Another 8 Year Milestone...

Well - it has been eight years... in some ways it feels like it has been forever; and eight years does not seem long enough or significant enough for all we have weathered together. In other ways eight years sounds like an eternity, and yet I can remember this day as clear as crystal - and feels like only a year or so ago!

It says here that:

8th Anniversary Traditional Gift:

Bronze or Pottery. Bronze is created by combining copper and tin and a strong marriage is created by the joining of two individuals who not only love one another, but who also place a high priority on their time together.
Pottery begins with just a lump of clay that is slowly formed into something beautiful. Through their eight years together, a couple shapes their marriage into a beautiful relationship.

8th Anniversary Contemporary/Modern Gift:

Linens or Lace. The modern gift of linens or lace can be a practical gift or a luxurious one.

8th Anniversary Gemstone:

Tourmaline or tanzanite.

8th Anniversary Color:

Tourmaline *(pink), tanzanite *(blue), or bronze.

8th Anniversary Flower:

Clematis, a beautiful climber that traditionally means clever, intellectual.

Ways to Celebrate Your 8th Anniversary:

  • Go out and play billiard-table eight ball.
  • Plant a clematis vine in your yard.
  • Go to a pottery class together.
  • Purchase tickets to a show, movie, sports event, concert, theatre, etc. to attend together.

Gift Suggestions to Purchase for Your 8th Anniversary:

  • Bronze photo frame with the picture of the two of you.
  • Purchase a bronze framed share of stock in a major company that has meaning to the both of you.
  • Lace gloves *(or...).
  • Pottery vase.
  • Bronze wind chimes.
  • Soft, cuddly blanket.
  • Bronze door knocker.
  • Tourmaline jewelry.
  • Bronze bookends.
  • Bronze sculpture.
  • Lace tablecloth.

Gift Suggestions to Make for Your 8th Anniversary:

  • Stuff a bronze box with a love note, book on romance, love coupons, picture of the two of you, etc.
  • Make a pottery vase.
  • Road map describing a short trip to take together to a locale where you can take a pottery class together.

*my added bits

So, with all this in mind... I think I will do a few random lists of eight instead; as we're not going to have a chance to do much or buy much on the above lists with a toddler and a 5 month old baby ;-)!  

8 Things I LOVED About Our Wedding:

* I got to marry YOU!
* The theme colours were purple and silver... two of my favourite colours, and as it turns out - two of yours also (well purple is anyway)!
* We were surrounded by almost all our family and friends on the day!
* After being a bridesmaid four times, I finally got to be the bride, and share my day with three of my closest and oldest friends ;-)! 
* I felt gorgeous and you looked pretty hot yourself!
* We managed to bring it in on budget... impressive!
* People went out of their way to help us, it was organised quickly (six weeks; another story for another time), and we really were blessed beyond what we imagined possible!
* We get to spend the rest of our lives together!

8 Reasons Why I Love Being Married to You:

* You are the romantic one... seriously, it may not be with flowers and gifts (which of course is my love language), but you make sure the romance stays alive - I'm shocking for this!
* You are an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G Dad; our kids are so blessed to have you as their Daddy - they will never ever doubt your love for them; as you shower them with it everyday! It makes me fall in-love with you even more...
* You back me up in front of the children, you encourage me to chase my dreams (and get infuriated when I don't), you encourage me to get out and socialise and are happy to stay at home with the kids.
* You think I am HOT!
* You always put your family first - if I ring you at work, and you feel you need to come home; nothing will stop you. I know I am blessed that you work in a supportive company, and are able to do this; many men don't!
* You are a GREAT provider, we may not be in the highest earning category - but we never go without, and for this I am truly grateful!
* You dream BIG dreams and you always share them with me... we have dreams for our future and family that are (and always were), very similiar - and you're going to make it happen, no matter what!
* Even now, eight years later - you still enjoy my company; and are more than happy just to stay home and spend time with me and the kids! We are planning ahead and hoping to get a bit of time together sans kids in the medium future; but until then you're quite content to be 'just us'! 

I love you; I love that you can still make me laugh (even when I am grumpy with you), I love how you love our kids, I love that we are still dreaming and planning together, I love that you're not willing to just 'keep the status quo' but are always striving for more, I love your inconsistencies and how much you change your mind - keeps me on my toes, I love how much housework you still do, I love all the furniture you've made and all the promises of more - your practical side balances out the intellectual perfectly (whew), I love watching the All Blacks play with you, I love spending time with you... and am looking forward to the next eight years by your side (and many more following that also)!


Happy anniversary! You look so happy and beautiful in your photos :) I hope you get a chance to celebrate together in some way (even if your babies tag along for the ride!) xx
Miriam said…
congratulations and 6 weeks wow that is fast planning!
Amy said…
Happy Anniversary!
I just loved reading your love of Mr C here.
Sammy said…
Oh my gosh, what a beautiful post! Congratulations! I love how you honor your husband Elizabeth.
P.S. Don't forget he was pretty blessed to marry YOU too (just thought I would remind you as one girl to another- you are very special)
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