Saturday, April 7, 2018

Then and now...what a difference a few years make!

Good morning!

I'm still MIA, but wanted to drop in and say hi.

Today is a very special day.
45 years ago today, at 4:00 p.m. Central Time, I married my best friend, the love of my life, 
and my partner in business, parenting, and everything in between.

Together, hand in hand, we have been through births, deaths, illness, good times,
and not-so-good times.  In 1980, when dear hubby sustained 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns
over more than 3/4 of his body, I thought I'd lose him, and I was terrified.  Thanks to God,
a very strong and stubborn husband, successful skin grafts, and a wonderful burn unit, we were blessed to weather that storm together.

We've watched our babies grow up into successful adults, and are proud of the goodness
and love of family in each of them. They have both married wonderful spouses, and have blessed us with 4 beautiful grandchildren. It's fun to watch their love grow with each passing year.

Life is so good!

I thought I'd share with you our 'then and now' photos, so you can see what a difference
45 years makes!


December 2017

Stan, if you happen to read this blog post, I hope that you know how much you mean to me.
Each year, our love grows, changes, and each year just gets better and better.  Let's see what the next 45 years bring!  Happy Anniversary - I love you!

Thanks, everyone, for putting up with this sappy post! Sometimes, you just gotta go with what your heart tells you, right???  I have to laugh - we had the latest photo taken for our church directory. I forgot to wear earrings AND neglected to put on any make-up.  Old age is my excuse for said forgetfulness!

Happy Saturday to all,
Patti J.


ionabunny said...

Congrats. A beautiful post. Hugz

Donna said...

Happy anniversary to you and Stan dear friend!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...


Denise Bryant said...

Beautiful post! Happy Anniversary to you both!

Lori Kobular said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! You both look amazing!

JEWELZB said...

Such a lovely tribute to your husband of 45yrs.! ❤ HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you both!

Lynne in NI said...

Awww lovely post Patti! Happy Anniversary to you both x

MagsB said...

Congratulations! What a beautiful post!

love Mags B x

Cheri said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! With or without earrings and makeup, love shines in your eyes. Enjoy the next 45 years together!

Cheryl W said...

Loved reading this post, Patti. Happy anniversary to both of you! I wish many more happy years together.

lisa808 said...

Happy Anniversary!

Beth Norman said...

Have the happiest of anniveraries my dear friend. Congratulations on such an achievement. I'm sorry to hear your poor hubby had burns. God bless you two.

Pam Sparks said...

Belated Anniversary wishes to you and Stan! How wonderful! You are so blessed and I'm rejoicing with you today simply because I remember when you didn't have any grandkids and wanted some so bad... now look at you! You have a way to go to catch up with us! lol lol lol Doesn't everybody! lol Beautiful pictures of you!

Judy1223 said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! Wow, 45 years! You were such a cute couple and still are now! Enjoy your anniversary and may God continue to bless you both with health, happiness and love for years to come!

Lynette said...

Happy (belated) anniversary wishes to you and your husband! You haven't changed a bit:) I remember now how young you were - and I thought WE were young when we got married! You beat us by a year and a half.

Sue said...

Happy belated anniversary to you and Stan. What a wonderful testament to your love and devotion to each other. Lovely post, and congratulations of 45 years, a milestone, to be proud of.And, a wish for many more happy, healthy years together.


CherylQuilts said...

Oh, precious Patti! Belated anniversary wishes, and praise God for how He has worked in your lives and grown the love you have for each other and for the Lord! What an amazing "journey" through this life you have had, and may God continue to bless you both and use you to shine His light here and throughout eternity! Hugs and love, sweet friend! xoxo

Monika/Buzsy said...

Well, I clearly missed your anniversary... but happy belated one! What a sweet couple! God has certainly blessed you two!