The greatest experience, the one which shakes a soul with hopes and fears, the results of which are never ending, and incidentally, the one which pays the biggest dividends, is to be found in the adoption of children.

Monday, September 7, 2009

30 YEARS..........WOW!!!!!!!


30 years ago today, Mark and I were married outside by the pond at Taylor Chapel in Farmersburg, Indiana. We were very young, very "thin", very naive, and ready to take on the world (or so we thought). Today, we aren't so young, although we still feel like we are. We certainly aren't thin (or I guess I should say "I'm" not thin) but we're better equipped, emotionally and mentally, to take on the world. We have grown and changed and through our life together we have learned we are so much better together than we could ever be on our own. We have five kids (waiting on number six) and one grand child (waiting for more). (Do I sound like someone who's always wanting?)

To celebrate our milestone anniversary, Mark and I took off Friday morning on the bike for Cumberland Falls Kentucky. We probably took every winding, uphill, downhill, paved road between here and there (Mark's favorite way to go). The weather was beautiful (on the way down) and we had a great time riding. Saturday morning we headed for the falls. WOW! Absolutely Beautiful!

Cumberland Falls is the only falls in the Western Hemisphere where, during a full moon on a clear night, the moon light creates a moonbow through the mist of the falls. Unfortunately, the skies were cloudy Saturday night so viewing the "Moonbow" was not an option. Even without the moonbow, the park and the surrounding area are a must see. We stayed in Corbin Kentucky, birthplace of Kentucky Fried Chicken, and yes we did have some KFC while we were there.

The tobacco fields and the black tobacco barns were more of my favorite scenic views. The patchwork quilt block paintings in the gables of the barns were a call back to a simpler time when life was slower and maybe less complicated.

Our ride home left a little to be desired. We rode through pouring rain in 62 degree temps without rain suits.....................not so fun! It rained long enough to get us thoroughly soaked and chilled to the bone. The good thing about riding is you dry out pretty quick when the rain stops.

Last Saturday, the kids took us out to celebrate. We went to Stables, a fantastic steak house and had a great time and absolutely delicious food! They had a cake made for us with our engagement picture on it. Talk about taking us back!

It's hard to believe 30 years have gone by.

Here's to the next 30! Love you honey!


Mamita J said...

Wow! Congratulations on your 30th! It sounds like you had a really fun trip - minus the rain.

May God bless you another 30 years in your marriage.


Steph said...

WOW!!! Happy 30th!!! What a wonderful trip (minus the rain!).

You're family is so beautiful. So many blessings!

What a great engagement pic, too!

Gardenia said...

what a fun way to spend your anniversary, and your kids are great to celebrate your special day with dinner and cake. looking at the photo on the cake, your face looks the same today as then. (compliment). ! love the color of your and hubby's bike.

Eva said...

Happy Aniversary!!
I am glad you had such a good time even if it rained and everything you were together and that is the good part of it. The family picture is beautiful and I am so happy I got to meet some of them. Many blessings for all of you.

Danny and Brittney said...

Love the cake. Happy 30 years!!!! I am glad you had such a great time.

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