2001 was a very cool year for me. itunes was born and the ipod was released, and Gladiator won best picture at the academy awards. The other cool thing that happened was I married my best friend. After dating for 1 1/2 years, my girlfriend became my wife. In a traditional ceremony surrounded by our family and friends Jody and I became one. And even 13 years later, I still cannot believe she said yes.
So what does it take to make it 13 years (and hopefully longer). Well the first thing, I need to realize is, I need to make every moment count with Jody. And I mean every moment. Of course I will be the first to say that our marriage is not 100% a fairy tale, but I will say that, I try to make it my own fairy tale. I realized very early on that I need to own a part of the relationship. So a part of that is making everyday feel like our anniversary. Even though I try to make every day special, I still need to take time out to make our actual dates extra special too.
This year was a treat as we decided to revisit a place we went for our anniversary many years ago. We took at trip to Tallpine Lodges. A couples only resort in the Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba. This was a romantic escape that was tailored just for us.
We part took in all that Manitoba wilderness had to offer. We canoed West Hawk Lake, we hiked several trails and saw rapids, rivers and lakes. And our cabin was equipped with a full kitchen, so we could cook our meals to fit our dietary needs.
This is just one of the ways that we take time our for each other. We put all our needs second and focus on each other. With the kids safe at grandma and grandpa’s we checked out and took time out for just us.
It was nice to escape and recharge as it was a reminder of what I need to do more often…make my wife feel more like a queen. She is royalty to me and should be treated as such.