Anyhow, I had it matted and framed and I wrapped it up and presented it to my husband. He opened it and got the strangest look on his face. "Dangit," I thought, "he hates it. I should have gone with a different frame or something." After a minute of me feeling like a failure, he got up and told me to follow him into the garage. In the back of his pickup truck was a fantastically done painting of the same picture he asked his brother to do. At that moment, I think we might have yelled "MFEO!" (Made For Each Other? Sleepless in Seattle? Anyone?) because we got each other pretty much the same present. We hung them next to each other in the living room as a testament to our synchronicity.
Here is the painted version, plucked from the background of another picture
We've done well at following the gift guide since then:
Year 2 (Cotton): I commissioned a Tulsa-inspired painting on canvas done by his favorite Saturday Market artist, and Josh got me tickets to see James Taylor because he mixed up the first two years and thought it went cotton then paper, instead of the other way around.
Year 3 (Leather): We picked out cowboy boots together
Year 4 (Fruit/Flowers): We got a membership to a local vineyard
Today is our fifth anniversary, and the gift this year is supposed to be wood. We thought about a nice piece of furniture, or maybe a tree, but we don't have a house anymore. So that's out. Instead, we've been looking at little boats on Craigslist. I'm getting pretty excited about it! I like our tradition. It makes us get a little creative, and our anniversary gifts have always been memorable!