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Monday, December 29, 2008

18 Years of Marriage and 6 Years of Dating ... What a story it is !!



In 1984 a tall skinny hot blonde walked into my junior high school ... I was totally curious about him ... He was new, cute, an athlete, and not like the other guys I had grown up w/ ... This was just the beginning of a teenage romance full of all the drama that comes w/ high school ...We got engaged one year out of high school and married Dec. 29th, 1990 ... It was a beautiful Christmas wedding ... White lighted Christmas trees, red satin bows on the pews, and toped off w/ Scott surprising me w/ singing a song at our wedding ... The song "Always and Forever" by HeatWave had never sounded so good (not a dry eye in the church when he was done)... Scott has more talents than anyone I have ever met ... I used to ask myself all the time in high school, "Why Did He Pick Me?" ... Just being around him would give me butterflies (and still does on date night)... He was and still is my Prince Charming ... Our love has grown so much over the years and had its fair share of testing ... I won't pretend there weren't some really rough years in the beginning as we were still growing up and finding out who God wanted us to be,but thank the Lord He keep us together and grew our hearts to perfectly intertwine ...

Our entire life changed the day Jeremiah was born. We became a new, beautiful, and blessed family ... As God continued to bless us w/ Elijah, Emily, and now Maggie our hearts expanded more and more for the Lord and all that He would bless us w/ ... I am so proud to be Scott's wife ... He is an amazing provider, friend, soul mate, and ultimately my most favorite man on this earth ... He is my other half ... I love him more today than the day we got married ...

So Scott, I love you w/ all my being, you keep me laughing, you meet all my needs, you spiritually lead me and our family, you support me in all my crazy plans, you make me feel safe and secure, you make me feel beautiful and loved ... I pray you always feel the same !!!

Happy Anniversary to US !!!!

P.S. I had some amazing pictures of us at Junior and Senior prom, 1st married, and family shots as each child entered our life, but couldn't get them scanned ... So I will leave you waiting for these fun pictures of my really big hair, Scott's super blonde hair, and our youthful smiles ...

39 kind words.:

The Johnson Family said...

No need for me to imagine the pictures I saw it live!!!! happy anniversary to you both so glad to have gotten to share so many of those memories with you all!!

love ya,

wic

ps is is ca prom or tn prom cause the tn dress pics way funnier!!

Missy said...

Oh gosh, what a beautiful tribute!!! I am all teary eyed.

Happy Anniversary Kids : )

Kristin said...

Happy Anniversary!!! What a wonderful story.

My husband and I met in 1985, dated four years, and married in 1989. So similar track to you.

Have a great night and celebration!

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Happy 18 years of Marriage and 24 WONDERFUL years..
You are a true inspiration...
Love ya girly.
Can't wait to see the big hair..lol

Kim K. said...

Congratulations!! I'm anxious to see those amazing pictures. You've left your blogging audience hanging!!

Leigh Ann said...

Happy Happy Anniversary - what role models you are! Congrats - Love you both!

Mary said...

Oh, I am holdin' out for the photos from Prom! LOL I will be getting my ruler ready for some photos of good 'ol Southern Style 'Big Hair'! LOL
Wow...Jr. High Sweethearts...truly amazing. Neil and I met following graduating from Florida State in 1990, and married in 1991 at the ages of 23 (me) and 22 (Neil) less than 7 MONTHS later! God takes care of fools and babies...and we were both! ;-)
Congrats on helping to set an example of a Godly marriage. May many be inspired by your example.

Amie@HeartSmiles said...

You guys could NOT be any cuter!! I am totally feeling the love in this post. so sweet!

I married my high school sweetheart,the man who taught me how to drive. So we are only a few behind you. ;)

Happy Happy Day!

Much love-
Amie

Kathi said...

Happy Anniversary you guys!!! I CANNOT WAIT to see the pictures

God Bless you both

mom 2 many said...

Y'all are a beautiful couple with beautiful hearts! I can't wait to see you pics!!
Happy Anniversary!! Praying you have many, many, many more!!!!

Blessings,
Carla

Kristi J said...

That is too cute!! I love what you wrote...Maybe I'll be up to writing a good post for our 10th anniversary this year...Can't wait for the youthful pics...congrats sweet friend, kristi

Jill said...

Gwen & Scott -

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful story filled with His love for you!

God is truly amazing how He holds us and keeps us!

