Sep 25, 2017

{A Celebration of Forty Years of Marriage}


Marty and I just celebrated our 40th Wedding Anniversary on September 23rd. On one hand, it seems like it was FOREVER ago that we said "I do" and on the other hand, it really doesn't seem that long ago. 



 We began dating at the age of 16, married at age 18 and began our family at age 20. WOW! Babies, right? I always said that we grew up with our children. 





My friend Janice told me that most people can't commit 40 days much less 40 years and that is so very true. God has been so merciful to us over the years and the grace that He has poured out on us is about more than my little brain can comprehend. We have been truly blessed and we have not deserved one ounce of His blessings!  We have had hard times, bad times, grief, and to be totally honest, there were times we both wondered if we would make it! God has shown us Grace and Mercy over and over again. He sure loves us so much. 





The question was asked to me, "What has been yours and Marty's greatest accomplishment? Well, I am not too sure about "accomplishment", but I can tell you what our greatest gifts have been. The Lord has given us the most precious gifts ever and that was our salvation, our children and now our grandchildren.




Our three beautiful daughters. 

Our oldest daughter Kristy, soninlove Jered, and grandchildren, Raygen and Conner.

Our middle daughter Melissa, soninlove Brad, and our grandchildren Mallory and Kyleigh.

 Our youngest daughter Marti Leigh, soninlove David and granddaughter Adalynn.

Our grandchildren

Our Family


YES, We are blessed and blessed beyond measure! 

 Here's to US!

Joining "A Wise Woman Builds Her Home" today. 

http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/2017/09/wise-woman-linkup_27.html 



Hugs and blessings, Cindy

62 comments:

  1. Hi Cindy! You almost had me in tears as you described your gifts...your family! And all those gorgeous pictures of your beautiful family too. Color coordinated to boot. You have been outrageously gifted with your family, your marriage and your love of the Lord. You inspire me!
    May you go on to enjoy your blessings for years to come.
    Ceil

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    1. Awe, thanks Ceil.God is good and He has been so very faithful even when we have not been.

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  2. A very Happy Anniversary to both of you, dear Cindy! Love and blessings to you. Your photos are stunning!

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  3. Dear Cindy,
    What an inspiring post! Happy 40th Anniversary to you and your hubby! And what a beautiful cake! Yes, God is gracious and has blessed you and your family. He is indeed worthy of all of our praise. You have a beautiful family and what a handsome couple you and your hubby are! You are such an inspiration to your loved ones and those of us here in Blogland. I pray you two will enjoy many more happy years together and continue to be a blessing to others.

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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    1. Thank you Sandi. I appreciate you stopping by and your sweet words.

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  4. Cindy, congratulations to you both on 40 years of commitment because that is exactly what it takes! That cake is so pretty but I love the topper. You know that I love red and white and all of you look so nice. You have a beautiful family.
    Connie Royals

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    1. Thanks Connie. I love RED so this was easy when the girls said, Mama, you wear a red dress and daddy a white shirt and show up at 6:30 pm. LOL!

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  5. Congratulations, Cindy! I love your old pictures, you are both so cute! You do have a beautiful family. I am glad Irma did not harm you. We all fared out well too but half of our pool cage is gone and our pool is black. A big tree fell on them snd just got that taken care of. Still working on getting quotes on the pool enclosure but they all seem to be very busy cause nobody is calling me back. Happy Anniversary!... Christine

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    1. Thanks Christine. Yes, I am sure all insurance companies are up to their eyeballs right now trying to get things done for the folks that need help. Hoping you get things squared away soon.

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  6. Happy Anniversary to you both! So many years together... Such a blessing. And thanks for all the photos too! Beautiful family :)

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  7. How wonderful! Happy 40 years to you. This season in our lives is wonderful for our adult children and grandchildren isn't it?

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  8. Congratulations to you and Marty!! You're just as beautiful and handsome today as you were 40 years ago!! I love the party and how everyone was color coordinated. The photos are stunning. You really are blessed.

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    1. Thanks Heather. All we were told to do was to dress in red and white and be at one of daughter's house at a certain time. Girl, I didn't have to do anything but show up! LOL! It was wonderful. I have trained my girls well.

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  9. Happy Anniversary to you and your beloved, my sweet friend. Forty years is a milestone! It looks as if your family saw to it that you had a precious celebration. Lovely! I love your family! Hugs to you, dear Cindy.

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    1. Thank you. We did have a wonderful celebration. Sweet fellowship and great food. It was nice.

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  10. Awe, this is just the sweetest! I was 18 when we married and Tommy was 24. It's a good thing he was older or we just might not have made it. He had a lot of patience in those early years while I adjusted to being 1000 miles away from my family. It's now 46 years later! Your girls are just cute as they can be and such precious Grans. Yes, you have been blessed and I share your joy!

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    1. Thanks Lea. 46 years later....I would say you both done well. I can't imagine you being so young and so far away from your family. The Lord knew what He was doing didn't He?

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  11. Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful family you have and all those adorable grands. You are blessed!

