Thursday, June 23, 2011

33 Years Ago.............

The post title should have read:


But that was wayyyy too long of a title.

I met this handsome guy after he returned from serving a two year mission in England for the LDS Church.
He looked like this:

(He's the cute one on the left.)

I could write a list of a million things that I love about you.
But that would be a long post.

So I'll just do 10.

10 Things I Love About You:

#10...You are infinitely patient with me.

# 9...You don't know how to gossip. You never say unkind things. Never have.

# 8...You married me even in spite of the fact that the first time you met me I had toothpaste drool down to my elbow. (true story)

# 7...You have the kindest heart of anyone I know. You see the best in everyone. You see the potential in people and I love that you remind me to do the same.

# 6...You are a great dad. Always have been.

# 5...You still take my breath away. Sometimes I look at you and wonder why you chose me.

# 4...You work so hard for our family.
I too often underappreciate that.

# 3...You love the Savior. Often that is a rare gift in the world.

# 2...Not a day has gone by in 33 years that you have failed to tell me you love me.

# 1...You are mine.

It has been quite a journey of this togetherness.
It was the most important day of my life.
The best decision I ever made.

We've experienced so much.
Dairy cows and farming, education, childbirth, death of family, birthdays, teenagers, weddings, teenagers, job changes, diaper changes, travel, teenagers.

There have been tears and sadness and very hard stuff.
But it's been more laughter and joy and happiness and peace.

33 Years ago today this was us!

I've said it before and I'll say it again.
I'm not sure where the years WENT
But I'm thankful they WENT with you.

You rock my world! (Sorry about makin' your hair gray.)

You are handsomer than ever.
You still make my heart race.

Happy Anniversary! I love you with all my heart.

Thanks Gigi for the challenge to post wedding pictures!
The only regret I have for my wedding and reception is that we didn't have a professional photographer. One of my dad's friends just took pictures with his camera.
So these are pictures of pictures.

But really, it was a perfect day.

Bridesmaids Sharon (Howie's sister) best friends Sylvia and Peggy and niece Misty.

Tom (high school friend) Rex (best friend after missions)
(And yes, Tom raised a few eyebrows with his long hair. He was killed shortly after this photo was taken in a bike accident.)

Not sure what the joke was, but I love his expression.

My dad and mom and his mom and dad. (not sure where the groom was)
His dad would die of a heart attack 18 months later.

Who is that good-lookin' dark haired boy?

I still feel like this same young girl.


Barbaloot said...

Happy Anniversary! I love the missionary picture because it honestly looks like something that could've been taken yesterday. I see guys wearing those same ties and vests in my ward every Sunday:)

Lesa said...

Ah...I love posts like this. Fun, happy, and just fun. You too are a perfect couple. What a wonderful day for you. Happy Anniversary.

My husband doesn't know how to gossip either, or he won't anyway.

And. my husband did the whole farming thing too.

jen said...

Funny. This is the second anniversary post I've read this morning. And what's so funny about it? It's also OUR anniversary! 22 years.
I laughed at the difference between his missionary pic and your wedding pic. Time lapse, obviously.

Cherie said...

Love LOVE LOVEEEEE your wedding picture!!
You two were made for each other and I love reading about all the sweet and wonderful things you love about your husband - He is a good man but then again he got a good woman!!!

Happy Anniversary!!

Kristina P. said...

Look at you cuties! Happy anniversary!

Happy Mom said...

That is a beautiful thing! I'm simply tickled for you.

Furry Bottoms said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

Julie Harward said...

Congratulations you two...and I can see why you fell for that hot hunk with sideburns..and he still has his hair, thats a plus! LOL

Connie said...

Happy Anniversary to both of you! I've met your husband once and was so impressed with him. He is a patient and handsome man.

So it was YOU who made his hair gray? I shoulda known! :)

Queenie Jeannie said...

WOW!!! You got married when you were ten???? *wink* Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!!!!!

Loved all the pics!

just call me jo said...

Ahh, the late 70's...gotta love 'em. That's when Rick and I married too--32 years ago in Aug. I love your list and your pics. He is a handsome devil, but I think he got a pretty lovely mate in you too. It's those difficulties that weld us together. And then we just become a big ol' lump of love and family and memories. Enjoy the next 33. You're a good partnership.

LeAnn said...

It's my first time to visit and it was a good one. What a lovely post for your Anniversary. I did one similar just 10 days ago. wishing you an awesome day.
Here's my link; drop by.
Living Waters by LeAnn

tammy said...

You definitely got a keeper! I love all the pics and the qualities you listed about him. And the sideburns!! I think my 15 year old is trying to grow some just like it.

Happy Anniversary!

gigi said...

Happy 33rd anniversary to you and your Howie! Great accomplishment and great example to your kids. I hope you get a chance to have a little fun just the two of you ;)

Love, love, love, Howie's chops! And that Groomsman on the left? That is the way Harry looked at his brothers wedding except he had a big afro! He was rockin it! I wish I had some of those pictures. I think I will go in search of them.

