Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A peek inside our wedding album


The last few posts have been on the heavier side so how about we lighten it up a bit by taking a trip down memory lane to my wedding day. With less than three months until the day when my husband and I renew our vows to celebrate 25 years of marriage, I reflect on this day a lot.

We were oh so young 25 years ago . . .


My parents. And my beautiful mother actually made the dress she wore.

We have referred to our wedding as the "big hair wedding" and this reveals why. 

My grandma, who we miss so very much.


I do not plan to wear heals this time around!

Too funny (notice the exit sign) . . . probably one of hubs favorite pictures. Hehe.

My husband with his parents. His mother is also missed dearly.

Reverend Russ Koenig (on the left) also married my parents. He too is missed.




One of my favorite pictures. Our oldest son was 4 months old when we married.

A gorgeous fall day!

Our wedding party.

Toyota Jump! Another favorite of my husbands.

Cheers!

These ten fabulous ladies are still dear friends of mine.



My absolute favorite picture from our wedding day.
I love that my favorite picture looks rather similar to the photo taken when I welcomed my husband home from Afghanistan. The kiss above is the beginning of our life together and the kiss below led us to the decision to renew our vows. The ten months apart taught us what a precious gift God has given us . . . each other! To express our gratitude we want to say before Him, and also before our family and friends, "We Still Do."


We will do the whole deployment thingy again soon which is the main reason we are renewing our vows in September instead of October. We married in October 1990. Can I just say, preparing for a second deployment does not feel easier. But we can do all things through him who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13).

If you're a new visitor, you can watch my husband's first welcome home here.

Thank you, friends, for your love and support! You are a blessing to me.


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  1. Oh the hair!!!! Your mom's is the best - she wins for biggest hair.

    I love this look down memory lane and am excited you two are renewing your vows. My hubby and I will celebrate 19 years later this month (the 20th).

    I so appreciate the sacrifice your whole family makes on behalf of our country - you are all appreciated. It's got to be so tough for you.

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  2. The pic of you and your 10 friends....the body in the blue dress looks like it has two heads!

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    1. Too funny, Jill. I had not previously noticed that. :)

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  3. Love the wedding pictures! Such a beautiful day and what a gift to celebrate 25 years together. The big hair is fabulous but mostly I love the glimpse into your life. You are a treasure friend!

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    1. YOU are a treasure to me, Mary. Love you so.

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  4. Love this romantic walk down memory lane, Beth! Thanks for sharing such a treasured day with us!

    Hugs ...

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    1. Thanks for coming along, Linda. Keeping you in my prayers. xoxo

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  5. I love this so much! What a beautiful day and love all of the big hair!

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    1. Oh, the big hair. Too funny, isn't it?

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  6. Wonderful pictures, Beth! When I saw that 2nd picture, lol, my first thought was, "Are ya'll from Texas?" Beth Moore always jokes about "big hair" in Texas. So glad you shared these! Can't wait to see more about your renewal plans. I'll have to remember to check out your pinterest board for some clues :)

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    1. That's funny, June. :) Most of what's on Pinterest is from when I thought we'd have an outdoor ceremony but we opted for indoors to keep things more stress free. Love you, sweet friend. xoxo

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  7. Hi Beth! I really took my time to look at your photos. You looked so happy, and your husband too! The bridesmaids dresses are such a rich color, and the hair? Let's just say I was no stranger to a poofy perm myself in those days :)

    What a precious photo of your son with you on your wedding day. And the kiss photos really do look alike! Thank you for sharing these wonderful peeks into a day that changed your life.
    Blessings and hugs,
    Ceil

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    1. That "poofy perm." Too funny. I did have my perm days but apparently not when I married. haha
      Love you, Ceil. xoxo

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  8. Awe, what beautiful pictures. :)
    Prayers for y'all as you prepare for your vow renewals and for deployment. ((hug))

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    1. Thank you, Brenda. Blessings to you.

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  9. Beautiful. I am so glad you shared these. Congrats on 25 years! Inspirational post, Beth

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  10. You look so happy! You are fabulous dear, friend. So happy for you.:)

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    1. I think you are fabulous too! Love you much. xoxo

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  11. Hey Beth,
    I'm a little slow getting around to my blog reading this week. I loved the walk down memory land through your photo album! What a wonderful celebration to renew your vows after 25 years...I know God will be smiling as you do so!! You've weathered many storms and have learned to put God first which continues to draw you together as you grow in Him. I will be celebrating right along with you!! Had to chuckle over the "big hair" and poofy sleeves on the dresses...that was high style then :) Loving you and celebrating with you!! Enjoy!
    Love always,
    Bev xoxo

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    1. Thank you for celebrating with me, Bev. Love you. xoxo

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  12. Such beautiful pictures, and what fun to share these memories with us! The "big" hair brings back lots of memories and puts a smile on my face!! Ha!! Congratulations, how exciting to be renewing your vows. It will be a beautiful blessing dear friend.♥
    Have a week full of joy and sunshine!!! :)

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend. Blessings to you too.

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  13. The HAIR--how in the world did we ever get it to stay that way??? Beautiful pictures--and this time--you truly understand what you are committing to!
    Blessings!

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    1. Absolutely, Lulu! Thanks for stopping by. Blessings.

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  14. OK, yes, I'm going to join the others and say, "THE HAIR!!" Honestly, what were we thinking?!

    Beth, I loved sharing this peek into your wedding album. And it does my heart good to see the smiling faces of you and your husband. I know that in the past 25 years, there have been many bumps along the way. But, can't you just look at those photos and still smile - knowing how God has brought you *this far* to a place so close to His side?!

    This is what I think of when I look at you two. The grand story of God's faithfulness and how He has upheld you through the years. You guys inspire me...

    Congrats, and GOD BLESS!

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    1. I adore you, friend. So very much. Thanks for how you bless me greatly with every comment you leave. Much love. xoxo

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  15. Ah! I love this so much! I'm so glad you shared these photos. Love you, sweet friend. xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Kristin. I love you too. xoxo

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  16. Thank you for sharing these, Beth! What a beautiful, special day. You look like a little girl :). I didn't realize you have another deployment coming up. I'm so glad you will be able to have your vow renewal ceremony before he leaves. That will certainly be an extra special day. Praying for your sweet family, my friend! I can't express in words the respect I have for you and the other military families who sacrifice so much for the rest of us. XOXO!

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  17. So very beautiful, Beth - young love is - and then it is even more beautiful decades later - inside and out, deeper and richer! As a mom of sons, I love the way you mention his mother with grace and love!!!! I'll be praying for you and yours as you prepare, too, for another deployment! You show courage and grace so beautifully!

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  19. xoxo. how do you guys still look basically the same age?? ha. love it.

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