Anniversary in Pictures

2011 marks 8 Years that I have been happily/ecstatically Married 🙂

For our Anniversary, we spent the weekend in a log cabin, away from the world 🙂

Alone? Nope. Why? Because it also marks 4 Years since Charlize’s life was saved when her heart was repaired at The Montreal Children’s Hospital

As part of our celebration, Chantale and I are taking the kids to see The Smurfs at the movies. There is great irony in the fact that we’re celebrating a “Blue Baby” by going to see a movie about little Blue creatures 😉 But then again, that’s just the kind of people we are! 🙂

So, back to the Wedding Anniversary. How do you celebrate 8 Years? Well, according to the sites I read, the traditional gifts are linen and bronze. Okay, not exactly something to party about, but we do what we can. Since I had already purchased some new linens just a few short weeks ago, I didn’t want to go there. As for bronze, again, I didn’t want to get any other statues. I’ve been wanting to get Chantale some earrings but bronze? Not sure how that would be. Luckily for me, I found the National Geographic’s Novica website and came across these beautiful bronze dangle earrings handmade (to order) by Milagros Johanson in the Andes.

The only problem? They would not arrive in time for me to take back to Canada (last Friday). Also… I really have been wanting to get her some fancier earrings. But where to shop? Zales? Birks? Again, the net came in handy and I found Jewels for Me. My selection? White Gold, White Topaz earrings! Beautiful!

Why Topaz? “Topaz is a soothing, empathetic stone that will direct energy to the place it is most needed. It heals and energizes. Topaz is a promoter of truth and forgiveness. Use it to find your own path.” Also:

White topaz:
* Increases your awareness of thoughts and deeds and the karmic effects of these
* Purifies emotions as well as actions
* Activates cosmic awareness
* Removes stagnant energy

So, this hits on a lot of points I liked 🙂 My final problem was how to spring them on her. Our official day is in a few hours (or, Aug 30 to be more precise) but I didn’t want to wait that long – especially as we were going away for the celebration. What I did was simple. Once checked into the cabin and unpacked, the kids were out by the water playing in the sand (and chasing ducks) and I put the little package of a white plush bear with a little rose sewn in its hands hugging the box by the bedside. I called Chantale up and told her there was something in our room that she had to see. She came upstairs, saw the package and I could swear her hands trembled a little as she unwrapped the gift and opened the box 🙂

When she saw the earrings she was in complete awe, and when I read her the note and the meanings behind my gifts, she got a little misty-eyed 🙂 It was a wonderful and as magical a moment as I could have hoped for 🙂

Happy Anniversary to us! 🙂

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