We both pondered that it was just four years ago I was here in this house, sitting in an old recliner with a package of frozen peas on my knee, the meniscus of which I'd just torn in a fall, outside as I arrived to help him prepare for a party. I asked Partner if he thought at that time, that four years later we'd be married.
He just grinned and said "I figured that since I broke you, I had to keep you".
So many changes, so much grief in those years, losing my brother and Barkley and so much to be grateful to as well, friends, a warm home and the friends that have become family and opening our heart up to another black lab - Abby Normal.
First the card, which it appears someone altered.
and bubble bath stuff Partner actually braved hippies at Whole Foods to buy because he knows I like it.
Even Abby got in on the fun with toys from friends and her dog walkers.
Then it was time for a little cowboy action darts in the kitchen (thanks Peter and Miss D)
Soon it was time for supper - Partner in Grime had checked out his new book earlier, hatching an evil plan for dinner.
But before the fork will be lifted, we will take a moment to bow our heads and pray, for although the toys and fun make the day special, it is not the reason for the celebration. . . HE is.
This is a celebration of a Holy birth, a day of love and forgiveness. One I am so very grateful for.