Happy Anniversary, Gerry

April 24, 2014 · 12 comments

in A Life of Gratitude, Aging and Life, Family Life

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Fifteen years ago today, on a sunny April morning, Gerry and I were married. It was a small and simple ceremony, at that even larger than I would have chosen had it been up to me alone. My soon-to-be husband was of the mind that we needed to mark the occasion with a celebration, though. He was right, of course.

We came together that morning having already lived a good portion of our lives apart, each carrying a measure of baggage from those past lives; mine, arguably, a bit heavier than his. Still, we chose to join our hands, our lives, and our families. Our lives changed that day as we started a new journey together.

We couldn’t have imagined all that would transpire between that beautiful day and today. Four homes; two countries; three grandchildren; and now we’ve taken the first steps on a brand new journey as we walk into retirement together.

My husband brought laughter and joy into my life. He supports me; he believes in me; and yes, he makes me crazy at times! Still, without a doubt, he is a gift from God to me.

“Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand . . .”

~ Robert Browning

Happy Anniversary, Gerry. I love you seven.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Terri Tiffany April 24, 2014 at 4:54 am

what a wonderful story! Happy Anniversary to both of you.

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Linda Hoye April 24, 2014 at 9:12 am

Thank you, Terri!

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Judy Watters April 24, 2014 at 6:23 am

Linda,
You are blessed to have found that one who you desire to grow old with. May today be shared with him in joy as wel as being shared in glorifying HIM in your union.
Judy

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Linda Hoye April 24, 2014 at 9:12 am

Amen, Judy. HE is the third person in our marriage.

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Grace Peterson April 24, 2014 at 8:17 am

Congratulations Linda. What’s really cool about your story is that you didn’t repeat the pattern of your past by marrying an abusive husband like your first one. You were able to rise above and heal from your traumas, recognizing what a healthy relationship is all about and embrace it–a victory story! May you and Gerry have many more years together!

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Linda Hoye April 24, 2014 at 9:10 am

You’re exactly right, Grace. I was very conscious about not making the same mistake a second time after my divorce. Thank you for your happy wishes!

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Judy April 24, 2014 at 8:33 am

Beautiful sentiment, Linda! Happy anniversary! XOXO

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Linda Hoye April 24, 2014 at 9:11 am

Thanks much, my friend. xoxo to you too!

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Carmen April 24, 2014 at 9:15 am

Time sure has flown! I still remember those times with fondness. The photo sure back some memories of you from even before I knew Gerry. Time has been gracious to you and I’m so happy it has worked out well for both of you! God is good!

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Linda Hoye April 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

Thank you, Carmen. You’re right–time sure has flown by!

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Karen Walker April 25, 2014 at 6:27 am

Linda, what a lovely post to commemorate your wedding. I am so happy for you. Finding a loving partner is not easy.

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Marian Beaman April 25, 2014 at 10:54 pm

And I say “Happy Anniversary to you too, Linda!”

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