Saturday, October 3, 2009

29 Years Ago Today

29 years ago at the age of 18 and barely out of high school on a Friday afternoon I married the man that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. And 29 years later I am still married to the man that I want to spend the rest of my life with. 2 grown children, and 1 grandson, and 1 granddaughter due at the end of the month where has the time gone. There was not a church wedding, or we did not go to Gaffney as so many people did at that time when you did not have a church wedding, we just went to the courthouse in Marion where we both lived and was married by the magistrate.

The magistrate was setting at one desk in the corner of the room and in the other corner of the room was a highway patrolman booking a gentlemen in hand cuffs that we went to school with. However, they did stop long enough for us to get married, and the guy in the handcuffs congratulated us and shook our hands while still in hand cuffs.(Funny) We are still married and I wonder what has happened to all of them. It is not the ceremony that makes the marriage.

Al, you are more than wonderful to me. You are many things to many people. You are a great Dad, an amazing loving grandfather, my favorite preacher. I know without a shadow of a doubt that you are a good teacher to your students at W. Lenoir. I can see it when the talk of your classes. You are a compassionate, caring pastor that loves his flock that God has given you.

But to me you are my best friend, always there to listen when I need to talk,and even ready to take action on my behalf if it is warranted. You are my husband, and my rock, my constant no matter what. I am so very thankful, that God put us together, I could never imagined the life that we have together. God has truly been good to us and I count it an honor to be your wife.

I look forward to many more years together and beside you to serve HIM!!!
I Love You, Al...


Sassy Granny ... said...

Congratulations! In today's world, anything beyond 5 years of marriage is miraculous.

I married at 18 too; 43 years ago. We've had our ups and downs, but I'm so glad (and thankful to the Lord) that we worked it out.

Blessings for another 29!

Simply Donna...... said...

Congratulations! I hope you and the hubby have had a wonderful day.

I too was married at 18 and just out of high school. Oct 28 we will be married 31 years. We have had hard times, but many many good times. I would not change a thing. Oh the lessons we have learned along the way.

Jamie Lynn said...

Oh yayayayaya!
I love you both very much!

chadandnikki said...

I love, love, love your wedding story. Ya'll have been the best example for Chad and me. Love it!!

Alan Carr said...

Joan, I love this post, but I love you more. These past 29 years have been AMAZING! You have been a wonderful wife, mother and friend. I could not have been given a greater blessing than you. I thank God for His gift of you to me. I love you!