We measure wealth in more ways than just money

My husband (APB) reminded me of this last night when I was stressing about money.

As I was eating a late night meal (breastfeeding leaves me famished) and crying over anger at myself for being so frustrated with our dogs earlier that day, he listed all of the reasons we are rich, and none of them had to do with our bank account.

So today, as we celebrate being married six years, I also celebrate how far we have come together. We’ve come from almost nothing, and just like anyone else, we’ve had tough times, but we’ve weathered them together and come out the other end, still mostly smiling.

My 6th anniversary gift to APB: wood in honour of 6 years. It's a carving we bought on our 1st vacation together. The cats broke the mirror in it, so I replaced that with a photo of our family.
My 6th anniversary gift to APB: wood in honour of 6 years. It’s a carving we bought on our 1st vacation together. The cats broke the mirror in it, so I replaced that with a photo of our family.

In six years of marriage and nine years together, we’ve gained, in no particular order:

  • moving from a tiny shoebox we rented to purchasing a condo, a house, and now likely our forever home. Our home is beautiful in a small community like I always wanted and on a quiet street like APB always wanted;
  • two dogs and two cats that I/we love even when they drive me/us crazy;
  • two vehicles to get us where we need to be;
  • careers we both enjoy and that enable us to live the lives we want (which means I get to spend a lot of time with our son, which is what I always wanted);
  • family who love us and is about to ger bigger (no, not pregnant! A marriage that will add some lovely people into the mix!). I’ve personally gained two beautiful stepchildren and together we have a beautiful baby;
  • good friends whom we can lean on and laugh with.
  • Most importantly, we have each other. And in this past year as parents together, I’ve seen how supportive APB can truly be. He was a fiercely protective advocate for us in the first few days in hospital after Cub’s birth and that has continued.

On our wedding day, September 12, 2009. It was a gorgeous sunny day, just like today.
On our wedding day, September 12, 2009. It was a gorgeous sunny day, just like today.

Money is important, but it isn’t everything. Happy anniversary to APB who may never smile (although look! he is in the picture above!), but I know he loves us more than anything and would do anything to make us happy. This is proven by the fact we have two cats.

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