Thursday, August 26, 2010

anniversary month

hans and i celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this month with
an elegant dinner and a lovely bottle of wine.  when we began dating
35 years ago, many people said, "you two will never make it!  you're
way too different."

that is exactly the reason we have been so happy.  he's the gregarious
extrovert who entertains my quiet, simple introverted self.

our daughter shelby recently saved each of our text message responses
to a question.  me:  "that sounds perfect.  love you."  hans sent five
paragraphs of scripture and encouraging words!

it is also shelby and dan's month to celebrate their second year.  they are
the source of goodness and strength to all who know them, especially us!

i'm linking with joyce for her "friday pretties" not because i think we're
pretty, but because i think anniversaries are PRETTY special!


"love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.  it always protects,
always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."  1 corinthians 13:8,9


Single and Sane said...

Congratulations on 30 years! You're a beautiful couple, inside and out. =)

myletterstoemily said...

thank you, margaret! you are the
most encouraging person!!! so
glad we're blogging relations.

Debbi Thinks Deep said...

Oh, Congratulations! It's a wonderfully inspiring milestone you've reached!

-stephanie- said...

Congratulations on 30 years. What a blessing you both must be to each other. Happy 2nd Anniversary to your daughter and son-in-law too.

Sandra said...

Happy Anniversary! Truly, God made each of you to compliment the other and then allowed you two to find each other. May He bless you with many more decades of marital bliss.

Rebecca said...


Congrats to you my friend. Next month we celebrate 32. I was told my guy and I would never make it, too. Everyone said I was TOO YOUNG. I was...but that didn't stop me from marrying my beloved anyway.

I'd change nothing except one thing. I'd have waited until my guy finished school first...



I Love Pretty Little Things said...

I LOVE, LOVE LOVE this very Pretty Friday Pretty! What a beautiful bride and handsome groom. The beauty in a long marriage is a great example of what Pretty is! Congratulations! And, to your daughter too. Her Dress! Beautiful-

Thanks for your encouragement too. High Waters is the perfect description of what we are going through. God is holding my head above these turbulent waters! He is a good and perfect Father.

Vee said...

Hearty congrats on thirty wonderful years. You two were and are a beautiful couple in every way. Congrats also to the kids (?) on their anniversary. Also a great looking couple!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on celebrating your 30th!
People said the same thing about us. You're opposites - it won't last long. Our 29th Anniversary will be in October. :)
Thanks for your sweet visit this morning to my blog. I cherish your friendship, Lea.

~ Zuzu

Sonja said...

awww, that is just BEAUTIFUL Lea! Both the description and the pictures! Congratulations! I love the way you responded and the way Hans responded to the question from your daughter... it's amazing what God can do with 2 opposites!
Celebrating with you!! :)

Jenny Schouten Short said...

Congratulations and continued hopes for an abundant 30 more years together! x Jenny

Janette@Janette's Sage said... congratulations...we celebrated 30 just two months ago...our son and his wife, celebrated 5 years last week.
What a testimony of God's faithfulness when your marriage shows Him...even when they believed you wouldn't make it.
Enjoy!!! Celebrate!!! Rejoice!!!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

I am laughing out loud at your comment about rotating the tires...I had to do that two...and my Dad would say, "if you are paying for those tires you won't burn rubber."
What is funny is I have never used those skills...but guess what, I had five I can go look under the hood of a car and talk with them on whatever they are doing...God has a sense of humor and my Dad prepared me, not for my mishaps, but for being a mother of boys....thanks for stopping by and having a laugh with me also!!!!

Kate said...

happy 30th! congratulations :)

Together We Save said...

Congrats to you!! What a beautiful couple you make!!

Farm Girl said...

So sweet 30 years is a milestone. Your Wedding picture is just gorgeous, and your wedding dress could still be in style, that is saying something. Your kids to being married 2 years, oh yes so much to be thankful for.
Good Job!

Anonymous said...

Hearty congratulations! Beautiful photos of you and your daughter.

Georgia's simplyprettythings said...

Those pictures are so beautiful :) xxxx thanks for stopping by

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to everyone on their anniversary! I think they're PRETTY special, too!
Loved seeing all the beautiful wedding pics!
Have a great day,
Hugs ~ Jo :)

Susan B said...

Hi Lea,
Congratulations on 30 years together!! That is awesome! Your wedding photo is beautiful. Your description of you and Hans sounds so much like me and my husband. :) I wish you many more, loving years together.

Congratulations to Shelby and Dan also! All lovely wedding photos.

{Jodie} said...

Thirty years! You and your beloved have been married as long as I've been ALIVE. :)
...and a hearty congratulations to you, too! It's encouraging to see people making it that far - and not only "making it" but liking it as well. :)

Dianne said...

Well, you both are not just pretty, you are incredibly beautiful and if I had to guess, I would say "inside and out."

Your dress is classic and your veil--love them both--I'm so glad you shared them with us.


Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Beautiful is what you are"...
"Happy Anniversary"!!!
Hugs, Donna

Rosie said...

oh my dear friend, this is sooo special...Congratulations on 30 fun filled years of tender togetherness...

"What God has joined together let no man put asunder"

May He "continue" to bless you both in the years to come.
Happy Friday Pretties Sweet One!!!
..........Smile on...Rosie....

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! Well, I told you to post a pic of that was close...but people change in 30 years :)

Sandy said...

I love it when someone shares
their wedding pictures. Your
is really beautiful, as well
as your daughter's. Congrats
on 30 years. That's just

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Happy anniversary! You are a beautiful couple.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Wedding anniversaries have a way of mounting up ... where did all those years go??? The decades are extra special. Congratulations.

