Happy Anniversary / Birthday

Patti_Dad_2006 GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Anniversary to my sweet hubby Kirk and Happy Birthday to my wonderful Dad.   It is an honor to celebrate today with these two amazing and important men in my life.

To Dad, I say thank you for teaching me all that you did, for being so attentive and interested in your family and our activities, for showing me the importance of being a good steward with my money, and for spending time with our family.

To Kirk, I want to say thanks so much for loving me as much as you do, for being an amazing father to our son, for being a great friend, partner and so much more, for always making me laugh and for comforting me when I cry, and for sharing in all of the little and important things with me. You are the best!

I remember the day of our wedding so vividly and cherish the memories of both of you that day.  Dad walking me down the aisle to greet my hubby-to-be, having the opportunity to dance with both of you, and being able to share the day is such a gift. You are both such a blessing to me and I thank the Lord for you each day.

A few quotes about marriage:

  • “The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds — they mature slowly.”~ Peter De Vries
  • “To keep the fire burning brightly there’s one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart — about a finger’s breadth — for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.” ~ Marnie Reed Crowell
  • “Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work.” ~ Author Unknown
  • “Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.” ~ Barnett R. Brickner

A few quotes about fathers:

  • “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.”” ~ Harmon Killebrew
  • “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~ Clarence Budington Kelland
  • “A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” ~ Author Unknown
  • “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” ~ Author Unknown

I wonder if these two fine men will truly understand how great they are and how dear they are to me?  I will do my best to let them know and look forward to special time with each of them.

Two Late Anniversaries!

R2_Aug.6_19thAnniv.2Hi and Happy Friday.  I am a little bit late with the anniversary wishes to my sister and her husband and my brother and his wife.

On Wednesday, August 6, my brother and his lovely bride celebrated 20 years of marriage!  Yeah and congrats to the two of you – Richmond and Beckie!  They are in the top photo on their wedding day.

On Thursday, August 7, my sister and her husband celebrated 21 years of marriage.  Yeah to them too!  Congratulations to you Cindy and Cody.  Their photo is the second one.

I had the privilege of being in Richmond and Beckie’s wedding as one of the bridesmaids.  It was a lot of fun and our dresses were lovely — deep purple with white lace and lovely jewelry as the accent.  Now they are the parents to two great kids – Isaac and Rachel.

C2_Aug.7_20th.Anniv.1In Cindy and Cody’s wedding, I was the maid of honor and that was a lot of fun.  What an honor and a lovely service.  I liked these dresses too — green and cream and we carried daisies.  They have two kids as well — Gussie and Aiden.

I love the eight of them dearly.  I have learned so much about parenting from both of these amazing couples.  And, I learned how to be an aunt who spoils the kids from these four amazing cousins of Ian’s.  Love and hugs to all of you!

I am thrilled for all of them and these amazing milestones in marriage!  We actually come from a long line of marriages.  My parents have been married for 49 years, my in-laws have been married for nearly 54 years, my mother’s parents were married for 66 years, and my mother’s grandparents were married for 70+ years.

Isn’t that amazing?  I love knowing that there are people in the world who truly stay together until death do them part.   My grandparents and great-grandparents did just that.  And next summer we will celebrate my parent’s 50th anniversary.

Kirk and I got married 5 years after my sister so we will celebrate 16 years this fall.  We will catch up with the rest of them one of these days.

A few quotes about anniversaries:

  • “Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.”  ~ Gene Perret
  • “The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds – they mature slowly.” ~ Peter De Vries
  • “Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “Love is not singular except in syllable.” ~ Marvin Taylor
  • “True love stories never have endings.”  ~ Richard Bach

I grew up with one brother and one sister, and was thrilled in the mid-1990s to gain another brother and then another sister.  And, wonderful nieces and nephews were later added to the mix.

Happy 20th to Richmond and Beckie!   Happy 21st to Cindy and Cody!  Long may you love one another!

Two Years of Blogging

PNumber.2Hi and Happy Saturday!

