Friday, August 16, 2013

From This Day Forward

33 years ago, I married the man of my dreams.

Joy filled our home, but through the years, the dream faded a bit.  The dream became a reality of parents' and brothers' deaths, children's struggles, financial burden in the early years, and broken hearts.

We managed to stay together through it
 all, during the good times and the terrible times.  What I learned is that a great love doesn't always mean that nothing goes wrong, a great love can be when things DO go wrong, and you still have a great love.

These lyrics by Tanya Tucker have always been very special to me.

Like two sparrows in a hurricane
Trying to find their way
With a head full of dreams
And faith that can move anything
They've heard it's all uphill
But all they know is how they feel
The world says they'll never make it
Love says they will



Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

And that is love, isn't it my friend? Love endures ALL things. I hope you are well and happy my beauty! Look at you...what a BEAUTIFUL WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!! Anita

Marcia Pilar said...

Beautiful bride, beautiful words. Happy anniversary to you and your husband, my friend.
Love is not love without sacrifice and it typically endures through tests of fire. Unless it does so, how would one know it is truly love.
Much love to you both.

Teresa said...

Happy Anniversary, Lovely Sheri and Handsome Husband.

P.S. Lovely photo Sheri! in a way time freezes that moment and all the emotions that abound in and within us. In the way that the illusions and happiness remains the same... forever. Enjoy your special day!

Susie said...

Happy anniversary to you and your husband. Marriage , it's the joining of two souls who are willing to tough it out. You give when he hurts and he gives back when you need it...together just give your love 100 percent...and that makes it work. Blessings Sheri. xoxo,Susie

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Nothing more precious than the whirlwind of a perfectly imperfect love! A toast to you, your love, and sparrows!
Happy Anniversary!

Deserae said...

Happy Anniversary!!! May you have many more years of happiness :o)

Shelia said...

What a sweet post. You were a gorgeous bride and I wish you a Happy Anniversary.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;0

Mona said...

This is a marvelous post... I admire you for deciding to hang in there even when it was hard...Happy Anniversary to you and many, many more. I got married the first time 40 years ago this month..we did not do what you two have done and ours failed miserably..But I am happy to say I learned from my mistakes and this time around, my new husband of 16 years :-) and I stick together and weather the storms as a married couple...I love your post today....and congratulate you on your anniversary..
Love, Mona

Trisha said...

Happy Anniversary to you! What a beautiful bride! Here's to many more years of happily wedded bliss!


Art and Sand said...

Happy Anniversary!

In this day of "throw away" everything, it is wonderful to see couples who stayed together and worked things out.

We have been married 42 years and of all our friends who married at the same time, we are the only ones still married.

Have a great day.

Barbara F. said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby! You were a beautiful bride! xo

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Soooo sweet and so true Sheri ! You look beautiful ... Happy Anniversary, and many more.

Japolina said...

Such a lovely post. You were a gorgeous bride. I've been married almost 20 years and I totally agree. It is easy to be happy when things are great. Sometimes more of a challenge when things are not so great.

Nely said...

Hi dear Shery,
Happy Anniversary my dear friend,such a lovely years stayed together ,you were a beautiful bride,your smile are adorable!
Many hugs dear friend,

The Silver Bunny said...

Happy anniversary, dear Sheri and thank you so much for visiting my blog; I have just become your latest follower ! My best wishes from Normandy ! xo


Congrats on your Anniversary and for enduring all that comes with marriage! We are 38 years married and it's come with all you mention, but that's love! Now days I see kids divorcing for what have been NOTHING to us! Thanks for sharing and God bless you both for ever!

FABBY'S LIVING said... were a very handsome couple too!

It's me said...

What a beautiful post Sheri.....congratulations !! from me...x !

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Happy anniversary.... you are beautiful. Life isn't easy - so it is best to be with the ones you love. said...

Happy Anniversary dearest Sheri.
How lovely you looked..
Love is what counts..and you have made it through thick and thin for 33 years.. I wish you both another 33..
with lots of love and joy on this day.
your friend in blogging.. valxxxxxx

Christines Welt! said...

Dear Sheri, all congratulations on your anniversary!
This is wonderful, a love that endures everything, good and bad times!
I wish you and your dream man together many happy years of happiness!
Greetings from old Germany

Mama Owl said...

Happy Anniversary, may you truly be blessed in all your years now and in the future.

Noelle the dreamer said...

You were such a lovely bride Sheri! Thank you very much for sharing such a special moment in your life. Good times and bad ones, defines each of us. Wisdom is only acquire with trials. You made it through, so many don't have the courage.

Kristie Franklin said...

AW, what a lovely song! Happy Anniversary Sheri, husband and I were talking just the other day about all the trials we've experienced in the last 44 years. I believe if anything it brought us closer together having to face each obstacle together. I hope your day is a special one. :-)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

HELLO THERE MY FRIEND! Thank you for coming by! I am very well, thank you so much for asking. My tests came out negative which is a good thing. I have some more exams to finish in the next week, and I hope they will rule out any other concerns I have but so far, so good. I'll let you know what's going on once I hear.

You look so amazing in your wedding photo!! HUGS, Anita


Happy Anniversary. love THE SONG.

Patricia said...

Happy Anniversary Sheri. I found your blog through the Silver Bunny post, and have been reading a few of your lovely posts. A great idea to share the blog with your daughters; the road trips looks quite wonderful. I am adding you to my blog list too.

NanaDiana said...

You were SUCH a beautiful bride! Gorgeous! I hear you- our dreams are nothing like we thought they would be-lots of pain and lots of trials-but we weathered the storm this far.

