The past few weeks have been full of life in all it’s glory, pertaining to everything except my sweet husband and myself. I’ve been feeling a bit better, coming down from the non-stop action, daydreaming about the pending arrival of our second daughter and making plans for upcoming medical events for Addie. But then, as we were doing a little family shopping at Walmart, I walked down the card aisle and remembered: our 5 year wedding anniversary is Saturday!
Let that sink in.
Five years ago I woke up to 4 1/2 inches of rain falling from the hot summer sky, staring out into my parents’ backyard as my wedding arch was being drenched and the yard flooded. A few hours later my bridesmaids and I were on our way in my mom’s minivan to the reception-turned-ceremony location for our nuptials. Just as I turned and walked down the aisle, I noticed the rain had cleared. Roads were closed, the wedding started about an hour later than expected, our antique car ride to the party was canceled and things were going a bit off-plan, but there he was, waiting for me at the end of my white path strewn with petals.
So as I stood in the card aisle, checking out the selection of Hallmark cards (the new Value Cards are priced at 47¢ and 97¢!), my toddler being playfully chased by this amazing dude-turned husband-turned daddy, I chose cards I thought showed my love and our playful relationship. For me, cards mean more than gifts- the words we choose to use with those we love can sometimes be spit out from our mouths before we can really think about them, but for me, writing is such an outlet. Hallmark always gives me the perfect start to what I want to say- with awesome graphics and quality card stock!
There was a beautiful selection of cards, but mostly, at the point where we are in life, it’s more than just an anniversary- it’s the friendship we’ve cultivated. A marriage of trusting one another to make the right decisions in places where the other person is practically blind. For me, I have to trust our finances to Dave, and for me, everything related to Addie’s health is relayed through me to him. Our marriage amazes me because for years, I was not a trusting person… Dave brings out the best in me and for that reason, there isn’t a gift to convey how much these past 5 years have meant, but plenty of things I could say.
I chose 5 different cards to write in- one for each year of marriage. In each one I wrote something about that year of our life together- where we were, what we were doing, any memorable trips (year one we went camping then 6 months after the wedding on our honeymoon, while I was pregnant with Addie we spent Christmas in Florida and went to a wedding in Hawaii, this year we went to Cali…), big projects (hello year one basement renovation!), and so on.
I am in the midst of saving up to get Dave a fun gift, and I dream of having the kind of lifestyle where I could surprise him with a trip to New Zealand (we both want to g0), but went with a simple, classic offering. The fifth year of marriage is traditionally celebrated with wood, and my friend, who is in the process of adopting three (yes, three) beautiful kids from Ukraine happened to be making family plaques to raise money. There was no more perfect gift for us.
While there are a million things in this world we want, what we need, as a couple, is to keep the lines of communication open and always remind each other how much we love and appreciate what the other does. Hallmark helps me do this year after year in different life events and celebrations. But besides loving the care put into their cards, my all-time favorite part about buying Hallmark… the Hallmark Rewards program! You can earn rewards for the Hallmark cards you buy at Walmart. For every 5 cards you buy, you’ll earn a reward- I just reached my 5th and got a $5 gift card to one of my favorite stores! Be sure to check out Connections from Hallmark to sign up for Hallmark Rewards, and to see great content from other #CollectiveBias members and bloggers. Join in the #ValueCards conversation on Twitter and check for more card greeting ideas!
Do you have creative card ideas to celebrate your life events?