Sunday, March 7, 2010

The test of TIME!

Congratulations to my cousins, Sandy & Dave, on their 30th wedding anniversary!!

They make such a beautiful couple, they're good people and fun to hang out with.

They have 3 beautiful children together, and 3 more from previous marriages and they're all good, smart, level-headed people, too!

We had a great time celebrating with them, and I wish them another 30+ years of happiness together.

Marriages that stand the test of time are so rare these days. My parents had a beautiful 43 year marriage before my dad passed away.

I'm envious (in a good way) and very proud of any couple that can get through the difficulties that life throws their way. If the love is strong enough on BOTH sides, it's SO worth fighting for. It's such a blessing!

But sometimes people can't get through things life brings to a marriage, sometimes people get married for the wrong reasons in the first place, sometimes things just can't be fixed, and people have to start over again. There's no shame in going your own way if you know you've done the best you can to keep that commitment, and there are even situations in which you cannot stay any longer or should not stay any longer. Sometimes leaving can be a blessing too.

Whatever YOUR situation is, do the very best you can with it. If you have a good strong marriage, do everything you can to keep that marriage solid. However, if you are in a place that you must leave or have already done so, keep your heart OPEN.... remember that life CAN bring you happiness in someone else, don't block out someone who could truly love you and make you happy... just be sure it's REAL!!

Sandy, You have been through alot in your life, and you've lived many lives over. Now, you've found your happiness and you two have been such a blessing to each other, and an inspiration to everyone around you. Keep going strong. Many blessings to you and Dave in the years ahead. I love you!

Dave, Thank you for blessing Sandy's life so wonderfully.... You're AWESOME, I love you!!

Rosanne, Jason, Shannon, and Heather, you guys did a GREAT job with EVERYTHING!!! It was BEAUTIFUL!!!



  1. Hi Joann,
    What a beautiful Blog post and comment for your dear friends! You and I see things much the same way about long, fruitful marriages/ relationships. Long marriages are rare-- but a "sign of the End Times."
    Thank you for all the prayers for my wife, comments and email. God bless you and your family.

    Warm Regards,
    Tom S
    Disabled Vietnam Veteran: 68-70
    Jesus is Lord.

  2. congrats to Sandy and Dave! Wishing them many more years together.

    I agree with what you are saying about marriages, Joann, but I'll go a step further. People need to really consider all aspects before they get married and go in with the statement "divorce is not an option". Love is more than a feeling, it is a verb. Sometimes you got to love that person even though they are driving you crazy. Love as in working with them, talking with them, trying to figure out the problems and working on solutions. What saddens me the most about divorce is how people who once had such great love for each other now hate each others guts. I think that's why God hates divorce too. (not that I know the heart of God). But there those instances where divorce is indeed necessary, infidelity, abuse, but irreconciable differences shouldn't be a cause in the majority of divorces. LOL, hubby and me will be married 30 years in October and we still don't agree on a lot of things :)


  3. congrats to Dave and Sandy! They make a great looking couple! Wishing them many more years of happiness!

    Blogger lost my first comment I left,hate when that happens. If it surfaces, I left some thoughts about marriage and the importance of working on it and having divorce not be an option.


  4. How cool to celebrate 30 :o)

    I like your sentiments about marriage, expecially since I have been on both sides of the coin.

  5. Congrats to your cuzins!

    You make a lot of good points when you spoke of marriages. I think that it is excellent advice!

  6. Joann Congratulations to your cousins, Sandy & Dave, on their 30th wedding anniversary ~ they sound to be a wonderful couple ~ and I wish them many more Happy years together ~ Ally x

  7. Congratulations to your cousins on 30 years of marriage. It's a real milestone. So wonderful to share it with family and friends. We'll be celebrating ours in July.

  8. This brought tears to my eyes, My Debbie has been gone 7 months now

  9. Beautiful pics, Joann. I've ben married twice but the bonds just weren't there. Nice to see a couple that's making it!


  10. I included a note to you at the END of my newest post! Check it out.... you can just skim to the bottom if you want to.... it's REALLY long! :)

  11. It's as God mate...for life...they set a good example.
    I'm your newest follower. Plesse feel free to check out my blog as well.

  12. Dear Joan,
    Big Congratulations to your cousins!
    I hope that they have a wonderful life together with much joy!
    Happy Spring!
    p.s. please come to see my blog and leave comments with your link hugs!

  13. Congratulations to you both, Sandy & Dave, may the Lord bless your marriage.

    Also, I really enjoyed reading the post and looking at all of the pictures on your blog. God's blessings, Lloyd

  14. beautiful the second time around Joann! Happy Mother day! Thank you for your comments!
    Please go back to Lurkynat and tell us about this weekend and your thoughts with links!
    love and hugs, natalie

  15. Have Fun! I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I have yours. Very interesting.
    I am now a follower.
    God Bless, Bob


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