Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Happy 43 Years to Us!

Anniversary Vignette with our wedding cake topper, hand painted plate and the hankie I carried for "something old". 
Here's a better view of our wedding plate.
It all started in 1963 in the hallway of St. Francis de Sales High School,  in Columbus, Ohio.  Two 14-year-olds met, then danced their first dance to The Beach Boy's song "In My Room" at a dance in the gym.  He was the captain of the football team and I was his cheerleader.  I liked to be in school plays and he drove me to practice.  On June 27, 1970, those two kids were married.

Yes, we've changed over the years and so have our likes and dislikes .  Our LOVE for each other, however, has never waivered. 
We've been through deaths of our grandparents, our dads, aunts,  uncles and two miscarriages.
We've shared the joy of births of our four children and our six grandchildren.
He likes hunting, fishing, college football, NFL football, Duck Dynasty, the History and Military channels, and action-packed thrillers.
I like Downton Abbey, HGTV, the Food Network, cooking, baking, sewing, swimming and yoga.
How can two very different individuals make it work? 
It's through our never-ending love  and commitment for each other and memories of a lifetime that we cherish of our family and friends.
There are years that we were so busy, that we barely remember them.  Thank heavens for photos to remind us what those years were!
I believe God put him on earth to love me, to take care of our family and to be a good, supportive   loyal friend to me and to others.    He's the one we always count on and he has done the best job ever.
I will be forever grateful for my happy life.  He is my strength and my hero.  Although he has been battling prostate cancer for going on eight years, he has never stopped in trying his best to fight it.  That's how my guy is. 

Happy 43 years to my love!

Thank you for your visit!  xo
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  1. What a BEAUTIFUL post, Kitty. Congratulations on your 43rd Anniversary, and may you celebrate many more!

  2. Oh such a loving post. Happy Anniversary!!!! Hugs, Marty

  3. What a special love story! Congratulations!

  4. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. This is a beautiful tribute to you both! All the best to many more years together. Pamela

  5. Happy Anniversary! In this day and time it's refreshing to hear about a couple who made it work and did it beautifully.

  6. Happy anniversary to you both! This is such a sweet & heartfelt post, it gave me chills. May you have many many more happy years together!

  7. Happy Anniversary, to you and Rich. I wish you all the best, you are a beautiful couple, and an inspiration. xo

  8. Aw, Happy Anniversary, sweet Kitty, to you and your Rich! You are such an a beautiful couple and an inspiration to us all. It's funny how opposites attract.
    My sweetheart is a real people person and I'm the shy mouse in the background. :) He inspires me and I him. We also met at a dance and our first dance was to a Beach Boys song too. The Lord bless you and Rich and I pray you have many more happy years together. So glad you shared this with us.

    Blessings and hugs,

  9. Happy Anniversary! What a precious story, I absolutely LOVE it!! Here's to 43 yrs. more!

  10. Aw, congrats Kitty! Such a nice post. I hope you both had a wonderful anniversary:@)

  11. Oh how wonderful Kitty! Your marriage is something to be very proud of. Loved this post and seeing a photo of the two lovebirds. Happy Anniversary! :) Pam

  12. Happy anniversary to you both! Your mementos are priceless. I love that you shared them with us. Your photo is wonderful. Praying for many more years together! xo xo marlis

  13. Beautiful! Happy Anniversary!

  14. Happy Anniversary Kitty, I love seeing your photos! I'm easily entertained & like Duck Dynasty too :)) Wishing you many more anniversaries to come!

  15. A great love story always makes me cry happy tears...just a minute, I have to grab a Kleenex. Happy Anniversary! Cherry Kay

  16. Oh, Kitty....this is so sweet! SO sweet!!! I love the pictures! It's fun to look back and see how people looked when they were younger. You guys still look as great and as much in love as 43 years ago!!!

    I think many marriages survive BECAUSE each person in the marriage has separate interests. I would go NUTS if Ramon liked everything I like!!! We can just meet in the middle when the time is right!

    Congratulations to you both, and continue that fight. I'm pulling for your hubby!!!

  17. Kitty,

    Congrats and Happy Anniversary to you. What a beautiful tribute to your wonderful marriage!!


  18. Such a touching tribute to your love & the life you've created together, Kitty! The photos of you both, from the beginning of your relationship till now are true treasures. You are very blessed to have had such a long, enduring love for each other.

    Happy Anniversary to you both, with best wishes for many, many more celebrations together!

  19. What a sweet post, Kitty! Congratulations to the two of you on 43 years of marriage. All the best for many more years of happiness together. ~ Sarah

  20. Oh dear and sweet friend Kitty,

    I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face.

    My very best wishes for good health and happiness to your both. You were so YOUNG when you got together, my goodness!

    I know right where you got married, too!

    I truly hope next time - hope there is a next time- you are here we can firmly work out seeing one another. I could kick myself for letting that opportunity go by......I thought for sure we would before the weekend was over. Sigh.


    (You are so pretty!)

