Friday, June 22, 2018

Celebrating 40 years

Sam and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary last weekend in San Antonio (where we went on our first vacation).
Sam had ordered these beautiful roses to greet me when we got to our room at the historic Menger Hotel Thursday night.

He also had ordered some chocolate-covered strawberries.
Sam can be quite the 'romantic'. 💗

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For me (and for you, if you're interested), here we are through the years...

Our engagement picture... 
(We're looking at my engagement ring.)


Then here is my bridal portrait.
As some of you know
when I took this picture in three months after the wedding to get it framed,
the lady who was going to frame it

asked me if that was my daughter.
?!!?
I was so flabbergasted that I said merely,
"Um, um, that is me, three months ago!"

"Oh dear. of course!" she said.
 So I picked out that frame,
and never forgot how marriage must have aged me!

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The first summer we were married we went on the first of three mission trips to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Here is Sam performing a magic trick to entertain the crowd.... and he impressed me - and Sharon (one of the students who went with us).
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After two years of marriage we moved to Brazil and served as Baptist missionaries in Teresina, PI, Brazil. Here we are on the porch of the house we lived in.

This next picture is of us during that time, getting ready to get on the boat to tour the Amazon River...


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Then we came back from Brazil in 1983, and, among other things, started a family.


Here we are a few years later ...

And then later - when I turned 50 Jennifer Howes (THANK YOU!) orchestrated a surprise party for me - and I will never forget it. (THANK YOU, JENNIFER!!!)


I so enjoy this next picture at that party particularly because Sam is kissing me - and our dear daughter is loving it!!!

Those pictures were taken at nephew Justin's wedding reception,
at a fun photo booth.
I LOVE THOSE PICTURES!!!
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Here we are later... with pictures of my dear dad on the piano,
as we celebrated his 80th birthday in 2005.


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Then later cooking up Christmas breakfast....

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And well, I liked this group of pictures in our kitchen, so why not share them?


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And here we are more recently.


And then last weekend in San Antonio...


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Well, I have more to tell about our 40th anniversary celebration (like where we (over)ate).
And places we'd recommend in San Antonio (mainly eating places).

See you later - after we've recovered from our fantastic 40th honeymoon!!!

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Life has been so good with Sam-the-man.

Thank you, Lord.




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trivia Tuesday

Texas is the only state which is allowed to fly its state flag at the same height as the US flag.

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The San Francisco cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


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Dogs’ nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints and can be used to identify them. 
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The longest beard in recorded history belonged to this man, Hans Langseth. The monstrosity of hair measured over 17ft, and ultimately took his own life when he accidentally stepped on it, breaking his neck in 1927.


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Around the world, more people drink goat milk than cow milk.

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The nation's first kindergarten was established in Watertown, Wisconsin in 1856.
Its first students were local German-speaking youngsters. 

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China owns every panda in the world.

In China, killing a panda is punishable by death.

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Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older.
I'm not so sure I want to live that long...
well, until I get there, and I might.

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That's all for today.

Have a great week!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wednesday Whimsy

from LONESTAR ANTIQUES, 5605 Denton Highway, Haltom City, TX...


























That's all for today.

I hope you liked those treasures!