Life Through The Lens: Celebrating 25 years!

On Tuesday, August 20th, my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!


We didn’t have any big plans, like those we’ve dreamed about, as money is still very tight. (Thankfully, hubby is working now!). But God put it on someone’s heart to bless us financially so that we could go out and have a nice dinner.  A really nice dinner!  So that is what we did on Sunday night.

We went to the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola.


You can take a garden path down many stairs to the restaurant or opt for the cable car, which is what we do when we visit.


(photo credit)

It’s a place we visited while we were dating, and the food is very good!  I took advantage and indulged, just a little!

Calamari appetizer


Filet Mignon with au gratin potatoes (also had steamed veggies on the side)


And in honor of our anniversary, two small but powerful chocolate truffles for dessert.


After dinner we drove into downtown Capitola to visit the coffee house we liked to hang out at while we were dating.  Matter of fact, just shortly after we got engaged, we came here, and a violinist serenaded us.  We found out last night that this same violinist still plays on Friday nights, and has been there for 26 years!



I opted for the iced coconut mocha, and my hubby the caramel milkshake


On the way home, we drove to Kohls to look at a temporary replacement wedding ring for myself, but they were closed.  Perhaps I’ll share the story of why I am looking for something temporary one of these days.

These last 25 years have seen much joy and some heartache, but I wouldn’t trade it.  God has brought us through some difficult times and we are fully committed to allowing Him to see us through the next 25, and beyond!

Thanks for allowing me to share our date night with you!

37 thoughts on “Life Through The Lens: Celebrating 25 years!”

    1. Barbie says:

      Awe, love Lynnette and Kyle! Thanks for visiting Linda!

  1. Beth says:

    So beautiful, Barbie! I’m thrilled to see the two of you had a blessed night out to celebrate. That restaurant looks amazing! I love the cable car. How cool is that!!!! Thank you for sharing your date night with us. Many blessings to you both.
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    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Beth! We had a great night!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Happy Anniversary Barbie. Thank you for sharing your anniversary dinner with us. Money is always tight for us too (married for 27 years), but we enjoy our small celebrations with as much pleasure as those who are able to celebrate more extravagantly. We are thankful the Lord gave us each other. Praying you have 25+ years to share with each other.
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    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Elizabeth! It doesn’t have to be expensive. Sometimes the small celebrations are truly the best!

  3. Diana Denis says:

    There’s so much to celebrate Barbie! 25 years, a quarter of a century! Congratulations! I thank The Lord for keeping you close enough to Him that you’ve been able to overcome every challenge with grace. Praying for a blissful 25 more years. And congrats on the job! The best is yet to come my friend. ❤

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks so much Diana!

  4. Mel says:

    So beautiful…I love this little glimpse into your life! Blessings and Happy Anniversary, friend! 🙂

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping Mel! Hope you’re having a great week.

  5. Lisa says:

    Happy Anniversary! (We celebrated our 25th this summer, too). What a fun date that looked like :). The restaurant we went to the night we got engaged no longer exists, but with my allergies I wouldn’t be able to eat there any way. That is so neat about the violinist. I’m glad you got to have such a special evening.
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    1. Barbie says:

      The restaurant we ate at on our wedding night closed down too. Would have loved to have gone there. Thankful for your return to blogigng!

  6. Cheri says:

    What an adorable couple 🙂 Looks like you had a much needed wonderful night away!
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    1. Barbie says:

      Yes! It was indeed much needed!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks so much Stephanie. I need to catch up on your blog! 🙁

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Dayle! And happy anniversary to you!

  7. saleslady371 says:

    What a sweet post! Happy anniversary; may you be blessed in the coming years.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you!

  8. Lea says:

    Oh, what a lovely anniversary celebration. We celebrated #42 in June, can’t believe we are just 8 years away from #50. Yikes! Blessings for many more years!
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    1. Barbie says:

      Wow, almost 50 years! That’s exciting!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations, friend! I’m so happy to hear that your Hubby got a job! Yay!
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    1. Barbie says:

      Yes! We are truly thankful!

  10. Maria @ Bloom says:

    Happy Belated anniversary, Barbie! Love this post. I know you both have gone through so much and it is great to see you guys still so adorably in love. God bless you both!
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    1. Barbie says:

      Awe, thanks Maria!

  11. Lisa @ FSL says:

    Congratulations my friend! 25 years is amazing; you and your husband are a great example of sacrificial commitment and covenant marriage. How cool is it that you could/can go back to your old haunts that you went to as a dating couple. That is fabulous.
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    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you friend. Thankful for all that God has done in our lives!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks Rosann!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Oh, beautiful! Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful night! Loved these photos!
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    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Jennifer!

  13. Heather @ A Nurse's Wildflowers says:

    Happy Anniversary! It looks like you had a good time! It is always so encouraging to see people adding years to their marriage….not something we see as often as we should. I’m sure you are a huge encouragement and have a wealth of wisdom on being a wife 🙂

    I hope you have a blessed 26th year!
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    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks so much Heather!

      1. Barbie says:

        Thanks Debi!

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