Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I Left My Legs In San Francisco. My Heart? He Came Back With Me.

Michael and I just returned from our trip to Healdsburg and San Francisco! We had such a wonderful time and don't worry, I have full plans to completely bore you with detailed recaps of each day. Right now, however, I'm tired. And I have a huge suitcase that is begging to be unpacked. And a fat cat who is desperate for attention. And some sore legs that might not ever recover from those hills.

I will mention one tiny memory from our trip: we celebrated our 4th anniversary! As you probably know, we say our vows to one another once a year on our anniversary.* While no place or time will ever quite compare to the first, this year absolutely took my breath away. Why, you ask? Because we said them to one another here:

Hand in hand, walking down the most gorgeous, peaceful path. At that moment, I felt no want, no sorrow, no sickness. Only joy, plenty, and health.

I am the luckiest.

Each year we write our own anniversary posts, but this year we're shaking things up a bit, which you'll see in a few days. Should be fun.

*Have I mentioned (only 100 times?) how special it is to say your wedding vows to one another without the help of a pastor or sheet of paper? It is the best advice our pastor gave us, and four years later I am so grateful. If you aren't married (or heck, even if you are), I really encourage you to memorize your vows. We may only say them to one another once a year, but it is sacred to us, and a wonderful reminder. We vowed before God to be loving, to be faithful, and to stand by one another in good times and in bad. What a gift!

I Meredith, take you Michael, to be my wedded husband.
And I do promise and covenant, before God and these witnesses,
to be your loving and faithful wife.
In plenty and in want

In joy and in sorrow

In sickness and in health
For as long as we both shall live.


Jackie (aka 'Jax') said...

Welcome back! And happy belated anniversary! I love that you guys say your vows to each other every year.. That is seriously outstanding on so many levels. I can't wait to hear more about your trip!

Kaitlin said...

Happy Anniversary. And, what a neat tradition :) I'm already excited to see your pics & read about your trip!

Ashley said...

Happy anniversary to you guys!! an't wait to hear about your trip!

Leslie said...

Crying! And contrary to my current Facebook status about being a weepy mess these days, I think this post would have gotten me teary-eyed anyway. You two are such a special couple.


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