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June 12, 2009

All Because Two People Fell in Love

Sunday, June 14th, not only marks Flag Day, but my wedding anniversary as well. I have been married to this man for 41 years and have known him for 45.....goodness, that is a long, long time and I have to wonder where the time went.

I met Richard when I was 14 years old on a double date.....I was with one of his best friends and he with someone else as well. We immediately hit it off, much to our date's dismay, and had our first date the following weekend. Needless to say, he asked me to go "steady" on our first date one the front porch of the house we live in now. We bought my childhood home from my Mother 25 years ago because it had such sentimental value......to HIM more so than me, but I'm so glad we did. Two weeks out of high school, we were married.....it was a big wedding that I vaguely remember....I was so in love. I often remember thinking he was just as much in love with my family....especially my Daddy....as he was me. We were all devastated when less than a year later my Daddy and my sister's husband were tragically killed in a car wreck. I always told people that Richard married me for my Daddy and my car, and we didn't get to keep either one. Two years into our marriage his Mother died of sudden heart failure on Thanksgiving. The same year we discovered I could not have children.....and we bought our first house with me being just 19 years of age........I was very old at a very young age. Four years into our marriage we adopted a beautiful baby girl who remains our sunshine.......she is expecting our first grandbaby on September 1.......life is good. Richard had his first heart attack at the age of 32.....I had breast cancer 7 years ago.......we got each other through it. People ask me what the secret of a long, happy marriage is and how we have made it through all of the years.......I tell people we literally grew up together. We were so very young that we experienced life together which bonded us for life. I know him like the back of my hand and don't try to take advantage of that. We talk, we disagree, and we love. I honestly believe there is nothing he will not do, or try to do, to make me happy. He has always been a wonderful Daddy, a good provider, a hard worker, my biggest fan, and my absolute hero.........I do love this man of mine.


  1. You should sweet thing, you have no idea how hard it is to have a good man. You girls that do either were very, very smart or very, very lucky. I envy you, in a good way. VERY HAPPY FOR YOU BOTH. Hope Sunday is a beautiful day for you and Richard.

  2. Congratulations!!!!! OMG we are way tooooooooo much alike. We are going on 39 years in October. I love that piture of the two of you. Adorable!!!!!!!!!!! Hope you had a wonderful day & looking forward to another fabulous year. And Sterling will be the icing on the cake! Hugs.

  3. What a wonderful story! Now, I have to tell you one...a fairly recent one! Our daughter was married last year to a wonderful man who is now serving in Iraq. He will be home in August. But you and Richard and my daughter and son-in-law share the same anniversary, June 14, today. It has been a tough day for them, but I am going to tell her to read your blog for inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Happiest of Anniversary wishes you two lovebirds!
    The Polka Dot Rose

  5. Jana, congratulations...what a wonderfully romantic love of life story!! You are a trooper for sure.
    My husband and I met in high school and dated for five years before we married in August of 1978! There are not many out there like us I'm afraid!!! Going the distance...keep on dancin'


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