Happy Anniversary! (Thanks For Always Being There!)

Sample Letter #1

I don't think I express my appreciation to you often enough for having given me so many happy years, so I've decided to write this letter--an anniversary card just doesn't say enough. This way I can sit down and gather my thoughts together and present them to you with a small token of my love. I know you've always enjoyed Gilbert & Sullivan musical comedies, so I've purchased tickets for us to see "The Pirates of Penzance" on Saturday evening. I believe that's one we saw when we started dating so many years ago. We were always going to musicals and plays back then. I remember that "A Midsummer Night's Dream" was your favorite Shakespearean comedy. After we were married, though, our children started arriving quickly and our theater-going days diminished rapidly.

I don't think that either one of us minded too much, though, because our kids always seemed to provide enough entertainment of their own. How I admired your parenting skills through the years! I still don't know how you did everything so well, even from the beginning--our little ones certainly didn't come with a manual. I will always be grateful for the help you gave me, too, when I started to get a little heavy-handed with them. I benefited from your guidance and motherly skills almost as much as the children did. Now that they have all left the nest, we can be glad that none of them have any complaints about their childhood years--at least not yet! For the moment, anyway, we can wipe our brows in relief and turn our attention back to each other and our well-earned, newly regained freedom.

I want to assure you that the passing years have not diminished my love for you in the least. Instead, my love has only deepened with time because it always gives me more opportunities to appreciate how you successfully manage every new challenge that confronts us. Please don't ever concern yourself with a gray hair here or a wrinkle there, my Dear. Although you are as beautiful to me as ever, I also admire your inner beauty, which merely intensifies with the passing years.

I finally understand the meaning of all those songs that talk about endless love. I don't think they are just hyperbole or poetic expressions, after all. I believe now that a love that has endured this earthly test can never end. I swore to love you for time and all eternity and I will happily do that, my Love. I am so grateful that you continue to love me, too--despite my failures and shortcomings. Thank you for always being there and helping me to be all that I can be.

Happy Anniversary!

Sample Letter #2

As I was standing in the greeting card section of the grocery store a couple of days ago, I just couldn't find a card that could adequately express the love that I feel for you. After a year of marriage, I just can't believe how happy I have been. You make me feel like I can do anything--and with you by my side, I know that I can. They say that the first year of matrimony is the hardest and, if that's so, we really have an easy life ahead of us! Of course, things can't always be perfect, but they've been very, very good, and I'm so grateful to you for that.

Thank you for being so good to me and for being so loving, patient, and kind. You're as thoughtful today as you were on our first date. Do you remember how nervous we were around each other back then? Things got better as we got to know each other more. I'm thankful that you're so willing to listen to me and to share with me your feelings and dreams, even your concerns and your worries. I always heard how important open communication was in marriage, and now I wholeheartedly believe it.

I honestly can't think of how my life would be without you in it other than barren, bleak, cold, and meaningless. I know that as the years pass, the love that we share will continue to grow. I look forward to those years when we'll be raising our kids together, building a home, and fulfilling our dreams. Crazy as it may sound, I even look forward to growing old together. I once heard that men are like fine wine--they only improve with age. The thought of all the upcoming years spent by your side brings me a joy and a peace that I can hardly comprehend. I know that, no matter what, we'll stay together, through thick and thin. That's what real love and commitment is all about, and that's what I have for you.

Honey, I know how blessed I am, and I want you to know that I know it. So, instead of a card, I'm giving you the enclosed gift certificate for a weekend getaway at the Alaskan Getaway Inn. Just follow the map on the back. I think you'll forgive me for giving it to you a couple of days early. I'll be waiting in cabin 12. Don't be too long.

Yours always and forever!

Sample Letter #3

I was remembering our courtship and how we would look into each other's eyes and talk about growing old together. Of course, we had no idea what that meant, but we knew we had our whole lives before us. Now, here we are, (not old yet!) twenty years later, still in love, still happy, still looking toward the horizon, wanting to walk the journey of life together. Do I say it often enough?--I love you! Thank you for loving me back and being my beautiful and wonderful companion for the last twenty years. That's 240 months, or 7,300 days, or 175,200 hours, or 10,512,000 minutes--every moment a treasure.

What can I give you to express my love? What gift could I possibly give you that would sum up the years of love that you've given me? A sapphire ring--that is what I have decided on. I know that gem has always been your favorite. It is precious like our love.

And we've had fun, haven't we? Remember when the kids were young and we were so broke that we could only take a vacation in a tent? Mostly, we just fought off mosquitoes, you tried to make pancakes over a fire, and I got us all lost on a trail. I laugh every time I think about it. And remember our first trip to Disneyland? We had saved for an entire year. The car broke down in Las Vegas (I think it was 120 degrees outside). We tried to stay cool by toweling off with water and drinking sodas, but three hundred and fifty bucks later and we were on our way again. It ended up being my favorite vacation. We shared so much--both good times and hard times--but we've faced everything together.

