Happy Anniversary

It was their second anniversary, and the husband sent his wife flowers at the office. He told the florist to write "Happy Anniversary, Year Number 2" on the card. She was thrilled with the flowers, but not so pleased about the card. It read "Happy Anniversary. You're Number 2."


An aged farmer and his wife were leaning against the edge of their pig-pen when the old woman wistfully recalled that the next week would mark their golden wedding anniversary. "Let's have a party, Homer," she suggested. "Let's kill a pig."

The farmer scratched his grizzled head. "Ethel," he finally answered, "I don't see why the pig should take the blame for the terrible mistake that happened fifty years ago..."


A man walked over to the perfume counter and told the clerk he'd like a bottle of Chanel #5 for his wife for their anniversary.

"A little surprise, eh?" smiled the clerk.

"You bet," answered the customer. "She's expecting a cruise."


I hope that you will all forgive me for sending out a message today that is more personal than usual. I know that many of you are going through (or have gone through) a divorce, and my heart breaks for you. There are many others of you who are single -- some content with the blessing of singleness, and others crushed with feelings of loneliness.

But, this day, I rejoice in the fact that God has blessed me with a beautiful wife. Yesterday, Sueanne and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary. I could not ask for more in a wife. She is my greatest fan, my strength when I feel like giving up, the one who loves me more than I could ever hope to be loved. She knows my every fault and weakness, yet she continues to love me. She has been my best friend for more than 25 years. She is the one I most enjoy talking to, and the one I most enjoy doing things with. When I hear good things, she is the first person I want to share them with. I trust her completely and take comfort in knowing that she trusts me as well. My elders have told me that without her, I would have stood no chance of being hired. They joke, but deep down, I know there is some truth to it, for she completes me; she makes me who I am. And today, I give thanks to God for blessing me far more than I deserve with the most wonderful wife in the world.

"Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth." (Prov. 5:18)

"An excellent wife is the crown of her husband...." (Prov. 12:4)

Have a great day!

Alan Smith
White House Church of Christ
White House, Tennessee

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