My lovely wife and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary yesterday. Well, we didn't actually celebrate it yesterday, since yesterday was a Monday and a busy work and school day for our family... not the best for scheduling an evening out. So my wife and our 8-year-old daughter and I instead celebrated our wedding anniversary as a family on the weekend immediately preceding. On Saturday, we all went to a special performance geared for kids, and on Sunday, we had a really nice Sunday-only brunch buffet at a very nice and historic restaurant, complete with some really awesome Bananas Foster for dessert.
Reflecting back on the past 18 years, we're truly grateful for all of the blessings we've had, especially our daughter. Although we've had our share of hardship and struggle along with all of the wonderful times, love truly overcomes all. Those 18 years have gone by very quickly, and it's hard to believe that at the half-way point of our 18 years, on March 5, 2003, my wife was less than 4 months pregnant with our daughter.
We didn't take any photos for our anniversary (too busy enjoying the Bananas Foster I guess), but I've posted a relatively recent photo below of the three of us together during our trip to the Philippines in July/August 2011. This was an early birthday party for our daughter at her Lolo and Lola's house. Also, I've included a recent picture of our smiling little bundle of joy, now a third-grader.