Anniversaries are meant to be celebrated. Every year that your together with your spouse, partner, best friend, and love of your life is such an accomplishment…especially in this day and age when a divorce is as common as going to the grocery store.
On April 26th, my parents celebrated their 25th ( Silver) Wedding Anniversary and I am so so proud of them for making it this far. I would be proud anyways…but I know making a marriage work is hard…perhaps even harder when it’s a blended family like mine. My mom married my Step-Dad when I was so little..and he and I have never been on a first name basis. I call him dad or daddy. Because to me, that is what he is. He made the commitment to marry my mom and with her, came me and my half-brother. My step-dad brought his son into the family…making him my step-brother. We are one big blended family.
Not long after my parents got married, they found out my step-brother had leukemia and thus began the end of newly-wedding and beginning of the fight to keep my brother alive. Which they successfully were able to do…thanks to my mom . Then tragedy hit my family…first with my grand-mother dying ( my mom’s mom). Then when I was in Middle School, my mom’s brother died. And then about 2 1/2 years later…my mom’s father died. All of this tragedy within 10 yrs of each other. It hit my family hard. Some how, my parents were able to keep the marriage going…though at times, that was a challenge.
25 years is a long time to be married. But I think the number of years spent together speaks volumes of the commitment my mom and dad have. Those two are each other’s best friend and a wonderful example of what a realistic marriage looks like. They will be the first to admit it hasn’t been easy. But the best things in life are never easy! These two were made for each other and I wanted to celebrate that, so Josh and I had them over last week for dinner. I cooked for my parents. To me, cooking for my family is more intimate and shows a greater love than going to a restaurant.
For dinner, I made a roasted rosemary and lemon chicken with a baked potato rubbed in sea salt and a garden salad. But for dessert, I made a Pumpkin Spice Latte Cheesecake.