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.

Love and Birthday Wishes

birthday_KarenHi and Happy Friday!

Today is the birthday of one of my dearest friends — Karen.  Happy Birthday to you dear Karen!!!!

The two of us met at work and have remained friends.  She and her husband Rich are a blessing to me and I am very grateful to know them!

And, before Kirk and I sold our first house, Rich and Karen helped us paint it.  This was a big project and I was pregnant with Ian at the time.  He enjoys hearing the stories about that project.

When Ian was baptized, they were there with us to celebrate.  We have enjoyed many milestones together and laughed and cried about many things through the years.

We don’t see each other as much as we’d like but always have fun when we do get together.  I hope that she and her hubby have a great birthday celebration planned for her!

Karen, may you be blessed and have another fantastic year!  Hope to see you again soon.  I miss you my friend.

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POD_Challenge_July_5_LoveToday’s Photo-A-Day Challenge is Love.

The picture that I chose for today is of my grandparents on their honeymoon in 1930.

It clearly is a photo that I didn’t take but is one that I have always loved of the two of them.

They taught me a lot about love, friendship, fun, and the importance of family.  They also helped teach a few generations of the importance of gathering together at a special place.

Grandma and Grandpa loved one another, their children, their grandchildren, friends, and other family members.  They also loved their careers and were both amazing teachers.  And, Grandpa was a brilliant writer.

I like to think that my siblings, cousins, and I inherited a lot of their talents and compassion.

Before my grandpa died, they were married for 66 years.

I am thankful to them for teaching me that love is more than just a word.  It is a way to live and an action to take.

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!

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