Saturday, June 20, 2009

Anniversary of Gratitude...

Twenty Four years ago today Tim and I were married in the Washington DC Temple. This is picture is from our wedding announcement. Oh my we looked young! :)

This anniversary is an anniversary of gratitude for us. It is with deep love and gratitude we begin another year together...thankfully together. Things have been hard over the past 6 months but having come out on the other side of cancer has given us both so much more faith, so much more joy in the seemingly "little things" and so much more gratitude for each of our days together.

To celebrate our anniversary we went to see The Mormon Tabernacle Choir performing at Riverbend in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday, June 18th.

But before it was time to go to Riverbend for the concert, Tim took me to the Ikea store in Cincinnati. I have wanted to go to that store since it opened and now finally I have! He was such a good sport wandering around this huge store with me and even posing for a picture! ;)
We kept an eye on the clock and when it was time, we left to head to Riverbend. What a wonderful opportunity it was for us to be able to go hear The Mormon Tabernacle Choir!
We are so grateful to have angels in the outfield (and the infield!) who sent us tickets to attend. We had terrific seats and we loved hearing "America's Choir" as Ronald Regan once described them. The choir closed with their signature song, Battle Hymn of the Republic..talk about getting goose bumps! What a wonderful performance!
After the concert was over we drove back to Florence,KY and stayed the night there. This may not seem like a big deal but that night was first time that Tim and I have slept side by side since about mid-February! At home he has a hospital bed that he has slept in because of his need to be in an upright position. While he still cannot lay down, he was able to prop himself up with a lot of pillows to be able to be away from home for the night! What a milestone that was for us! :)

And as if the evening could have been any better..... we had a lovely view out our hotel window! BWHAHAHAHAHA!







How I love Tim! He is the best thing that ever happened to me. He has brought more joy and love to my life than I have ever known possible. He has stood by me through things that would make most turn and run. I am so thankful for him and all he has brought to my life.
It is his courage, his devotion, his strength, his love and his dedication that make me so thankful that he chose me to marry 24 years ago today.

8 comments:

Mariah said...

congrads on another wonderful year together! You guys are such an amazing example to me! it makes me look forward to the next 9 years my Tim and I have until we celebrate our 24th!

Sierra said...

I love your gorgeous hotel room view. Forget gardenside suite, I want the semi truck special! Lol. Congrats for being married so long. I was 6 months old when you guys got married. I hope Blaine and I can be as happy and faithful and as in love as you two are when we celebrate our 24th anniversary.

Ladysam said...

Congratulations, Loretta and Tim! Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you had a WONDERFUL time!

Patty said...

Congrats on the 24 years! We are catching up, our 24 happens in August! But, of course, my husband married a mere child of 5! ha ha ha

I am envious of your Choir concert! I bet it was amazing!

JackieToo said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

Natalie.Rob.Branson said...

Wow...what a big milestone in many ways! Congrats on another great year and many more to come. It sounds like your evening was fabulous. I love going to Ikea, and although Rob enjoys decorating and design, he doesn't care for that store...so he too is just a good sport and wanders around with me.
Thinking of you both and sending our love your way. We miss you...

Mormon Soprano said...

What a lovely post. You DID have great seats for the concert! Thank you for sharing your story - and congratulations on your wedding milestone. - MoSop

Coopers said...

So glad you had a wonderful anniversary! You two have been through a lot and deserved to spend some quality time away together! :)