Our Second Anniversary

"Every long lost dream led me to where you are. Others who broke my heart they were like Northern stars pointing me on my way into your loving arms. This much I know is true: that God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you." ~Rascal Flatts

We had those lyrics printed on the back of the bulletin on our wedding day on February 14, 2009. Chris isn't a country fan, but even he couldn't deny that Rascal Flatts nailed it when it came to describing the journey we each traveled before finding each other.

Today is the 2nd anniversary of the day we became the Hall-Smith family. Chris is the most amazing person I have ever known and he is the best thing that has ever happened to Cadence, Gabriel and I. What started as an innocent message about soccer on Myspace, eventually grew into a friendship and then transformed into the greatest love I have ever known.

He is our rock. He is my voice of reason and my constant supporter. He is an amazing father and person. I don't know what I ever did without him.

I've thought about our wedding a lot today. My favorite part was the vow he made to Cadence and Gabriel:

"Cadence and Gabriel, I give you these rings as a symbol of our unity as a family. I promise to be a patient and loving father to you, caring for you and providing for you as my own. I promise to be your strength and emotional support loving you with all my heart forever."

What kind of guy does that!?! Honestly, I didn't think such a man existed. I was wrong and I thank God every day for that.

For our anniversary, I decided I wanted to do something special. I took the day off of work and cooked him dinner. The kids spent the evening with Jon and Christy.

I set the table and placed a calla lily arrangement and two candles in the center. Calla lilies were the flowers that we had at our wedding (although our wedding day flowers were white) and the candles represented each year that we have been married.

I gave Chris a home brew starter kit so he can begin brewing his own beer. He's talked about doing it for years and he seems really excited about it.

I made coconut shrimp with orange marmalade dipping sauce and stuffed mushrooms as appetizers.

Dinner consisted of a mixed greens salad with walnuts, raisins, blueberries, apples and raspberry vinaigrette, fillet mignon topped with lobster tail meat, goat cheese mashed potatoes and sauteed asparagus.

For dessert we had miniature dark chocolate covered cheesecakes with dark chocolate covered strawberries and whipped cream. Also, Christy made us some delicious white chocolate covered strawberries as well.

We had a wonderful evening! :)


Candice Brevard said...

Wow, what an amazing dinner! You're an awesome wife! Happy Anniversary! :)

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