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  12. Oh my dearest Cindy, I am writing through tears of joy and with a smile on my face, after reading your post and seeing all the precious pictures. Congratulations to you and Marty on 40 years together!! You do deserve those blessings from Our Lord. My late Beloved and I met while only 14, and he is still with me in my heart. Thank you for sharing this with us. It looks like you had a wonderful anniversary party! The color of coordination of red and white was such fun to see on those sweet people. I loved seeing the old pics of you and Marty, and your wedding photos, too. May you have many, many more years together, making more special memories. With Love and blessings, Kitty

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    1. Thank you Kitty. I know you miss your husband terribly. Thinking of you dear friend.

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  13. Happy 40th anniversary to you and Marty! What a beautiful blessing from God,! Your daughters are so lovely as well as your grands! Love the wedding photos! Blessings and hugs!

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  14. Congratulations to you both. Such A beautiful family. You have been blessed Cindy. Happy Fall. Xo

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    1. Thank you Linda and Happy Fall to you. I just wish we had some cooler temps to go with this Fall. LOL!

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  15. Such a beautiful post!! Congrats on 40 years together, that in itself is an accomplishment. You have a beautiful family Cindy..so happy for you, it's obvious that y'all are blessed beyond measure.

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  16. Congratulations! You have a very beautiful family and I know they are a blessing! :)
    (red and white were our wedding colors...) :D

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    1. Thanks Monica. I appreciate your visit and kind words.

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  17. A belated Happy Anniversary and congratulations! Yes, you named the greatest blessings and now we can add a great granddaughter to ours! You have a lovely family. Thank you for sharing them with me! Nancy

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    1. Congratulations Nancy on the great-grand! Nothing like those babies. Thanks for stopping by.

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  18. Congratulations Cindy! There's nothing better than a good marriage. :)

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    1. Thanks Stacey. I know that you are enjoying your porch!

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  19. Happy Anniversary, my friend! I loved your post, seeing your family, and reading all your good news. :) I wish you many more happy years!

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  20. Happy Anniversary......great looking family. Loving the red dressing.

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  21. Congratulations! You are very blessed. What a beautiful family God has given you.
    ~Adrienne~

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    1. Thank you dear friend. I hope you enjoy relaxing while your men hunt!

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  22. Congratulations again! I LOVE all of the red...the perfect color to celebrate your 40 years. When I read the way you described your relationship and all you have been through, I couldn't help but relate 100% The Lord has been right there with us through it ALL...the good, the bad and the sometimes VERY ugly because He is the only reason we are still together! You have such a beautiful family and you can certainly tell how very much they love you both! Hugs $ blessings!

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    1. Awe thanks again Debby. God's Grace is always enough isn't it?

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  23. Wow! Look at you two! You both look amazing, but most importantly, you both look REALLY happy together! Congratulations on such a huge milestone. Do people even get married at 18 anymore?? You have such a beautiful family right from the oldest to the youngest, and your children and grandchildren all have your sweet smile. You are very blessed, and it's wonderful that you appreciate that gift from above. Here's to another 40!!
    Wendy xox

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    1. Awe, thank you Wendy. Yes, it is a huge milestone this day and time. I am so grateful for grace and mercy!

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  24. What a wonderful celebration! I love that you dressed in red and white. What a cool idea! Your pictures are indeed treasures!
    No wonder you look so young. Girl, you were a child bride!

    Happy Happy 40th. You have raised a beautiful family and been such a Godly influence.

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    1. Thank you Bonnie. Yes indeed, a child bride. I told someone recently that I was actually glad I had my children young because that way I wouldn't be too old to enjoy the grands! LOL!

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  25. Oh, sweet Cindy, what precious pictures of you and your family! And may I just say....Happy 40th Anniversary! What a blessing, my friend. May the Lord bless you and your beloved with many, many more years.

    Love and hugs to you!

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  26. Oh, Cindy, I'm so sorry to be so late in visiting. These pictures are all so awesome! What a blessed life you and Mr. Marty have had together. I told Jess just recently that it feels like you and I have known each other forever and I do think of you as a close friend. I'm praying many more years of good health and blessings and possibly more Grandbabies! 💜

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  27. Awe Deb, you are just ON TIME! You know how I feel about you! Thank you for the wonderful words and anniversary wishes! God is good.

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  28. Congrats!!! What a beautiful family!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    HUgs.
    Debbie

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  29. Hi, Cindy! Happy anniversary, late though I am! I'm so glad to have seen this post with all the details of your lovely family and lovely celebration! Best wishes to you and yours! ~Zuni

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  30. Oh, how sweet and wonderful! CONGRATULATIONS to both of you, sweet friend! SO precious to see how God has blessed and enriched your lives. He is ever faithful, and your marriage is a testimony to His blessings. May He grant you many more years together!!!

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  31. Congratulations on your 40th wedding anniversary! I love how your family wore red to celebrate your ruby anniversary. Here's to 40 more happy years!

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  32. Married at 18?? No wonder you look so young.

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    1. LOL! When I had our first child at the age of 20 it was told that a nurse walked to my hospital door, looked in and said, "A baby having a baby". When I got married it seemed that everyone got married at 18-20. Now, women are having babies in their 40's!

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So glad you stopped by to visit.
Hugs and blessings, Cindy