Happy Anniversary to you- Ours is today, too...but my post about it is tomorrow- xo Diana

NanaDiana said...

ps- I just listened to that song- I have never heard it before- lots of truth in those lyrics-

Lucy said...

I remember that song...I like it as well. Love really does endure all things...if only more couples realized that. Happy Anniversary, may God grant you many more years together.

janice15 said...

So pretty you are... lovely bride.. sure wished I had found that love... so happy for you my dear that you have made it through all time and things together and remain together now.. Much love and much more happiness and life together.. with love always Janice ...sweet tears of happiness...

Patty Patterson said...

You were a beautiful bride! I'd love to see more wedding pictures.
And I've been married 33 years, too. Odds are we're pretty close to the same age.

Ginger Zuck said...

Sheri, every word in your post is so true! You can't have good without bad or hard, no matter what. That is just not reality!, but some are willing to work at it and others are not strong enough to work through it, which is sad. Congratulations on your HUGE anniversary, it is so wonderful and I wish you so many more. Love your wedding picture, absolutely stunning!! Hugs my friend. Have a awesome weekend of celebration.

syros2js said...

"...a great love can be when things DO go wrong, and you still have a great love..."
I believe that THIS IS the meaning of great love!!!
Happy Anniversary, my gorgeous friend!!!

Josien said...

Happy anniversary of your wedding and LOVE!
Your shining personality is beautifully caught on your weddingday (and surely many times afterwards).

Thank you for being so honest,

Linda said...

This is a beautiful post... We...have been married 32 years, and were married on Aug. 16th.

All you say is true.

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Happy Anniversary and what a beautiful bride you were..Standing the test of time through it all is a strong marriage... Wishing you many more years together.

Heather Lindstrom said...

Look at you-such a beautiful and glowing bride!!
Happy Anniversary to you and your husband. You are so right about true love. It's the process of life and love. You are celebrating the love and the journey of life that has led you to a more deeper love together.
Enjoy every moment.
xx, Heather @ Stylemindchic

Geralyn Adams said...

Lovely post and inspirational words. Happy Anniversary! :)

louise said...

Happy Anniversary to you both. Pretty bride! xx

Mesmerize said...

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Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Sheri,
Happy 33rd Anniversary. You looked stunning as a young bride and of course, as we age and wear the markings of sorrow and grieve, we are not the same on the outside but very rich from the inside. Life's journey is not an easy one but together we can stand many a storm.
Tight hugs to you and sorry I'm one day behind. Yesterday I was not well after a terrible drive to Atlanta in heavy downpours. For 1-½ hour on the way over and also on the way back. Only the one remaining hour driving into Atlanta and the hour returning was with good weather. That did us good as we have here now over two months of terrible rains. Everything is soggy and muddy... creek is flooding and not much we can do. Even too dark to take decent photos.
Have a lovely weekend.

Susie Swanson said...

Oh what a beautiful bride and a precious tribute to your marriage. Happy Anniversary to you both and may God continue to Bless you.Hugs and love, xo

Susan said...

Oh Sheri, what a darling post. Loved it. You were a gorgeous bride.

Congratulations on all your years together! May there be many, many more.

The words to the song were poignant, too.

And I loved the heart photo! Great job. Susan

andrea@townandprairie said...

Sheri- you're ROCKIN' those legs in that bridal photo! Your're totally right, too--true marriage and love means stickin' to it---no matter what. Happy anniversary!

Geralyn Adams said...

Sheri, Thanks so much for your visit, so nice to meet you :)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

Thank you so much for wandering over to meet Rosebud and leaving such kind words.
Happy weekend,

Jemma said...

Such a lovely post-Happy Wedding Anniversary and many, many more! Looking forward to getting to know you!
Warm Hugs,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning beautiful friend!!!! How nice to see you, to open up my blog comment page, and see YOU. Yes, summer is almost over according to my calendar; when school starts, that's IT! But let's continue to enjoy well into the deep of winter because WE ARE ALIVE!!!!!!!

Much love to you, you gorgeous bride, YOU! Anita

CraveCute said...

Hi Sheri! You made a gorgeous bride! Congrats to you and your hubby! I've been married to my hubby for over 20 years and your words are so true! Thanks for visiting and leaving such nice comments on my blog too! Have a wonderful week!

Cottage and Broome said...

Sheri, 33 years is such a big accomplishment! We have been married over 30 years too. You were a beautiful bride! I hope you have many more happy years, Laura

Ayu Maselli said...

Dearest Sheri,

You were beautiful bride. Happy anniversary.
thought, Love is sacrifice in good and bad.
my best wishes for both of you

Attic Clutter said...

Oh wow how wonderful
You look just darling as a bride(:)

Beauty Follower said...

Lovely post!
Happy Anniversary to you :)


Geneva said...

What a beautiful tribute to your marriage. Your honesty and transparency are inspiring and proof that true commitment stands the test of time.
Blessings & Happy Anniversary,

Christine said...

True love makes it through the good and the bad. I like this post and you are beautiful! (((hugs)))

hi-d said...

Such a true and real post. Marriage is not always easy. I am so glad you stayed together...happy Anniversary to you, Sheri! Such a beautiful bride!


Lila Moonlight said...

Dear Sheri, first of all a late Congratulations for 33 years! : ) And you look gorgeous in your wedding dress, great legs and smile : ) And touching words too, I hope the next 33 years and more will be full of joy and sweet memories : )

Deborah said...

How beautiful!!!!
Congrats beautiful lady!
You are beautiful inside and out...and you know what true love is ;)
Love hugs and many more precious moments xoxoxo

All my heart,
Deborah xoxoxoxo