Sunday, August 10, 2014

Celebrating 34 Years with The Man ~ Still Traveling On

Early in our marriage, it was clear The Man dreamed of journeying coast-to-coast, strolling along distant beaches and sipping gourmet coffee in cafés nestled in the shadows of mountain peaks. He taught me about maps and compasses and sun dials. Many nights I discovered him fast asleep on the sofa, a road atlas pressed against his chest. I dared not wake him. I knew he was dreaming of secluded log cabins and old landmarks in ancient cities.

As time and duties allowed—usually once a yearhe charted a course that carried the two of us to fascinating and enchanting places. 

After our daughter was born, he worked two jobs so I could stay home and raise the gift God had given us. Still, he always made time and figured out a way to go and see and do. I remember pink sunsets along Florida's emerald coast, gathering rocks from a cold creek in the Great Smoky Mountains, riding the Spirit of Vicksburg down the mighty Mississippi River, marveling at autumn's palette in upstate New York, sleeping under the stars at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, and staring in silent wonder at the sight and sound of Niagara Falls.

The Man has always been a roamer and a traveler at heart and after retirement in 2008, our lives changed, as our travels increased significantly. There were sunrises over the Atlantic, sunsets over the Pacific, and collecting seashells along Cape Cod’s sandy shore. There was the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the Grand Hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island. There was the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor, and the National Mall in Washington D.C. I remember outdoor cafés in Colorado and crowded subways in Chicago. 

Friday was our anniversary. We never know when we've made our last voyage, nor what another year will hold, not even another day, but for 34 years now, from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, to New York’s Brooklyn Bridge, and almost every Major League Baseball park in the country, I've been blessed by God to have The Man as my captain and my companion. Whatever the future holds, I can’t imagine sharing this journey through life with anyone else but him.


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Adapted from the essay, "You must share agony to share the celebration," published in The Dallas Morning News commemorating our 20th wedding anniversary in August, 2000. 

I find it amazing how prophetic it was and how relevant it remains, 14 years later.




20 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary!
    Such beautiful words!

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  2. Happy Anniversary! What a sweet idea for a collage of photos! I love it! And I'm wishing you many more fun trips! Hugs, Diane

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  3. Y'all are great examples of what real love looks like. Not always pretty, but abiding till death. I love y'all immensely.

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  4. Happy Anniversary! It sounds like so much fun. I imagine that would be what our lives would look like if Ethan hadn't surprised us 12 years ago after 21 years of marriage. We'll celebrate 34 years on the same day Jacob gets married. Sigh.

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  5. Loved this! Happy anniversary! May you be blessed with many, many, more!

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  6. A beautiful post. I wish you a happy anniversary and many many more.

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  7. A beautiful post and newspaper article. Congratulations to you both!

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  8. you guys are a testament to love that lasts. Your wanderings and discoveries together sound wonderful.

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  9. Happy 34th Anniversary!!!

    Love all the photos of the two you here and there and everywhere.

    FlowerLady

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  10. A beautiful tribute! You both are extremely blessed. Wishing you many, many more anniversaries and love to last a lifetime.

    xo
    Pat

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  11. A beautiful tribute - and a beautiful marriage. Congratulations on your momentous anniversary. May you have many more...

    GOD BLESS!

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  12. Happy Anniversary to you and The Man! I think you make such a wonderful couple. I loved reading this.

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  13. What a beautiful tribute to many beautiful years together. Mr. H and I haven't ever traveled much. This weekend we are doing a day trip. I'm excited. God bless you with many more years.

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  14. Stan's Darling Dayle,

    I loved this post and, my, your 20th anniversary article choked me up. To God be all the glory for the journey of 34 years together. Now in your 35th year, may God richly bless you both. *hugs*

    Happy anniversary,
    Kelley~

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  15. What a wonder way to say Happy Anniversary to your husband. I love this post, and the collage of your lives. Blessing to you both.............

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  16. I am so happy to have found your blog and followed your journey for several years. Happy Anniversary.

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  17. Well, I hope you had a wonderful 34th! We celebrated our 38th last Thursday. Every time I see a motor home, I think of you and wonder where you may be at the time...lol! I told my hubby the other day that after we retire, we should sell our house and buy one on wheels :) He looked at me and frowned...mmm...guess not. Anyway, congratulations to you both!

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  18. Congratulations , Dayle... I have enjoyed following your wanderings with you..
    Smiles,Dottie

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  19. Happy Anniversary to the "Captain" and you.
    What a great way to see the country, side by side!

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  20. What wonderful things! Happy Anniversary and congratulations on your upcoming journey into grandparenthood.
    The Mr. and I are headed to Ft. Worth today on a house hunting trip. Would love your prayers. :)

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