I received a congratulations note from Word Press today celebrating my 2 year anniversary of starting this blog.

It is hard to believe that it has been that long.  In that time, I have celebrated two birthdays with my son, two anniversaries with my hubby, and my own birthdays and hubby’s as well.

And we have celebrated two birthdays of my grandmother being 90 and over and many other milestones with family and friends.  Many blessings and some heartache and sadness too.  That is life, after all, isn’t it?

I have written and published 338 blogs so far.  A variety of both good and bad things have inspired me.  Some of my memorable postings were: Say What?, blogging about having to cut my wedding rings, my weight loss journey (yet again), my recent Anniversary to my husband, the loss of special people, the birthdays of friends and family, and posting the numbers my son had written for me.

My readership has grown since the beginning and for that I am truly thankful. I enjoy writing and feel it helps me and I am also glad that other people are enjoying it as well.

Thanks so much to all of you who have signed up as my followers.  And thanks to those who provide comments and like what I write.  I really and truly appreciate you!  And thanks to Word Press for providing this opportunity for blogging.

I wonder what will next inspire me?  I am looking forward to writing my next blog and many more after that.

Happy Anniversary Kirk!

Our Wedding DayHappy Anniversary to my husband, Kirk.  Today is our 15th anniversary.  It is also my Dad’s birthday.  (Please see the birthday post from yesterday for him.)

Here we are on our wedding day.  What a fun day that was!  Talk about Throwback Thursday.

Since that time, we have lost several dear family members and friends, but also many have been added to the family.

Our flower girl graduated from college and is now a teacher and doing really well!  We are very proud of her.  Our ring bearer celebrated his 20th birthday this week.  He is in school and working and we are also proud of him.

It is hard to believe how grown up they are now.  Time flies, that’s for sure.  My nephew who was 1 when we got married just turned 16 years old.  He is a fine young man and enjoying school.

I understand that for the 15th anniversary, the traditional gift is crystal and the more modern gift is watches and timepieces.  Not sure about a gift of crystal but I think Kirk would like a new watch or clock.  We have a few special ones that we have gotten over the years.

It is fun to think back over the years of our relationship and the fun and great things we have done together.  We have traveled to Scotland and Hawaii to visit family, have purchased a variety of cars, moved from a condo to a house, and, the greatest adventure, having our son Ian.

I am blessed by these two men in my life — my best guy and my best little guy.  I thank the Lord each day for the two of them and how they have enriched my life.

When Kirk and I met, it was at an evening service at my church.  I never expected to meet someone there — let alone it be my future husband.  I believe that the Lord ensured that he was there when it was time for us to meet.  We do believe in Divine Intervention.  We clicked immediately and had a 12-hour first date.

Later that year, we were planning a wedding that included our dear friends and family and a surprise visit from my best friend from elementary school.

At the time I was singing in the choir at church.  The choir sang us a beautiful blessing during our service.  I had to really work not to cry.  And, my aunt who always played the piano for family gatherings was there to play special family music prior to the service.

All in all, it was a glorious day.  And, thanks to my hubby and son, I have had many glorious days since.  My favorite thing to do is have the three of us talk in bed and laugh and giggle when we wake up.  It is our special family time.

Now.Oct.21Kirk, I love you more than I ever thought possible to love someone else.  I cherish our life and love more and more each year that we are together.

A few quotes about anniversaries and love:

  • “Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.”  ~ Gene Perret
  • “A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity.  The order varies for any given year.”  ~ Paul Sweeney
  • “An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. ” ~ Author Unknown
  • “For you see, each day I love you more, Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. “~ Rosemonde Gerard
  • “Love one another and you will be happy.  It’s as simple and as difficult as that. ” ~Michael Leunig

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Mom and Dad.weddingToday, June 18, is my parent’s anniversary.

Happy Anniversary to you Mom and Dad!

Here they are as young adults on the day of their wedding.  Aren’t they a fine-looking couple?  I sure think so!

They have taught me about real and unconditional love.

They have taught me about compromise, faith, forgiveness, happiness, and what a family bond is.

