Sep 27, 2016

{Celebrating 39 Years of Marriage}

We celebrated our 39th Wedding Anniversary on September 23 and spent a quiet, relaxing evening at home. 


WOW! BABIES....JUST BABIES! 
We were both 18 years old. Actually my man was about to turn 19 but oh my...that seems so young to me now! Of course years ago couples married at a young age. My man's grandmother was 14 years old. His mom was 16 years old. So...I guess being 18 meant that we were REALLY GROWNUP'S! LOL! 
We dated two years before we married. I can remember to this day as my grandfather was driving me to the church and about 1 mile from the church he pulled over on the side of the road, took me by the hands and said, "Baby, you don't have to go through with this wedding if you don't won't too." I remember saying, "Papa, I love him! My grandfather simply said, "Then that's good enough for me". 

Basically, we have grown up together. We started our family at the age of 20 and God has truly blessed our family. Through the years of marriage we've had trials, tribulation, tears and MUCH laughter. We've had ups and downs and at times all we could see was down. BUT, we have shared JOY that has surpassed anything that I could have ever imagined for my life. God in His ultimate mercy and grace has kept His hand upon us.

So for our 39th wedding anniversary we had a quiet evening at home dining at our table that my grandfather built for me eating my man's favorite food with our favorite colors...red and black!



Since we are Georgia Bulldogs fans and in the midst of football season it just seemed right to use red and black. Though right now I could pinch their heads off for playing badly! However, as I told a lady once...Your favorite ball team can be like your children at times...They MESS up but you still love them! 

I enjoy playing around with tablescapes and honestly I was ready to get my fall table done. But...the red and black seemed to be PERFECT for our at home anniversary dinner. 

Of course you must have a couple of candles right?






I love my red and black dishes. I wanted to mix match them for this tablescape along with soup/salad bowls because I knew what appetizer he would enjoy with his main course meal. 




We started out with a bowl of hearty clam soup with bacon, green chives and his favorite ingredient...red pepper flakes.



Grilled Salmon with rosemary from my stash of fresh herbs, topped with feta cheese, chopped spinach, chopped fresh parsley and basil from my herb stash and green chives is his favorite. He really likes Salmon anyway you make it! Along with that came lobster cake, another seafood favorite of his along with crab fingers, broccoli, mushrooms and jalapeno peppers. (The pepper was the last of my peppers from my garden) NOW THAT IS WHAT I CALL A SEAFOOD MEAL!

Of course we ended the night with my favorite dessert that we shared.

Cheesecake and coffee!


Well I must say that I don't think that we could have went anywhere else that we would have enjoyed our meal as much as we did our seafood extravaganza.  

I had secretly began my prep for our meal early that morning as this would be my gift to him. And my gift from him kept me away from home most of the day.........PEDI, NAILS, FACIAL, SHOPPING AND STARBUCKS! YEP....my kind of gift!  




We had so much food left over! I ALWAYS overcook and guess that I will NEVER learn to cook for just two! But....I don't waste food either. I took all the seafood that was left and tossed it in the clam soup and it became Seafood soup! And...it was very good!

 
 Yes, 39 years ago we said I do! Homemade wedding dress by my grandmother. Simple homemade cake by my grandmother with punch, mints and nuts. Simple, simple decorations. Nothing fancy. And yet...here we are all these years later still a part of a love story that God is STILL writing. 




 I am looking forward to every year that God gives to us together. 






  Hugs and blessings, Cindy

53 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Cindy to you and your hubby! Look at you two and honey, you're cuter than pumpkin pie! What a doll! How blessed to have the one God intended! Me too!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thanks Sheila. God surely had His hand in US didn't He? Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Cindy,
    Congratulations!
    What a wonderful and beautiful post. From the wedding pictures (so cute!) to your celebratory dinner, which was full of thoughtfulness. Just like your wedding.

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    1. Thanks Christine. We did enjoy our evening together. Now next year...I've got a few more plans up my sleeve! LOL! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Love the wedding pictures Cindy. The meal looks delicious and what to better dessert than cheesecake! My favorite. But what is more amazing THIS DAY AND TIME, you both are still enjoying life together. In December we will celebrate our 33rd anniversary.
    Connie Royals

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    1. Thanks Connie. Yes, I too love me some cheesecake. Matter of fact I have wanting to make another salted caramel cheesecake. Might just do that before long. Any plans for your anniversary girl?

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    2. Well I won't be doing all that cooking that you done! LOL! But I am sure we won't eat anything as good as what you made. No plans made yet but hope to get wined and dined girl.

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  4. You were a beautiful bride!! Your red and black tablescape is gorgeous, just perfect for a romantic evening. Happy Anniversary, may God bless you and hubby with many, many more!

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    1. Thank you Miss Mary. I decided today to take down my red and black. Time for a little orange now!

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  5. Bless your hearts...what a fine way to spend the day with ea other...Happiest Anniversary...and praying you have many many more.
    Love

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  6. Love your wedding photos! Oh, to be that age again and know what I know now. Happy Belated Anniversary. I'd say you spent the perfect evening with your seafood meal and cheesecake.

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  7. Love, love, love this post!!! I had to go back and look at your dress again when you said your Grandmother made it....gorgeous. But, not nearly as beautiful as you. I believe Ms. Marti Leigh looks just like her Momma! So happy for you and Mr. Marty. Congratulations!!! We're coming up on 40 in April....prayerfully, hopefully, we'll get to celebrate BIG!! Love you, Friend!

