20 Sep 2009

When Girl Wed Boy - Chapter 23.



Having been a blogger for a lot longer than myself, it generally falls to Hubby to let the world know that it's our wedding anniversary but this year that honour goes to me.

Where to begin, what to say? For Hubby does this sort of thing so much better as he's the one blessed with words, he's the romantic one.






Our story began in June 1984 when girl met boy, girl and boy dated, girl and boy fell in love and boy (didn't ) propose - that's a whole other story though.

Then, just over two years later, twenty three years ago at 11 o' clock on the 20th of September 1986 girl and boy married in front of family and friends in St. Matthew's Church, Newbottle, Houghton-Le-Spring.

Ours was a simple wedding, quite traditional but made very special by so many people who gave so freely of their time and talents. Friends like Penny who made my dress, David who did all the wonderful flowers, Eric who took our photographs and Vicar's wife, Hilary, who made the cake.

Married life certainly didn't start well for us. Our first year seeing me have a serious accident, Hubby be made redundant from work not once, not twice but three times and then us loose our very first home together. Not exactly a good start but whoever said "What doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger" (or something like that) might well have wrote that with us in mind.

Still, things could only get better, right? Well, yes and no but through it all we have remained strong as a couple, always facing the worst, as well as the best, together.

So do I regret our twenty three years as man and wife? Not at all, for today I can still honestly say that Neal is the man I love, my rock, the person I look to before all others, the person I feel safest with, the person to whom I'd trust my life and, just as importantly, the person who I know loves me because of/despite me being me.





So here's to twenty four years of married life and a whole new chapter in 'When girl wed boy'.

15 comments:

emeraldfire said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!

Dorte H said...

Happy anniversary!
And I am sure your husband could not have written a more beautiful tribute to the life you share together!

We have been married for nearly thirty years, and we have also had to learn that what doesn´t separate you, makes you stronger.

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

How cute you both are! 23 years is a huge accomplishment, well done to you both! My hubby and I will be married 27 this year!

Happy Anniversary!

Grandmère Mimi said...

Congratulations to you and Hubby! You're both lovely people, and I feel privileged to have met you in real as well as virtual life.

...through it all we have remained strong as a couple, always facing the worst, as well as the best, together.

And that's what love and commitment is all about.

Much love and many blessings fly your way from south Louisiana.

joemmama said...

Congratulations!!!!!! You two look so happy! Let us see a current pic to see how happy you still are. As someone who is coming up on 34 years, with the same man, I know the ups and downs are like a rollercoaster, but it is so nice to have someone who really knows you and someone you can trust completely. SOmeone who "sticks", no matter what. That says a lot.

Heather said...

Thank-you for sharing such a wonderful story with all of us. I feel priviledged.

Kelly said...

Congratulations on your anniversary!!! Thanks for sharing the photos and the history.

We celebrated our 24th last month. Time flies!

You are a lovely couple and may you have many more years of happiness together!

Petty Witter said...

Thanks for all those lovely words. As requested some updated photos will be posted sometime.

Bad Alice said...

Congratulations! We had a really rocky beginning too, also with layoff after layoff and other oddities. Makes you appreciate the times of calm. I hope you have a wonderful day together in celebration and many more years to celebrate.

Paul said...

I though I had added my well wishes last night, but I guess not. Tardily then, my very best wishes to you both. May the years ahead be filled with every blessing.

Doorman-Priest said...

Time has hardly touched you, but the old man, well......

Petty Witter said...

Flattery will get you everywhere MP

susan s. said...

Belated congratulations! It seems all the good ones get married in September... you two, we two, and Mimi and Granpere!

You were both lovely in the wedding pictures. You still are, I believe. Love to you both!

chitra said...

Belated Anniversary wishes from me. It was nice you shared those pictures with us. May you both have many many more Anniversaries.

Petty Witter said...

Apologies to Doorman Priest - I've just noiticed I must have hit the 'M' instead of the 'D'. A freudian slip I assure you as we are so used to Mad Priest insulting 'the old man'.