Today is John and my 40th wedding anniversary. Wow – 40 years! That is a long time… most of the time it sure doesn’t feel like we have been married that long…. but then again it is hard to remember not being married to my best friend and the love of my life.
This photo taken on our wedding day in 1971 brings back many happy memories. All the friends, and relatives that attended made the day special, many who are gone now. I was the first of the 5 of my brothers and sisters to get married and my dad was so nervous that day when he walked me down the isle he was shaking. I just look at John’s dark hair and my long red hair in this photo and I sigh. When did John’s hair turn grey and mine fade to tan/blondish with a little white at the temples? Of course the pounds have been added to our bones over the years to round us out a little too. Oh well, everyone changes as they age and we roll with those changes as that is not what is really important.
We were married the summer we both graduated from the University of Nebraska. We dated for 2 years before we were married but were friends most of our 4 years we were in college.
I made my wedding dress and veil in the 2 months after graduation before the wedding. At that time I did a lot of garment sewing as did my mother so she could advise me as I stitched it if I ran into a problem. I used a couple of patterns and took what I liked from each to design my dress.
This is a photo my sister in law took this last weekend of the two of us. Couldn’t turn down an opportunity since we had our party for my mother’s 90th birthday and were half way dressed up. Not too bad for a couple of old duffers.
Here’s to many more years together.