Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Thirty-Seven Years Ago...



I married this man in the backyard garden of my family home. He had hair then (an afro, to be exact) and wooed me by cooking pheasant that he and his friends had hunted. I wore a ninety dollar hippie dress and a big white hat and his sister sang Judy Collins. We drove off with our U-Haul to San Francisco and experienced what we still refer to as "our two year honeymoon." We were poor. We baked our own bread and lived on food stamps and, when we had our first restaurant meal four months later, it cost us two dollars each. We were very happy, very young and very much in love.


Thirty-seven years later, we have lived together through great joy and deep sadness. We have nurtured a beautiful child to adulthood. We have lost premature twin sons and the hope of having a larger family but, because of this, we"fostered" nine other kids. It has not always been champagne and roses but our hearts are entwined forever because of all the life we have shared.


Thirty-seven years later, we are still very much in love.

37 comments:

  1. What a sweet love story:) happy anniversary!

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  2. Congratulations and such a loving achievement. Many blessings to your family.

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  3. Oh what a great love story! You just have a way with words. Congratulations!

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  4. Oh Congratulations, and what a beautiful post, it sounds like you have a wonderful man and a wonderful life. I have been married 32 years. Time goes by so fast. Have a great day. Hugs, Terri

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  5. so sweet...happy anniversary!

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  6. Well! A happy, happy day to the both of you! Would have loved to see your hippy wedding pictures! Who said that you can't live on love alone? You sure prooved that one wrong!

    Hope a little bling brightened your anniversary!

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  7. Happy Anniversary!!! xoxo, Sarah

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  8. What a wonderful love story! Happy Anniversary to you both and congratulations!

    Julie

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  9. What a great love story- you really made me smile. Happy anniversary.

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  10. Dear Suz ~ I am SO touched by your beautiful story of Love. My heart aches for the loss of your precious boys (we lost a son 10 years ago).
    Thank you for blessing each of us by sharing ... sniff sniff.
    Happy Happy Anniversary to a very special and sweet couple!
    oxo

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  11. I am very happy to hear this story. I am so sorry about the babies but am thrilled with your Kat. Happy day dear ones, that is really an accomplishment to find love that lasts...

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  12. Happy Anniversary! What a delightful beginning you had. Are there pictures? Growing in love through joy and sadness is what it's all about. Blessings to you both!
    xoxo
    Joyce
    It did not surprise me to read that you had 9 foster children...your heart is very big and I'm sure they all felt loved. I love reading about the closeness you and Kat share.

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  13. So sweet!! Happy Anniversary:) Hope your day was lovely.
    Blessings~
    Kari

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  14. Happy Anniversary! Such a beautiful and sweet story. I'm teary now. :)

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  15. This has got to be the most beautiful gift you could be given in this life, to have someone to share both your joys and your sorrows. I am so thankful to know you, and to say "Happy Anniversary" my friend.
    p.s. I wish I could see your wedding picture of you in a hippie dress and big white hat, AND your husband's afro! LOL!

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  16. Your heart's destiny story is one of the most touching I have ever known. I feel honored that you have shared it with us. I began working on your heart last evening and wasn't at all happy with it changing felts and threads more than once. Today I began again, and it's just right! I think it must have something to do with your special day! Happy Anniversary! Elizabeth

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  17. Suz,
    What a beautiful post! Happy Anniversary! I hope it's a special, special time for both of you.
    much love,
    lynn

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  18. Happy anniversary! I hope you enjoy your celebration of another year together.

    Ron and Pat

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  19. Oh, I hope you had a happy anniversary celebration, sweet friend. Enjoyed getting to know more about the early days of your marriage!

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  20. A lovely post Suz
    A beautiful love story
    Hugs,
    Catherine

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  21. Oh Suz, I loved this post! What a sweet love story...that is continuing today. It seems that it's sometimes the hard things that fuse us together...even more than the great times. Happy anniversary dear, to you and your love.
    I have been married 37 years as well. And it is still wonderful.
    hugs to you

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  22. I want to see a photo of that hippie style wedding! What a wonderful and touching love story. Congrats to you and your sweet hubby!

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  23. Beautiful memories! Happy belated anniversary and best wishes, Tammy :)

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  24. OH, I'm all teared up, Suz!
    Congratulations!!!

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  25. Well we do have something in common.....you got married 2 days before I did! We married in San Luis Obispo, California August 18, 1973! Congratulations to you and your significant other!

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  26. thank you for sharing your love with us. wishing you happiness and love always~

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  27. a truly beautiful love story. how they all should be.

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  28. Happy Anniversary to a wonderful couple! your beautiful post had me sighing quietly into my computer! Margaretx

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  29. What a beautiful post, Suz. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

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  30. Congratulations and I love his smile -- he's smiling at YOU, after all, not just for the camera!

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  31. Thank you for sharing your beautiful and touching love story. The details you've described are heart warming and full of hope and good energy...the perfect ingredients to creating a happy life.

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  32. I love it- such a wonderful love story. Congratulations and happy anniversary to you and your sweetheart,

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  34. Awww what a lovely story about how it all began! Happy Anniversary to you and your man!!

    Sandy xoxo

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  35. Loved reading your sweet story...congrats!
    :)mendy

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  36. I wish you 37 more happy, loving years.
    xox Rella

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