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40 Years With the Same Woman!

Friday, July 29, 2011

This Sunday Gloria (known here at SP as LUVQUILTING) and I will have been married 40 years!!!! That's so amazing to me in so many ways!! It really doesn't seem that long ago that I had first asked her out. Her dad wouldn't let her go out with me so I went to her house and helped paint a room. (see I knew how to win over parents LOL) In all fairness to her dad, she was only 14 at the time! Yep, we really were just kids and nobody really expected this relationship to turn into anything big! But they were wrong! It turned HUGE!

From the very beginning for us, life was full of adventures and it was always exciting! Most kids hung out at the movies or the drive-in hamburger joints. We went water-skiing, worked on my hot rods, took the motorcycle out for a ride (although I had to pick her up in my car because her mom wouldn't let her on the cycle.) Right from the start, we shared the outdoors - we hiked, we canoed, we biked!

Things didn't always go smoothly. Growing up and growing together provides a lot of opportunities to make a lot of mistakes and we made them, but fortunately we seemed to sense that what we had was good and we always somehow managed to get through the rough spots. I'm afraid that I really need to give Glor the credit here, because without a doubt I'm the one whose common sense is a little on the rare side. So doing stupid things was always pretty easy for me. But she always stuck with me and I'm so very very grateful for that!!!

The adventures never stopped for us and I think that's what keeps our lives so exciting! We've hiked to the peaks of many mountains and into the deepest of valleys. We've traveled all around the US and Canada where we've biked, climbed, kayaked and canoed, roller-bladed, skiied, boogie-boarded, and if it's done outside, we've probably done it!

....and we've danced! We've done a lot of dancing over the last 16 or so years - mostly country dancing. Wherever we travel we look for the honkey-tonks and country bars and we go dancing! In fact, we even teach it! There's very seldom a week goes by that we don't go dancing somewhere!

These 40 years together have brought about 2 amazing sons and now 5 grandchildren and we've been so blessed that our family has always shared our sense of adventure! Even as teens the boys lived the excitement with us. In fact, the teenage years were exciting filled with volleyball tournaments in our back yard, weeks on the lakes, at the shore, on the trails. They were amazing! And now the grandchildren are stepping right into the same footsteps. My 8 year old granddaughter already water-skis. All the kids are into biking and we spend many hours on the rail trails. And every year, there's the family vacation where we all spend a chaotic week of family fun.

Fourty years!!!!! What an amazing 40 years! Boredom is something we just never experienced, I guess we never had time for it, really. So now my high school sweat heart (oops, I meant sweetheart) and I are officially retired and the adventure continues and I expect it will continue for quite some time to come. I am truely the luckiest man I know.

Life is good! very very good!
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    I can so relate Wood!I was 15 when I met my future husband.We argued all the time.I asked my gram one day,Why is it we cant get along?You are in love she replied.HMMMMM!At the tender age of 17 we got married and have been together ever since.34 years this October.Funny thing?we never argue or fight!Congrats to you on 40 YEARS!!!!! emoticon
    2066 days ago
    Happy Anniversary! Loved LuvQuilting's response to you! You truly are the perfect couple!

    2067 days ago
    Wood & Luv sitting in a tree,
    K I S S I N G!
    First comes LOVE....
    Then comes Marriage...
    then comes the couple with the baby carriage! (s)
    I loved your blog, and Luv's responce...you are my kind of folks- congradulations and may you have many, many more!! ***SNOW*** emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2067 days ago
    Congratulations! Have a wonderful day!
    2067 days ago
    Oh Wood...you brought tears to my eyes also! Happy Anniversary to you and Luv. 40 years is amazing and I can relate to the growing up and growing old together (although not a one of us is old)! Bobby and I celebrate 27 years this November! And he got a package deal with me and my 3 yr. old! What a guy! You two just keep on having so much fun...and so will we!
    You are right, as usual...Life is good!
    2067 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    happy anniversary wood! that is fantastic and what a wonderful life you guys have, really sweat

    2067 days ago
    Happy Anniversary to you both!
    Sweat and Tears for sure...but so worth it.
    Wishing you both teh best year ever!

    2067 days ago
    2068 days ago
    Happy anniversary LG!

    2068 days ago
    Oh my, has it really been 40 years since I thought I was in line for the Carousel and found myself on the Super Duper Looper?? Yes, and what a ride it has been - I'm not the arm raiser, screamer in the front seat, I'm the white knuckled, teeth clencher about halfway back - but still enjoying the ride and hanging on for dear life!!
    You do bring tears to my eyes while you bring laughter to my soul (okay, maybe its really sweat in my eyes) but I'm anxiously awaiting what I'll find on the downhill side of the next hill climb.
    Here's to many more!! love ya, "sweatheart"
    2068 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/29/2011 8:58:48 AM
  • HOAGIE22
    Git Er Done!!!!
    2068 days ago
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    Happy Anniversary! Have a wonderful weekend celebrating!
    2068 days ago
    Many congratulations!
    2068 days ago
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