One of our adventures. Lucca, Italy -November 2008. Literally the first day I felt Scout move in my belly.
Gabe and I spent our 9th wedding anniversary in the hospital with Scout while she got her tendons in her ankles sliced in half so that she could someday be able to walk like a pro and dance like a maniac. We spent our 10th anniversary trying to get Scout’s insurance back because of a paperwork oversight. Her cleft palate surgery was supposed to be happening then, so she could one day say words with D’s and B’s in them and eat all she cares to at Western Sizzlin’. Now here we are, the big one and one. Celebrating another big milestone. Scout got herself a new aortic root for our 11th year of matrimony…24 days earlier, but I think it still counts since we are still here.
We’ve had ourselves some great adventures in our 11 years. We hope to have 11 more…adventures. But like, maybe 111 more years of togetherness. Like, remember that one time when we got married?! Oh, man that was great. Or remember that time we bought a house in a steadily declining neighborhood ten years ago with a 30 year payment plan?! Hilarious. What about that one time we had a baby?! Oh man…classic Gabe and Mandy.
As much as Gabe would love to be feasting at Medieval Times then enjoying a night at Cirque du Soleil and practicing card tricks – and as much as I would love to take a peaceful bubble bath, watch a dumb movie, eat an entire watermelon at home and not have to talk to anyone all day – We know that sometimes when life gives you sugar, you’ve got to get IV fluid and produce some wet diapers.
We’ve had great anniversary celebrations in the past, but really when you look at it, it doesn’t matter what we do. The last three years we’ve spent doing what we’ve been doing on the anniversary of the day we happened to have a party and say “I Do”, are totally and undeniably worth it. Our baby is alive. And that alone is worth giving up “Lobster Fest” for the rest of our lives if necessary.
Today Scout is pretty puny. We ask that you pray that her body gets stronger, that she has the will to eat, that the drug weening process continues to go well or even better that it has already, that her body can stay strong through all of this. We also ask you all to pray for our marriage today. That these trials only strengthen our bond more.
Today we are thankful for our marriage. Today we celebrate. Period.
Here is a little treat for your eyes and ears today. This was made as an announcement that Scout was coming to the world soon. I know a lot of you have already seen this, but let’s be honest, you probably want to see it again.