Twenty-two years! May 25 marks twenty-two years that John and I have been married! WOO HOO! It seems like just yesterday we were planning the festivities – if nothing went wrong, that is!
A couple of weeks before our wedding, I was called for jury duty. When asked if I had a problem being in court the week of May 25, 1996, I informed judge, jury and counsel alike that I would most assuredly NOT be able to be in court! I was getting married and would be on my honeymoon! Whew, they tossed me out pretty quickly, praise God.
A week before the wedding, I came down with a horrible head cold. I felt rotten and there was so much to be done! John tried to console me, but I promptly burt into pre-wedding tears. And yet, he still agreed to marry me!
By and large, most of our planning went into the reception. We wanted to cater the event ourselves, having friends and family bring certain foods. One couple offered to carve a watermelon for a fruit bowl! How generous! Another couple offered to make meatballs. We were so very blessed. But we needed a place to host all this.
There was a new restaurant open downtown, in one of the quaint historic buildings. One side was the restaurant area, and the other side was rented out for events and receptions.
John and I looked forward to a quiet dinner there one night, so we could check the place out. We admired all the beautiful, historic woodwork and architectural elements of the building. We talked about where the dance floor would be, and where we could put all the food. Our waitress heard us planning, and came over to offer assistance.
“Awww, are y’all planning a wedding?”
Proud as peacocks, with grins from ear to ear we answered, “Why, yes we are!”
And then, this:
“Is it your daughter getting married?”
We deflated faster than a balloon with an arrow through it. Ouch! That hurt! We may have been older than most, but we felt like young love birds!
Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young. – Benjamin Franklin.
The Lord has certainly been gracious to us over all these years. His faithful love carries us and sustains us for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death do us part. For that we are thankful.
“I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” Isaiah 46:4 NLT
Grace be with you,
Carmen Horne says
Happy anniversary! I love we visited “your restaurant” with you both recently. Lary and I hope your day is filled with many more special memories today.
A head cold and a hit to the ego!? Isn’t it great how disaster seems to be funny 22 years later 🙂
I’m so glad y’all were there too! I just told John that I’ll have to start recording more recent anniversary stories…I’m having a hard time remembering the older things 🙂
Cathy Fontenot says
Happy Anniversary to you and John! Thanks for sharing a bit of your story with us. It’s those little personal details that we learn about each other that add depth to our relationships. 🙂
So true, Cathy! So true! Thank you for the anniversary wishes!
Kelly Blackwell says
Happy Anniversary Ellen! My husband Scott and I celebrated 11 years on the 20th. We got married older too, at just four days after my 40th birthday. 🙂 We also were and still are giddy with love.
I love your new blog. It is BEAUTIFUL just like you. I am hoping to do some redesigning too. For now I’m under maintenance.
Happy anniversary to you too! I love that y’all are still giddy with young love 🙂 ! Looking forward to seeing your blog redesign. Yes, it was time to remove the pink from mine 🙂 Love you, friend!
Kristi Woods says
What a story! Good thing jury duty offered a pass. Happy anniversary! It’s a busy weekend for anniversaries. Tony and I are celebrating ours as well. I hope yours is fantastic.
Happy anniversary to you and Tony! Love you Kristi!