Today Steve and I celebrate 15 years of marriage. Well, we may celebrate today, but our actual anniversary is on February 29th so we’ll have a real one to celebrate next year! It’s been great so far and I can’t imagine being married to anyone else. I can truly say that Steve is my best friend and my soulmate. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had our share of quarrels and issues, but I think we have it pretty darned good.
As I wrote about earlier, I bought Steve and grill for our anniversary. That may seem like a gift just for him, but I benefit from it too because he cooks! And I had so much fun surprising him with it! The original gift plan was to make him a gold granulated wedding band. Unfortunately, the price of gold kept rising and the price of the raw materials alone made it cost prohibitive. But I still wanted to make something for him, so I decided I’d make a granulated band of fine silver and incorporate gold granules in the design. I had made him a ring for our 10th anniversary and he’s been wearing it on his ring finger and his original wedding band on his right hand. The 10th anniversary ring is 10mm wide and has 10 holes in it to symbolize 10 years together, so when I was designing the new ring, I wanted to do something special in it too. But what to do? A 15mm ring would be too wide and I didn’t want 15 holes in it. Then it came to me: create the number 15 in the granulation design using gold granules.
Tom Davis, my photographer, was kind enough to take a quick shot of it last Friday so I could give it to Steve over the weekend. It fit his finger perfectly and he loves it! The cool thing is that when it’s on his finger, you can’t really see the number. Plus, turn it the other way and it will work for our 51st anniversary!
Tonight, we’ll have a quiet dinner at home and enjoy some time together reflecting on our years as a married couple. We’ve been lucky and I’m so blessed to have such a great partner in life. Happy anniversary, Steve. I love you very much!