Saturday, June 23, 2012

A Celebration of Love and Life

     

     40 years ago this Monday, June 25, I married my best friend.  It was the happiest day of my life as we started on our journey of love and life.  At only 19 years old, I had no clue what I was getting into, I just knew it was the right thing for me.





     As corny as it may sound, I knew, without a doubt, I had found my soul mate.   That is such a rarity that I knew no matter what lay ahead over the years, we would make it.     Life offers no guarantees so facing it with the right person was more important to me than any education or career. 

     Living on a dairy farm was a great way to start our journey.  I fell right into farm life with the excitement of a kid in a candy store for the first time.  What I lacked in experience and knowledge I made up for in my desire and willingness to learn.  Before long I was milking cows, gardening, planting flowers, cooking and housekeeping.

     My first big task was to make the old farm house into our home.  Kenneth's parents had built a new home across the road and were just finishing the move the day we returned from our honeymoon.  Once they were all moved, then the fun began.   We were ready to  begin our new life in our first home.

     When our son Tim came along our family was complete and our lives only got better.  Watching him grow, exploring all areas of the farm and learning to appreciate the importance of home and family was an amazing experience.  I am so proud of the man, husband and father he has become.

     We are now 40 years into our journey.  Like all families, we've seen good times and bad, rough spots in the road, battled health problems, surgeries, and even the big C, all of which we've managed to come through.  The main reason we have faced them all successfully is because we always faced them together.  Side by side, no matter what.   Would I do it all over?  In a heartbeat!  I can hardly wait to see what is in store for us the next 40 years!  

Until next time...that's my view.
Kat


    

 









15 comments:

  1. What a lovely story of your life. Happy Anniversary. May you have many more happy years to come! ♥

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Kathy! We certainly plan to have many more! XOXO

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  2. Happy Anniversary!!!

    I was also a June bride, but I've only been married 13 years. I still find it hard to believe that my husband and I have been together for 15 years...that seems forever to me.

    And then you mention FORTY. Oh my...forty. Yowza. LOLOL!

    You've grown up together. Gone through this life together. I can't imagine the stages you've seen and the storms you've weathered within forty years. What a beautiful journey, and how lucky the two of you are.

    Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Happy 13th anniversary to you! One of these days Amy you will look back and say, "I can't believe it has been forty years. Your best years are still ahead of you. Enjoy the journey. I sure have...and its not over yet! XOXO

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  3. Happy anniversary, Kat! Here's to the next forty!

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    1. Thank you Beth! I'm looking forward to them! XOXO

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  4. Oh happy anniversary! We reach thirty next March and I feel the same way about doing it al over again. There is such a joy in marrying your best friend. A toast to all the years past and to the future for much health, joy and peace.

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  5. You are an inspiration to all. Happy anniverary!

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    1. Thank you Marianne. That is very sweet of you to say. If I can be an inspiration to even one young couple out there then I am truly honored. XOXO

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  6. I love that you are celebrating such a wonderful time, but I think you left one thing out of your story, Kat. That would be that you both DECIDED to stay together. Those rough spots and difficult times are when you must decide to go through it all together. So many people don't.

    Happy anniversary.

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    1. You are so right Jo. I don't think we ever doubted for a second that we would go through the rough times together, unlike so many nowadays.

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  7. nice! 40 years of togetherness... and it's nice to hear you've stood by each other during all the ups and downs... soul mates, unite! <3

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    1. Thank you Daphne. After all, isn't standing by each other what it's all about?

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  8. Happy Anniversary Kat. Oh I hope I could tell the same in my 40th anniversary. It is very rarely we find people these days that cherish every part of their past with happiness and a smile.
    www.thoughtsofpaps.com

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    1. Thank you Paps. I hope you can say the same on your 40th anniversary too.

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