Tuesday, February 14, 2012

To Have and To Hold LOVE STORY Linky Party #8-- My Own Story

Welcome to my
Valentine LOVE STORY Linky Party 

Today I am sharing my own Love Story...

I have to say I've
always thought of mine
as a
Fairytale Love Story.

I never really dated in high school...
I remember my mother saying
"Just go out with him a few times and see,
you may find you like him."
Ughh, I HATED that she said that..
if I wasn't attracted to someone,
I wasn't attracted to them,
and I certainly wasn't going to just go out
and "let them grow on me".
A few years later I was working and living on my own
and the girls at work tried to set me up a few times.
To put it politely, "Thank You, but No thank you!"
A girl who was friends with some of my co-workers
lived in my apartment complex
and owned a beauty salon.
So, I'd met her, had her do my hair,
went to a candle party at her apt., etc. etc.
She eventually needed some sort of repair
 at her salon.
So when she called her landlord about it,
he sent an employee of his construction crew.
This was a guy from the area who had just
moved back after college and had taken this job
until he could find his career job.
His degree was in law enforcement,
he had a real interested in investigation,
and had also interviewed with,
the Secret Service.
She chatted with interviewed him
while he went about the construction project.
I think she came to the conclusion that
he may not be the socialite type that she was looking for.
So she told him he should call me.
He, being a little shy, hesitated for about a week.
She kept asking me if he'd called and I finally
told her to stop bugging him
because apparently he wasn't interested.
Well he called that evening after she pressured him.
Another Blind Date..... what was I thinking!
But he was very polite, a perfect gentleman,
and as he puts it 
"she (I) fell like a ton of bricks".
On our second date, he had me over to his
apartment and cooked for me,
Beef Roladins, it was wonderful!
When it was time for me to leave,
he went out and cleaned the snow off my car
and left a single rose on my windshield.

So romantic....... I just melted.
We've been inseperable ever since.
When I'd leave work, more often than not,
I'd find a little note from him on my windshield
tucked under the wiperblade
inviting me over for dinner
or just to let me know he was thinking of me.
We had dinner together after work
most everyday of the week,
as well as hanging out on the weekends,
 movies, get-togethers with friends, etc.
One thing we did alot in the summer
was get at ice cream from the Dairy Queen
then drive another mile down the street
to the park, and eat it there.
It was in that park where
 he later asked me to marry him.
Having met on January 14,
our first "anniversary" was February 14,
Valentines Day.
He gave me a little gold floating heart necklace
with a diamond chip in it.

Wrapped in this little lacy heart-shaped box.

So we celebrated our "anniversary" every month
always on the 14th.
I knew I had to get married on a 14th of the month, 
any month,
I didn't care what month, it just
HAD to be the 14th!
We were engaged in the fall of that year.
Once we made that commitment
 we couldn't wait to get married.
Looking at the calendar,
 I looked for a month where
the 14th was on a weekend.

Having many out of town and out of state relatives
we really felt a weekend would work best
for the rehearsal dinner and wedding.
It appeared, if we didn't get married by December,
we'd have to wait until April for a weekend wedding date.
April seemed like an eternity!
Having very traditional values, 
 living together was not
something either of us would even consider.
So we had just a few months to plan the wedding.
We wanted an intimate wedding
 where only our closest friends and relatives
were present to share in our special celebration.
We wanted it to be about Us...
...Not the big party atmosphere.
We were married in the church in the
small rural town were I grew up.

The church was decorated with poinsettias
for Christmas
so I continued the Christmas theme  
by laying greenery on the window sills
and tucked in red shiny ball 
christmas ornaments .

I hung grapevine wreaths
decorated with pines and white doves
 in the church windows.
The wreaths were a gift from the floral
designer, the sweetest man...
his wife worked in my office,
he said she owed me a shower gift.
Thank you Dennis!

We had a candlelight wedding in the late afternoon.
Candle-lanterns decorated with
pines and red bows
lined the center aisle.

We choose wedding colors of Burgundy and Silver.

I wore a traditional style gown
with train and veil.

My groom wore a white tux.

His brother and a friend were his groomsmen.
The men in the wedding party wore silver-grey tuxes.

My brother was an usher.

My two sisters were my bridesmaids.
I let them pick out their bridesmaids dresses.
They chose a burgundy colored dress of course
in an off-the-shoulder style
which was typical for the 1980s.
But the back of the dress had
an inset of multi-layered white lace
which I especially Loved.

They carried crystal hurricane candle-lanterns
decorated with greenery
and kept them as a gift from us.

 I had two flower girls, sisters.
The daughters of my best friend.

My bouquet, a gift from my groom, 
included one dozen red roses.

We held our reception in the Church's Fellowship Hall.

I wanted a simple cake and punch reception

but my mom wasn't having it.
She and my sisters made ham sandwiches,
potato salad and veggie/cheese/cracker trays
 for 200 guests.

It was a wintry night
with very icy driving conditions
 so I'm sure that prevented a few from attending

but the church still seemed full to overflowing.
It was a perfect night to me.

I remember entering the church,
 escorted by my father down the aisle,

seeing and feeling the warm glow of
 not only the candles,
but too the glowing faces of all my friends and family
that came to be a part of our special day. 

