He’s Still the One #Anniversary #FamilyFirst


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35th Anniversary!

Hard to imagine it’s been thirty-five years since DH and I said the big “I do” and began what would be a journey together filled with love, laughter, and yes, tears.

I remember being a nervous wreck that day. No one mentioned how stressful it is to plan a wedding- thank goodness I had the strong support of my family to help!

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The day dawned sunny and bright (a good omen) and soon Mom and Dad’s was a flurry of activity. My bridesmaids looked beautiful in their pale pink dresses and I felt like a princess in my Cinderella gown.

There was a moment, pulling up to the church, when I was certain he wouldn’t show. I had to bite my tongue against begging Dad to take me home- I’m glad I didn’t!

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I’m not sure who shook worse walking down the aisle, Dad or me 🙂

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DH cried when he placed the ring on my finger.

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My brother, best man. Sister-in-law, maid of honor. Me and DH. My cousin, bridesmaid, close friend, best man.

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It was surreal. Was I dreaming?

At the park for pictures. In front; my youngest brother, ring bearer. DH’s niece, flower girl.

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We did it! Married. The word invoked feelings of comfort and sheer joy. Time to celebrate!

Grandma made our wedding cake, isn’t it beautiful?

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Mom and Dad (I miss him so!)

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Dancing with my new father-in-law- miss him, too!

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I won’t lie and say it’s been easy. DH and I are both hot-heads (he’s Scottish and a redhead, I’m French- need I say more, lol) but we took our vows seriously and worked through the issues and gradually they became fewer and farther between.

We’ve mellowed with age and melded our tastes into compromises that work for us. We’re best friends, lovers, parents and grandparents. The momentary fear I had on that Saturday so long ago was unfounded.

When you find ‘the one’, your soulmate, it’s worth taking a chance on love.

True love doesn’t happen right away; it’s an ever-growing process. It develops after you’ve gone through many ups and downs, when you’ve suffered together, cried together, laughed together.

Ricardo Montalban

76 thoughts on “He’s Still the One #Anniversary #FamilyFirst

  1. So beautiful Jacquie… Thank you for sharing this important of your life with us. 35 years… Wow.. Simply amazing.. Congratulations and god bless.

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    1. Thank you, Shalini! He’s my best friend, I can’t imagine life without him ❤

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      1. Lovely photos, Jacquie.. You were just a baby!
        Congratulations!

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      2. Aah I found you… That is so sweet 😘♥️

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  2. Happy Anniversary ! ♥

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  3. Happy Anniversary – we’re 42 years married and Cyberspouse is Scottish. Having fun is more important than working at marriage! Can’t believe our eldest will be forty this yearwhen we still haven’t grown up!

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    1. Lol, that’s so true! Laughter IS the best medicine 🙂
      Congrats on 42 years of adventure- here’s to many more!

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    2. Happy anniversary to a great couple of kids !! You both will always be kids to those of us who watched you both grow into the wonderful people you are today !!

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      1. Aw, thank you, Judy! That’s the best part of small town living- the connections made are the forever kind. ❤

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  4. Congratulations Jacqui. Thank you for sharing. May you and Robert have another 35 healthy & happy years together. 🌺❤️

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    1. Thank you, Charlotte! I hope you’re right 🙂

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  5. Aw, Jacquie, this is so sweet. Thanks for sharing memories of your special day. Happy Anniversary! ❤

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    1. Thank you, Mary 🙂
      We didn’t have a lot of money, but more than made up with it in love.

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    2. What a beautiful story, Jacquie! To find your soul mate and spend your life with him is the biggest privilege. ❤️

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      1. Thank you, Melinda! You’re right, I’m blessed to have found him 🙂

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  6. What a beautiful day, Jacquie. It is so nice to be able to share in your happiness. Thank you for this uplifting post.

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    1. Thank you, John. It seems like yesterday 🙂

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  7. You looked so beautiful, Jacquie. I love that hat. Your husby looks awed, like he won the lottery.

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    1. Aw! Thank you, Jacqui! He actually jumped and clicked his heels when we came out of the church, lol

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  8. This is a lovely post, Jacquie. I really did enjoy your wedding photographs and reading about your great day.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie! He’s an extrovert and I’m about as introverted as you can get, but somehow we mesh 🙂

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  9. Hi Jacquie, this is a beautiful post. Loved the photos and your sharing the emotions of the day. Congrats and best wishes for many more years together!!

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    1. Thank you, Reggi! I look at those old photographs and all the joy and uncertainty comes floating back, lol

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  10. Happy Anniversary, Jacquie! This is so beautiful! A beautiful bride, beautiful pictures, a handsome groom, tons of love seen in all the pictures, your loving advice there at the end, I just love it all! You are an inspiration to me at just ten years married. ♥️ All best wishes always for many more years of love and happiness together!

