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“It is a mercy to have a faithful friend,
that loveth you entirely,
and is as true to you as yourself, 
to whom you may open your mind
and communicate your affairs,
and who would be ready to strengthen you,
and divide the cares of your affairs and family with you,
and help you to bear your burdens,
and comfort you in your sorrows,
and be the daily companion of your lives,
and partakers of your joys and sorrows. 
And it is a mercy to have so near a friend
to be a helper to your soul;
to join with you in prayer and other holy exercises;
to watch over you and tell you of your sins and dangers,
and to stir up in you the grace of God,
and remember to you the life to come,
and cheerfully accompany you in the ways of holiness.”

~ Richard Baxter

 

my dearest,
you are this merciful friend to me every day.  
it boggles my mind that you love me despite all my shortcomings;
you are indeed quite patient. :) 
thank you for being my very best friend.
here’s to many, many, many more years together.
i love you!

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Today is our anniversary.
Two fabulous years of being married to the love of my life and best friend.
Darling, I can’t believe I get to be married to you.  You love me so selflessly, you spoil me rotten, and you CONTINUE to love me in spite of my shortcomings.  I don’t deserve you, but I’m sure glad I get you.  God certainly knew what He was doing when He gave me you :) 

Today is our actual anniversary.  But Michael is in England. (not fair? i agree! 😉 ) So, we celebrated over the weekend in Baltimore.  It was absolutely fantastic.  The Inner Harbor is one of my favorite places, and the weather was perfect for our trip! 

The hotel was beautiful.  Right behind Mike in the picture is Camden Yards!

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Sharp Street.  Clearly, they were expecting me.

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My handsome man…

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I was thirsty and needed something cool and refreshing, so naturally, I purchased a five dollar lemonade.  Naturally.  But, hey, what are anniversaries for? 😉

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And then, oh then…
Then came dinner.
Mike found this amazing restaurant in Little Italy.  Milan.  I will eat there any day.  Both the food and the decor are incredible. 

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We had a view of the city from our table.

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Their garlic bread was out of this world.

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We basically ate Lobster, Crab and Shrimp in some form for both the appetizer and dinner.

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We didn’t eat here, but this is the outdoor seating for the restaurant.  Just like the inside, only outside under a canopy of lights!

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The walk home was crisp and beautiful.  There was an Orioles game that night, and it was fun to see everything all lit up.

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Ok, this here is the Gallery.  Where one can do mucho shopping. (I’m so glad I married a man who likes to shop!)

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Now, immediately after snapping this picture, I proceed to turn around, only to find a cyclist swoosh by me at the speed of light.  At nine o’clock at night.  Isn’t cycling a daytime activity?  Anyways, I missed him by inches.  Inches from my nose, to be precise.  Can you imagine how catastrophic that would have been?  I can.  Which is what I told Michael.
In response he, rather nonchalantly, goes, “Oh, yeah, I guess I should have warned you about that.” (as he had watched it all unfold)
I said, “Yeah, that would have been nice.  That would have been a blog-worthy story for sure.”
To which he said, “C’mon – where’s your sense of adventure?  Where’s your commitment to the blog??!”
I regret to inform you that my commitment to my face is greater than my commitment to the blog.  Sorry. 😉

Fortunately, I am still alive to show you one of the fruits of our trip to the Gallery.  The fire-engine-red bag on the left was discovered at Gap.  Meghan assured me it could survive as a statement piece.  Which I am hoping is true. 
And the dress to the right was my birthday present from last month (and served excellently for our trip.)  Remember I said he was taking me on a surprise mission?  That mission turned out to be a trek to Anthropologie.  Ladies, does he not know the way to a woman’s heart? 😉

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The next morning we went out in search of breakfast.  On our way we stopped over for a look at Camden Yards. 

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Then we made our way down to the harbor.  The buildings along the way were a combination of quaint and modern.

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It was Sunday morning on the Harbor.  Apparently cyclists like Sunday mornings.  Cyclists of whom I steered clear this time.

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We had trouble finding breakfast, so we stopped in Barnes & Noble hoping to get something from their cafe.  No such luck.  But the plus side was experiencing this very unique B&N.  Apparently it used to be a (power?) plant of sorts.  Very cool architecture. 

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Eventually, we ended up at Panera for breakfast.  We were hoping for something a little more original, but we were hungry and could find nothing else. 🙂

After that, we went to the Aquarium, which was fascinating in so many ways.
But that will be the next blog post.  In the meantime, I will leave you with this teaser, in honor of the game that we played: “Who’s that fish look like?”

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And with that, I say, Happy Anniversary, my love! 🙂

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