Monday, September 22, 2008

To Have and To Hold

This past Friday, my hubby and I celebrated our 11th Wedding Anniversary! We were married on a Friday evening at the Grenville By The Sea in Bayhead, New Jersey. What a wonderful time we had. I can't believe that it has been 11 years already.
This was our wedding invitation. It is currently in a frame outside of our bedroom. It reminds us everyday of that incredible time in our lives. Over the years we have celebrated in different ways. Our 1st Anniversary was spent in France and Germany. After that we took motorcycle trips to Gatlinburg, Tenn and stayed in a beautiful cabin in the Smoky Mountains and one year we took another motorcycle trip to The Grand Canyon. Some anniversary's involved some beautiful jewelry and some were spent home alone. All of them are memorable! Here, I was 30 and Don was 45. We look at this photo and laugh saying that we hardly recognize these people! Since being married, we have moved 4 times, lived in a foreign country, traveled extensively, toured on motorcyles, had our sweet daughter, became Canadian citizens, bought our retirement home, have never had a serious illness, laughed almost everyday, never gone to bed angry, found our Faith together, now miss our motorcycle days, trying to age gracefully together, trying to lose 20 lbs, together.... We are now 41 and 56 and still loving every minute. It doesn't matter what comes, as long as we are together. We have a plaque hanging outside our room and it says, "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." We know no other way. I would say that I am lucky, but truthfully it takes working on it everyday! We both toasted over dinner to another 11 years together. May they be as good as the first 11.

12 comments:

Pearl said...

Ooooh... what a lovely post! Please accept my Congratulations on 11 years of Wedded Bliss...

~cheers 'n tosses confetti~

How nice to read about the many different ways you celebrated your anniversaries! Such an abundance of memories you're creating together and such a blessing to have your health. May you both continue to be blessed and have countless more anniversaries! Hope you enjoyed this first day of Fall... God bless...

~hugs 'n prayers~

Pearl

SherryRoseBella said...

Tammy, this was such a wonderful post. It was a treat to see your wedding picture...your gown is beautiful!! It sounds like you and Don have made a wonderful life together. May you have many more sweet years to celebrate your love.
See you soon,
Love, Sherry

Cassie said...

Congrats on your anniversary! My hubby and I will celebrate ten years this November. Time does go by so fast. Hope you have a wonderful anniversary week and many blessings in the next eleven years.

MommaRu said...

Oh, what wonderful memories this photo brings back. Our lovely daughter and her handsome husband.
A beautiful life begun together on that perfect day. How proud we
were and still are. You have both brought so much love and happiness into our lives, as well as your own.
And, Shelby is the perfect creation
and perfect part of each of you.
Still, such a handsome couple, journeying together toward the exciting new chapters yet to be written. Enjoy!
Would you believe, my eyes have been wet with tears writing this? Time to go and dry my eyes. May God bring all of "Life's" most precious gifts to you always.

Love you, Mom

Lee W. said...

I remember the day well! You two are such and amazing couple- and great friends to boot! Love ya!

Linda said...

Ohhhh...Happy Anniversary. And what great photos. You look so happy.

Tam said...

That was SUCH a sweet POST!!!!! What GREAT PICTURES of YOU guys!

AGAIN....a great and sweet post

Sandy Michelle said...

Happy 11 years to a beautiful couple:)

Sandy xox

Sarah said...

how wonderful! I love that you posted pics of your "before" and "after". You've done quit a lot in your 11 years! Many more to come! Happy Anniversary!
Sarah
Vintage Lily

CINNIBONBON said...

Congrats girlie!!!!!
I so did not recognize in that picture...you guys look so fabulous together...Best wishes to many mnay more years

Angela said...

Congratulations on your anniversary Tammi! I am so behind in so many things but I will be in Macon on Wed. at the paint store and will probably run to Barnes and Nobles as well. Will you be in town? If so I could meet you with this cigar box full of goodies, just let me know. thanks

natalea said...

How absolutely sweet Tammy! Congratulations on your anniversary, but more importantly, on your beautiful relationship! it sounds like you are a wonderful, happy match made in heaven! so happy that you are happy!
best wishes to you and Don- may you have this strong love always!
xoxo natalea