Wedding Anniversary Gifts

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wedding anniversaryI wished I had bought something new or had my hair done at the salon for our anniversary dinner. Come to think of it, does my husband really care? I don’t think so. Apparently he can’t even tell if I’ve don a new hairstyle or bought a new dress. I can walk past by him with a new dress and he wouldn’t blink an eye. It didn’t matter really because I was bent on celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary with a simple dinner with the girls. It turns out that our day contained a lot of little gifts which I call blessings.

1. The gift of new beginnnings
We finally got the title of our new home on our anniversary day. How symbolic! Yes, the perfect anniversary gift to ourselves. The transfer of the title to our names took forever thanks to corrupt Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officers and other city hall employees who expected grease money to facilitate the papers. Despite the greed and corruption of the government employees , our hearts are filled with gratitute that after going through 6 months of condominium and house hunting and acquiring a housing loan, we finally got the love nest we dreamed of. A new life in our new home. We are open to all the exciting possibilities for change both within and around us.

2. The gift of spontaneity
cooking
M does not normally cook but she prepared Asian Noodles for lunch just because… What great timing. Fortunately , I finished my work ahead of schedule and managed to squeeze in enough time to bring her to the grocery to buy the ingredients she needed.

pad thai
It’s actually similar to “Pad Thai”. What a joy to celebrate!

3. The gift of God’s healing
Saturday is never complete unless we share our time in helping others heal with their pain and losses. Grief Share is a ministry that my friend, Cathy started last year and which we continue to support even after the first module has ended. As we give to others, so we heal in the process. We are part of, and at one with, the continuous cycle of healing.

4. The gift of companionship
grocery
Just before dinner, Lauren wanted to have her legs waxed. We dropped her off at “California Spa” at the SM Hypermart only to find out that they were full with clients. Not about to waste the parking fees , what did my dear husband do?

Grocery shopping! His source of pleasure. What Fun.

5. The gift of children
2 girls
The girls clamored for In-Yo, Fusion Cuisine at Esteban Abada, Quezon City which they pass every day since it was near their dorm last semester. The place was packed and we ended up sitting by the veranda which turned out to be quite a romantic spot . Amidst the splashing Koi, the flutter of the love birds in the cage, and the cool breeze surrounding us, the night was perfect as Butch gently held my hand. Our children, the fruit of our love bears witness to our trials and tribulations through the years.

6. The gift of Love
Aside from the breakfast tray, another present awaited me at my writing table . My eyes glowed with love as I read his greeting. I had to laugh.

card
sappy! sappy! sappy!

He bought charger plates for my white square plates

You know, Butch has never read any of my blog entries. Once I read him the entry of our love story just so we can relive our crazy youth. He was totally bawled over that I wrote all of that. No, he wasn’t mad or anything. Just a teeny bit embarassed.

But anyway, after I read the “love story” entry, I asked him “now tell me your version of our love story”.

All he could say was “I love you”.

The best gift one can ever receive. Love in words and in action.

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado (1352 Posts)

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.


About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

  • Overflowing blessings truly show us how enormous God’s love is for us individually!

    * On new beginnings – congrats for surviving the BIR (sheesh!). Now, it’s time to enjoy your new love nest…

    * On spontaneity – I have 2 girls like you and they are such blessings also. I get surprised by little gifts they sometimes give me…

    * On God’s healing – yes, it is when we give of ourselves that we too are healed…

    * On companionship – hehe, it may be grocery shopping for you (not for us!) but whatever you do together, even as mundane as watching a DVD in your room while holding hands (that’s us!), is great!

    * On children – Amen, Amen, Amen, Amen (kasi 4 yung kids namin)….

    * On love – hey!!!! I still have to hear my hubby call me a “sexy wife”!!! (kakainggit ka naman, hehe). But my hubby is more of an action man. He can just come up from behind and hug me tight (which I guess is just as good as saying the words, right?)

    Ohhhh, we are indeed so, so blessed!

  • That note is not sappy, but very sweet. 🙂 He calls you sexy wife, how romantic. 🙂

    Happy anniversary noemi. I’m glad that you focused on the little blessings instead of the expensive gifts. 🙂 May you have many years of togetherness still.

  • Sam

    Happy Anniversary! So nice to read this one.

  • @jane- yes let’s count our blessings. There are so many of them

    @niceheart- haha he calls me sexy wife even in emails. funny! Focusing on the blessings makes me feel good about our marriage

    @sam- Thanks Sam.

  • That was a truly touching post. Happy anniversary Noemi! 😀 You are truly blessed with a wonderful husband and lovely daughters. 😀

  • Happy anniversary! 🙂

  • Riz

    *siiiigh* Your daughters are lucky to have a set of parents who are still sooo inlove. 🙂 Happy Anniversary po (ulit). 🙂

  • Your post made me dream to wish that my marriage would be as fruitful as yours. *sigh*

    Happy Anniversary! 😀 We wish you all more to come.

  • @ladybug- Yes I count my blessings especially when trials come my way

    @Linnor- thanks

    @riz- I hope my girls find their true love one day.

    @tofubaby- i pray your marraige will be blessed.

  • I hope you had a wonderful Anniversary, but obviously that was easily achieved just looking at the pictures and reading this post..

    Note: your husband and I definitely have the same love for grocery shopping. 🙂

  • Hi Noemi. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. Wishing you more blissful and promising years ahead. God bless.

  • KK

    Happy 22nd Wedding Anniversary Ms. Noemi, I wish you many. many more to come.

    Congratulations and Best Wishes 🙂

  • Sappy note, but oh so romantic! 🙂 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU AND BUTCH!

    love the breakfast tray. lol!! nothing is more sexy in a man than a good sense of humor 😉

  • Happy Happy Anniversary!

  • A perfect day for an unforgettable a special occasion. Belated Happy Anniversary!

  • it was evident that you had a very meaningful anniversary celebration. what is also partiularly striking is that you and your family are able to appreciate each day and translate the small blessings into something big. belated happy anniversary!

  • Aaaawww, such a nice love story. Happy Anniversary. May there be more couples like you.

  • Hi! This is Francis, Zeny’s son. 🙂 We met for a short time in our dining room as I was preparing your documents. 🙂 I stumbled onto your blog while on break from studying.

    I’m glad you guys had a nice anniversary. I’m also glad you really like your new home. 😀 I’m trying to scrounge up a wedding anniversary present as well (mine is on the 23rd) but I guess it’s the thought that counts. 🙂 Your story of life and love is really quite inspiring and is a light to all who encounter you.

    Hope you don’t mind if I link you up. 🙂

  • @Francis- glad to see you here . Of course we love our new home. In fact, we call it our love nest. I hope you find the gift for your wife. Oh yes, we have had so many trials. It’s been an unbelievable journey but here we are 29 years later , working on our marraige. Just link me if you want. Regards to your family.

  • WOW! great pics! I enjoyed reading it too. very informative!

    wedding anniversary gift lover