Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

25 Years Ago Today...


...I became his bride.

And sometimes he still calls me that.

Since that day, there have been four beautiful babies, plus three dogs, a rabbit, about 600 rodents (most of which were actually in cages), two fish tanks, and one very long-living goldfish.

There have been tight times and flush times. There have been fights and make-ups. There has been snot, barf and lots of dirty diapers.

There has been lots of gray hairs, lots and lots of prayers, and lots and lots and lots of dirty laundry (thankfully the literal kind, not the figurative kind).

And if someone had allowed me to see the future on that day 25 years ago, would I have still walked down that aisle in my very expensive, white lace, seed-pearl crusted dress?

I can't say for sure. Maybe I would have hightailed it for the convent wall (not likely, but it sounds good now).

I, for one, am glad I couldn't see the future. It surely would have spoiled the fun.

Happy Anniversary, Sweetheart.



  1. Happy, Happy Anniversary to you both! May Almighty God give you another wonderful 25 years of bliss...and lots of grandchildren! :)

  2. Happy Anniversary to both of you! May God continue to bless you abundantly!

  3. Aw! How sweet! Happy anniversary, you two. :-)

    (Do you know the Garth Brooks song, "The Dance"?)

  4. Happy Anniversary! Hope you have a wonderful celebration!!

  5. Yay!!! Congratulations. Saying special prayers for you and Doug today. That wedding photo is sooo cool.

  6. LOVE that picture!
    Happy anniversary!

  7. Happy 25th Anniversary to you and your husband! May God continue to bless your marriage with faith, hope and LOVE!

  8. Happy Anniversary...what a beautiful bride and groom! May God continue to bless you with many more beautiful years...and significantly less snot and barf ;-D

  9. You are a beautiful bride. what a beautioful church (groom is not bad either! :) ) Happy 25 years and many more.

  10. Happy Anniversary! May God bless you with 25+ more!

  11. Thank you, Cheryl. If I'm not going to get a priest (and it doesn't look like that's going to happen) I'm certainly hoping for lots of grandchildren!

    Thank you, Jenny.

    Jennie, I can't say I've ever heard that one, but then I haven't heard many new songs in the last 25 years -- I'm an oldie but goodie!

    Thanks, Charlotte.

    Thanks, Ana Marie -- that's the St. Charles Lower Chapel (were you married there?).

    Thank you, Emily.

    Thank you, Sarah. Yes, the greatest of these.

    If I get lots of grandchildren I think there will be snot, barf and dirty diapers -- more of the same!

    Thank you, Gardenia. He still looks pretty darn good!

    Thank you, Kelly.

  12. Happy Anniversary, to you and your groom! And our prayers for many more happy, healthy years together!

    (And I love that wedding photo - you look just like a Victorian model!)

  13. Happy blessed Anniversary!!!!!

    Wow, 25 years, Congratulations!!!

  14. Here's to at least another 25!!!
    Hau'oli Piha Makahiki! May Our Good Lord continue to bless your marriage!

  15. Congratulations and many more years of love and happiness together.

  16. Happy Anniversary!!! That is an amazing picture---you both look so dreamy and happy.

    May God bless you with many more years.

  17. You're in my prayers in a special way today. I thank God for the gift of you!


    You two.

    Your husband and you.

    I thank God for the collective you.

    Happy 25th Anniversary!!!

  18. What a beautiful picture!!!! That truly is breathtaking! Congrats and may God bless you with SO MANY healthy and happy more years!

  19. You ladies are so kind.

    Thank you Aimee. I hope that doesn’t mean I now look like I was a Victorian bride – that means OLD!

    Yes, that’s a long time!

    Thank you, Sarah. And especially for those Hawaiian good wishes!

    Thank you, Beth.

    Thanks, Sara. I suppose I had many dreams back then! (Now, I’d just like to sleep, thanks!)

    I am humbled by your kindness. Thank you.

    Thank you, Teresa.

  20. Happiest of anniversaries! I love that photo, it is terribly romantic!

  21. A happy anniversary to you both!!! May God bless you during the next 25 years and beyond:~)

  22. Celebrate....in like some good food and good wine. Celebrate...and thank the Lord for all the blessings...those 4 kiddos and CELEBRATE just because 25 is a milestone!

    Blessings to you both.

    beautiful bride!

  23. Barbara, this photograph is absolutely stunning! I hope there's a large one on a wall of your home. Happy Anniversary!

  24. Happy Anniversary to you and Doug! What a beautiful bride you are! My God bless you with another 25 years (at least)!

  25. Congratulations to you both, and my prayers for at least another happy, healthy 25 years together!
    Beautiful photo, stunning bride! :-) Blessings!

  26. I have to agree with all statements submitted.
    Beautiful church.
    Beautiful bride.
    Handsome groom.
    Great picture.
    Happy 25 years! I hope my husband and I live long enough to see that number.
    God bless you.
    Martha in SD

  27. Thank you, Amy Caroline. The memory is terribly romantic as well. ;-)

    Thank you, Lana. I, too, am hoping for many more.

    Christine – we did celebrate! Pics to come!

    Linda, I’m sad to say there are no wedding pics on the wall. Maybe we’ll have to fix that!

    Thank you, Allison.

    Nancy, my silly husband has been calling me his “bride” for three days now!

    Thank you, Lori. You’re sweet.

    I hope my husband and I live long enough to see that number. It’s all about red wine and compromise (and lots of prayers!).

  28. aw, that photo is just bee-you-ti-ful, barb.
    belated happy anniversary wishes.
    may you two have MANY. MANY. more!

  29. Wishing you many more happy, healthy years together!


I appreciate your comments -- sometimes I feel like I'm talking to myself!