♥ June 12, 1971 ♥
This Sunday we will celebrate 40 years of marriage. And they said it wouldn't last! We were engaged for about 9 months and I think many thought we'd never marry. When we finally set the date, we decided that a big wedding was out. I'm sure my parents were relieved as my younger brother had just gotten married in a large wedding a few months earlier. We had my older brother and his wife standing up with us at the church and the rest of the family waited at the farm for us to arrive as man and wife. We did have a formal wedding photo taken at the church, but I'll have to show it another time. The snapshots above haven't fared well over the years. Thankfully, the bride and groom have! We've had our share of bumps in the road, but today I can say for certain that my hubby is my best friend and I am his. This union has produced two beautiful children that we wouldn't trade for all the riches in the world. We are a close-knit family that loves each other, prays for each other and we just really enjoy each others company. We are blessed.
Hubby asked me a couple of weeks ago what I wanted for an anniversary gift. I'm sure he was thinking a piece of jewelry or something. I told him that I didn't want a gift, but rather I wanted to do something special. I asked if he would be willing to take a 2 week trip out west as we did a few years ago and he agreed. I'm so excited, because I know he isn't as keen on traveling and being away from home as I am. So sometime in September, we will take that anniversary trip.
I get a good chuckle from the old photos when I see the styles and hairdos of those days. Check out hubby's sideburns in our leaving for the honeymoon photo! And that teased hairdo I have! And my dress was well above the knees. That was back in the days of the mini-skirts, you know. Hubby remembers I was wearing a very short skirt the first time he saw me and told himself that he was going to marry me. I remember his deep voice and blue eyes with very long lashes caught my eye. That he had survived the Vietnam War was a huge achievement. He had served with the 101st Airborne in that horrible Hamburger Hill battle. He came home with a Silver Star, a Bronze Star and several Army Commendation medals. He is my hero, then and now.
♥ Happy Anniversary, Hubby, I love you!! ♥
Until next time...