I started listing the reasons I love you, but it was becoming a tome. Let me just say that I never worry about your reaction to adversity. When I fall apart, you stand firm like a rock. You have always been faithful to me (how many people can say that today?). I've heard that it is better to be trusted than to be loved. I trust you--you have always been loyal to me. I love you for your smile and sense of humor. At the end of a hard day, I have always looked forward to seeing your happy face. Even your eyes seem to smile--those happy creases at the corners. I love you for your love of books and for instilling into our children an appreciation of good literature. I think you can discuss any subject with intelligence. I love you for putting our marriage and our family first. It seems that you regard no sacrifice as too much. Thank you for loving me.

The years have made you beautiful. I know that we both have been chagrined when we discovered a new gray hair or wrinkle. But to me you will always seem young, vibrant, and desirable beyond expression. Twenty years ago, I had no idea that I would marry a woman that would become more and more lovely as time passed. And that is the way of our love: it grows more beautiful with each passing day. We have been through so much together, I know we can weather the years ahead. We are one; we are united with a bond that can never be broken.

I know that the great poets have struggled to pen words that adequately describe this kind of love. In the end they discover they fall woefully short. And so do I. Please accept this poor attempt as my expression of undying love and devotion. Thank you for being all that you are.

Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart! I love you!

Sample Letter #4

You are the love of my life.

Our marriage has always been my greatest source of peace and happiness. Spending time with you is all that I want, because that's when I feel the most contented. I love you, and I want to thank you for the many wonderful years we've spent together.

I hope these flowers will bring a smile to your face and make our special day even brighter for you. I remember the first time I brought you flowers. We hadn't known each other very long, and I wasn't sure how you'd react to receiving a gift from me. You don't know how happy I felt when you threw your arms around me and gave me a hug!

You've always been open and honest about your feelings--that is something I've always cherished about you. There's something else I love about you. When life has overwhelmed me, your reassuring voice and words of wisdom have helped to get me through. You know how to encourage me, raise my spirits, and never fail to make me feel good.

Remember when we had been dating only a short while and I invited you to one of my basketball games?--the game I lost single-handedly? I was trying so hard to impress you that I took my eyes off the ball and ended up knocking over the other team's water table. The game didn't improve as I injured fans with my wild passes and shot a record twelve air balls. I was sure that our relationship was doomed, but every time I looked over at you, you were smiling that big beautiful smile of yours and cheering me on. Our marriage has been full of similar, uplifting experiences. No matter what whirlwinds surround me, I can always count on your support. You've always been an example of selfless love.

With each passing year, our love has grown, and you just become more beautiful to me. On our wedding day, I promised to love you forever. That promise is sacred to me--the easiest promise I've ever had or wanted to keep. I reaffirm my promise to always love you.

Happy anniversary, Sweetheart. Thank you for always being there!

Sample Letter #5

Happy Anniversary, my Love! I can remember standing at the altar with you ten years ago, staring into your blue eyes, and thinking that I could never love anyone as much as you. That feeling has only deepened with time. When I gaze into your eyes now, I realize that my love for you is boundless; it has increased exponentially on a daily basis since we said our vows. We have truly been blessed to have found each other.

As I reflect on our lives together, my mind is flooded with happy memories of times we've spent together. Although I realize there have been some tough times, those have only served to make our relationship stronger, and I'm so thankful for that--that we didn't let those difficult times tear us apart.

The last ten years have been wonderful! Do you remember skinny-dipping on the roof of that hotel in Hawaii on our honeymoon? Or learning to scuba dive on that cruise to the Caribbean? We have seen some amazing places together. I hope that we continue to travel together and see the world. Do you remember when our daughter was born? I thought my heart would burst with love as I watched you hold her for the first time, tears of joy in your eyes.

Time passes. Your strawberry blonde hair is flecked with gray, but so is mine, and you are as beautiful to me as you ever were. I love you for more than your curly hair and blue eyes. I love you for your generosity to others, for your empathy to those around you. I love you for the way you always encourage me to follow my dreams and try new things. I love you for the love that you show me on a daily basis, both in word and in deed. I love you for being the woman that you are.

Even if I could, I wouldn't change a thing. I know without a doubt that our love for each other will continue to grow through the years, and we will be laughing and reminiscing 50 years from now.

But to celebrate our tenth anniversary now, I have a surprise for you. You know how we love to travel and how we go to a Broadway show every year. This year, I thought I'd combine both and take us to New York City for a long weekend. I've bought tickets to your favorite musical--"The Phantom of the Opera." I can't wait to get away with you and start making happy memories for the next ten years!

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