Today is my 28th wedding anniversary.
Naturally, that means there will be a few pictures. :)
This was the one of Jim he took while I was gone.
Seth looks an awful lot like his dad.
This was the one I took for him right before I left.
The invitations were waiting for us
when I returned home from my mission.
There was little time to plan a wedding because I got home six weeks before we were married.
This was taken right after we were married and we went out
to greet family and friends on the temple grounds.
A few hat comments:
I picked out my hat first before I picked out my dress.
I quite liked that hat.
I would never wear a hat now,
but it was very much in style then.
And there's the famous "hat" story.
This is my dear, dear friend Eloise. She and I served our missions together. She came to my wedding in the DC Temple but needed to leave right after to go to a job interview. My hat was a pain to get on right, the way it was intended to go on. She congratulated me and hugged me goodbye and inadvertently knocked my hat a bit as she did so. When she left I asked Jim, "Is my hat on crooked?" Jim of course said, "Your hat is just fine." I could feel that it was crooked and I asked a few others but everybody said, "Your hat is just fine." There were no mirrors on the grounds where we were getting our pictures taken so I couldn't check it but I could tell something wasn't right. Sure enough, every picture we took that morning showed that my hat was not on right. This picture shows how it was supposed to look. I only mention this because all these years later, we still refer to the crooked hat story. It's our way of saying, "take the time now to get something right because if you don't, you'll hear about it for years." All I have to say is, "Is my hat on crooked?" and enough is said, point understood. I don't think I ever told Eloise that story but my kids have heard it many times.
We were married on a Thursday morning. It was a hot, humid day in the east as mid-July always is. The weather did not bother me though because I had just come from a very hot, humid tropical climate and the east was tame compared to that weather. We had a fun Kentucky Fried Chicken picnic lunch nearby the temple grounds after all the pictures were taken. Everyone needed to travel back home and that was the best solution. We were six hours from the DC temple, it was a lot of driving in hot weather. I remember how pretty the park was and what a lovely day it was.
We went to the temple yesterday afternoon and participated in ordinances that reminded us of our own sealing. There was a young couple there with us who had only been married four months. I couldn't help but look at them and think, "You have so much ahead of you." I thought how they would most likely experience great joy and great sorrow, like we have. But those experiences are what forges marriages. The man who was helping us asked how long we had been married. We told him "28 years tomorrow." He said, "I've been married exactly double that, 56 years." Then I couldn't help but wonder what's ahead of us. If we make it that long, I will be an old woman. Jim will be an old man.
I could be best friends with an old man as long as his name is Jim. I want my posterity to know how much I love this good man I married so long ago.
to both of us.