Celebrating Our 50th Anniversary!












When Larry and I were dating and starting to get serious, he sent me a dozen red roses. That bouquet contained a white orchid. Now, it just so happened at this point in time that there was a popular song by Wayne Newton entitled "Red Roses for a Blue Lady."



Also, the lyrics contained the line, "and one white orchid for her wedding day," and it also talked about "a silly quarrel," which we also had had.  The only one we had in over a year of dating--




I thought Larry was starting to allude to marriage about this time during our courtship so when I got the flowers, I wrote him a letter and said, "Yes, I will." He was working out of town at the time. He wrote back and said, "Yes, you will what?"

I don't remember when I got up the courage to tell him that I was answering "yes" to what I thought was a marriage proposal. We found out later that Cabot Florist in North Little Rock (the greatest florist anywhere) automatically put one white orchid in every bouquet of a dozen roses. OH ME! How embarrassing!!




Last Friday morning (July 31) he drove to North Little Rock to the same florist to get me one dozen red roses with a white orchid but alas, fifty years have changed things somewhat and they no longer have white orchids.  They did place a white lily in the bouquet, though, and it is beautiful.

My husband posted this on Facebook yesterday:

I'm not sure what celebrating 50 years of marriage is all about, but I have concluded a few things: 
* It feels pretty good to have had the privilege to love my wife for 50 years. Maybe that's enough, but .... 
* She loves God and we have attempted to build our marriage around a covenant with Him and each other. Now that is something to really celebrate, especially when we actually do it. And ... 
* We both had parents to point us to God. I have concluded success in our marriage and anything else is always preceded by obedience to our Lord and Savior. Our parents lived this truth and showed us how to live. Then ... 
* We had three ornery boys along the way and I lovingly refer to them as goats. It seems that they are not perfect, just like their Mom and Dad, but they have good hearts and I am desperately proud of them. We also had a special son who lived with us for a time and who remains in our hearts. He's living in New York City and we've only seen him once since he left us 20 or so years ago. He'll always have a special place in my heart and he has made me very proud. Then there are those special guys at Renewal Ranch that we learned to love deeply during their short stay. What magnificent testimonies they have about overcoming their addictions. We love them all. And ... 
* If that were not enough, we acquired 3 daughters too, and what a catch. We have loved them and they have loved us - what more can I say. And ...
* Eight grandchildren and one grandson-in-law later, Dianne and i are abundantly blessed. All except the 2-year old have given their hearts to Christ. 
* All of these things are not peculiar to our marriage but they are blessings from God and I celebrate them. He is the source of life, and not only that but abundant life when I choose to do it His way. And He loves us unconditionally. The love between Dianne and me, and among my family is nothing more than God's love through us. Thank you God for my wife and my family and my friends.

AND ON THIS EVE OF OUR 50TH ANNIVERSARY, I JUST THOUGHT IT APPROPRIATE TO TELL DIANNE THAT I LOVE HER WITH ALL OF MY HEART. 
I PLEDGE MY LOVE TO YOU AGAIN IN A PUBLIC WAY JUST AS I DID WHEN WE SAID OUR VOWS ON JULY 31, 1965


And this is what I posted:

Fifty years ago today, I got up early, took my shower and put my hair up in rollers so it would have a few hours to air dry, 
drove to the Heights to pick up my wedding cake, (there was an awesome bakery up there--can't remember the name of it now)--
swung by Little Rock University to borrow their silver punch bowl, 200 cups, plates, and saucers, drove to East Broadway to my pastor's house, 
proceeded (with my mom and maid of honor) to hand wash 200 said plates, cups, and saucers--
drove to grocery store on Wright Avenue to buy sherbet and ginger ale for the punch, brought it back to parsonage, 
went home (southwest Little Rock), got ready, drove to church, picked up a handsome dude along the way, 
ended up that evening at the Aristocrat in Hot Springs, AR--
oh, we made one more stop--I had dreamed all my life of driving off with my Prince Charming in a car all painted, cans clanging from the bumper, et. etc.--
and people honking at us all the way to our Honeymoon destination. 
As soon as we left the parsonage where reception was held, Larry whipped in to a car wash and proceeded to wash his brand new SuperSport Impala Chevrolet (with stereo radio)--there was only one stereo radio station at the time in Little Rock--LOL--
I sat there in stunned silence watching all my little girl dreams wash down the drain--ANOTHER LOL--
Oh, the unreal expectations we have as young lovers--I can look back now and laugh at my ridiculous self but at the time I thought it was the end of the world--ha ha--
All I can say is "he more than made up for it" and we had a beautiful new car that didn't have a stained paint job--
Happy Anniversary Honey!

This picture was taken last Friday on our anniversary.

no filter, no retouching--
--will make sure I post one of my husband and me soon that HAS
been retouched--

I will be 71 next month!

I got so excited when I got to my kids'  house for a steak and lobster dinner that I forgot to have them take a picture of my hubby and me--

Here is the beautiful table that my daughter-in-law set--
I forgot to take a picture of the steak and lobster--
It was the best I had ever had!




and the cake was absolutely delicious--strawberry on the inside!


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Comments

elizabeth said…
Congratulations, my sweet friend, on this milestone anniversary. I loved reading this and finding out a bit about you that I didn't know. Also, you don't look your age!
Sandy said…
This wonderful story of long lasting love deserves another, though belated, wish of congratulations to you and your husband. The pictures, story, and Larry's words about you are beautiful and inspiring. And, as I have told you, time and again, you are beautiful inside and out and i am so grateful for our friendship. I love you!
Thank you, Elizabeth. I don't want you to find out too much about me, though--it might end our friendship--LOL! Love you--
Sandy, thank you dear friend--I am so so glad that we got to meet you and Kim--it's hard to believe what a friendship came out of a few simple comments on our blogs--God is so awesome to have given me you! I love you!
Nancy said…
Sweet Dianne, this is a beautiful testimony to how marriage is suppose to be when God is at the center. Congratulations on 50 years and I pray you two will share many more....Hugs sweet friend...
Mary B said…
Dianne, Larry's FB post brought tears to my eyes! Congratulations sweet friend on 50 years! How wonderful.
Thank you, Nancy--somehow I did not receive a notice that you had posted or if I did it got lost in the melee of my email inbox--

At any rate I was glad to see your post and your sweet words to us--thank you so very much--love you!

Sure would like to be back in the mountains with you--
Thank you, Mary. You have been so faithful to pray for me and mine over the years. You will never know how much I appreciate you. Love you, D.

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