Celebrations · Family life · Marriage

The Best Anniversary Celebration

Last weekend our sweet daughters planned the most lovely early 40th anniversary celebration for my husband and me! Their gift to us was a family photo session with some great photographers from our area.

Plan A was to go to a park in our area, but the day turned out very wet.
Enter Plan B!
We used our newly decorated family room’s lovely blue wall as our backdrop! It ended up being really great (God’s interruptions always are!). I’ll share just a few of my favorite photos from the day.

Our twin grandsons were so cooperative and full of smiles!
I couldn’t ask for sweeter daughters. They are so dear to me.

This next photo is from our wedding day, June 20, 1981!

Forty years ago! And now…

Lots of things have changed, but Dale’s fun-loving spirit is not one of them!

After the family poses were all taken, the photographers invited each couple to come outside and stand in the rain under their giant umbrella for some really great rainy day shots! I love this one of Paul and Whitney!

And Alli and Andrew…

Look at the rain droplets!

Here are the “Oldie-weds!”

After a delicious lunch at Carrabba’s, we went to Alli and Andrew’s for dessert, consisting of a scrumptious Strawberry Cake. Whitney decorated for the party in her typical flare. It was so much fun and so pretty!

We can hardly believe we are staring 40 years in the face, but we are so thankful. God has been faithful, spite our old sin natures and imperfect love, He has guided us, provided for us and grown us. We pray that the years we have remaining will find us pointing others to the glorious Gospel where Jesus demonstrated the perfect sacrificial love, forgiveness, mercy, kindness, grace, and submission.

Here’s praise for (almost) 40 years!

15 thoughts on “The Best Anniversary Celebration

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, a photoshoot is a terrific gift! It’s fun and leaves such special moments to remember. I’m sure your mom was appreciative of your thoughtfulness!


  1. Happy Anniversary! We celebrated 45 years last year (we married young!) and I know the feeling of “How did we get here so quickly?”! And also the faithfulness of the Lord! Love the idea of a family photo shoot! My favorites are of you with your grandsons, the “current” of the wedding-day pose, and the rainy-day shots! What a wonderful day!


    1. Thank you, and congratulations on your 45 years! What’s funny about the pose with my husband holding me in his arms is that he didn’t intentionally pose to recreate that photo! When we got the pictures back, I suddenly realized that that same pose was in our wedding album! As I said in this post, Dale’s fun-loving spirit has not changed!


  2. Happy anniversary, Denise! What great photos…you have such a precious family! The love shared between all of you really shows in the photos!! I love that last one of the “oldy-weds”!!:) Cute!


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