after twenty years

I think it’s a good sign that I still feel a tug of sadness when he leaves for work in the morning.

January 24, 1991

And there won’t be much of a celebration tonight because he’s on a plane to Wisconsin right now. The plan was to meet him in New York City on Friday at the end of his business trip and spend in few days enjoying the city, a plush hotel and time with my brother (and I feel really awful about missing that time with him). But the past few days have been sheer chaos and last night after a day of crying children and sibling rivalry, Erik and I looked at each other and agreed, “We can’t go.”

Other travel opportunities will come, but this weekend we’ll play Ticket to Ride, sit patiently at a tea party, supervise chores and homework, sneak off for at least one dinner alone, attend kid’s basketball games, admire random Lego creations and thoroughly enjoy this beautiful life.


p.s. you may be getting bored with our events, but we’ve only just begun. Three birthdays coming up next week….

January 22, 2011
January 26, 2011



  1. Tasha

    January 24, 2011

    “We didn’t get married to go sightseeing and out to dinner, but to create a family together.”

    Oh, how I love it. It’s nice to be reminded to the eternal things.

  2. Linn

    January 24, 2011

    Happy Anniversary to both of you! I love that you can put into beautiful words, many of the things I think. Anniversaries are wonderful and good and we love to celebrate them, but our family is what came of our wedding and that is all that matters to me. You are amazing sweet friend!

  3. Ginger

    January 24, 2011

    Happy Anniversary!

  4. Tracy

    January 24, 2011

    Happy Anniversary!! Jed went crazy over your holiday card this year btw, that picture just blew him away and how gorgeous you all are.(he also said Erik looked like a Kennedy…)

  5. cristie

    January 24, 2011

    you are a wise mama. xox

  6. Kevin Linkous

    January 24, 2011

    Hey Michelle – GO meet your prince in new York and me and kit will come and watch the kids. We have an easy week this week and we have been wanting to see the boys too. Plus our girls would be in heaven. So if there is still time to reschedule or rearrange take the time for you and we will love the family while you are gone;)

  7. Kristin

    January 24, 2011

    Happy Anniversary! And congratulations on twenty years together.

    However the weekend goes I wish you the best.

  8. Tifani

    January 25, 2011

    Never EVER bored with your events. Your beautiful, loving family is more than enough gift. Congrats on a beautiful partnership. You both continue to inspire me.

  9. Michelle

    January 25, 2011

    Kit and Kevin– you are the sweetest friends in the world. We adore you. But Kitty-cat darling, you are eight months pregnant. Take care of your cute self and come over Saturday for Erik’s birthday party.

  10. Jeanelle

    January 25, 2011

    Happy anniversary! I love hearing about your celebrations at this time of the year (and I still can’t believe Mary is 7.) Love the family pic too – simply beautiful.

  11. e miller photography-Salem Oregon Photography

    January 25, 2011

    Happy Anniversary! I love your attitude and I love that you have your head on straight about marriage. Here’s to many many more years together. Your family picture is gorgeous!

  12. Tiffanie

    January 25, 2011

    You look even prettier now then the day you got married. You are beautiful.

  13. Rachelle

    January 25, 2011

    Happy Anniversary! It will be perfect no matter where you celebrate it!

  14. Amy

    January 25, 2011

    No way! I’m with Kevin! Don’t you think your ‘Prince’ would LOVE the surprise?!

  15. Claudia

    January 25, 2011

    Happiness to you both! LOVE your family picture and Miss Mary, SEVEN! I can’t believe it. Talk to you soon girlfriend. xoxo

  16. Cath

    January 26, 2011

    Oh my goodness! I am now feeling guilty I asked you to do photos on Saturday. Let’s chat.

    As for this post, you and Erik have created a most amazing and beautiful family. Congratulations!! Sure love you.

  17. jenjamin

    January 27, 2011

    What a beautiful family! I get it. we have not been married 20 years but I know the ache you feel when we says goodbye. I get that too. everyday. Happy Anniversary!

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