Sunday, August 30, 2015

Our 18th Wedding Anniversary--Hard to Believe!

This was then . . .
8-30-97 at Stan Hewitt Gardens, photo taken by Michael Solomon

This is now . . .

No more perm for me! (Taken at our vet where our dog visits every day!)
In 18 years, our lives truly have melded together.  Gerard has a bit less hair and mine is more gray but we are both happy and truly blessed!  Gerard retired at age 62 last November and so we cut back on our charitable donations.  He is waiting until 65 to start getting social security.  We went from two cars down to one and think that was a wise decision.  We really like our 2012 Ford Escape.  It's nice having Gerard home to take care of things that otherwise I'd have to take off work to do.  Abby (our dog) loves having him with her all day!  He even plays some with our cats now.  Besides having less income, the biggest change this year that I am really happy about is that now he helps me with my Sunday School class every week. 

We hope we have many more happy years together.  We highly recommend marriage--the key is to be yourself when dating so you find the right person and do not write off someone based solely on looks.  Inside may be a kind, compassionate and generous unselfish person who will love you deeply in spite of your faults.

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Kathy said...

Congratulations to you both! Marriage isn't always easy but you're right that it helps that you choose the right partner. You can't fix a marriage if there isn't a good solid base to begin with.

My husband will be retiring in the near future, and I'm a little anxious about it, but we'll adjust. I have to admit it'll be nice to have him home and less stressed, and be able to take care of things at a more leisurely pace than now. Both of us with fulltime jobs always made things more difficult. I don't know how parents with children do it! Where do they find the time for everything?!

Anyway, congrats on your anniversary. Love that wedding photo!

Sandee said...

♪♪Happy Anniversary to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Anniversary to you,♪♪
♪♪Happy Anniversary Dear Karen and Gerard, ♪♪
♪♪Happy Anniversary to you.♪♪

Beth Ann said...

Happy Anniversary to you two! Marriage is definitely a wonderful thing when two people come together who are truly willing to work at the marriage. So happy that you two found each other and that life is so good after retirement for Gerard. Enjoy the next 18 + years!

Summer said...

Happy anniversary! What cute photos of you two, then and now - and such wise words.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Happy Anniversary; may you celebrate many more in good health and happiness.

Mrs4444 said...

Well said, my friend. Here's to another eighteen and many more!

Karen and Gerard said...

Thanks everyone!

Kathy: I don't know how people with children do it either.

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