Remembering what matters. Comedian Jim Gaffigan shared a moving tribute about his wife, Jeannie Gaffigan, to mark their wedding anniversary on Wednesday, July 26, as she continues to recover from surgery for a brain tumor.
“14 yrs ago today I married the love of my life, @jeanniegaffigan,” the Fargo actor wrote, alongside a sweet photo from their wedding day. “Together we’ve created 5 children, 5 hour specials, 2 books, 2 seasons of a TV show and one massive brain tumor.”
In the photo, Gaffigan dances with his wife at their wedding reception—the bride makes a funny, dramatic gesture while the groom grins and gracefully supports her.
For their anniversary, Gaffigan took his wife to Del Post, a romantic Italian restaurant in New York City, where the two enjoyed a custom, soup-based menu by Mario Batali. The actor posted a photo of the menu, which included expert wine pairings. “I realize we live in strange, maybe even mean times. Like you, I read the news daily shaking my head with horror how humans treat other humans. But there are some amazing people out there,” Gaffigan expressed. “When @jeanniegaffigan was diagnosed with a brain tumor so many friends, family and strangers stepped up to offer meals, help, encouragement and prayers. It really blew me away. Thank you so much for everything. One friend was @mariobatali who with his wife Suzi sent over numerous elaborate gourmet meals to feed me, the kids and our helpers.”
According to Gaffigan, the celebrity chef crafted a special menu to cater to Jeannie. “I was trying to find a nice place for us to celebrate but given Jeannie can not comfortably eat solids I was hoping to find a place that did amazing soups (yes,in July.),” he continued. “I knew Mario was on vacation but I hoped he could point me in the right direction. Mario responded insisting that we come to @delposto and that he would make sure we were well taken care of. When we arrived we saw that Mario had created a custom tasting menu of various gourmet soups with accompanied wines or cocktails. Of course the whole experience was insanely amazing but the generosity of kindness and compassion by Mario was most moving. Thanks Mario.”
Jeannie previously wrote about her recovery in an essay published this week on People.com. “Recovery has been long and slow, and patience is not one of my virtues, but not a minute goes by when I am not counting my blessings,” she expressed. “My love for my [five children] which seemed boundless before has multiplied a thousand fold as has my love for Jim… The marriage vow ‘in sickness and in health’ became more than just words, and I am inspired every day by the strength and courage of the man who held everything together through this hurricane brought on by the brain tumor.”