A celebration of marriage and fatherhood

by Jessie K on June 23, 2011

Today is my anniversary.  Married four year….four glorious years to a heck of a guy who has pushed me to my limits and beyond; he makes me drink tomato wine.

But Jake isn’t here and I can’t think of a clever way to pay homage to the day other than blindly send love emails to Afghanistan then blog about it.

Happily for me, my Father’s Day box showed up in Afghanistan the very day our love was made legal before family and friends four short years ago.

I had trouble coming up with a decent Father’s Day gift.  I have trouble coming up with decent gifts for Jake in general because the only thing he wants is tools and heavy equipment, which doesn’t rate high on my romance meter.

It was his first Father’s Day, therefore extra special.  But what do you send a soldier in Afghanistan?  I mean, besides clean underwear,  hand sanitizer and the latest Nickelback CD?

I opted for a simple DIY gift:  a mini photo album of June, documenting her first year of life.

Here’s June at a week old showing off her freakishly long fingers.

And here’s June’s chin, taken two weeks after I made the switch from my lackluster breast milk to high calorie formula frappe.  Mmm!

I also included, at the suggestion of my wise friend Paula, one of June’s old onesies, this one featuring a clever fabric design by Jake’s multitalented sister, Abby.

The finishing touch was a coffee mug decorated with photos of June in a front loader.  June, coffee and heavy equipment–three of Jake’s favorite things.  The perfect gift.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Grace June 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm


What a lovely idea, Jessie! That seems like the perfect truly meaningful Father’s Day gift for a dad so far away from his ladies. Happy 4th anniversary. I know it is more bitter than sweet this year. Hugs for all three of you Js, but especially for June, cause she is just too cute! The chin pic made me laugh out loud.

Bob F. June 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm


Hi Jessie and congratulations!! Happy Anniversary! And the gifts you sent to your soldier are great – I mean what could be better than pictures of his two girls?? Well done.

Paula S. June 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm


So sorry this anniversary and first Father’s Day are not what you would wish, but happy anniversary. You did well with the gifts. Here’s hoping all is back to normal this time next year!

JennNY June 24, 2011 at 1:59 am


My husband and I celebrated our anniversary today also! :) We’ve been married 21 years… Typing that out really hit how long that is! LOL
Sorry you have to spend it alone. :( But know we are all very thankful for your husbands service!

paula June 26, 2011 at 8:34 am


I want one of those mugs.

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