The last three posts have all started with a similar statement, but I need to say it once more. It really is relevant to this post, so, if you've read it already, please bear with me while I sound like a broken record. (hehe)
The Man and I left on an extended trip this week, part of which will include celebrating our 30th anniversary on August 8th. Before we left, my twin sis asked us to let her buy us lunch on the Sunday prior to our departure. It would be her "anniversary treat." So, not one to miss a free meal, we said OK.
And so it was, this past Sunday, after church, we drove to meet Gayle at Salt Grass, when what to our wondering eyes should appear but almost my whole family (minus Big Sis and brother-in-law)! Come to find out, it was our sneaky (but beautiful) daughter who had concocted this little plan, and Aunt Gayle was only happy to help pull it off. :)
I love my peeps, especially the body guard in sunglasses behind me. (wink)
I couldn't believe my daughter had managed to surprise me.
After a yummy lunch, we went to Gayle's house and there was yet another surprise--a beautiful table full of mementos from the early years, and gifts and cards. My sweet daughter had brought fresh flowers and ordered a fabulous picture cake, with colors representing the pastels of our wedding. My sister had adorned the table with lovely candles and seashells, a perfect fit for this beach bum at heart.
Not only beautiful, but delicious!
The Mr. & Mrs, soon-to-be married 30 years.
I will be blogging more about our 30-year marriage on, or around, our actual anniversary, August 8th, but the short of it is no matter how many storms we've encountered, we've found a way to survive them all. If two people (two being the key word) decide nothing will separate them, then nothing will.
Another Sunday surprise was this magnificent king-size quilt, designed and pieced by the hands of my talented mother, and quilted by a local artist.
This added detail makes it extra special and a future heirloom.
I'm so happy to add this quilt to my growing collection.
~ A wider view ~
My dear mother knew I wanted a quilt for the king bed in our motorhome.
Here we are with my beautiful twin sister, and my gorgeous niece, Leslie.
When God gave us Anna Marie, He gave us our hearts' desire for a daughter.
She is beautiful inside and out.
After 30 years, he still makes my heart skip a beat.