five years, two kids, lots of unpacked boxes later

anniversary eve :: celebratory anniversary flowers and a night at the movies to see the new harry potter.

anniversary night :: dinner out at rhythm cafe.  two date nights out in a row, you say?  i’m not too ashamed to admit that i can’t handle dinner and a movie in one night these days.  i want to enjoy dinner and not feel rushed.  and i’m not the biggest fan of going to a movie that starts after 9.  and i haven’t even hit 30…

anniversary poem :: the country of marriage by wendell berry

Sometimes our life reminds me
of a forest in which there is a graceful clearing
and in that opening a house,
an orchard and garden,
comfortable shades, and flowers
red and yellow in the sun, a pattern
made in the light for the light to return to.
The forest is mostly dark, its ways
to be made anew day after day, the dark
richer than the light and more blessed,
provided we stay brave
enough to keep on going in. 

Our bond is no little economy based on the exchange
of my love and work for yours, so much for so much
of an expendable fund. We don’t know what its limits are—
that puts it in the dark. We are more together
than we know, how else could we keep on discovering
we are more together than we thought?
You are the known way leading always to the unknown,
and you are the known place to which the unknown is always
leading me back. More blessed in you than I know,
I possess nothing worthy to give you, nothing
not belittled by my saying that I possess it.
Even an hour of love is a moral predicament, a blessing
a man may be hard up to be worthy of. He can only
accept it, as a plant accepts from all the bounty of the light
enough to live, and then accepts the dark,
passing unencumbered back to the earth, as I
have fallen time and again from the great strength
of my desire, helpless, into your arms.



6 thoughts on “five years, two kids, lots of unpacked boxes later

  1. awww. happy anniversary. five whole years… gosh.
    I love wendell berry and how he sees the substance in things. and I love your kitchen chairs and am trying not to cross the line into criminally coveting them. I had this bizarre thought that if your house burnt down your chairs would probably make it. henry would see all manner of subconscious pathology there, but oh well. there it is. 🙂

    are your parents in town? is that how you managed the luxury of 2 dates in a row?

    have you gotten in your pool yet? if you haven’t, it’s about time. and, ahem: more pictures of the house, please.

  2. abbie – now you must buy the chairs simply for the fact that it would be most economical if indeed your house did burn down. you’d still have a place to sit – and stylish at that 😉

    the folks are in town thus the two dates and dad making sure the pool was good to go. we’ve been in it each day now and the boys even had their first lesson.

    more pictures very soon!

    ana – i thought the movie was pretty good. but i almost feel like i should have just waited until the last one and then watch them all together. i saw a preview for the next “twilight” movie, though, and thought of you 😉

  3. Happy anniversary, guys! What a blessing to have your parents to watch the kids. Next week, when we’re on vacation with my mom, we’re totally going on a date — probably to see Harry Potter. But still, a date — a DATE!!!

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