The have taught me about the importance of spending quality time with family and friends.

They have also taught me how to be a loving and kind spouse and a loving parent who disciplines and teaches with love.

I thank them and appreciate their example!!

I love that they are still crazy about each other and love to spend time together.

They also love to spend time with family, friends, and especially their grandchildren.

It is a real blessing to be a part of this family!!

Here are a few quotes about Anniversaries.  Enjoy!

  • “An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.”  ~Author Unknown
  • “True love stories never have endings.”  ~Richard Bach
  • “To keep the fire burning brightly there’s one easy rule:  Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart – about a finger’s breadth – for breathing room.  Good fire, good marriage, same rule.”  ~Marnie Reed Crowell
  • “Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work.”  ~Author Unknown

Congrats to these oldyweds!  Love you both so much!

1 Year of Blogging

Good morning and happy Monday!  Hope that you had a great Thanksgiving!

Pictured as my new header are some of the wonderful pies that we had for Thanksgiving lunch.

My parents had more than 20 family members at their house for the day.  It was glorious. Catching up with family was fantastic as was the food.

The entire weekend was full of family and so much fun!

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This week marks my 1 year of blogging.  A year ago this weekend, I signed up for my blog.  I got an anniversary note from WordPress, which was a nice touch.

I have loved having this site to write on and share my thoughts and feelings.  I am so thankful to you my readers as well!  You mean a lot to me!  Thanks so much for my followers and all of you who have commented on my writings.

WordPress keeps a count of the blogs that are written and I am now almost to 130 postings.  That seems amazing to me as the year has flown by.  I have been writing a few times a week throughout the year.  I hope to increase the number of blogs that I write this next year.

Please let me know about ideas that you have or items that inspire you.  I’d love to hear from you and share them!  We can find inspiration for many things in the most unlikely places.

Thanks again for the support!  Here’s to another year of blogging!!

Happy Anniversary Kirk!

“Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work.”  ~Author Unknown

“Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate. ” ~Barnett R. Brickner

Happy 14th Anniversary to my hubby Kirk!  I love you very much!

Here we are on our wedding day – looking so young.  We each found the right mate!

I was 30 years old when we got married and the last of my two siblings and I to marry.  For a while I even thought I’d be an old maid.  Then I met Kirk and we clicked and the rest is history.

I truly believe that he was and still is a gift from God.  Prior to meeting him, I had been praying a lot for the man I was supposed to marry.  But more importantly, I prayed for what I wanted my life to be and also what I wanted in a spouse.  The Lord helped me figure that out.  He also helped me discover that I was ready to enter into such a relationship.

I have learned over these 14 years that in a real marriage, you are partners who support one another, who encourage one another, and who often put the other’s needs and wants before your own.  Being considerate of someone else can be challenging at times but that is what we are asked to do in marriage.

We had a great wedding day with so many of our dear family and friends both standing up with us and in the congregation to celebrate. I had four bridesmaids and 1 flower girl – all very dear people.  My sister Cindy was the matron of honor, and the bridesmaids were my sister-in-law Beckie, my best friend Jennifer from high school, and my best friend Dawn from college.  And Ashley, Jennifer’s daughter, was the flower girl.

My best friend from elementary school, Tammy, surprised me by attending the wedding.  If I had known she would be there, she would have been in the wedding. Kirk’s groomsmen were his brother Jon who served as best man.  Then the other men were my brother Richmond, a friend David, and his Uncle Danny from Scotland.  The ring bearer was Jon’s son Jonathan.

Since our wedding, we have lost many dear friends through death but have gained some wonderful new friends and family through births, other marriages, and other changes.  We have been truly and richly blessed.

Kirk truly is my best friend, confident, lover, and one true love.  It is hard to remember my life before him and for that, I am truly thankful.  We have a true partnership and relationship and I couldn’t ask for anything different.

Then 5 years ago, we became parents and started a new chapter in our journey together as man and wife.  Seeing Ian, who was created in love, each day just reminds me over and over again of our special bond.  We three are a family, a special unit, and a team.

