"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

On this Day I said "I do"

And I would say it all over again! In a world where marriages are falling apart all around us I am so thankful to be so happily married to the man of my dreams. He is my prince charming. I call him my polished redneck! He is an excellent husband and a wonderful father to our children. These have been the happiest 13 years of my life. I'm not saying we haven't had things thrown at us because we have. We've mourned over loved ones, had financial strains, things happen with our children, but our commitment to each other and the Lord has always brought us through. Those things make us stronger and grow us closer together.
I've often asked my husband, "Why does our marriage seem so different?" People often wonder if we are truly as happy as we seem. And the answer is yes. Do we have a magic solution to every problem? No. We both put the Lord first in our lives and seek Him for guidance. Without him it would be impossible. He is the key factor here. The second thing is, don't knit pick. Just let some things go. We are all human and all have shortcomings. Have a servants heart. No I didn't say "slave". A servants heart is one that does something without expecting anything in return.
In short just love that man of yours with all your heart. Don't hold back!
Okay! Now that the serious talk is over and I've helped heal all the marriages of the world. We'll move on! LOL. I thought it would be fun to show some pictures of "the past". A little reflection on our 13 years together. So here we go!


We had a small wedding. But it was very nice and we didn't go in debt paying for it.
Hubby and I enjoy doing so much together. Though with 3 kids we don't get to do them as often anymore. We used to fish A LOT and go scuba diving, go on long bike rides, camping. All sorts of fun stuff. Now with our youngest on his way to being 4 we realize we can start doing a lot of those things again, but this time as a family.

Yes that's Steven Curtis Chapman in the background and yes, my husband has a mullet! LOL. Not something he likes to remember!!!


One of life's great joys right here.


So here we are then....

.....and now!


Happy Anniversary my LOVE!

22 comments:

  1. I love the pics! What a great post! So I am guessing your "weekend get-a-way" was AWESOME! We are in the same boat as you also, with all of our kids being old enough to do all the things we enjoy as a family.

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  2. Happy Anniversary. May you have many more years of happiness together. I love the pictures.

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  3. OH, happy, happy anniversary!! May the Lord bless you with many more blessed years together!

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  4. I adore true life love stories! You two obviously have it "going on" - I can see it in your smiles! God bless you both!

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  5. Oh my, what a beautiful post! Congratulations on these great years together. Your commitment is one of the things that keeps the Lord looking good. You two are so gorgeous together! Happy anniversary.

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  6. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I totally get it! I love my husband more and more each day! It's not that life isn't hard or that there aren't conflicts/struggles-it's that we have our hope in the Lord! Thank you so much for sharing! It's encouraging to see other couples call marriage a blessing! May you be blessed today and may your marriage be a testimony of God's grace and love always! Amanda:)

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  7. Happy Anniversary, Kim! Praying God will bless you with many more years!

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  8. Happy Anniversary! We really have a lot in common. Folks always wnder if what me and my hubby have is the real deal too...yep, we're madly in love with each other after all this time. And the real kicker my husband's online username is redneckroyalty as he is the king of rednecks! lol

    Isn't it a wonderful feeling being with the one person you know that God made just for you? We are blessed women indeed!

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  9. Oh, I love it! Happy Anniversary, dear friend! Loved the pics. You both still look as young as you did 13 years ago! May you have a wonderful day. Thanks for your prayers, by the way. I truly appreciate them!

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  10. Happy Anniversary! How wonderful! Love the pics.... bless you both...

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  11. Ok I may be a huge sap but I love to read real life love stories...they bless me beyond measure so thank you.

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  12. What a beautiful couple you are!! Happy Anniversary:-)

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  13. So Sweet! Happy Anniversary to you! Loved the pictures and the walk down memory lane. You gave some great advice. Hope your anniversary is special! BTW..loved your wedding dress and train. Beautiful.

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  14. Oh HAPPY HAPPY Anniversary!! I love reading about long lasting marriages!! Many Many Blessings for more happy years!

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  15. Happy Happy Anniversary my friend!!! I hope you had a wonderful time together the last couple of days.

    All your pics are so beautiful and the two of you are just so cute!!

    So encouraging to see some happy marriages still around! I am blessed with one, too and I know that the reason is because of the Lord.

    Thanks for sharing the sweetness with us! Big giant anniversary HUGS to you!! :)

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  16. A beautiful couple and so committed to the Lord. Nice to see, happy anniversary!

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  17. My precious sister and friend,

    Happy Happy Anniversary! What a lovely tribute to the Lord and to your hubby and what a great example when you say "go love that man of yours"!!

    Jay & I read this together and we are delighted to know you! To many more years together, my friend. ((hugs)) to you both!!

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  18. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, sweet thang! Love your pics! What a beautiful bride you were!

    It's so refreshing to see couples stay so much in love over the years. Great advice you imparted. I particularly love the servant's heart part. 8-]

    Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

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  19. Happy Anniversary guys! May the Lord bless you with many many more happy years together!

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  20. Oh my goodness, how is it that the two of you have not ages at all? That is not fair. You are a beautiful couple, thanks for sharing this with us! Happy Anniversary.

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  21. You have such a sweet family and story!!! Happy Anniversary!!

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  22. Oh So sweet!!! happy Anniversary!!!!

    I am happy for you both! I Really am!

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