Monday, December 10, 2007

30 years ago today



Thirty years ago today, two desperately love sick 18 year olds started their life together despite (or maybe in spite of) all of the advice they received not to. They began married life with hardly any money but lots of dreams and hopes for the future. They honestly believed all they needed was each other.

The years ahead were not all wine and roses. Two years after their wedding, their first baby girl was stillborn. They named her Melissa Nicole and buried her on a cold February morning. They cried together and went on with their lives a little sadder than they were before but still in love.

Two years later, a beautiful and healthy baby girl was born. They named her Karen Michelle and they began a new life as parents. Five years after that, an equally beautiful Allison Rose made her appearance and their little family was complete.

Over the years, there was much heartache mixed in with the joy but the love got bigger and stronger as the years went by. There were struggles, some pretty big ones. They fought and made up. They loved. They laughed. They cried. They laughed some more. They raised those two baby girls to be happy self sufficient women who make them very proud. They’ve built a life together that is comfortable and exciting and filled with fun.

While some of the credit for the longevity of their relationship can be attributed to pure stubbornness, the real reasons they are still together are because they want to be and because they are still as love struck as they were when they were kids. He tells her she is beautiful every day and she laughs at him. She still meets him with a kiss at the door each day when he comes home from work. They compliment each other. They were meant for each other. Life is good. Their love is strong.

15 comments:

mel said...

TOO CUTE BEFORE AND NOW PIOCS.CONGRATS AND WISH YOU MANY MORE

Marcia said...

What a wonderful love story! I wish you many, many more years!

Marcia (cmriker1)

Hayley said...

I love this blog entry. It made me cry!!! Congrats on 30 years of marriage!! Here's to aother 30+ years!!!

ellen said...

that is such a sweet story! wow! 30 yrs is amazing...just amazing! congrats! ellen {aka howdee at BB}

RitaS said...

You've hardly changed! Beautiful! And congratulations!

joscelyne cutchens said...

sniiffle... that is so sweet! Happy Anniversary~and many more!

Samantha said...

Awwww...too cute! Happy Anniversary! You two were definitely made for each other :)

Debbie said...

Oh I love the pics of before and now. Best wishes and I hope you have at least another 30 years together. I could so tell that was you, Detta!

Miffy said...

What a sweet story, Detta! Congrats to both of you on your 30 wonderful years and your two beautiful girls. Here's to many more...love, Miffy

Erica Hettwer said...

Happy Anniversary!! That is so sweet and such a wonderful story. How lucky you are that it is yours!

Erica
~melegs
:D

Liz said...

really cute Detta! I am adding you to my bloggys so I can check in on all the fun here!

Heather said...

So sweet detta, the pictures are so beautiful!!!

linda.b said...

Detta,

Happy belated anniversary. This is a beautiful story. 30 years is very a great accomplishment. I wish you 30 years of more happiness! God has blessed you and your husband and girls and grandson with a great gift.

Best wishes.

Linda B.

Liz Ness said...

You've made tears come into my eyes with your beautiful and touching story. Thanks for sharing this and CONGRATULATIONS on a long and loving life together. YOU TWO WERE RIGHT (even at 18, sometimes you just know)!

Theresa Tyree said...

Oh, I love this post! I can really see how much the girls look like you. You haven't changed much. Wish I could say the same for Curtis! LOL!