Why I Love You Anniversary Gift

12 years ago today at the Pilcher Park Nature Center in Joliet, Illinois, I got married to my husband. I was so nervous that my chest and arms were covered in hives but it wasn’t because I wasn’t sure I wanted to get married, I wanted that more than anything!

The hives were from having to be in front of all of those people and the countless other events going on at the Wedding that had nothing to do with my pending marriage.

I could write for days about the behind the scenes chaos but I will save that for another time. One of the funnier things going on was that my dads pants kept falling down while he was walking me down the aisle.

Apparently he received the wrong size pants from the tux place but he managed to get there anyway.

Wedding Pic

When I met Mike I was 17 years old and living at my moms house in Holiday, Florida. Mike lived in a nearby town and worked for the same company as me but not at the same location.

One day the owner decided to move him to the location I worked at claiming it was a better opportunity for him……..it wasn’t.

His boss was a complete idiot and ended up losing both businesses due to constant poor decision making but it worked out in a different way. We were introduced for the first time at a cubical in our telemarketing room. Yes I was one of those people, for about 2 weeks.

It was not my style at all!

It turns out the owner only kept me there as long as he did because he was a close friend of my parents. I was terrible at it because I refused to bother people, apparently you have to actually call people to keep the boss happy.


My next job was at a pet store and it led me to many great opportunities throughout my life so I am happy the guy finally made a good decision and fired me.

During those couple of weeks that I did work there, a group of us started hanging out after work. Mike and I noticed that no matter who was there and what was going on somehow we always ended up talking to each other. We always were interested in everything the other one was saying and tuned everyone else out, constantly. Then the day came when it was just us two hanging out and before too long we were dating.

Later that year, we moved to Illinois and got married. We have now been married 12 years, live in Iowa and have a beautiful 9 year old daughter.

Life has been good to me so far…..

So I decided for my anniversary to make a present that shows my husband why I love him. I think it’s good to have reminders after all of this time. I have seen a lot of versions of this on Pinterest and decided to give it a go, in my own way.

Anniversary Gift DIY

I used Cardstock and measured pack of cards to replicate the size so it would fit in the card box.

Then I wrote out 52 reasons why I love my husband and added card faces to each. I made sure to have 4 of each color for each number so when playing with them you will not be able to tell which is which.

Example: If there is only one pink card it’s obviously when playing that if only the Ace of Spades is pink, when someone picks it up everyone will know that is in their hand.

I decorated 2 extra pieces of cardstock for the front and back of the card box.

I then printed out a picture of us from our wedding and shrunk it to size then glued it to the cardstock on the back of the box.

52 reasons

I decorated it with hearts and stickers. It’s simple but better than anything you can buy in the store. This could work for a teacher, 52 reasons why you are my favorite teacher. ¬†Or fun for the kids to make for their friends 52 reasons why you are my best friend.

The possibilities are endless. Anyway, Happy Anniversary Mike!

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