Yesterday, Jason and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary! Marriage has been made up of 3 prominent themes for me, I chose to share these with Jason in a unique DIY card this year because WORDS are his love language.
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When I walked down the aisle 5 years ago, I thought I knew what marriage was all about. 5 years later, I am so thankful it wasn’t just what I thought but everything else: love, trials, and commitment.
LOVE, simple in thought but in action is much more complicated. Love is a choice. At first, it’s easy but as life unfolds it can be more difficult to choose to love each other. One way we have found to help us is to stay connected. It is much easier to choose to love each other when you are emotionally connected. This means lots of date nights and late night talks in a busy life. My favorite is our coffee dates, simple but means the world to me.
Yes, I am thankful for TRIALS. These trials shape and mold us as spouses. I am not thankful for them while I am experiencing them, but I am grateful for the change in me from them. Without these trials, our marriage wouldn’t have the depth and character it has now. This depth allows me to be able to connect with Jason in the way he needs as a husband and for him to connect with me the way I need as his wife.
With the choice of love, the depth of trials, COMMITMENT comes into play. When we are choosing to love each other and are deepening our relationship through trials and triumphs, we are then choosing a commitment to our marriage. Without love and without the trials, you lose the commitment which then means you lose your marriage. Through these 5 years, we have started to learn the intricacies of each other and what we need. Most of the time, we learn from doing the wrong thing but hey, we are learning!
I have realized that words are one of Jason’s love languages. I try to express words to him in many ways and avenues, my favorite is through cards.
The search for the perfect message and image is always fun! Sometimes, I can’t decide and I buy three. Doesn’t hurt to give three cards over three days does it?! Each one says something a little different. Each image expressing a different emotion or mentioning a different memory. I take the time to read each word and connnect each image to what I want it to express to him. This is SO important. Don’t just buy the cute card with the cute image and the cute little saying. Take the time to find the right message.
My all time favorite place to find cards for Jason is the card section in Target. Yes, it’s my favorite store for one but it’s also the largest card selection I have found! What can I say, I like my options! One of my favorite cards I bought him had plastic toy sushi rolls on the front representing our sushi dates. There is literally a beautiful or thoughtful card for everything in this section.
This anniversary I chose this card. Find out why below.
EASY CARD PERSONALIZATION DIY
The sentiment of the words is heartfelt but reminded me of a special memory, our weekly coffee dates. Buying a card is a great start but I take it to the next level by personalizing it.
For our anniversary, I wanted to try scripting Jason’s name and the deepest sentiment of our marriage, I LOVE YOU. I have been practicing my hand lettering so this was so much fun for me!
I finished it off with a ribbon around the envelope like a gift!
Then I seal it with a kiss, which is something I continued since the beginning of our relationship! When Jason was in training for the Marines during the beginning of our relationship I sent care packages and letters always sealed with a kiss on them. This is what I still do becuase it’s tradition, plus it’s cheesy and cute, just how I like it!
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