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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

From Kmart to Niagara Falls

Remember our first anniversary?

You rented a suite at the White Columns Inn...the one on Hwy 41 that reminded me of Gone with the Wind...

whitecolumnhouse
 
After eating at the steakhouse, we stopped in the nearby Kmart...

kmart
 
We bought perfume for each other...and you bought me a new book...just because you knew I loved to read...

We only had one free night and very little cash...but we had our whole lives ahead of us and were rich in love...

hands wedding
 
Years passed...

with celebrations of candlelit dinners...

candle

 
trips to the Smoky Mountains...

smoky mtn
 
and sometimes a night at home with the kids.

lunch
 
They were all special anniversaries...

Because they were spent with you.

hands
 
Remember the trip to Niagara Falls?

NiagaraFalls007
 
You were so proud to be taking me somewhere special I had never been before...
and you were like a teenager in your enthusiasm to show me everything...

Did you ever realize I was happy and proud just to be with you?
 
To be loved by you?

love
 
Today marks the 34th year we have been blessed 
to be husband and wife...

After years of good health and few accidents, this summer we had the opportunity to make good on another part of our wedding vows...
in sickness and in health...

I think we passed with flying colors.

As far as the rest of the vows...

The Lord has been with us during the better...
And carried us through the worst...

Solomon's riches can't compare with the wealth of our love, 
so there is no fear of poverty...

I love you, Ricky

Always and Forever

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23 thoughts:

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

A lovely tribute to the courageous and grace-filled love that you've lived. May peace be your portion as you move into this next chapter of togetherness.

~elaine

Joan said...

Happy Anniversary, Karen! I pray you are doing better and the arm is healing.

Blessings,
Joan

Cathy said...

That is so very sweet, Karen. Happy Anniversary!

Karin said...

Precious thoughts!

Becky said...

Happy Anniversary!

Sharon said...

Oh, just too precious. Happiest Anniversary to both of you - and may God richly bless you in this coming year. (And praying that the road will be a little less *rocky* than this one - right?!)

Your love is a testament to His.

GOD BLESS!

Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary!

Our anniversary was 8/7/2011
We celebrated 23 years!

Heidi said...

Oh, Karen... this is so sweet and beautifully written! Happy 34th anniversary!!!

Denise said...

This was so very beautiful. Happy Anniversary my dear friend, may God bless you with many more precious anniversarys. I love you.

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I am so late wishing you a Happy 34th!!! Wow, so nice. You have a talent with the tribute here to Ricky!

Joan Davis said...

Beautiful Karen! Congratulations on your 34th anniversary! Blessings to both of you!

Sharon Lynne said...

I loved this! Happy Anniversary! It was fun to see and read your memories. (My husband and I will be married 32 years at the end of September.)

Cherie Hill said...

Stopping by to see how you're doing sister . . . what a beautiful tribute to your marriage! Praise God!
Love to you!
Cherie

Julie Todd said...

Karen,
It has been a long time since I've been here. Life took over and blog visiting for me disappeared. What a beautiful tribute you have written here. I loved it!
Happy Anniversary, late. May this be the best year yet.

What a gift you have given to me today by visiting my blog and leaving me words. You have always encouraged me.

Thank you!

Peggy (mazmagi) said...

Blessings and Hallelujah Anyhow Karen!

I just realized that even though I read this sent ecard, that I never commented on your beautiful memories and anniversary post! (sigh) This certainly is a precious tribute to your honey and you and marriage. And congratulations for passing another phase of those vows with 'flying colors'...you have had enough so now celebrate the always and forever and keep those hands intertwined because the Lord certainly is in this and will carry you when you may be weak, discouraged or feeling a bit trampled on... He is strong and ever present to take you through this together for better, for health,... etc. and even the other side. You have each other and He has you both and your family. Hold on! Be blessed many times over!!!
To god be the glory.

Thanks for your WFW visits and emails when you can't visit to let me know you're ok and check to see how I may be... You bless me so much!

Love and hugs,
Peggy

Crown of Beauty said...

Hi Karen,
I have not been here in a long time, and was prompted to drop by today. What a blessing this post is. Happy 34th anniversary... my husband and I would have celebrated our 33rd year this year if he were alive. We had 30 wonderful and blessed years of marriage when God took him home 3 years ago.

I sure am glad I came by to read this today.

Love
Lidj

joybug56 said...

As I read your blog on this 1st day of September, 2011 I wept..I truly was touched by your blog..the love ...from the beginning to the present..how precious ...how amazing...what victory! Congratulations....and Happy Anniversary "several days" late!

Tammi said...

Dear Karen,
Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! :) My husband and I will celebrate our 17th anniversary this November, and I wonder where the time has gone?? Hope you enjoyed your day! :)
Also, I've left an award for you on my blog post today. :) Thank you for your faithfulness to the LORD and also to your hubby too! :)
Love and hugs,
Tammi

LisaShaw said...

Dear friend,

I'm SO late on wishing you and your husband an incredible Anniversary but know that my love and prayers are with you. This is a beautiful tribute to the 34 years of love and commitment walked with grace and truth...prayers and no doubt some tears but through it all...GOD'S GRACE has been with you. Awesome!

We celebrate 21 years this month on the 29th of Sept. Feels like yesterday we said, "I do".

Enjoy ALL the many years ahead with your hubby! God is so faithful!

Loads of love!

Nezzy said...

Awwww, this was just the sweetest tribute to your love ever.

Happy belated Anniversay sweetie.

I loved this post!

God bless and have a terrific day!!! :o)

lioneagle said...

Hi -

This is a sure warm and precious piece that declares enduring love!

Thank you for sharing.

Love that rainbow over the Falls.

LisaShaw said...

Hi beautiful sister, I popped in on you again today and thought I'd leave a love note to you.

Once again blessed in reading this beautiful post. Love you.

soraya3 ღ said...

nice post thanks for sharing...God bless you loves from holland..

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