Saturday, April 4, 2009

Our "Love" Story

Stan and I met when we were 15 years old. I babysat for his sister and she kept telling him she wanted him to meet her "cute" babysitter. The night he finally came home with her, my sister Susan was babysitting. She always tried to claim him because she met him first. I just remind her that he asked me out first. We could not date yet, because I was not allowed to until I was 16. This picture is taken at his sisters house the evening of our first date. My 16th birthday, he took me out to dinner at a Chinese Restaurant in downtown Seattle.
Now, don't laugh at the glasses, I was stylin. You can admire the tiny waist though.
We were basically inseparable from that time on. I really do not remember when Stan proposed. It must have been in the winter or early spring of 1965 because we got married that summer. July 10th.
Forty four years ago this year.
Stan had just turned 19 on June first and I would turn 19 on July 29th. I look at these pictures now and realize how naive we both were.
We have had a good marriage. We have had some very high mountains that we have conquered and some very deep valleys to dig ourselves out of. We have experienced the very best a couple can experience and we have fallen to the pit of despair.
After we were married about 15 years, Stan became a believer. I had been one all of my life. I see now how great our God is. I know some of what we have weathered together we would have never made it through except He was there guiding us all the way. I praise and thank Him for his continued mercies toward us as we still are prone to stumble on this rocky path of life.
At this point in our life, we are very good friends. We love one another deeply, but we also like each other. We enjoy little things together, we enjoy one another's company. We love to get in our car on a warm spring or summer morning and go for a
drive, usually culminating in a trip across the Cascade Mountains, returning in the evening to our home. We like to sit in our living room in the evening, each with a book quietly reading or if I am knitting, he will read excerpts from the book he is reading to me. We do not have grand expectations any more. We are comfortable with one another. Kind of like a good pair of shoes. You know, the ones that do not pinch your toes.
Since we are both 62 years old and we have been together since we were 15, that is 47 years we have been a couple. Note to my children: Six years to plan the big one, you know the one I am speaking of:)

Above picture was taken on our 25th Anniversary. The bottom at Kris's wedding about 2 years later.

Several of you asked for this story, but Frizzy of Heaven's gift was the first to ask. I hope I answered your questions, maybe all of you will be around for the big 50 bash.Posted by Picasa


Bird, Frizzy and Yaya said...

Thank you so much for sharing. I love that both our husband's sisters introduced us. I can only pray that our marriage lasts as long as yours and we still look that happy in 15 more years. LOL! Thank you so much for sharing your love story. My parents were Jr. high sweethearts and are still together to this day.

Katidids said...

I love that in marriage you "grew up" together. you know each others strengths & weakness,..... "equaly yoked" My prayer for you is to have more High Mountians and fewer Shallow Valleys.....thanks for sharing the gifts of you.

Therese said...

What a great story to share! Very similar to my parents who would have celebrated their 50th yesterday (I am sure there was one big party in Heaven)...I love the pictures too!

Betty said...

Thanks for sharing! You looked very happy!

FalkFamily said...

That is so awesome and inspiring. And your photos are fantastic, I might add!

Julie said...

love this story, I am so far behind on reading blog entries, but so glad I got to read this one! Thank you so much for all your prayers, love, support and encouragement to me and my family over the past couple of months... we are blessed because of you!

Pautlitz Blog said...

I love this post! I hope that someday I will be able to tell my story. Congratulations!!!!

Karin @ 6ByHisDesign said...

I l.o.v.e. that first picture up thar. Too, too stinkin cute.

Suzanne said...

Beautiful love! God remain with you both always!

Gina said...

Inherited your sense of humor.

Why didn't I get that waist?

Tatersmama said...

I absolutely LOVED this! You look as much in love in the last pic as you did in the beginning... and I have to tell you that it made my heart ache with gladness!

Thank you for sharing. ;-)

Gramma 2 Many said...

Sorry kiddo, the whole body, boobs, waist, butt are a gift from your grandma Margaret.

Ronnica said...

Wow, your waist was so tiny! 47 years We had a lot of fun planning my grandparents' 50th a few years ago. It was neat to have everyone together!

CatholicMom said...

You are beautiful!


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