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    1. Thanks Deb. I still have my wedding dress. Now fitting into it is another thing! LOL! Oh I can't wait to see what your BIG 40th will be. I have plans for our 40th too if the Lord Wills and the creeks don't rise as granny used to say. Everyone tells me that Marti Leigh looks just like me. Bless her heart. Maybe she will grow out of it. Love you lady.

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  8. Congratulations, Sweet Lady!!! 39 years, WOW!! The meal you lovingly prepared looks sumptuous and spending quality, quiet time is sometimes the best way to celebrate. I'm wishing you two many, many more happy years together!

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    1. Thanks so much. YES this day and time 39 years is forever! But...that's what I was going for....FOREVER! Thanks for stopping by to see me. I was wondering yesterday how the house was coming along.

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  9. Congratulations Cindy! We will be celebrating 39 years in December. I don't know where the years went but I wouldn't trade any of them, the good or the bad. I loved your dinner and reading this post.

    xo Dianne

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    1. Thanks Dianne. Do you have some special plans in Dec. for your anniversary?

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  10. Hello lovely lady. I've missed you!
    Happiest of anniversaries to you and your hubby. The food looks so delicious 😋

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    1. Thanks girl. I've been wondering what you have been cooking up lately. Popping over to visit now.

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  11. What a sweet celebration for you two! Happy 39 years and wishing you many more! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

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  12. Aww this is the sweetest thing ever!! Happy anniversary.That meal looked delicious and I love your red and black themed table!

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    1. Thanks Heather. I finally took down my red and black yesterday. BARE table right now till I can get my fall going.

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  13. Happy Anniversary! Your meal looked absolutely scrumptious, and what better way than to celebrate with a quiet evening at home! Love all your photos. :)

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  14. Awww Cindy, Happy 39 years to you and your sweetie! I had tears in my eyes as I read your post, as it's so heartwarming and loving. God bless you as you enjoy many more anniversaries together.

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    1. Oh Kitty...I actually thought about you when I was writing this post to be honest. I know that you know all too well...Life is short and enjoy it daily. Prayers for your spirit this morning my friend.

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  15. Cindy,
    I love heartwarming and happy marriages. You know there is nothing as sacred and precious as a marriage that endures, grows, blossoms and nurtures one another through the decades of life.
    What a precious young lady you were then and a stunning and beautiful woman now, who walks with God and her family daily.
    Love, Love this and Happy Anniversary my sweet friend!
    xo
    Jemma

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    1. Awe thanks Jemma. You are always so sweet and kind!

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  16. Hi Cindy, Happy Anniversary and Congrats on 39 years together and counting. I love your beautiful wedding pics. What a gorgeous bride and handsome hubby. You are a lovely couple and the happiness is seen on your faces that precious day. Your dinner setting in black and red is beautiful. Love it and all the special details your added including the delicious meal you made to celebrate. Better then any restaurant for sure!
    Your love story lives on together and you bless so many in your daily walk with our Lord. Wishing you many more wonderful years ahead.
    Love to you dear friend. xo

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    1. Thank you sweet friend. You always bless me with your visit.

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  17. Oh Cindy...I started tearing up seeing the pictures of you two. Y'all are just precious as can be!! Congratulations on 38 years and the lovely family you have together. God has truly blessed you my friend! That seafood meal looks scrumptious too :)

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    1. No problem sister girl. Hey, we both laughed about our anniversary years. We've been married longer than we were single for sure! LOL!

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  19. Hi Cindy, you've been so kind to visit, I wanted to return the favor. What a sweet post and congratulations on 39 years of marriage! That cheesecake looks divine! Blessings, Cecilia

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  20. Congratulations to you both, Cindy! What a gorgeous bride you were and with a handsome groom! You evening seems so nice and romantic and you prepared the most delicious meal....Christine

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    1. Thanks Christine. I wish I had some of that meal for my lunch today! LOL!

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  21. Happy Anniversary!! I thought I was young at 20 but you bet me!! Joe is almost 3 years older than I am though....
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  22. Oh you cute thing, I thought just that when I say your photos, (Just babes) Cute babes I might add. :) We have a lot of similarities. I was 19 and hubby was 21 when we married. We too had dated for 2 years. Started our family when I was 21. Boy doesn't that sound young now? But we had no idea and we did grow up together and loved every minute of it. Even the difficult times bring you together. Happy Anniversary to you and yours sweet friend!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann. And we are all still hanging in there despite the fact that we were babies huh? LOL! Have a great day.

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  23. Cindy how sweet is this post? Congratulations on 39 years. You two are adorable. You are truly someone to look up to. So many people get divorced nowadays that it really warms my heart to see couples who go the distance and still love each other after all those years. But who else would put up with us but our sweet spouses? I'm on 28 years so I've still got a ways to go. Bless you and your wonderful family.

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    1. Thank you Sweet Mary. The Lord has surely blessed us and more than we deserve!

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  24. Happy Anniversary!! ♥ Your dinner was delicious and being home is much better than being out with the masses. :)

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    1. Thanks Stacey. We truly did enjoy our evening at home.

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  25. What a fun post this was ... congratulations on thirty-nine years! That's very special! I loved the table setting -- very festive! I, too, struggle with the 'cooking for two' thing. It's so hard to take all your favorites and scale them down! I love cooking for two cookbooks these days! Haha! :)

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  26. To start at 18 years old and travel 39 years together is an amazing accomplishment.

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Hugs and blessings, Cindy