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Celebrating 22 Years!

(Please forgive the poor picture quality.)
Today Lynn and I are celebrating 22 years of marriage.  We met while we were both youth leaders at our former church.  One day he asked me to attend a Christian Concert Day at at our local amusement park.  I said Yes.  And that’s how it all began on fall Day in October 2007 1987.  (Thanks Jill for the heads up on the wrong date :-).  After that initial “get-to-know-you-better” date, the very next day we went sailing with his parents on their boat.  From then on we spent a lot of time together talking and getting to know one another.  I remember after our 5th date or so, I came home and told my grandmother that Lynn was the man I was going to marry.  I was so in love!  He loved the Lord, was kind and considerate, passionate about ministry, he new how to cook and do his own laundry, and he loved to teach me about God’s Word (I had only been saved about 3 years when I met him).  He was a true romantic and would often bring me flowers and write me love letters, many of which I still have today.
Two and a half months later on Christmas Eve he proposed.  We had expressed our love for one another and talked about marriage, but I had no clue it was coming so soon.  He proposed by having me over to his apartment to open gifts.  When I got there, Phil Keagy was playing in the background, the lights were dim, and he had put long stem roses all throughout the Christmas Tree.  (Apparently, he and his roommate had worked for hours getting the setting just right.)  After he opened his gifts (I think I bought him 5 or 6 things), he handed me a card and a large teddy bear.  The card was so romantic and at the end he wrote, “will you marry me”?  I didn’t say anything at first.  I think I thought he was asking that as a “will you marry me someday in the future” question.  He drew my atention back to the teddy bear, and in it’s paws I noticed a small box.  I think I freaked at that point.  There in that box was my beautiful engagement ring.  We were married eight months later in August of 1988.

(Wasn’t I cute?) 
We have had our share of hardship, but I will say that we love each other more today than we did 22 years ago.  There is something about walking through the tough seasons together that draws you even closer.  We’ve weathered some storms, but we’ve had some amazing days too.  I believe the best is yet to come!

 (My handsome groom!)
I adore you, my love, my best friend.  Thank you for sweeping me off my feet so quickly and for being the best husband a girl could ever have.  I love the way you take care of me.  You are kind and gentle.  Compassionate and sincere.  Quiet yet deep.  You are my “steady rock”.  Thank you for the way you see me through God’s eyes and for helping me realize my true worth and beauty.  I appreciate you so much.  You are the best father to our children.  Patient, loving, fun, full of strength and wisdom.  They adore you too!
Tonight we will be celebrating with an Italian dinner here:

And hopefully, If I am a lucky girl, we will see this:
Or maybe I’ll give in and we’ll see this:
Have a wonderful weekend friends!

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28 Comments

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    ~Laura
    August 20, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Happy anniversary!

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    Seams Inspired with Larri
    August 20, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Congratulations on 22 years! Stopping over from your Allied Mom's link. I'm blessed to be married to my best friend also. You have a beautiful family. Happy Friday! :o)

    http://www.seamsinspired.com

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    Chrissy
    August 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Happy anniversary! Twenty-two years is no small feat! Have a wonderful celebration!

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    Kristi
    August 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Happy Anniversary! May the Lord bless you two with many, many more blessed years together!

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    Hannah
    August 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Aw! Beautiful, Barbie! Have a lovely Anniversary, sweet lady! God Bless you guys in all the amazing years to come. (heehehe…sounds like something you'd hear at a wedding.) 🙂

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    Latte Mama
    August 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Happy Anniversary! You have been blessed with a beautiful family! Have fun tonight I think you'll have a good time watching either movie 🙂

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    Theresa
    August 20, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Happy Anniversary. Beautiful story and you have a beautiful family!

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    Anna Gray
    August 20, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Happy, happy Anniversary! =)

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    Elizabeth Rose
    August 20, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Have a lovely anniversary, Barbie! You two are so cute–and what a precious way for him to ask you to marry him! Sweetness. 🙂

    Love in Christ,
    Elizabeth Rose

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    LeAnna
    August 20, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Congrats and happy anniversary!!!

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    Amanda
    August 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Happy Anniversary! What a cool story of how you all met!

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    Together We Save
    August 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Happy anniversary!! I have been married 21 year myself, your tux and dress styles look very familar.

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    Eldarwen
    August 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    So cool! Happy 22nd anniversary, Barbie!! I hope it's a good one!!

    Oh, I wanna see Eat Pray Love so bad!! 😀 And the Other Guys! I love Mark Whalburg!

    Have fun! 😀

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    Esther
    August 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    Happy Anniversary!! Very sweet post. And we love Maggiano's too 🙂 You'll have to let me know how you like Eat Pray Love!

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    Debbie
    August 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Happy Anniversary you two lovebirds! I love how you shared about how you met and all about the big proposal. How precious your early photos were. And I loved seeing your family photo. What an awesome family you have.

    Love you,
    Debbie

    PS. I wonder who wants to see the action movie and who wants to see the chick flick.

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    Michelle
    August 20, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful story! Long-stemmed roses in the Christmas tree?!! I would have died!Lol

    Hope you both have many more years of joy and love between you! Thank you for sharing your story!!

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    Bethany@ImperfectMom
    August 20, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Maggiano's-yummmmm!!

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    Jen
    August 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    This is so lovely! Congratulations and blessings for many more years to come. You have a beautiful family and by the way you described your husband, I'm SURE you'll get to see Eat, Pray, Love! 🙂

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    Penny
    August 20, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful tribute to your husband and to a beautiful marriage!

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    Charis
    August 21, 2010 at 4:25 am

    happy anniversary!!

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    Genny
    August 21, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Happy Anniversary, Barbie! I hope you have a wonderful one. Your family is just beautiful!

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    Julia
    August 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    happy anniversary! thanks so much for stopping by. i'm finding that more and more a few good blog friends are more important than a bunch of ones that I don't know!!

    so glad to have met you!!

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    Jennifer
    August 21, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    What a sweet anniverary post! Hope you have a wonderful day. I'm visiting your blog (late) through iFellowship…and your newest follower. 🙂

    Jennifer
    http://www.thefarriswheel.blogspot.com

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    Amanda
    August 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Happy anniversary! I hope you had a special time at dinner etc. I really enjoyed reading your love story!

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    Laura
    August 22, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Let us know how the movie is, if you saw it. I want to see it!

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    myletterstoemily
    August 22, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    happy anniversary! your family is just
    gorgeous. what a wonderful heritage
    you have made for them.

    my 30th is tomorrow!

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    Janet
    August 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Happy Belated Anniversary! I enjoyed reading your love story. Wishing you both many more blessed years together.

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    Janette@Janette's Sage
    August 23, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Congratulations!!! You also have a beautiful family…isn't God faithful?
    I hope you had a wonderful night out!!!
    It only gets better…we are now at 30! and it seems like yesterday.
    Continue to tell your love story over and over again for your kids…even when they get sick of it…it will encourage them in their relationships one day!

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