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Sunday, August 22, 2021

40 years!

 Saturday Bob and I celebrated our 40th anniversary! It's hard for me to believe - it seems like just yesterday we were married, and yet it seems a lifetime.
We've been through hard times, but so many good times and through it all we can see God's hand on our lives.  We have 3 kids, 3 more by marriage and our 3 granddaughters - each child and grandchild is another blessing!

Here we are - 40 years ago! It was a hot, sunny day, and the wedding was perfect.



Beautiful roses from Bob




We went out for supper to an Italian restaurant. It was a charming place.



Our food was very good. I had a meal with lasagne, fettucine with mushrooms, chickens and spinach, and some roasted vegetables.  Neither Bob or I could eat our whole meal.

After we ate, we took a little memory tour.


This was the first house we lived in.  It was split up for rental.  We had the first floor, there was a single girl who lived upstairs.  We had a living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, back porch and 2 bedrooms.  We also had access to the basement where we had a washer and dryer. 


We bought this house a few years later.  It was on the end of a dead end road, near a park.  When we bought it, it was a disaster.  There were no kitchen cabinets, one bedroom was purple - ceiling and walls.  The person who lived there, left all sorts of stuff behind.  We were sure the garbage trucks hated to come, because every week we had more junk for them to haul away.  This is where Bob started lots of renovations and by the time we moved out, every room in the house had been done over.
When we moved from here, we had 3 kids.  They were 2 years to 8 years old.  We wanted to move to the area Bob had grown up in and didn't want to live in town any longer.  We moved to the home we currently live in 30 years later!

It was fun to see these places and remember people from those years.
I'm thankful for the 40 years God has given us together!

28 comments:

Deb said...

Happy Anniversary. It is so fun to see your wedding picture and the places you used to live. Congratulations on 40 wonderful years and a lovely family.

Catherine said...

I wish you a Happy Anniversary. Nice to see the houses you’ve lived in!
I wish you a good week.

Laurel Wood said...

Happy Anniversary. Beautiful wedding picture and I enjoyed seeing the homes you lived in. The roses are gorgeous and the dinner looks wonderful.❤️🌹

Ginny Hartzler said...

Congratulations! A marriage like yours seems to be getting more and more rare. The restaraunt looks lovely. When we were first married, we lived in a house very much like your first rental, and it, too, was split up for rental. We lived on the top floor.

Jan said...

Happy Anniversary!

Joyful said...

A happy belated anniversary to you and Bob. A beautiful wedding photo and celebration of your 40 year anniversary. It was fun seeing where you lived in the early years. God has been good.

Susan said...

Happy Anniversary!!! Thanks for sharing your pictures. Have a great week Mari!

Hootin' Anni said...

And in my opinion you two are perfect for each other!! A blessed couple.

Happy belated 40th!!

Susan~aredheadonthego said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Bob! We are pretty close in age but you got married much younger than me. I enjoy your blog so much especially seeing your monthly day in your life post. It’s amazing what you can pack into a day. Enjoy those beautiful granddaughters !

R's Rue said...

Happy Anniversary. Your meal looked delicious. Happy Monday.

Sparky said...

What a wonderful blessing. Thank you for sharing all those lovely memories! You were / are a pretty bride. (LOVE the dress!) Congrats to you and hubby! May y'all prosper always in Jesus' name.
Blessings. xx

Saleslady371 said...

Happy Anniversary, Mari and Bob. Those vintage wedding gowns are the best. You were a beautiful bride!

Changes in the wind said...

Happy Anniversary and thanks for taking us along down memory lade.

Arlene @Nanaland said...

Happy Anniversary.....it is fun to take a stroll down memory lane. We have to travel to GA, TN and KY to do that.lol Love your wedding photo. Dresses then were so much prettier in my opinion. You two look very happy, then and now!!

Tracy dixon said...

Happy anniversary 🎉💗

Vintage Girl 901 said...

Such a sweet post! At the time, we think those first few years are hard, but when we look back, we realize how just how precious they really were. Our first home was a mobile home, two bedrooms and very simple, but I remember the pride I took in making it a home.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm so sorry you were so sick. This is a crazy mess. My husband's best friend died of Covid a couple of weeks ago. I'm glad you are feeling better.

Henny Penny said...

Look at you two! Happy Anniversary! I love the story and seeing the pictures of the homes you lived in. You were a beautiful bride and Bob was a handsome groom. Such a good post. Makes me happy to read it.

Terri D said...

Congratulations on your Ruby Anniversary! I loved seeing your wedding photo and going down memory lane with you! May God grant you many more blessed years ahead! xo

Jeanette said...

Happy Anniversary and congratulations on 40 years! Thanks for taking us with you on your memory trip! That Italian food looks really good!

sharon said...

Happy anniversary!

Jenny the Pirate said...

How truly wonderful, and congratulations to you both! I have said it before and I'll say it again: You were a beautiful bride and Bob a dashing groom. I love your dress. And the houses! Such a blessing to peek back and see how far you've come together. Love you both! xoxo

Beth Cotell said...

Happy Anniversary! 40 years is such a wonderful milestone!

carrie@northwoods scrapbook said...

Happiest of anniversaries dear Friend! You and Bob seem like such amazing people and I can see why you have so many blessings in your lives. Love the wedding photo - you cuties you. 😍 And going down memory lane. I beautiful marriage is a treasured gift and you both seem like you treasure it well. ❤️ I hope you have many many more anniversaries to come. 🙏

Terri said...

I just drove chelsea past your 2nd home the other day!

LL Cool Joe said...

Congratulations 40 years is a real milestone! God has blessed you greatly.

Kim said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your dress, how beautiful with all the lace. I also love the way you marked the day. A trip down memory lane sounds perfect!

Debi said...

Happy belated anniversary!

Great-Granny Grandma said...

Belated Happy Anniversary!
Love the wedding picture. You were a very beautiful bride, and Bob looked pretty dashing himself.