This year we will celebrate our
28th Wedding Anniversary
and I can honestly say without reservation.....
.... They Lived Happily Ever After.

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Thank you for coming,
 so happy you could attend my party.

Warm Hugs,


Happy Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 12, 2012

To Have and To Hold LOVE STORY Linky Party Guest Post #7--Nancy @ Nancy's Tidbits

Welcome to another

Guest Post

Today's Guest Post is from
Nancy has 2 new loves in her life...
...a, somewhat recent, precious new granddaughter!
And more recently she is busy with the wonderfully exciting,
 sometimes overwhelming I'm sure, task of
decorating a new home in central Iowa.

Understandably, she has chosen
to take a little blogger vaca from her Nancy's Tidbits Blog.

But, she has started a new blog called
The Durant House
where she will chronicle the
process of designing/decorating her new home!
Go here to see more.

 Additionally, you can view her Pinterest page  Here
Nancy has graciously agreed to share her
Love Story with us today. 
I think you'll find it has a bit of an
unusual twist.
I know you'll want to continue reading.

Thank you Nancy!!

It was New Year’s Eve, 1979
and I was visiting a college friend
at her rural eastern Iowa home.
Our plans for celebrating the new year
involved going to her then boyfriend’s home
(now her husband)
for a New Year’s Eve Party.
That in itself might not sound odd.
However, his home was an apartment
on the second story of the
funeral home where he worked.
When my girlfriend and I arrived at the party,
there were a lot of people there
(just counting the live bodies that is).
 Many of us sat down at a table to play a game.
Seated near me was this young man named Larry
who caught my eye because of how nicely he was dressed.
 Long story short,
we ended up hanging out the rest of the evening
and as they say, it was 
“Love at First Sight”.

Here we were back in 1981
Years later, my beloved Larry wrote
 a little poem about how we met.

 It goes like this:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I met you at the funeral home
and I’ll say good-bye there, too.

Our wedding, August 22, 1981

Thank you Nancy for sharing your story!

Be sure to visit Nancy at her new blog
and leave a comment so she knows you've stopped by.

The Marathon continues,
there's still time to link up your Love Story.

Be Sure to Come Back
I'll be sharing my own LOVE STORY

 Go to the Love Story Collection page,
by clicking the button below,
to read more Love Stories
and share your own love story.

Warm Hugs,

Friday, February 10, 2012

Top 3

I made Top 3
with my
A Mother's Special Valentine Keepsake post
over at the  
T.G.I.F. Linky Party

Thanks for hosting Tracy!!

You can see my post here

My Valentine Love Story Linky Party Marathon

...Click the button below 
to read more
or link up  your own story

Warm Hugs,

Thursday, February 9, 2012

To Have and To Hold LOVE STORY Linky Party #3

Welcome to

To Have and To Hold
Love Story Linky Party Marathon

Featured Guest Post #3

Your Wedding Day is your Big day!

How do you make it special, memorable,
stand out from the others,
something unique to just you?

Adam and Melissa had a really fun  and
unique wedding idea. 
  I just had to share it with you.

It takes place in a rural
agricultural area of the U.S.A.

I know you're going to love it!

to see the entire story.

To Read More Love Stories
Share your own Love Story

Go to the Love Story Collection page by
clicking on the button below

Thank you for coming,
Warm Hugs,

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

To Have and To Hold LOVE STORY Linky Party Feature Post #2

Welcome to my Valentine
Love Story Linky Party Marathon
Tuesday, February 7 thru
Tuesday, February 14, Valentine's Day
Most recently I happened upon
 Southern Comfort
a blog hosted by 4 busy family-
oriented ladies located in the south-eastern
United States
whom share my passion for finding a good bargain!

Today I'm Featuring
from Southern Comfort

Isn't that a gorgeous gown!

Joy married someone from her high school after
falling out of touch with each other
and later being reunited.

Click here to read her complete Love Story.
Be sure to leave a comment
to let Joy know you've stopped by.

Come back here for more Stories all week long.

To share your own love story
click here 

See all the stories here

Warm Hugs,

Monday, February 6, 2012

To Have and To Hold LOVE STORY Linky Party GUEST POST #1

Welcome to my Valentine
LOVE STORY Linky Party Marathon

The Marathon runs Tuesday February 7
thru Tuesday February 14, Valentine's Day

with a New
Featured Guest Post
everyday for 8 days.

To share your own Love Story
click the button at the bottom of this page.

My first Featured Guest is
~ Olivia ~
 from Olivia's Romantic Home

Olivia is the sweetest person
you could ever want to meet.
She has the Loveliest blog
 filled with lots of Shabby Romantic inspiration.
There she shares her love of turning junk
into something beautiful and useful.
Olivia is a girly girl and
adores the color Pink.

Today she's sharing her

Click the link or photo above go there.

I know you'll love Olivia's heartwarming story. 

Stay awhile to have a look around, and
be sure to leave a comment so Olivia
knows you've stopped by.

Then come back here
 to read more stories or
link up your own Love Story.

Click the button below to go to
 The Love Story Collection page
to read more stories or link up your own story. 

So glad you could join me today.
Warm Hugs,