Praying for your Ethiopian adoption!

Praying for God to use this journey to draw you that much closer to one another and as a family and most importantly to Him!

Hugs and blessings,
Jill

Steffie B. said...

Happy Anniversary girl....you two are anazing couple....show us the pictures...I wanna see you big hair! lol

Hugs,
Steffie

Kristi said...

Happy Anniversary dear friends! May God continue to richly bless your marriage and family! Can't wait to see those pictures, my Scott and I had "big Hair" back in the day!

Michelle said...

Happy Belated Anniversary!! You and Scott are so cute together. I can't wait for those high school pictures, though. :)

This was such a sweet tribute to your special guy. God has truly blessed both of you.

amy said...

congrats to a beautiful couple

Tracy said...

happy anniversary! you still look like newlyweds!!! can't wait for those big haired pics! ;-)

Nikki said...

Happy Anniversary to one of the most beautiful couples I've ever met.
Love you guys!

Diane and family said...

Happy Anniversary to both of you!!!

Looking forward to the next 24 years and praying your J and A wishes come true~~~~Can't wait to see their names when you post about your 48th wedding anniversary:)!!!!! Who knows if any of us will even have hair by then ; )

Rhonda said...

Can't wait to see that hair! Congrats on 18 years!!!!! Woo hoo!! So sweet. Today is Mingy's 18 month birthday, too!

Bless you, my friend.

~Rhonda

emily said...

You 2 rock!! I'm so encouraged by your faith and marriage. What a gift to many.

Love you.

Mr.Brian said...

May you have 75 more years of happiness and a lifetime of romance and love.
Keep God there and you will continue to be blessed.I think he is a very lucky man too to have such a wonderful loving wife.
God Bless in 2009.
Mr.Brian

Kelly said...

Happy Happy Anniversary friend. :o)

Mommy Spice said...

Ahhhhh, I love this post. Happy Anniversary. My husband and I dated 5 years before we married and just celebrated our 15 year wedding anniversary....during the Christmas season. My husband also sang to me at our wedding. We weren't high school sweethearts, but we met right after high school, age 19 and have been together ever since. I love stories like this.

Amy said...

Have a GREAT anniversary!

Amy

Kelly, Mom to the Putty's said...

Love your story. Yall are awesome. Shane and I celebrate our 18th year of marriage this year as well. I do hope that Shane and Scott can get together more this year. Love how God has connected us.
K

Tina said...

Happy Anniversary. Happy New Year. Happy New Visions for this coming year.
Oh God is SOOOO GOOD!

Miss Scarlett said...

Congratulations! I can't wait to see the BIG HAIR 'cause I'm an 80's girl, too who had SUPER big hair!!! ; )

jennifer said...

We definitely want to see the big hair!!

Happy Anniversary!! and Happy New Year!!

Gail said...

Hey there friend...what a beautiful post and tribute to your dear husband. Happy Anniversary and may I add Happy New Year! I hope it is a blessed one for you and your sweet family.

hugs,
Gail

Jodee Leader said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Erica said...

Happy Anniversary!! Can't wait to see the pics!

Kim said...

Happy Anniversary! Love your post and precious love story! Our 18th anniversary is coming up! I too know the blessing of marrying your prince charming! Happy New Year! Blessings, Kim

Laura Nipper said...

You guys make such a beautiful couple. Happy Anniversary and Happy New Year. Cant wait to see more photos. :)

redmaryjanes said...

Happy Anniversary!

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

Happy Anniversary. I married my high school sweetheart, too. Oh, you shared my sentiments, the good times and the bad. God is good, and his blessings are overwhelming!
Blessings,
Robbie

Anita said...

Happy Anniversary Gwen & Scott!! Isn't it just the coolest to share so many memories together. Mark and I are also high school sweeties...will be 26 yrs married this coming June plus 5 yrs of dating...WOW!! It's so wonderful when you're at the halfway mark of more time with your man than you've lived your life elsewhere!! Soak it all in you guys! :) HUGS!

Kristy said...

TWO very BLESSED people!

Heather said...

Happy Anniversary girl!! Whata beautiful couple you are, an amazing example of what the Lord wants marriage to be...cleave to one another and above all things hold HIm in the center of the two of you! Ummmm, Gwen get those pics scanned, you know we are all holding out for big hair and fun, frothy dresses:)

God Bless, sweetie
Heather