Sunday, April 27, 2008

Landmarks in time...

During my absence from writing a couple of major landmarks took place in our family. First of all, my wife and I celebrated our anniversary. Twenty-three years of being together. And most of that time has been very good. Sure, we bicker about things at times. But not very often and not very intently. We generally get along very well.

And surprisingly, this year filled with sadness and difficulty within our extended family, has actually been a year that I've felt particularly close to my wife. Sharing our grief, supporting each other, and encouraging each other has been a really amazing bonding experience for us. We've become closer than ever. I hate the circumstances that caused it. But I treasure the new-found closeness that makes our marriage better than ever.

The other big landmark was a birthday. Son17 blew out the candles and became Son18. And of course we celebrated with a nice dinner out, a yummy chocolate cake, and plenty of gifts. And he was very happy with the gifts since he got exactly what he requested - an iPod Nano, the second season of LOST on DVD, an iTunes gift card, and some gigantic Lego model called the Exoforce Mobile Devastator. He got a few small things as well, but that was his "big four" and he was most happy.

A belated blogger Happy Anniversary to my wife and Happy Birthday to Son18!

16 comments:

Rebecca said...

Hi Em. Its good to have you back. I never even KNEW I wanted an Exoforce Mobile Devastator until now. I have no idea what it is, but from the sound of it I am certain that it has to be very cool. Exoforce Mobile Devastator, indeed!

Kati said...

Happy Anniversary to you & your wife, Em!!!! I'm glad that despite the pain, y'all are closer through out it all. And Happy Birthday to Son18!!!! Glad to hear that he seems to have enjoyed his birthday, even with all the trauma going on around. It's easy to forget to enjoy the good things, when you're focusing so heavily on the hardships.

meno said...

If you keep this up, i'm going to have to take you out of the "slackers" folder in my google reader.

It's what you do in the hard times that matters. I'm glad you two have supported one another.

citizen of the world said...

Well, then, congrats on both those things.

Mysti said...

Happy Times all around Em! Remembering how wonderful life at home is and all the little things is refreshing for the soul after what you have been going through. Enjoy a bit of down time with your family. :)

Jazz said...

Congratulations on your anniversary and happy belated birthday to Son17...oops Son18

Jocelyn said...

Huzzah to everyone! I have missed you much.

What wonder and joy that you and your wife have had each other all this time.

Dorky Dad said...

Happy Birthdayversary! Twenty three years. Excellent.

So when he became Son18 did a bell go off and the 17 on his chest turned 18? Or did that just happen on your blog?

Em said...

Thanks for all the good wishes! And DD...bells went off, there was a total solar eclipse (visible only from our house, I think), and there were earth tremors throughout the land.

Trish said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your wife and birthday to son18.

Glad to see you back in the land of the blogging :)

thethinker said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your wife and happy birthday to your son!

wisdomstuff said...

Happy, happy to all! That is awesome about you and your wife. That is the way it SHOULD be but too often not the case.

Don't tell my son about the Legos, please. And hopefully your son had a very "comfortable" b-day if you guys went out to eat :-)

charlotta-love said...

Happy Anniversary!

Also happy birthday to Son 18. I was reading a little too quickly and thought you said there were plenty of girls at the party which is exactly what he wanted. lol. I reread it. Makes much more sense now. :o)

tulipmom said...

I'm glad to see you're back. Congratulations on your anniversary. I hope the road ahead is filled with more celebratory occasions.

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your wife. It is bittersweet that sad times can bring people closer. And congrats to the son whose name keeps changing. Do you feel older now too?
Sanna

Jenster said...

Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to Son18!!

Just like fire forges the strongest steel, hard times forge the strongest relationships. Kinda sucky, but true.