This past weekend we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary by taking a little day trip to Northwestern Arkansas. A lot has kept us busy since we moved to Joplin a little over a year ago, namely a new old house in need of some serious TLC and the arrival of a new baby, so we haven't had the chance to do much exploring. We loaded up our little third wheel, Killian who was along the ride for the milk, and had a leisurely breakfast on the square in Bentonville, AR. We then went to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art-- a true, world-class gem, nestled in the Ozarks. The museum is fabulous and the grounds are gorgeous. We had planned to drive to Fayetteville from there, but we only had a sitter for Collin until 3pm, so we stopped off in Rogers, AR had a fantastic pizza lunch in the historic downtown area and visited an antique shop. I can't wait to do more exploring. It truly is a beautiful area and the rolling hills make for such a lovely drive.
Each year, on our anniversary, we have the tradition of buying a vintage bud vase. It's fun to hunt down something unique and special to commemorate one more year of God's goodness. People have asked if each one has a certain significance to it. Not really. We simply look for something that catches our eye. I love having a visual of our years together and can't wait to someday look at a collection of over fifty or sixty!
What about you? Do you have an anniversary, birthday or holiday tradition in your family?