Friday, July 23, 2010

Where has Time Gone

Hello to everyone! We just got back from 3 weeks of vacation! I know, you didn't know I was gone! lol
We went to KY, and MI. We had two family reuions, one on each side while we were there. Got to see my Mom and brother from FL, daughter and family from CA and many extended family members. We also celebrated our 4oth wedding anniversary while there and took a trip to Mackinac Island. What a GORGEOUS ISLAND to visit!!
We are planning a special trip with just the two of us at the end of the year.

WARNING! I have many, many pictures to show in the coming weeks. lol
Here we are at my sister's beautiful backyard! But first I want to share how it all began....

Forty years ago, I changed my name to that of my best friend's and he became my husband.

It doesn't seem possible that that amount of time has gone by. We don't feel any older-- but the mirror on the wall says different. lol

When we took those vows we didn't realize what those words, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer really meant. We have experienced both, like many of you, yet we have clung to God and each other to sustain us through whatever the trial .

Here' s a few pictures taken that day.

A friend helped me make my gown. I borrowed my sister's veil. We did whatever we could to keep the cost down.

I was only 18 yrs. old when I walked down the isle in 1970.
This pic was taken in my parents living room.

A little memory booklet the church gave us.

It was an evening wedding with candlelight.

I always liked this passage in Ruth so I chose it for this photo of our rings. Here we are trying to escape without too much rice. lol Yes, back then it was usually rice that they threw. Now days it's rose petals. They're a lot softer, I can tell you ! lol

Our cake was cherry- nut and was really quite tasty for a wedding cake. They have come a long ways since 1970.

Do you think we've changed much? (smile)

Our guest book. I'm not sure why these pictures came out with the yellow tinge. I may have had the flash off. Sorry!

I still have the top to our cake. The only thing that is badly discolored is the bell.

My wedding shoes. Does anyone remember Thom McAn shoe stores?
We thank God for his goodness to us and look forward to the years he allows us to share in the future!
Thanks for going down memory lane with me and for visiting my blog today. Have a great day!


Shelia said...

Oh, what a sweet post today! You were such a beautiful bride and your wedding was lovely! I think you're just a beautiful today if not more beautiful! Congratulations on your sweet married life!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Linda said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your best friend! What wonderful photos and memories of your special day.

Wishing you 37 more years of wedded bliss.


Linda said...

Oops..I hit the button too quickly! I meant 38 more years.

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

I started to tear up! Beautiful wedding, things were so different back then weren't they? The simple life or simpler life :). You look so beautiful then and now! Thank you for sharing your special day!

Have a wonderful Friday! Happy Anniversary!
Kathi :)

Wanita said...

Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on 38 years of marriage.

I really enjoyed your lovely pictures. Thank you for sharing them.

Thanks, too, for stopping by my blog. Have a wonderful weekend.

Penless Thoughts said...

Congratulations on 38 years!!!! Paying for your own wedding at 18 is very impressive. Few do that.

Penless Thoughts said...

P.S. Yes, I remember Thom mcan shoes.

Thru Pink Curtains said...

Happy Wedding Anniversary and you still look just as beautiful! Love your wedding cake. I wish i could see it in a larger picture. You know it is rare people stay together thru all the years but some how God has given you the grace to do so. God bless the rest of your life!

DeNiece Barnes said...

Your wedding was beautiful, I loved looking back in time with you, and Happy Anniversary,thanks for the wonderful comment on my blog.

Hadias said...

I remember Thom Mcann shoes.Happy Anniversary.

Barbara H. said...

Happy Anniversary! Loved looking at your wedding memories! I do remember Thom McAn.

ceekay said...

Have a wonderful day both of you! A lot of time has passed and a lot of different things to face - happy and sad, tears and laughter. I am so glad we got to share in a lot of it!
Ok, I remember Thom McCan and better yet...I can't believe you still have the shoes. My turn, do you have your going away outfit???
And hmmm, do I have a copy of that picture?

Ivory Spring said...

Wow, Ro.... what momentos you have from your wedding. I love all of them! Happy Anniversary!!! :)

The Barkers said...

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! We love you!

Jean said...

Happy Anniversary! Very nice post. I do remember Tomm Mc. stores.

Joy said...

Congrats on your anniversary! You both looked great and still do!
What a pretty wedding you had and yes I remember that shoe store. In
fact I got my shoes there too.