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    1. Thank you so much, Jennifer! My best advice to married couples is to embrace the differences. So many try to change their spouses (yes, even me) and all it accomplishes is dissent.
      DH drives me crazy with his messiness, but at the end of the day, does it really matter? He also makes me laugh even on my lowest lows and his hug fills my heart and soul with love- that’s what counts.
      Wishing you and your hubby many years of hugs, my friend ❤

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      1. Thank you, Jacquie! That’s even more wonderful advice, and it’s so true. My late brother would often say to me (in the middle of an argument with him- brother and sister argument), does this even matter? It diffused the situation so fast. Thanks for that. ♥️

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  11. What a sweet post Jacquie! Lovely memories and fabulous pictures! Happy Anniversary to the handsome couple. Wishing you many many more.

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    1. Thank you, Balroop! We’re spending the day doing our favourite thing- gardening 😊

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    1. Thank you for the lovely share!

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  12. Many congratulations. May the obviously happy union continue, Jacquie. Lovely, happy pictures of a wonderful day. xx

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    1. Thank you, Joy. It seems like we met and started going out just yesterday 😊

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  13. Congratulations! So lovely to see such longevity. Great pictures too.

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    1. Thank you, Darlene. It’s fun to pull out the old photo albums once in a while!

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  14. Lovely memories, Jacquie! Thanks for sharing them, and happy anniversary!

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    1. Thank you, Audrey! We had a lovely day in the garden followed by a picnic dinner. It was perfect 🙂

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  15. What a beautiful post Jacquie. Wishing you both many blessings on your anniversary.

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    1. Thank you, Brigid. We had a wonderful day!

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  16. Happy Anniversary, Jacquie! What a beautiful reflection on what looked to be a lovely day and what is surely a wonderful marriage. (And a heartfelt tribute to both fathers, too.)

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    1. Thank you, Staci. My dad has been gone twenty-four years now, but I still miss him. DH and I have learned through the years to appreciate each day, you never know what tomorrow will bring. ❤

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      1. So true. And a perfect way to live.

        I’m sure your dad is smiling down on you.

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  17. This is so precious, Jacquie! Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby! Much to celebrate and give thanks for. Cheers to you both! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Natalie! And yes, I give thanks every day for the blessing that is my husband ❤

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  18. Beware Of The Reader June 17, 2019 — 12:40 pm

    OMG Jacquie there is so much that I love about this post but first: Happy Anniversary! I love the dresses and suits (reminds me of my youth), I love your explanation about it not being a smooth ride (Je ne savais pas que tu étais française!) and I love that last quote which is so true!

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    1. Hi Sophie,
      Thank you so much! I’m reminded of the old Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis song- Side by Side- when it comes to our marriage. 🙂

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  19. Happy anniversary, Jacquie. What lovely memories! Thanks for sharing them with us! To many more years of happiness to come for your husband and you! ♥

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    1. Thank you, Olga! We have dear friends back home who recently celebrated their sixtieth, I’m working toward that goal now 🙂

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  20. Happy Anniversary Jacquie and wishing you many more happy years. The photographs are wonderful and the memories precious.. ♥

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    1. It was like stepping through time to go through our wedding album- precious, is right ❤

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  21. Happy Anniversary, Jacquie and many more happy years, good health and laughter…Such beautiful memories 🙂 x

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    1. Thank you, Carol. We’ve been though thick and thin, that’s for sure!

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  22. Sigh…so sweet and romantic! Congratulations and many, many more happy years together!💕

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  23. What a beautiful wedding Jacquie, and you guys looked so young. What a lovely tribute for your anniversary. I wish you guys many more. ❤

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    1. Thank you, Debby. I married my best friend- it doesn’t get better than that ❤

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      1. I hear you! ❤

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  24. So lovely is this share Jacquie! You are beautiful today inside and out just as when you were s new bride! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week!

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    1. Thank you so much! I feel that young on the inside, wish the outside agreed, lol

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  25. D.L. Finn, Author June 20, 2019 — 11:56 pm

    Happy 35th Wedding Anniversary, Jacquie! I loved all your pictures and memories. What a beautiful bride you were!

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    1. Thank you, Denise! He’s still my hero ❤

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author June 21, 2019 — 1:58 pm

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  26. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story. Congratulations on your 35th!

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    1. Thank you, Dan! Hard to imagine so much time has passed 😊

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      1. I know. We marked 36 earlier this month. It’s kind of crazy.

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  27. I’m sorry to be so late to the party, Jacquie. I love, love, love these photos! Thanks for letting us stroll down memory lane with you. Belated wishes for a very happy anniversary. Hugs!

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  28. Love this post! Also happy anniversary!

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