Isn’t it funny that when you open your heart up to love, that it continues to expand and grow with the more love in your life?  I truly love Kirk and Ian with all of my heart and always will.

The vows that we said to each other truly mean something and are so important to remember.  Marriage is a big commitment and not to be entered into lightly.

I vowed to Kirk, “I take you to be my wedded husband. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish ’till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness.”

We have had a wonderful 14 years and I hope and pray that we will have many more!  We also have had some of each of these times throughout these years and we are still going strong!  What a blessing that is to the two of us!  Kirk, I do love you very much!  Thanks so much for being you.

I come from a line of long and happy marriages.  My parents are three years from celebrating 50 years of marriage, my grandparents were married 66 years before my grandfather died, and my great-grandparents were married for close to 70 years (maybe longer, I can’t remember).

This year, my sister and her husband celebrated 19 years of marriage, and my brother and his wife celebrated 18 years of marriage.  I love all of these long-lived relationships!  It gives me hope and encouragement that yes, true love and partnership is alive and well.

I too am thankful that I have just that with Kirk.  Love you Kirk so very much.  May we enjoy our day and each day we have together!

“Come with me my sweet, let’s go make a family, and they will bring us joy for always!”  These words from an old song are so true and precious to me.  We are a family and are full of joy!

Happy Anniversary to my love!

Happy Anniversary

I’d like to propose a toast to my brother and his wife and my sister and her husband.

Happy Anniversary to my siblings and their spouses this week!

My brother, Richmond, and his wife Beckie, celebrated their 18th anniversary yesterday!  My sister, Cindy, and her husband, Cody, celebrate their 19th anniversary today!

They are both close to 20 years of marriage.  That is very impressive and something to be celebrated!  Thus, the toast which I wish I could share with them in person!!

I remember being in both weddings and what fun they were.  In Cindy’s wedding, I was honored to be the maid of honor!  What fun it was to see her walk down the aisle in her gorgeous cream wedding gown that a friend of ours made and all of the wedding party dressed in cream and green outfits.  It was great to have Cody join our family.

And, then a year later, Richmond and Beckie wed.  I was a bridesmaid and we wore beautiful purple gowns.  This was one of my favorite bridesmaid’s dresses (no nightmare outfit there!!).  It was fun to have another sister in our family and to see my brother so happy!!

I am the oldest of the three of us, yet I was the one who married last in our family (5 years after Cindy).  All of us found and married our true loves at the right times in our lives.  And, for that I am thankful.

Both of these couples have shown me what marriage and real commitment are all about!  They have shown love and caring for one another, they have fun together, and are great to be around.  True love is an amazing thing to see!

I think all of us learned about the commitment of marriage from our parents who celebrated 47 years this summer, our grandparents who were married 66 years before my grandfather died, and our great-grandparents who were married for 70+ years.  We come from a long line of long marriages!!  Cool, isn’t it?

And, they have taught me about parenthood and how to discipline a child with love.  I am so proud of Cindy and Cody and Richmond and Beckie and their wonderful children.  And, I remember when they all were born.  Each one is so different yet so very special.

My family is such a blessing to me and I am so fortunate to be close to them!  I love you Cindy, Cody, Gussie, and Aiden; and Richmond, Beckie, Isaac and Rachel!

Some quotes about Anniversaries — some sentimental and some funny:

  • “Strike an average between what a woman thinks of her husband a month before she marries him and what she thinks of him a year afterward, and you will have the truth about him.”  ~H.L. Mencken, A Book of Burlesques, 1916
  • “Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.”  ~Gene Perret
  • “A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity.  The order varies for any given year.”  ~Paul Sweeney
  • “The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds – they mature slowly.”  ~Peter De Vries
  • “Love is one long sweet dream, and marriage is the alarm clock.”  ~Author Unknown
  • “Spouse:  someone who’ll stand by you through all the trouble you wouldn’t have had if you’d stayed single.”  ~Author Unknown
  • “It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.”  ~Rita Rudner