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Happy anniversary to us!

April 16, 2010

  

April 16, 1988.

 Today is our 22nd wedding anniversary. I’m looking forward to posting on my 44th anniversary — we shall see.

As the cliche goes, it’s all gone so quickly. Those twenty-two years seem like just a few months sometimes, but of course it’s not. A lot has happened in our lives and the world since 1988, much of it good, some of it not so good.

Since 1988 we’ve lost all our grandparents, and one parent; but we’ve also gained one son. We’ve purchased two houses, finished one college degree, travelled here and there, been employed and unemployed, earned a lost a lot of money, and are currently going through one major disease. Some of it has not been much fun, but the majority has been a delight. 

 I am truly blessed to have a wonderful and considerate husband.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 16, 2010 11:39 am

    Singing you the Flintstones’ version of a Happy Anniversary song — to the tune of the William Tell Overture. 🙂

  2. Maria permalink
    April 16, 2010 12:02 pm

    Happy Anniversary… and many more! Congratulations 🙂

    Maria

  3. Sandy Bartell permalink
    April 16, 2010 12:18 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Jill! I love your wedding photo!

  4. April 16, 2010 12:18 pm

    *mush, mush*

  5. Sarahtee permalink
    April 16, 2010 2:31 pm

    Wishing you a very happy anniversary, Jill and Jill’s dh 🙂

  6. Babs permalink
    April 16, 2010 4:50 pm

    Have a wonderful anniversary – you’ve got a few years to catch my 26 years! 🙂

  7. Ellen permalink
    April 16, 2010 7:12 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Jill and Hank! You two look like the couple on top of the wedding cake!

    Our 25th is next month. You’ve caused me to reflect over the past 25 years as well, wow. It’s funny how we remember the milestones (good and not-so-good) and not the piddly little stuff that, at the time, caused needless worry and sleepless nights.

    There is something to be said about the passage of time and dealing with life’s curve balls along the way. You learn to live in the moment.

    The past several weeks have tossed some fast balls and curve balls our way. My husband’s dreaded and progressive disease and the fact that he took an early retirement package and is now home. The government cut the funding on the non-profit I work for and as a result I was laid off last week. So, we are home. Together. He is way too happy and I’m walking around in circles having nightmares about us sitting in front of the tv watching The Price is Right and doing crossword puzzles, in our matching track suits. Together. All day. 24/7. With pencils tucked behind our ears. Clipping coupons …

    Today I cruised Wal-mart with my just-turned-16 year-old-diva daughter, who is frantic that she won’t be able to live the life she is accustomed to anymore and is being forced to shop at Wal-mart now, against her will, and is wearing sunglasses because she doesn’t want anyone to see her there, all because she has 2 unemployed bums for parents.

    Just as we were arguing over the Wal-mart brand of tp versus Cottonelle, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” came on over the sound system. Immediately we ditched the cart and dove right into hip hop mode and lip sync’ed right along with Cyndy Lauper.

    When we stopped dancing (I stopped first because I was afraid that I’d break a hip when I hopped) we were both in stitches and so through her tears of laughter, my darling offspring said, “I love you soooo much, you crazy old woman.”

    Ah yes, those are the moments I’m talkin about!

    And so Jill, no matter whatever the next 22 years brings you, even if it means doing it sitting on a chair, if you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance!

    Then leave quickly or the men in the white coats will come and take you away…!

    Have the best anniversary ever!

    Ellen

  8. heidi permalink
    April 16, 2010 10:22 pm

    Hank and Jill,

    Have a wonderful, relaxing get away this weekend. you both deserve it!
    Love you!!

    Heidi

  9. April 17, 2010 6:42 am

    Mame’s comment made me cry and then laugh! LOVE IT!

    Happy Anniversary, Jill!!!!!!!!!

  10. Lisa permalink
    April 17, 2010 7:01 pm

    You almost brought me and my scrooge heart to tears. The photo says it all …Happy, happy anniversary. May the battles you fight be won together.

    Much blessings and continued prayers your way! – Lisa

  11. April 18, 2010 12:46 pm

    Happy Anniversary!
    xoxo
    Liz

  12. Colleen and Ed permalink
    April 18, 2010 5:20 pm

    Happy Anniversary Jill and Hank.

    “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, that they are white for the harvest.” John 4:35
    Your lives have and will continue to bear much fruit as you continue to trust God throughout your lives and
    your marriage. Congratulations on raising a wonderful son and for being an excellent example of a family looking to God for wisdom and strength in all areas of your marriage and raising Daniel. Again, Happy Anniversary. Love, Colleen and Ed

  13. Mom permalink
    April 18, 2010 6:50 pm

    I remember the picture taking and the beautiful ceremony, and I remember mine too. 52 years here before Dad went to heaven. You too will make it. All our prayers are heading in that direction, my special dear. God Bless and keep you all. Love and prayers are daily and nightly for your family and the rest of those who need it. Love from mom

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