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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Half my life...

Is it me, or is time passing very, very quickly from summer to fall, from year to year...so fast!!

It was a year ago that I posted this beauty:
Just a measly 24 years since Jeff and I tied the knot :-D, and three children, and some 20 lbs per child have passed.  The loss of my parents and my son, a house built, three deployments, countless weekend National Guard drills, one kid off to college, and all three off to camp several times. 5K's, Boy Scouts, music lessons, mission trips, makeovers, sports events, chickens, bees, and quilts...



Happy Anniversary, Jeff!!

We celebrated tonight at Outback Steakhouse (hey, it's rural KY...that's as good as it gets! LOL), meeting there after Jeff's military duty and my taking Emily back to campus.  Every year I ask him, "Any regrets?!"  He's gracious enough always to say "I don't reckon." :-D

It dawned on me tonight as I drove home that I've now been married for half my life!! Is that scary or what!?

I wonder what I've been doing with the other half of my life!? LOL

Looking back at photos over the past few years...we're not much of a picture-taking family...

We managed to record a few memorable moments.

A trip to Monticello in 2007...
Lots of homeschooling memories....
Memories of camp...






















Lots and lots of fabric and quilts....
And lots and lots of new friends.

I'm thankful for all that these 24 years have brought (and the 24 years before that, too! :-D)

The Psalmist wrote, "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." (Psalm 90:12 NIV).

David is a little more direct in Psalm 39 (NLT):

“Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.  Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.  You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.  My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” (v. 4-5)

Much has happened in twenty-four years, in forty-eight years!...and time passes very, very quickly!! So many memories still to make! So many more people to know and love.  So many quilts, so little time!!

I best get busy!!

Blessings,

22 comments:

Sarah Craig said...

Such a lovely post, as always, Mary Lou! Quite a tribute to a wonderful life and marriage. Congratulations on 24 years and many many more to come!!

darlene said...

Happy Anniversary! 24 years is quite an accomplishment. Pat yourselves on the back. Glad you enjoyed your dinner.

Anonymous said...

Mary Lou, you are never at a loss for words. So well said and lived. You and Jeff have done well. Congratulations on your Anniversary. I pray you have many more to come. Love you all.

LuAnn said...

As a friend of mine said the other night at dinner, "More of my life is behind me than ahead." That's a sad thought but true none the less. So I guess we had better make the most of it. Congratulations on your anniversary and may you have at least 24 more wonderful years!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

Happy anniversary! 24 years is a great accomplishment. Treasure the memories and enjoy the present!

Janet O. said...

Congratulations, Mary Lou! Almost a quarter century mark--that IS an accomplishment. Each day with those we love is a gift, as you well know. We just need to remember to cherish them. Thanks for your good example! I always come away from your posts uplifted!

Impera_Magna said...

Happy anniversary to you both with many good wishes for many more wonderful years together!

Tracy said...

Happy Anniversary! 24 years is such an accomplishment, especially in today's world.

Verne and I celebrated 22 years in August, and I'm only 40! 4 years MORE than half my life have been spent married to him. Strange feeling, isn't it?

John'aLee said...

What a wonderful post! Happy Anniversary!

Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary! You have such a beautiful family!

karenfae said...

happy anniversary to you. I know what you mean about rural towns - for our anniversary if we don't want to drive 75 miles to the big city we make due with Ruby Tuesday's which is our towns eating place other than fast food. I've been married for 39 years - more than half my life!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Patty Sumner said...

Well good ole Preacher and me have been married more than half my life. I have spent much of my time, mothering, ministering and increasing in size....lol. Congrats! Glad you two had a good evening. Blessings!

Anne said...

Happy Anniversary! I wish you many more years of wedded bliss!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Congratulations, ML! What a wonderful milestone to celebrate, happy anniversary and many more, my friend! Love that wedding snapshot, too! :)

Quilt Hollow said...

Congrats.

Mad about Craft said...

Congratulations on your aniversary!

Lori said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Barb said...

Happy Anniversary! Nice family photos too -
xo

Vivian said...

You always reflect on your life with honesty and open eyes, and I enjoy reading every one.
Happy anniversary from another who's spent over half her life married and has increased her poundage as those years have sped by. "Yeah" for the memories, "boo" to the poundage.

Rosalyn Manesse said...

Congrats on the anniversary!

Teresa said...

Happy Anniversary!! Isn't it amazing how fast it all goes by? I wish I could slow it down, just a little...

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

My 24th was on the 26th. Happy Anniversary!