Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Three Years

+JMJ+

Yesterday was a very special day for our family. Not only was it the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael (ora pro nobis!) - which makes it the "name day" of my husband and our eldest son, but it was also Michael's and my third wedding anniversary!

Thus far we haven't been big on anniversary gifts, but it's worked out that each year we've taken a weekend trip on/around our anniversary. On our first anniversary we were living in Florida and took a trip to Miami, on our second anniversary we were living in Pennsylvania and took a trip to the inner harbor of Baltimore, and this year (while living in Massachusetts) we spent our anniversary weekend on a pilgrimage with a million (plus) other people attending the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in Philadelphia.

I'm not gonna lie - a trip to see and attend Mass with the pope for our anniversary is going to be pretty hard to beat in future years....

Right now I'm still mentally unpacking all that we experienced in Philadelphia and doing some behind-the-scenes planning for my husband's upcoming birthday (this weekend!), so I can hardly write a lengthy, romantic anniversary post about all that we've done in these past 3 years together as husband and wife.

However, we managed to go on a dinner date last night while my sister watched our two-year-old and at one point we found ourselves reflecting on just how much life we have lived together in such a short amount of time.

In 3 years we have lived in four different states and been blessed with two children. Job changes, big moves across the country, and having children can put a lot of stress on couples and I won't pretend it's always been easy on us doing so much of that in so little time - but as we reflected on all of this together we agreed that we've done a pretty good job loving one another through it all. We're NOT perfect and we have much to learn about this wonderful Sacrament called marriage, but the bottom line is that each of us have continued to choose to love one another - especially when it gets hard...and that's what it's all about.

Here's to the many, many small gestures of love we have offered to and received from one another over the past 3 years - and here's to learning more about God and His love through one another and our little domestic church for many years to come!

Anniversary dinner date (not pictured: sleeping baby)

"Faith opens the "window" to the active presence of the Spirit and shows that, like happiness, holiness is always linked to small gestures.... They are minimal gestures you learned at home; Family gestures that are lost in the anonymity of everyday life but make it different every day.... Gestures are home. It is the blessing before sleeping and hugging his return from a long day of work. Love is manifested in small things.... Faith grows with practice and is shaped by love. Therefore, our families, our homes, are true domestic churches." 
-Pope Francis, homily at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

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