Today Craig and I celebrate our ninth wedding anniversary! Sometimes I can’t believe it has been so long – I mean, it seems like we were married yesterday at times – and at other times I realize that we have spent our entire adult lives together, and gosh, that is a long time. I’m grateful and humbled to have married my best friend, and to be able to say nine years later that Craig is still my best friend. As Sarah McLachlan says in our song, his love is better than ice cream. That’s saying a lot, coming from an ice cream lover like me!
We don’t have any plans to celebrate today, since I will be on a lovely [insert sarcasm] bus tour of Baltimore neighborhoods tonight for work. We do have reservations tomorrow at Kali’s Court, a highly-regarded Mediterranean seafood restaurant in Fell’s Point that we have always wanted to try. We hope to not spend the evening at the animal hospital like we did on our seventh anniversary.
I am already dreaming of our tenth anniversary next year. Obviously ten years is a special milestone, and it will also likely be our last hurrah as a twosome. While I have no idea how we will afford a special vacation next year on top of adoption expenses and the rest of life, we are going to try to make that a priority and save up so that we can do something decadent – maybe a tropical location (back to Aruba, where we honeymooned, perhaps?), or maybe Paris, or maybe a Napa Valley wine-tasting tour – something special for just the two of us.
While we are not exchanging gifts this year (the golf clubs back in August were supposed to be for both of our birthdays plus our anniversary – really romantic, I know), our big anniversary excitement could well be the completion of our dossier packet. My police letter (gold seal letter in Maryland) arrived yesterday in the mail, and this morning I picked up Craig’s health form (finally!). All we’re waiting on is his gold seal letter, and it seems like it really could arrive in today’s mail since I know they were mailed on the same day (I called to confirm this a few days ago). Wow, wouldn’t it be wonderful to celebrate both our anniversary and the completion of our dossier paperwork?!