What a beautiful bride you are and I love your dress and your long hair too. Do you still have your dress? I just know that Candice wants to wear it when she gets married.

Love your list of great things about your Sweetheart. But # 11 should be His gorgeous blue eyes and stunning white hair! A true Silver Fox!

Y'all party down tonight!

M-Cat said...

Oh.My.GOLLY! I am laughing *with you* at the wedding photos! You were so young and cute. And naive. Who knew that teenAGERS would come along?

Happy LOVE day! Congrats and I hope you do something fun and fabulous (working on the wedding does not count!)

LKP said...

happy AnniV!!!!! you two are two of the most wonderful people i've ever met. its a beautiful thing to see two hearts in love where those same personalities compliment the other so completely. humility, generosity, kindness & love are all things that simply ooze from the two of you. even if you tried to hide it, it is apparent how equally yoked you & howie are. thanks for being one of my favorite examples of what time & all eternity can be! love you both oodles!!!!!

....and just so you know, i DID refrain from mentioning that you guys could totally be my parents....well, shoot i guess i just said it....the point is, if Heavenly Father had given me to you guys, i'd have counted myself most blessed! as it is, i'll settle for having you in my life as my dear friends, and just apply what i learn from you guys in raising my daisy. probably one of the greatest things i can do for her! (btw, i love my parents too. just saying, you guys would've rocked as well!) double-luv ya!!!

wendy said...

What a nice post. Your hubby is Handsomer (is that a word?, must be cause you used it)
You too are Prettier.
I KNOW...I've seen ya, and you sparkle.
When I was married to hubby #2,he was Catholic (although not active) and he had a book of "Saints"
Lots of different Saints in that book, kinda interesting.
Lo and behold....the saint for putting up with torment and endless woe. WAS Saint Howie
Ok, I jest.

I could have been married for 33 least ACUMULATIVELY it has been 38 years.
Yes, I am shameful

Yvonne said...

Happy Anniversary.

I LOVE THIS POST. I love to read about love that grows stronger through the years. Thank you so much for being such a FABULOUS EXAMPLE.

Enjoy your special day.

Leontien said...

Whoo!!! Happy Anniversary!!!!!!

I hope you have 33 more beautiful years together!

And thanks for sharing the great pictures of you wedding day!


Cats, Chancy, Mumsy said...

Happy Anniversary! You were a beautiful couple back than and you are still a beautiful couple today. Wishing for you many more years together with those years being filled with tons of love, happiness and good health. Hugs

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

I heart this fun post. It just makes me happy that you are so adoring and appreciative about your man. I too think he's a great guy and doesn't Nate look just like him?

Happy Anniversary to both of you love birds. I know you've been through much together but are still newlyweds in terms of eternity. Thanks too for sharing all your fabulous photos.

Julie said...

I want to add my "Happy Anniversary" wishes too. This is one fabulous post. It is wonderful to read about couples who are still in love after all the years. And, I'm glad you were brave and posted the wedding pics.

Connie said...

Wow, those could have been from my wedding except my colors were pink and blue.

You make such an adorable couple.

Momza said...

Hope your anniversary was lovely.
Really enjoyed reading about your special day and your special guy.

Sherrie said...

Happy Anniversary! I love that you posted your wedding photos. And I love the tribute your wrote to your Hubby. I hope you have a wonderful celebration! Congratulations!

ain't for city gals said...

Happy Anniversary! My husband has lots of the same qualities...must be why we are blogging friends...

Vern said...

Those pictures are awesome!

lifeinredshoes said...

What a sweet tribute to a great guy.The photos are great, we were married in 1977 and mine look very similar :)
Happy Anniversary!

Kirsten said...

Congrats! You are two of my favorite people! Thanks for being such a great example to us!

Valerie said...

I sure hope you had an awesome anniversary! You two are so blessed to have each other.

Those white tuxes with the gold trim---oh, my! :)

DCHY said...

Nothing like sentimental crap to get the heart going. ;) Congrats!

Valerie said...

Happy Anniversary! You share June 23 with my hubby... It's his birthday!

I wanted to get on here and tell you I enjoyed your article in the newspaper last week!

Leontien said...

haha sorry i just had to respond again after your comment....

Creepy McCreeper??? hahaha!!!


Farmer Gal said...

Awwww... Congrats! Love the sideburns!!! (Sorry, I had to say it. Does he ever think about growing them back?) I love how you love your hubby. It is sweet and funny and real. I hope you have many more years together. :)

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Nothing like a wedding in the 70's!
Happy Anniversary. Sounds like you have been blessed with a wonderful man and he is very handsome too!

Kimmie said...

You are still just as a YOUNG looking as you are in the bottom photo and you have a smile that is contagious and makes everyone else around you SMILE!!

Love Howard's "Side burns"...totally awesome!

Happy 33rd Anniversary!! You and Howard are such a cute couple then AND now!! Here's to another 33 years of happiness and bliss!

BTW....I didn't have the best wedding photos either, but my wedding day was and always has been the HAPPIEST day of my life!