9 years

Today is my wedding anniversary.

9 years ago today my husband and I said our vows in a tiny, low-key ceremony.

9 years ago we wandered over to the beach and toasted our marriage as the sun set.

9 years ago.

A lot has happened in those 9 years.

We have 2 children now.

We have 6 nieces.

We’ve been through a lot of changes.  Most of them have been for the better.  Like having the children, changing jobs, leaving jobs, pursuing new interests, making new friends.

But some of the changes haven’t been so great.  We’ve lost several family members over the last 9 years.  Which is to be expected I suppose, but it doesn’t make it any less sad.

What it has done though is make me cherish even more the present that my sister handed to me on my wedding day.

Unbeknownst to me, she had spent weeks and weeks contacting our friends and family and asking them to send us a postcard or a photo with a message on it, sending us their love and best wishes for our future together.

At the time it made me cry.  Reading all the lovely messages.  Knowing how much time and effort had gone into putting the whole thing together.

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And now, just thinking of it makes me cry all over again.

Because there are messages in that album from people who are no longer with us.

But the thing is, reading them now, seeing their handwriting, makes it feel like they’ve not entirely gone.  All that love that I felt on that day 9 years ago.  It’s all still here.  It’s all around us.

So, as I celebrate our wedding anniversary, I’ll make a quiet little toast.  A toast to say thank you to those who took the time to write a message in a card, 9 years ago.

It means the world to me.

wedding-toast

To absent friends.

 

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13 Comments

  1. Mammy 23/11/2016 / 9:19 pm

    Oh dear, tears! A lovely blog, little one.

  2. The Mum Reviews 26/11/2016 / 10:49 pm

    This is such a touching tribute to the people you’ve lost. And what a wonderful idea for a wedding present that was. Remembering the love is the only way we have of facing the loss of loved ones. Happy anniversary and many happy returns. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday.

    • This glorious life 01/12/2016 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you. It really was such a thoughtful present, I was so touched that so many people contributed. x

  3. Bread 27/11/2016 / 12:59 am

    Congratulations to you both. What a lovely way of looking back at your wedding day. #kcacols

  4. Crummy Mummy 27/11/2016 / 1:57 pm

    A very nostalgic post and what a lovely wedding present! Happy wedding anniversary! #KCACOLS

  5. Ali Duke 27/11/2016 / 7:13 pm

    Congratulations on your wedding anniversary x What a lovely present she gave you, one that will always keep those people close to you x
    #KCACOLS

  6. OddHogg 27/11/2016 / 8:42 pm

    Happy anniversary. What a thoughtful gift from your sister! #kcacols

  7. Angela Watling 28/11/2016 / 2:38 pm

    Such a lovely gift to cherish as the years go by. I can relate that having something like this helps to keep the connection to those who you’ve lost. I have the flowers from the top of my wedding cake that my Mum made on my bookcase. They remind me of her on that day now she’s no longer here with my family and me. Lovely post x #KCACOLS

  8. Laura 28/11/2016 / 8:24 pm

    Such a lovely thoughtful gift! Happy anniversary!! #KCACOLS

  9. Sara 01/12/2016 / 10:27 pm

    What a wonderful thing to do 🙂 Happy belated anniversary – you got married 19 days after us 🙂 Thank you for sharing #KCACOLS

  10. Heledd @ yummyblogger 10/12/2016 / 9:52 pm

    Bittersweet post… what a lovely thing your sister did for you! Happy anniversary xxx

  11. Imogen 31/12/2016 / 9:38 am

    Having a little catch up on your blog post and only just read this one. It made me cry! Been a tough few days here (I’ll explain another time) but this post reminds me how important it is to love and cherish every minute! Love you. Xxx

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