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Saturday, January 13, 2007
40th Wedding Anniversary

Tomorrow is our 40th wedding anniversary. Forty years!! I looked at my still very youthful looking husband yesterday and said, "Forty years - we must be getting old." "Nah," he replied "we started young." Yes we did. However, forty years is a long time, and we are getting a bit gray around the edges (well he is; I have no idea how gray my hair is any more. Judging by the roots - a lot grayer than he is.)

We celebrated last evening with a dinner at Outback. Having been married as long as we have, I knew he didn't want to miss the football playoffs, so I suggested we go out on friday instead of sunday. It was a great dinner.

We aren't going to have a big celebration or take a wonderful trip. We have so much invested in this move we hope to make, we just can't do anything spectacular right now. If the house and property haven't sold by this summer, we'll take a trip then. We said not even any presents, but he walked in the door a little while ago with a dozen beautiful roses.

He was my first real love, and I love him still - deeper, better. We've been through some very difficult times. We did a lot of growing up in the early years, and we are still learning. The adjustment to him being home full-time was a major one for both of us, but we've settled into a peaceful routine. Life isn't perfect, but life is good.

He still makes me laugh - just the way he did when he carried my books home from high school. After all these years, communication is as easy as a certain look. He is my hero. I have seen him deal with the very worst life can throw at us with faith and grace. His giving heart just amazes me, and his servant's heart blesses everyone he knows.

I am thankful Lord. You have blessed us with priceless treasures - our three children, our wonderful daughters-in-law, our seven precious grandchildren. You have never forsaken us and always helped us. You have made our love and our life together something very special. Without You I don't think we would have made it through those terrible times. Only by Your grace.

Blessings y'all,
  posted at 1:36 PM

At 4:17 PM, Blogger Morning Glory said...

Oh Linda, this was so beautiful. Happy Anniversary to you tomorrow. We're coming up to 37 this summer and I can't imagine life with anyone else.

What a lovely tribute to your marriage.

At 4:59 PM, Blogger momrn2 said...

What wonderful words and a lovely tribute to your years together! Beautiful!!

A very huge, hearty congratulations!! What a fabulous milestone to celebrate!!!

At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 40th anniversary, Linda! What a sweet hubby you have, bringing you flowers like that.

My hubby is watching football playoffs as I type this, and tomorrow's taken for the same reason. Hey, I know where he's at and what he's doing. ;D

I wish you many more happy years together, Linda.

Happy weekend!

At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Linda, this is the sweetest thing ever. Congratulations on your 40th! I just love that I can read and learn from you each day. I was just praying one year ago that God would bring some ladies in my life that were further along in age(not that you are old by any means)and more spiritually mature for me to learn from. He has definitely done that through blogging. We have a very young (though big) church and many of the older ladies have not been Christians for long. You, as well as many others, are my Titus 2 ladies. Skip and I will be celebrating our 15th this summer and I hope we can hold on to the love and joy you and your hubby have been blessed with. Sorry for the long comment.

At 5:49 PM, Blogger Barb said...

Forty years is a huge milestone, Linda. Congratulations and happy anniversary to you both. Your love for him shines through this post.

At 8:33 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

I love this. Congratulations on 40 years. It is a wonderful thing, this long marriage thing, isn't it??

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

what a beautiful love story and a wonderful testament to marriage! Happy 40th anniversary!

How sweet of you to realize there was football on Sunday so you offered to go out on Friday :)

At 7:58 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Happy Aniversary! 40 years. Wow. Our ten year is next week. Nice to know we aren't the only January weddings out there, and that 40 years is as attainable as 10. :) What an incredible blessing. Happy anniversary!

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Pamela said...

Congratulations on 40 blessed years as husband and wife!

It sounds like you have a romance that was made in heaven! Isn't it funny that the older we get the better our communications gets, one word or one look usually does it. Sometimes my hubby, Dennis will push it though and whistle and I quickly have to put him in his place. lol

Wishing you many more blessed years together!

At 12:51 PM, Blogger PEA said...

Dearest Linda...Happy 40th Anniversary to you and your hubby!! I loved reading this post, your love for him shows through every word:-) No need for big celebrations, you have each other, that's what the most important thing is! My love to both of you!! Hugs xoxo

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations! This is something to celebrate indeed!

At 5:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary to you two! We're headed for 32. I put a note for you in my latest blog entry--check it out! Love you, dear one!

At 4:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy to be with you in the long lasting marriages and still feeling good ! We are married for 37 years now, 38 this year, so in 2 years we also will join the group. I think we are really lucky, from all 8 couples who were invited to the 50th birthday of Mr. Gattino, 15 years ago, only two are still married. We and another couple. Isn't that terrible ?

At 9:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow!! 40 years! That is inspirational.

This was a beautiful post. I only hope I'm as happy with my husband at 40 years as you are with yours.

Happy Anniversary!

At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Linda,
I am so sorry I am late getting around to comment. I hope your anniversary was absolutely wonderful. Forty years is such a tribute to the wonderful love you two share.
Wishing you every happiness in all the years that are yet come..

At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

At 8:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow, Linda. What a beautiful tribute to your dear husband & to God. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Congratulations! You are a great example for the rest of us.

At 9:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary! What a lovely post!


At 9:10 PM, Blogger MugwumpMom said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary

At 9:12 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

I'm glad I did and you did too! I'm sure something will pop into your head or inspire you. You do such a great job. I only post about 3 times a week.


At 9:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a precious tribute and a beautiful prayer. I just said a prayer for you both, and for your marriage.

Here's to the next 40!


At 5:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary, Linda! Forty years is absolutely amazing and you guys are to be commended!

At 6:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Sweet! An inspiration. Thanks

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Kerri said...

It sounds like you have plenty to celebrate Linda. Happy Anniversary a little late. What a sweet tribute. Your husband is a true romantic bringing you roses.
How wonderful to still be in love after 40 years. These are the things that make us truly thankful.


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