Sunday, July 15, 2012

She was 18 going on 19

She was 18, going on 19.
He was 19, going on 20.
Today I look at couples who get married at that age
and I think Do they know what they are doing?
It just seems so, so young to make that decision.
Yet, for me it has been almost 16 years
when I got married at the age of 20.
The excitement of "wedding" was most definitely in the air.
Especially when my dad "discreetly" changed our wedding date
from May 1997 up to November 1996.
Apparently peeking outside into the parked car
of our driveway at 3am every morning made him nervous.
So, he decided "sooner was better than later."
After checking with our flowers, wedding hall, honeymoon, cake...
my dad then checked with me to see if "November 23" was doable.
Talk about a shocker! But we did it!
Honestly, I consider being married as long as we have quite 
an accomplishment in this society.
Things haven't always been easy for either of us.
Life can complicate things.
But you have to remember WHY you got married.
Today my parents celebrate 40 years of marriage.
It's simple. I respect that.
I am in awe of two people who can remain so unselfish for that length of time,
who can still be friends, still laugh and still give out so much.

my granny. missing her so much right now. tears.

just two kids in love.

Happy 40th Anniversary Mom & Dad!
I love you.


Tiffany said...

That is awesome! Happy anniversary to your parents!

April said...

Awww, that is so sweet!!

Zia Blue said...

awww, they look so young and cute! as a 16-year-old, they seem even more young... i definitely can't picture myself getting married in 2 years!

Niken said...

your parents look so adorable! your mom is really pretty.

happy anniversary for your parents

Morgan Williams said...

Happy anniversary to your parents!! :)

Morgan Williams said...

Happy anniversary to your parents!! :)

Anonymous said...

What a great post! Good for you and your parents for always working things out and keeping the commitment!

Kelly said...

Haha! I love this! Happy Anniversary to your parents!!!

Jacy said...

Beautiful, God bless them!!

TicoTina said...

I hope all the video stuff worked out =) and wow, I think your mom looks like Jenny!

Allyson Butler said...

Happy anniversary to your parents - this is such a sweet post!

Maria said...

Happy 40 yrs to your parents! Those photos are so sweet. you are all beautiful!! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Antoinette said...

Wow what a beautiful story. This totally warmed my heart.

Between the lines

Janna Renee said...

Wow. 40 years! That's amazing. Hubby and I are on year three, and I am quite excited about it. It's not as good as your sixteen, but our love grows stronger every day. I can't wait for the rest of our lives <3

Jess ♥ said...

That's great! It's awesome seeing couples stick together through the good, the bad & everything in between. You don't see much of that these days. My parents *would have* celebrated 42 years this past 4th of July, but sadly my Daddy pasted away a month ago. BUT this post makes my heart happy. God bless your parents :)

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Krista said...

Love the new design! It's so fun! and happy anniversary to your parents!

ginanorma said...

Oh happy anniversary to a most precious special gorgeous couple! I LOVE these photos you shared Julie, I am so glad you did! Look at your mom's face!!! wow, what a beauty. 40 years is mind blowing and commendable...are you close to your parents?
Hard looking at old photographs, isn't it, especially seeing your gramma...sorry you are missing her...xoxo

No(dot dot)el said...

Congratulations to your parents! My parents celebrated 42 in April and I am so thankful for their amazing example in this adventure called LOVE and MARRIAGE!
And it is a HUGE accomplishment you and Jeff's years. We are in the same boat being that our annv. is in 1995. So much to be learned from couples like our parents. What a blessing. This was a beautiful tribute Julie.

Jelli said...

Great pics! Love the fact that your dad changed your wedding date. haha. My husband and I are very PRO early marriage. It really does keep people outta trouble most of the time, and allows you to enjoy many more lovely years of marriage.

Anonymous said...

This is such a sweet post. Congrats to your parents!

Debra Kapellakis said...

One of my favorite Auntie and Uncle combo's celebrate their 50th Wedding anniversary on the 18th of this month, Some young love is AMAZING! and encougaes me at only 21 years of marriage.

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