He called from the road and said he was picking up a surprise.
With Justin that could be anything from a dozen roses to a cup of Starbucks to that new toothpaste we’ve been meaning to try.
So I waited. Patiently.
When he pulled into the driveway, he came through the door holding champagne….and pizza. Papa John’s to be precise. Banana peppers and cheese on my side. Pepperoni on his. And a couple of slices in between where it was just sort of both.
We sat cross legged on the couch and toasted to all things comfortable. To home. And each other. To warm blankets…and our dog. Cooper lifted his head slightly at this, sighed the golden sigh, and went back to sleep. I took double dips of the garlic butter sauce… because you can do that with a spouse and they won’t get grossed out. And in that moment of complete and utter fullness, I gave thanks that we live the sort of life where we get to have champagne with our pizza. A life that gets to be whatever we say it is. Simply because we’ve made it that way.
It’s a simple life for sure. Maybe small to many. But it’s a life we’re building together.
And to me, that’s definitely something to celebrate.
So besides missing home these past couple weeks, I also realized how much I’ve been missing you guys. When we’re in go, go, go mode I only really get to hop on to publish a post and then tag out again. And I’ll be honest. I’ve really missed getting to talk to you guys. We’ve been asked this before, and for the record….I read every comment. Every single one. They make me laugh and cry and think. And you guys do that. And I can’t thank you enough for it. When someone takes the time out of their busy day to share life with us and sprinkle a little blog love our way, you can bet that I’m going to click back over and see what’s going on in YOUR lives too. And to sprinkle a little of that love back your way. That’s how it should work. Because I never want my friendships to veer down one way streets. And just for the record, I consider each of you my friends.
We recently passed our 25,000th comment here on the blog, and when I saw that I not so secretly wished that there was a bottle of champagne out there big enough to toast you all. Or, y’know, a pizza that big. With banana peppers. So that we could sit cross-legged on a couch somewhere and I could look each of you in the eye and say thank you. Truly. From the bottom of my heart. It matters.
Since we hit the 25,000 mark while we were away traveling, I’m not 100% sure who left that comment. So when in doubt, we decided to run a little contest. :) Just leave us a note in the comments below and say hi. Yes, even if it’s the very first time. Say hi or let us know something in your life that’s deserves celebrating. So we can raise a glass for you too! :) And one lucky commenter is going to get $50 to either Adorama or Restoration Hardware…. so you can celebrate in style. Boo yah. And…..GO!!