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Thread: Today is our 36th Wedding Anniversary

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    Power Poster Rhonda's Avatar
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    and my mom's birthday! We got married on my mom's birthday Jan 19 in 1975. Seems so long ago!! My dad knew how nervous I was and he sang happy birthday in my ear all the way down the aisle! LOL Sweet memory especially as he has been gone for 20 yrs now.

    We met in Sept in 75 and moved in together in Oct. (Not done in my Quaker family!) In Dec Glen said we'll fix your mom we'll get married!(she was ranting and raving that she didn't raise me to live that way etc) He gave me my engagement ring on Friday the 13th that Dec and we celebrate every Fri the 13th since.
    We got married in Jan and one month later found out I was pregnant. I had Sara Oct 2 75. Few months later I was pregnant again and Nathan was born Oct 23 76. He almost died at birth with pneumonia. He was a blue baby and rushed from the hosp I was in to a diff hosp with a Neo natal unit. I didn't get to hold him til he was 10 days old. He was there for 14 days.
    When Nathan was 5 mos old and Sara 17 mos old my DH flipped a fork lift at work and had a severe brain injury and was in a coma for 2 1/2 weeks. We didn't know if he would die or not for the first week. He is now handicapped with a brain injury and makes life interesting. I was pregnant at the time and the first thing he remembered on coming out of the haziess of the coma and semicoma was that I was pregnant again.
    I miscarried 2 mos after he got out of the hosp.
    When Nathan was 1 yr old he had an infection in one eye and I ended up with him in isolation in Iowa City hosp for 10 days. He nearly lost his eye. We were investigated for child abuse. They thought I had beaten him. He looked really bad! His eye was swollen twice it's size and black and blue.
    Then I was pregnant again and had Glen in April of 78.

    I have always said if we could go through all that in the first 4 years of our marriage--We had only been married 2 yrs when his head injury happened- then we can go through anything and here we are 36 yrs later.
    I wouldn't change a thing not even the accident because it has taught us a thing or two and I kinda like the people we are today.

    We are going to go out to eat at Ryan's with Mom in a bit. It is the only time Glen will drive with her!
    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: He hates her driving! LOL

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    Happy anniversary and Happy Birthday to your Mom

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    Happy Annivesary!!!
    You have been through a lot but you have stuck together. Thanks for sharing your story!!!

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    happy anniversary and happy birthday to your mom!

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    Happy Anniversary. You have what is called "True Love" Through thick and thin you love each other. More people need to do this and we would have alot less divorce's.

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    Happy Anniversary to you, and Happy Birthday to your mom! I'm glad to hear you stuck together. Thanks for sharing!

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    Happy Anniversary. Your love for each other shows in all the things you do for those of us on the QB - tutorials and quilting templates are two I am aware of.

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    My MIL was convinced I was going to leave him so she told me to go while he was in a coma so it would be less stressful for him!! It was the only time we ever seriously argued!! She is a wonderful MIL and we love each other. But you tell me I can't do something and it makes me all the more determined! Besides I didn't have any intention of leaving him. I got married for life not for fair weather.

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    Happy Anniversary & Happy Birthday to your Mom

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    Happy Anniversary!! Happy Birthday to your Mom!! Rhonda how I wish I could sit with you and have you tell me about your life. Do you keep a journal? You are a wonderful writer and I think that generations that will come in future years could benefit from your life experiences. If your life was a book I would buy it and read it!!

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    Happy Anniversary & Happy Birthday to your Mom
    I enjoyed your story. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    Happy Anniversary!! Happy Birthday to your Mom!! Rhonda how I wish I could sit with you and have you tell me about your life. Do you keep a journal? You are a wonderful writer and I think that generations that will come in future years could benefit from your life experiences. If your life was a book I would buy it and read it!!
    ah well CJ there are parts of it you wouldn't want to see I am sure. God has brought us to this point but I am not always an easy child to raise! LOL

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    Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to your mom

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    Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday to your mom to.

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    Happy Anniversary Rhonda and Glen and Happy Birthday mom! Hope you all have a wonderful dinner tonight! :thumbup:

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    WOW, HAPPY ANNIVERSAY to you and Hubby and Happy Birthday to your mother.

    Kudos to you for staying by your mans side. that is so sweet.

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    Rhonda, all we go through makes us what we are, and even if you might not be an "easy child to raise", I believe you are probably one of the nicest persons one could meet. I know I would love to meet you! I'll soon celebrate my 56th anniversary,and like you, I married for life and at times , boy was it difficult! Tell Mom happy birthday,, and I think she has a wonderful daughter.

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    Happy Anniversary to both of you. What an amazing story. And Happy Birthday to your Mom too! Hope it is a great meal!

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    Happy Anniversary and Many More. Say Happy Birthday to your mom also. Today is my sister's birthday and she is 57. She is 14 months older than me.

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    What a story! Happy anniversary! Here's to another 36!

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    Rhonda, Happy Anniversary to both of you and Happy B-Day to Mom, enjoy your dinner.

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    Happy Anniversary! You're family sure did go through a lot during those first few years :shock: I hope there is nothing but happiness for the rest of your years!

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    Well best of wishes to you both and Happy Birthday to your mom! What a lot of trials you have been through and I am sure each and every one has made you just a little stronger! Have a wonderful dinner! I admire you for your strength.

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    A very happy anniversary to you both and happy birthday to your mother. Sorry to hear about all you have both gone thru. Not to many would do that today.

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    Thank you everyone! We have had our trials some our own bad decisions and some things we couldn't control but the Lord has blessed us with a wonderful family and yes I know the things we go through make us better people. I believe the Lord allows us to go through certain situations to learn things we need to learn. I just wish I had learned alot of those things sooner than later!! LOL Seems like I kept repeating alot of the same mistakes over and over again until I finally got it right!!! LOL

    Glen and I both come from a background that believes you get married to stay married. But out of 9 kids in Glen's family 2 have never been married and Glen is the only one to get married and stay married. No exes to deal with no step kids or other difficult situations arising from a broken home. But we do see it in his brother's lives. I do have grandkids that are joined to the family by marriage and love them very much. Just glad we haven't had the trials of a broken marriage. Our trials just took a differant turn than most people's. A head injury affects the rest of your life and we live with it every day.

    I have never advised my kids to get married the way we did tho!! We only knew each other 4 mos when we got married.
    But it was def the right decision. I love him with all my heart and would go through it all again even if I knew it was coming.

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