Friday, September 11, 2015

The Happiest Day of My Life~ September 11, 1975

Forty years ago today at approximately 3:30 pm, Louie and I said our ‘I do’ ‘s’ in the Galena, Illinois courthouse. We were accompanied by our friends Diane and Steve, who were also a couple. We were to be married by the Justice of the Peace, but he was not available. I panicked. Thank the Lord though, a Circuit Judge married us. I giggled from nerves all the way from the beginning to the ‘I now pronounce you man and wife’. I was one month away from being 18 years old.

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This announcement should have also mentioned my father, Sanford McClure, who passed away when I was 12, and Louie’s father Emil Bartels, who passed away when Louie was 6. Both of our mothers remarried.

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This is us today. Forty years later, and I am just as much, or MORE in love than the day I took his last name. Thank you Lord Jesus for choosing Louie for me. I prayed for a man just like him when I was 13, and He delivered.

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We are taking some vacation days this week and just spending time together. We don’t have any big plans, just doing whatever. No schedules, no pressures, no far away destinations. Yesterday we went to Dubuque and ate at Pizza Ranch. In case we weren’t sure before, we now know. We are old. We got the Senior Discount!!!!

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I’d be really happy if the Lord blessed us with 40 more years, but I know that is probably pretty unrealistic, so I’m going to ask God for another 25 years, AT LEAST. Red heart

10 comments:

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Happy anniversary! =)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!!! 40 years, WOW! We will be celebrating our 28th in a few weeks (we started much later than you did). Congrats again!

FabricandFlowers said...

What a lovely story. Such a nice read with my morning coffee. Hope you two have a fabulous day together.

UrbanRecyclist Micki S said...

Happy Anniversary, Michelle! What a great looking couple, then and now. Enjoy your special day. I'm attending a dear friends' wedding today, and sing a couple of tunes for them. I'll be thinking of you.

kath001 said...

Happy Anniversary! We're right behind you...will be 40 for us in April. How does time go by so fast?!

tameraquilts said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you had a blessed day!

Anne said...

Happy Anniversary! What a sweet love story about a beautiful couple!

Jeanna said...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! May you have many more happy years together!!

Tammy said...

Happy Anniversary Michelle and Louie. So delighted for you two lovebirds. The then and now photos are fabulous, you both look so happy together. Yes, enjoy the senior discounts one of the perks of growing old.

RobinLovesQuilting said...

Happy anniversary! And congratulations on 40 years.

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