Reaching a new milestone

There are firsts in every romantic relationship: first date, first kiss, the first time you realized you’re in love, first I love you, first time meeting their friends, first fight, first time meeting their family, first sleepover, first trip… and so on. A collection of firsts occur within six months. At least that’s how it went for us, and now on Feb. 20, we get to check off one more: first anniversary.


“It’s hard for me to believe that we’ve already been together for a year. I guess time flies when you’re laughing, cuddling, loving and having adventures with someone you truly love.” 

We decided to have a low-key anniversary weekend since our actual anniversary fell on a Monday. I used to be the girl who wanted to dress up to celebrate a milestone like this, but 23-year-old Amy can’t think of anything better than snuggling up in my pj’s and watching a good movie.

Our weekend started with a gift exchange and car repair for my 2003 Toyota Corolla. After everything he’s done for me, I wanted to nail the gifts – I went with three.

  • A book entitled 31 Prayers for My Future Wife (I have the other version). I knew this would be useful because we’re discerning our relationship for marriage.
  • A piece of wall decor that read God Gave Me You. This is a Christian song by Dave Barnes that outlines our relationship.
  • A wooden box filled with 28 personalized, blue dominoes inscribed with our names – his favorite gift out of the three.

On Sunday at midnight, he walked into the living room with two cups. He said he wanted to make a toast. He handed me a cup of red wine and recited what sounded like a rehearsed speech about our year together. After he was finished I asked him what his favorite moments were and neither of us could pick a favorite. I don’t think we’ll ever have one favorite memory because we’ll be too busy making more.


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