  21. How wonderful! Happy Anniversary. We're coming up on 38 years this's amazing how the years fly.

  22. What a wonderful tribute to love and a long-term commitment to marriage! Happy Anniversary to both of you.

  23. So sweet! You 2 are as beautiful as ever. Happy Anniversary to you both, Kitty....Christine

  24. Congratulations on your blessed anniversary.

    - The Tablescaper

  25. Oh Kitty...I'm melting and wiping tears away. What a simply beautiful post! I adore all your memorabilia and memories shared. Happy Happy Anniversary dear friend. I know I'd love Rich....we are both big Duck Dynasty fans too. =) He sounds like an awesome guy...oh how I LOVE the most recent photo of you both at the end. Enjoy a sweet celebration of your special love. Hugs to you both! XO

  26. Happy anniversary! My high school sweetheart and I were married August 22, 1970. :) for what it's worth

  27. Happy Anniversary! My husband has been fighting cancer for eight years also. Hugs and prayers for both of you.

  28. You two are role models for the benefits of a happy marriage through unconditional love for one person for 43 years! Happy anniversary to you and Rich! Enjoy the celebration of many sweet memories and blessings. Love the photos! xo

  29. Football captain and cheerleader....I love it. It is funny how two people with such opposite interests come together, but I think that's what often makes a relationship work. Good for the two of you for lasting 43 years. Continue on.

  30. Happy anniversary Kitty, loved reading how you met and from the 70's to now, you both have aged well!
    We'll be 41 years on July 1 - always a good idea to get married on a holiday so the DH will remember the date. LOL
    I didn't have a wedding cake but enjoyed seeing yours that you've kept all these years.
    Cheers to many more happy years my friend.

  31. Congratulations! Just discovered your blog and love the sound of those recipes! Best wishes from Scotland.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  32. Kitty, those words are as beautiful as your and Rich's love. You are a shining example of what marriage and family is all about. Have a wonderful celebration. Bobby teared up when he read this, said it was one of the most beautiful things he has every read. Happy anniversary. I love you very much!

  33. Just happened to click on the lovely caption and picture of the two of you over at glad I did! Your words are beautiful. My husband and I celebrate 40 years this July! Now, I'll spend a little while looking at your great recipes!

    Blessings to you both!

  34. sweet! we just celebrated our 36th on the 25th and I composed a lil sumpin for my man on my blog too! Kinda makes me sad that it takes the actual anniversary to write down in words how blessed my life has been. Mental note to self: tell him more often in lots of ways!!
    Happy Happy Day to ya'll....

  35. Wishing you and your beloved a very Happy Anniversary, Kitty! I enjoyed the pictures.

  36. Happy Anniversary Kitty! I loved the wedding picture, thanks for sharing it!

    Peace in Christ,

  37. What a sweet story Kitty - congrats. I am 2 years ahead of you. I Graduated in 1966 (High School) at 17. What a sweet post!

  38. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful tribute to your love!

  39. Awww Kitty, what a beautiful post. Congrats to you both! Happy anniversary.
    I hope your dear hubby is coping well. He has been through so much! xoxo Linda

  40. Dear Kitty, I love this sweet post. It's so touching, it almost made me cry. You and Rich have been so blessed, as I'm sure you have blessed the lives of many others! There is no doubt in my mind that you two were made to be together. I didn't realize you have four children -- that's so wonderful! I'm so thankful for my husband, too; my life would have been so different if I'd never met him.

    I loved seeing your photos -- such a handsome couple. You were so pretty when you were young, and still a lovely lady today! :) I'm keeping Rich and you in my thoughts and prayers. Happy Anniversary to you both!!!

    Many hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

  41. That was beautiful , Kitty! We share a wedding year too!
    God bless you both!

  42. Happy anniversary, Kitty! This is a lovely post! Wish you many more wonderful years together!

  43. Happy Anniversary, congratulations !!!! WOW 43 years that is fantastic.
    I hope there will be lots of wonderful years together for you two love birds ; )
    Have a great weekend.

  44. Kitty, what a touching post. Happy Anniversary to you two cuties. Your hubby is a trooper! We will celebrate #41 in Aug. Our story is very similar. Prayers for your sweet hubby. Loved, loved the pictures. Simply priceless! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  45. Oh honey the happiest anniversary to you and your sweet hubby, what a lovely romantic story and the way you put it, it's what worked for a happy life and marriage! My prayers are for your husband so he can continue strong and brave, as he has till now. Your pictures are a treasure, I love each one. Many, many years to more to celebrate your anniversaries. Thank you for sharing. Big hugs to you both.

  46. Kitty, that beautiful story! I loved to know this great love. It is wonderful when we find a soul mate. Congratulations to you guys. Best regards and wishes for a beautiful week!

  47. Congratulations to you and Rich! Leonard and I are so blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know you and what a very special couple you are. Hope that you are having a wonderful anniversary and our very best wishes for your happiness.
    God Bless You,
    Miz Helen and Leonard

  48. SO beautiful ~ this post and this dear couple. Wishes for many more happy anniversaries :)

  49. Sweet post!!! Happy Anniversary. Pinned and posted your blog post to face book.

  50. My dear Kitty, this is so precious! I am a little late, but Happy Anniversary! You are a darling couple and your love story brought a smile to my face :) May you be blessed with many more years together.

    Love and hugs!

  51. Dear Kitty,
    Please forgive me for being so late in congratulating you and hubby on your anniversary! What a beautiful post about your life together! I will be praying you have many more wonderful years together!


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