Wednesday was Charlie’s and my 9 year wedding anniversary.

Can I just tell you what an incredibly romantic evening it was? Let me share:

Since we were still unpacking, the only prerequisite to dinner was that it was edible.

The menu included the great pork chop debacle. The children with their less refined palette loved dinner. Charlie and I, not so much.

We enjoyed a family screening of The Doodlebops. If you haven’t seen this lively kids show, you are really missing out! “Just get on the bus, don’t you know?”

{Sorry, I was caught up for a moment in the incredible lyrical genius.}

After babies were bathed and in bed, I finally prepared for a nice quiet, romantic evening. As I finally emerged from the shower, I found my precious, but exhausted, husband sound asleep.

At 8:30 pm.
He woke up to briefly share his one request: join him in bed so he didn’t have to sleep alone. And that I did.

As I drifted off to sleep, I thanked the Lord for the amazing husband I have, how incredibly blessed I am, and truly what a terrific anniversary I had.

Some of you are probably re-reading my recap of the evening’s events and wondering exactly what part of the night was so amazing.

You see, I am learning that it is not one day or one event that encompasses our love for one another. It is a series of the little things, the day-ins and day-outs of life. This is what makes a marriage.

It is the daily decision to celebrate the little things, like when said exhausted husband is willing to prepare the baby for bed so I can finish in the kitchen. Or when said wife overcooks the pork chops. Again. And darling husband chooses to just be thankful dinner was served that evening.

I encourage you this week to see the little things in your own marriage. If you can’t find them, then ask the Lord to help you have eyes to see and ears to hear so that you, too, may rejoice in those little things that truly make up a marriage.

This is love: not that we loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son
as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Dear friends, since God so loved us,
we ought to love one another. No one has
ever seen God; but if we love one another, God
lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
With love and prayers,