“Unbelievable that a year has gone by”
“Wow a year already? Just feels like yesterday”
“A whole year and you two are still so much in love”
I heard these statements, and the like, rephrased in many different ways over and over by loved ones for the last week. I just have to smile because I can believe it has been a year, a wonderful year of being married to my best friend…my soul mate…the first of many years ahead.
Our wedding was small and intimate, as intimate as 80 people can be, we focused on sharing our joy and happiness with the people closest and dearest to us. With one of the best wedding teams in the country, St Francis Links Golf Estate exceeding all our expectations.
But you all know the story of our wedding…now for the story of our first anniversary.
Monday past, being our first wedding anniversary, represented by paper, I had in my mind that I should expect a gift voucher of sorts – maybe to the day spa or the bookstore…but I am blessed with a very romantic husband.
Sunday afternoon, Justin arrived home from work with 3 envelopes. I at first took no notice of them as I was very concerned he had forgotten to pick up the odds and ends that were essential to my dinner preparation. Picking the envelopes up to move out of my way while I frantically dug in the shopping bag, I noticed the one said “1st Anniversary” which obviously grabbed my short attention span away from the shopping packet.
There in my hand were 3 envelopes marked “1st Anniversary”. The first one, Part 1 was to be opened on Sunday. Anyone who knows me, knows I love surprises, and even more so, I love the game that goes with a surprise. Part one was bullet point instructions to pack essentials. This got me even giddier as not only was it a surprise but it was a going away surprise. I was in my eliminate right there!
Part 2 of my envelopes were only to be opened when Justin told me to do so. I was dying inside as I needed to know what the next part of the surprise was. But I had to wait…I didn’t do so very patiently, asking every 5kms if I could open the envelope. Eventually the go ahead was give, Part Two was instructions to please help the driver with directions, a map was fastened to the letter.
Arriving at our destination I was overcome with such love for this man. He knows the internal workings of my mind so well, he understands how I love being isolated and in a natural environment, yet don’t do the camping / hiking or any general outdoors type activities. He knows just the right spots. Our anniversary destination was Misty Mountain Lodge in Tsitsikamma, situated between Plettenberg Bay and Jefferys Bay. The resort is based on a cliff and overlooks the ocean with the most picture perfect scenes.
The afternoon of just being together - laughing and sharing, the joys of no phones…being surrounded by peace and calmness and simply enjoying each other’s company was the perfect way to spend our anniversary. We explored what the venue had to offer, followed by a relaxing bubble bath, building up to the delicious dinner shared over drinks and much happiness. The staff of Misty Mountains was amazing, very welcoming and so efficient.
Part 3 was only allowed to be opened on Monday morning, the day of our anniversary. Justin wrote me a love letter, filling my hearth with warmth and my eyes with tears. I am so fortunate to have the unconditional love from this man. Every day that goes by, I count my blessing. Along with my love letter was an “IOU” for the next time we are in Port Elizabeth to go pick out jewellery…a romantic weekend away with my amazing husband and jewellery…sorry ladies, he is all mine! Can a girl get any luckier?