The Berry Patch said...

Congratulations! I love hearing wedding stories. Makes me want to go through our wedding album.

Thanks for sharing!

Brandee :-)

Love Bears All Things said...

Happy anniversary and congratulations on 38 years. I married at 17 and have 3 more years on you. How wonderful that you could make such a beautiful gown. Thank you for sharing these special mementos with us.
Mama Bear

Carrie said...

Thank you for sharing these lovely mementos of your special day.

Jewelgirl said...

Happy 38th anniversary! These
pictures remind me sooo much of
my dear cousins wedding back in
the late 1960's. She had a similar
dress & veil and she is still happily married like you!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

That is a wonderful post and testimony to your marriage! You and hubby make a great looking couple.

MyJourneyBack said...

What a lovely post. Happy Anniversary. And thank you for sharing with us. It was fun seeing your photo's. Brings back memories.
Thanks for coming over to visit my journey today.
Have a Blessed weekend,

Dawn said...

We did the same for our wedding - I made everything possible, and it has lasted 35 years - congratulations to you and Happy Anniversary!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Happy Anniversary! You were a beautiful bride, and your wedding dress, and ALL of the wedding was lovely!

Yes, I remember Thom McCan shoes! ;-)

Thanks for sharing your photos, y'all still look great!


Kelli said...

What a wonderful show and tell! I enjoyed seeing your wedding treasures and all the lovely pictures. Happy Anniversary!

Lisa Ann said...

Happy anniversary! We paid for our wedding to. Your wedding looks beautiful.

Julieann said...

What a beautiful bride, and wedding--thank you for sharing such a special day with all of us:)


Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Everything about your post was wonderful and I not only enjoyed reading it and viewing your cherished keepsakes and photos, but I can relate in many ways!--
My husband and I will be celebrating our 36th anniversary next week.
Thanks for sharing and you and your husband are a most lovely and handsome couple!
Happy Anniversary and Blessings to you!
Claudia O.

Shannon said...

Oh I loved looking at all those pictures!! Your shoes are in style! :)

Kathy said...

Congratulations on your 38th anniversary! I hope your day has been wonderful. You were a beautiful couple on your wedding day and you both look fabulous today! May you have many, many more happy days together.
Kathy (

celestina marie said...

Happy Anniversary!! You both look as beautiful now as you did then. What a gorgeous couple you are! I too had a cherry nut cake and yes, I do remember that shoe store as I got my wedding shoes there too in Michigan. Wow, 38 years is an accomplishment. My dh and I will celebrate 35 this August. Beautiful church pictures and I wish you many more happy and healthy years ahead.
Have a great weekend and celebrate!
hugs, Celestina
la rea rose

Stephens said...

What a wonderful layout and trip down memory lane you created for this post! Thank you for staying married for 38 yrs., when (unfortunately) that is not common to hear anymore. We love you, miss you, and hope you enjoyed your anniversary.

Rue said...

Happy belated Anniversary!

You are still a very beautiful couple :)


Jennifer said...

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful walk down memory lane:) thanks for sharing. Yes, I remember Thom McAn - and how cool that you still have your shoes! and your cake topper. I really do not save things very well. I do have quite a few pictures from our honeymoon (and oh how we have changed!) that somehow never made it into albums but I am determined to have that done by our big day in September...25 years!!

I think you are still a super cute couple - and love how you are sportin' matching outfits in that first picture!! Cute.

Lookin' forward to more of your pictures!!

Kathy said...

I had forgotten that our anniversaries are so close - same number of years too! Congratulations! Your photos are beautiful,lovely remembrances of a happy day!

Happy@Home said...

Welcome back and Happy Anniversary. I thoroughly enjoyed the walk down memory lane. Your wedding photos are all so sweet. I do remember Thom McAn shoe stores. I always shopped there or Baker's at Wonderland Mall in Livonia when I was a teenager.
The picture of you and your hubby in your sister's backyard is really nice. I am impressed at how well you coordinated with the flowers. :-).

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Loved seeing all these pictures! Your matching shirts are pretty!

I hope you received our card! Know you had a great celebration!

(P.S. - sorry to be late posting, I actually looked at your new blog posts a few days ago and had to stop before I commented, then forgot to come back to comment!)