It’s our Anniversary

I love that I can look back on previous anniversaries on the blog … you know I can’t remember all 33 of them! I didn’t start blogging until the end of 2005 but these are the anniversaries that I documented from that point.

In 2006 I wrote: Then just as I was thinking what a wonderful day I’d had, my husband called from the airport saying his flight was already in and that he’d be at the condo in time to go out to dinner tonight. Since today is our 17th anniversary and I thought he wouldn’t be home until late this evening this was just icing on the cake!

In 2007 I wrote: Keith and I are celebrating our 18th anniversary today. Since we just got back from Hawaii we’re having a low key celebration this evening at home.

In 2008 I wrote : We accomplished a lot this weekend but we’re heading to San Diego tomorrow morning so we won’t get much more done before leaving.

In 2009 I wrote: It hasn’t always been easy but I wouldn’t trade the last 20 years for anything and I’m looking forward to the next 20+.

In 2010 I wrote : There were times over the years I wasn’t sure we’d make it this far – like any marriage we’ve had our share of challenges but I can’t imagine what life would be without Keith and I’m pretty confident that we’ll make it to the “until death do you part” thing!

In 2011 I wrote : 22 years and we’re still having fun!

In 2012 I wrote : Keith and I celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary today or as Chris would say, we all celebrate the anniversary of the day we became a family.

In 2013 I wrote : Keith and I are in Maine for a long weekend celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary!

In 2014 I wrote : Celebrating 25 years together as a family.

Moving has been a big part of our lives … on our anniversary in 2015 I wrote: We have a closing date on the Tampa townhouse – I think the bulk of the work is done on my part and the loan is being submitted for underwriting … I image that I’ll still have a few requests for information as we go through the next few weeks but hopefully nothing too time consuming on my part.

In 2016 I wrote: We were married on the screen porch at Keith’s parent’s house and the boys were right by our side. Chris always insists that this is his anniversary too! If only Keith knew what he was getting into 27 years ago he might have run away!

In 2017 I wrote : I didn’t sew a stitch today …
I did do a 10 K with Keith (that’s 6.2 miles) and then we went out to dinner to celebrate our 28th anniversary. We chose a restaurant that has a lot of memories for us. We first went to Armani’s 20+ years ago with his father when we lived in the Tampa area.

In 2018 I wrote : I told Keith not every woman would be happy to spend her 29th anniversary watching a hockey game but we had lots of fun! This was the first day I really felt well enough to go out and watch one of the games at our local pub and they won! Moving on to round two.

In 2019 we celebrated in DC and I wrote : 30 years ago today we became a family! We had a small wedding on Keith’s parent’s back porch with no photographer. It was my second marriage, my Dad had died just a few months earlier and I didn’t want anything elaborate or fussy. A low key wedding suited us just fine!

In 2020 I wrote : Our 31st anniversary is today and we both had a laugh … who knew that 31 years would be our porcelain anniversary?! The plumber will be here this morning addressing a number of issues and installing new toilets.

In 2021 I wrote : I’ve got one more day to make the sewing room neat enough to walk the movers through it and I did get in there this afternoon in spite of not feeling great. I didn’t get “sick” with my 2nd COVID vaccine shot but I had a headache and just felt off most of the day. I was pretty discouraged this afternoon, I don’t know if it was not feeling well or just that I seem to have too much stuff. Poor Keith, I don’t feel like we properly celebrated our anniversary today – 32 years. I’m hoping for many more and next year we’ll do a better job of celebrating!

So now it’s “next year” and I’m calling this one the COVID anniversary…we do have plans to get outside and visit Two Lights Park and eat at the lobster shack …. Not the anniversary I’d planned but just VERY thankful for the vaccines and boosters that made Keith’s infection with COVID a fairly mild illness rather than what it might have been like without the vaccine.

I am SO lucky I found this man and he was brave enough to take on me and the boys 33 years ago!


  1. Happy Anniversary to a beautiful couple with a beautiful love story. I hope you enjoy many more.

  2. celebrating with lobster is not chopped liver, as they say….going big i’d say…enjoy! you are blessed mary…

  3. Always love reading your thoughts and today’s were very special! Hope you enjoy your day. Happy anniversary!

  4. Happy Anniversary to all of you, Mary! It just brings tears to my eyes when Chris says it’s his anniversary, too. What love! {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. I’m guessing he feels lucky to have found your family and that you ALL became HIS family too! Happy anniversary!

  6. Happy anniversary! Sounds like the “in sickness and in health” part is appropriate for today! So thankful for the vaccines and boosters too – and that you can get out for a celebration. Enjoy your lobster!

  7. Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby!! My hubby and I celebrated our 41st anniversary earlier this month, the years have gone by so fast it’s kind of scary.
    Glad to hear your hubby is feeling better and wasn’t too sick with covid, my daughters have both had it and one son in law as well, hubby and I have dodged it so far.

  8. Wonderful pictures and memories. Our stories are similar. My husband and I will celebrate 39 yrs together this year. He took on my 3 kids and I took on his 2 kids. Talk about a challenge!! But since we will both turn 75 this year I think it is safe to say we are a permanent couple. We had some rough times but the good times far outweighed those. Happy Anniversary to you both!!!

  9. happy anniversary to you and keith. you have written a lovely tribute to you both and the boys. thanks for sharing. patti in florida

  10. Happy anniversary! Reading your blog entries over the years re: your anniversary, it reminded me so much of what our lives were at that point, too! We will be celebrating our 48th exactly 2 weeks from today. I am hoping we can actually go out and DO something together instead of staying home. Between house projects, the pandemic, having to put our elderly dog down yesterday and family things we’ve been way too busy. Anniversaries should be celebrated! Congrats again, you two!

  11. Happy Anniversary to you both. Love all the pictures. Your family pictures as well as your projects are a bright beam in my daily reading. Thank you for sharing.

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