Anniversary #1

One year of marriage! What have I learned?

  • Make promises and keep them
  • Ask for help and support; don’t expect it silently
  • Help and support when asked
  • Don’t expect ‘normal’ – no day is ever normal
  • Enjoy the good times
  • Talk about the bad times openly
  • Cook together
  • Seek out cheap date adventures for all occasions
  • Make their friends your friends
  • Budget day is fun when you share the same goals
  • Expect a lot of advice and ignore most of it
Our anniversary cake. Sweet Surrender bakes you one included with your wedding cake. No frozen cake for us!


Me: You’re the most awesome.

Amber: But I don’t bake things.

Me: But… you’re still the most awesome. So what does that say?

Amber: That you’re biased?

Even when we’re close to being a ‘cutesy’ couple it still boils down to science.

A Quick Thanks

There are some things in my life that are just so great I know I’m not thankful enough for them. It’s easy to thank the one-time effort, but it’s the day-in day-out efforts that really make a life wonderful. So here’s a quick thanks to people I don’t thank nearly enough.

My Mom and Dad

Anything positive from me can assuredly be traced back to good decisions made by my parents. The more I try to better myself the more I realize I’m trying to be the man I think would make them proud. They taught me to seek out the best in the situations I’m given, to work hard, and to realize that some things just aren’t in my control (but more things are than I might think.) Hopefully their grandparenting skills can help level out my sure-to-be-bizarre fatherhood too.

My Wife

I actually thank Ber a lot. She pretends to get sick of how often I tell her I love her and appreciate her. But it’s not actually enough. This woman is worth the world. I married up.

My Friends

I don’t have very many friendships, but the ones I have I care about deeply. They’ve never let me down when I needed them and I hope they feel the same way about me. I’d gladly help more if I get the chance.

Thanks to all of you for everything. It’s appreciated.