditional anniversary gifts by year and recapped each year in our marriage all week long. In case you missed those posts and want to see them, here they are: