December 17, 2010

Happy Anniversary, Rachael!

On that Friday night we made some sacred promises amidst the people who love us, and every year on our anniversary I find myself overwhelmed with gratitude for the life we share. I made this webpage to collect the sappy songs and videos, so that you won’t lose them again when you get a new phone. Ah, Rachael. I love you so much it is ridiculous.

In 2023, I was able to digitally remaster the one, very poor quality image we had from our wedding, and use it to construct a reasonable-looking wedding portrait! This is a win for both the power of technology and for love. See the full-size restored wedding portrait here.

Digitally Remastered Wedding Portrait!

In 2022, things were a bit of a blur. Still we got a camera and some matching Snoopy jammies, so we took a silly family pic, didn’t we! See this family portrait here.

Family Christmas Portrait 2022

In 2021, I enlisted the help of a minor celebrity because I wanted you to have a sappy video, and Colin was here for it, so.

In 2020, since O Holy Night is your favorite of the Christmas music, I wanted to make this happen. I’m not a good singer and this was a big effort. My old seminary friend Shane played piano. I accompanied on accordion, and I really wanted to try to do this for you. I know it’s not good, but it’s one heck of a macaroni necklace.

MP3 “O Holy Night” (2020)

You can download this mp3 using the 3-dot menu. 🙂

In 2018, I recalled the vows we said in our ceremony…

MP3 “Wedding Vows” (2018)

You can download this mp3 using the 3-dot menu. 🙂

In 2017, I was sick while recording this (as listening to it reminds me) but the lyrics acutely remind me that this was a tough year, and all I wanted to do was to give you everything and fix everything. So, that’s what this song was about.

MP3 “What Can I Really Give You” (2017)

You can download this mp3 using the 3-dot menu. 🙂

In 2016, the video includes every pic of the two of us from the year 2016 – which was apparently a busy year for us! You are my superstar, for real. While I was writing the lyrics, I was hoping to convey how proud I am of you.

MP3 “My Superstar” (2016)

You can download this mp3 using the 3-dot menu. 🙂

In 2015, I made the first sappy music video for you. I wrote this song, I sung it even though I don’t have a good voice but I wanted to pour it all out and give you something like this. I used every pic that I had of the two of us at the time. And the crackling fire, along with the lyrics, were together to underscore that home is what we give each other. Also, thank you for letting me love you too.

MP3 “You Are My Home” (2015)

You can download this mp3 using the 3-dot menu. 🙂

In 2010, we got married. We had no photographer or videographer present (something we’d learn only after the ceremony) but here’s some crudely edited video of the ceremony if you want to watch later. It’s also hard to hear but I captioned it. I love you so much, sweetie.