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Friday, April 24, 2009

Charleston, SC and Philadelphia, PA-Anniversary Reflections

Judd and I have been so blessed throughout our lives and our marriage. We have officially known each other for 6 years now. As I think back over our 1 year courtship, 1 year engagement, and our almost 4 years of marriage, I am blown away by how we have grown as a couple and individuals.

We will be celebrating our 4th anniversary on May 14th, 2009. Each anniversary we have celebrated has been in a different city. Our first anniversary, we were both full time graduate students. We were too broke to go anywhere exciting, so we had a romantic weekend at my parents house (they were out of town) in Birmingham, AL. That anniversary is so funny to think about now. We tried our best to make it a special and romantic time. Judd bought yummy hors d'oeuvres, champagne, strawberries, etc. to accompany our top layer of wedding cake. We ate it while having an indoor picnic on my parents den floor. We spread out a blanket and candles. That anniversary will always be so special to me. We were so young and so new at marriage. It was great!

Our second anniversary was spent in Charleston, S.C. Judd and I had just graduated from Auburn with our Masters degrees. He was being recruited by a firm in Charleston. This anniversary was especially wonderful because not only is Charleston just about the most romantic place ever, the firm payed for our whole weekend. We had a fantastic time. Judd was offered the position and we spent the next two months debating whether to move to South Carolina or Philadelphia, PA. It is amazing the things and places God has had in store for us. After much prayer, we followed his guidance and moved to Philly.

Anniversary Dinner

Our third anniversary was spent in Philadelphia. At this point, we had lived in Philly for almost a year. We enjoyed our time there, but knew that living there any longer than a year was not a part of our life's plan. God truly had a hand in this one...Judd was recruited out of the blue by a firm in my hometown of Birmingham, AL. about a month or two before our anniversary. Just to make sure we checked all of our options before moving, Judd contacted the firm in Charleston one last time. They gave him a second offer to work for them over the phone. Again, we have been truly blessed. We spent the two months before our anniversary in great deliberation again trying to decide where to build the rest of our lives together. We ultimately chose Birmingham. It was a great choice. Our anniversary fell within a few days of our move out date from Philly. We had one final good-bye to Philadelphia/Anniversary dinner at The City Tavern. This is the oldest restaurant in Philly and it serves the same historic food that it did to our nation's founding fathers. We ate on the balcony and had such a lovely but bittersweet experience there because we knew we were about to leave.

I so wonder what lies in store for us on this 4th anniversary. God has been so good to us. He has provided us with such love and support. We have already had so many great expereinces as a couple. I am so grateful to have such a loving, supporting, compassionate, and thoughtful husband. I hope we are continuously blessed with many more happy anniversaries!

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