Debbie said...

Congratulations on your 30 year anniversary. I loved the photo of the two of you and that you are so different. My husband and I are complete opposites too. I think that makes it more interesting.

Blessings and love,

Cheri Bunch said...

I get to write the 30th comment! Isn't that cool? (rejoicing in the simple things today :)) Congratulations on your 30 years! My daughter and son-in-law's anniversary is today. 4 years! They are so cute together!
Scotty and I have been married 31 years. We had negative predictions as well. We are happier together as the days go by ... with the grace of God!!!

Love your beautiful pictures! Thank you for sharing this post with us. It is really special ... like you!


My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

congratulations on 30 years !!!!

we are 29 1/2 here...30 in january....just like you....

and YES !!!! i am just amazed how blogging has changed my world...for the better....

we are a lucky group to have each other..

sending love to you today, my friend...

Lisa said...

Congrats! Congrats! It was 27 years for us on the 20th! August is a popular wedding month!
PS You and Shelby both look so beautiful in your wedding gowns.:)

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Southern Lady said...

What a lovely picture of the two of you. You and your husband sound a lot like me and my husband. I am rather quite at times and he can talk to anyone in any situation. I think we balance each other very well. Congrats on thirty years. God bless you both! Carla

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Aw! Happy, happy, happy Anniversary to you and your hubby and also to your daughter and son-in-law's anniversary! And here's to many, many, many more!

You both are beautiful brides!

Blessings & Aloha!

Lori said...

Congratulations for reaching this milestone anniversary. My husband are just ahead of you by two years. Isn't it amazing how time flies? May you and your sweetheart celebrate many, many more!

koralee said...

so sweet..I agree anniversaries are pretty special...congratulations my friend..xoxoo

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Congratulations, Lea! Hans is a typical dutch name, Am I right?

Hope you will have a lovely day. xxx

Cheri Bunch said...

Love it when you stop by, Lea. Have you ever visited my other blog? Threadbare?

trish said...

What a beautiful story of marriage! My husband and I are very similar to you and your husband. He is outspoken and confident. I smile and talk softly. :o)
Happy Anniversary. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia
ps. Several people said the same about us, and we are approaching 19 years! :o)

JMW said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! How wonderful - you two sound like you are kindred spirits. Best wishes to you!

Blissitydoodah said...

Happy Anniversaries! The photos ARE pretty as well as the scripture!

Girl Meets Paris said...

Congrats. You two make a darling couple.

Love the name Hans!

Happy Anniversary... our 30th is next year...


vivek said...

Hi Lea,

Wow , thats a wonderful news , I wish if I would be there to wish you ..on this very special day.. ...congratulation ..all the very best ..and you keep smiling this way always ..

How u been doing ?
I have been ..busy ..and my internet is not also working its been ..gonna this way for a while since the commonwealth games.. but I will never like to miss your lovely inspirational blogs :) a pleasure to read ..them..

take care

keep smiling ..
and have a nice time ..

With Love

Jenny said...

An amazing accomplishment in a disposable, instant gratification society.


Jill said...

Congratulations!!! and you are BOTH just beautiful!! (inside AND out!)
Many Blessings!
p.s. my husband and I are complete opposites too!- and I do believe that might just be one secret to a happy marriage!

Gloria said...

Congratulations on 30 beautiful years!!! May God continue to bless you with love that grows more & more each day!
Blessings to you,

Kerry O'Gorman said...

Happy Anniversary to you all! Tom and I celebrated our 11th year last month...I never thought I was the marrying type but it just goes to show what happens when you're swept off your feet by Mr. Right! two look so sweet in your wedding's good to have people like you around to give others hope. Cheers.

Bree said...

so sweet-congrats to both of you :) we've just celebrated 10 years and I say all by the grace of God-we praise HIm-He is so good!
...the boys will be going to school this year, with work and fulltime school for hubby seems to be the right choice. I'm a bit sad but trust hubby is listening to the Lord and I know He will provide the opportunity despite our circumstances-God is so much bigger than the "stuff"!
...would love prayer on balancing roles of wife, mommy, sunday school etc. -some days are so overwhelming, again I say though how good our God is no matter what the circumstance. Thank you :)
Bless you Lea,

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Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Congratulations! Anniversaries should always be celebrated- marriages are being attacked left and right! My husband and I are so different too, but we know God brought us together, and if we keep Him in the center of our marriage, He'll keep us together! Patsy from

Beansieleigh said...

Hi Lea! Happy Anniversary (to BOTH couples actually), and what beautiful photos today! In these times, with the norm being such as it is, it does my heart good to hear about happily married couples, and the milestones, such as these, that they have reached! Best wishes always to you all, and have a wonderful weekend! ~tina

KarenHarveyCox said...

I was just catching up on your posts. Oh, what a gorgeous couple you are. Happy belated Anniversary. Happy 2nd Anniversary to your daughter and son-in-law.

You are as beautiful in person as you are in your words. Such a beautiful post.


Henley on the Horn said...

I love this! Happy, Happy Anniversary!!! You are very blessed!

Anita said...

Where have I been? How did I miss this??? Happy Anniversary! Those photos are just gorgeous! And you are all beautiful!

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

pretty photos indeed!!! congratulations! what a beautiful blessing from the Lord to grow old with the one you love and to pass down the legacy of a godly marriage to your kids. (NOT calling you old, by the way!)

Jenners said...

Congrats on 30 years!!! That is something to be proud of.

And I've always thought that opposites do better ... you balance each other out I think.