Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Way We Were ~ August 8, 1980

A wedding doesn't have to be big. 

It doesn’t have to be expensive.

And it doesn’t have to occur inside a church, to last 32 years.

All it takes are two people committed to each other, for better or worse.
(One committed person can't get it done; it takes two.)

The Man and I have loved each other in the best of times,
and forgiven each other in the worst of times.

That about sums it up, the secret to a long marriage.

Today, we give thanks to God as we celebrate #32.



  1. Congratulations and best wishes on your special day. Heather

  2. Happy Anniversary! It's such inspiration to celebrate with others who have stood the test of time and trials.

  3. Happy anniversary! The secret to a long and happy marriage isn't complicated ... but it isn't always easy ... but it's so definitely worth it! Blessings to you both.

  4. Congratulations to you and your husband. It takes two - sometimes the split is 50/50 but more often it is 60/40 or even 20/80. My mother taught me that it is important to accept those times because, in the end, keeping score isn't helpful and it all works out evenly if we keep moving forward together.....and Mum and Dad have been married for more than 61 years.

  5. Happy Anniversary, Dayle & Stan. Love you.

  6. Congratulations, Dayle! What lovely pictures - a beautiful woodland wedding - so romantic!!You are so very right - doesn't have to be big and venue is never the issue. The hearts of two being joined is God's priority.

    We're in the throes of beginning to plan my daughter's wedding - looming ever closer for Mid-November! She and her good man are making all the decisions, though - and I am proud, though feeling a bit lost in it all. I bet 1980 seems like yesterday to you - just as 1981 when I married her father seems like last week - and 1988 when she was born is only an hour past . . .

    Makes me wonder what "eternity" feels like . . .

    Joy to you as you celebrate 32 years - many more to come in Him!


  7. Congratulations on your special day!! Your right, 32 years is a lifetime really, and you've summed up perfectly in my opinion how you bring that about. " love each other in the best of times,
    and forgiven each other in the worst of times." A little bit further than you on the road as we have been married 37 years now, and I hardly remember a time without this man by my side. May the Lord bless you with MANY more wonderful years together!

  8. I wore a hat just like that at my wedding! (1976) Many happy returns!

  9. Happy Anniversary !!!! your words are so true it takes both being 100 percent committed to each other .. I like to say you have to fall in love with each new day !!!

  10. Picture perfect wedding, really.
    You are so right. It's not about the wedding, it's about the marriage.

  11. So, so sweet! Beautiful post because of a beautiful couple that continue to love each other and love the Lord! You guys are precious!

  12. Happy Anniversary, Dayle. You were beautiful then and you are beautiful now. Living with one another that long is never one ever said it was supposed to be, did they? We had a very similar wedding-under an old oak tree in Alva, Florida in 1975! I loved these pictures, today- xo Diana

  13. Lovely Wedding photos. I agree with your explaination of a happy marriage. Dave and have been commited to each other for 23 yrs. Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B. New follower
    From Austin TX.

  14. Wow Dayle. That past year seems to have flown by. Seems like just yesterday you were celebrating your 31st! Loved your wedding photos. You were a truly beautiful bride. And guess what? You haven't changed very much at ALL! Lovely post. Susan p.s. Thanks so much for all your visits and comments on my blog. Love them!

  15. Congrats! I just love the collage of the two of you. Wonderful! Kit

  16. Hi Dayle,
    Congratulations to the both of you.
    I agree wholeheartedly with what you have and forgive and a commitment to be together.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  17. Happy Anniversary Dayle to you and your husband. I loved that mosaic you made. Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog. Have a nice day. =)

  18. So pretty very pretty.
    Smiles, Dottie

  19. Happy Anniversary! Congrats on 32 years together. That is a great milestone. You have aged well. You don't look much different from your wedding photo!

  20. Catching up on my reading and wanted to add my belated congratulations to you and your husband.
    Just celebrated ours and you're right. It does take a willingness to commit totally to one another even when we drive each other crazy...which is a whole different type of commitment!
    Also, I want to tell your Captain, I salute him and all the firefighter before and after him who do what they do every day of the year. They are all special men and heroes of the truest kind.


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