People thought it wouldn't last. Boy, did we show them! On our wedding day, we had no money so we picked our own flowers and put them in a circle by the lake at Stoney Creek. By 5pm, in 95 degree heat, they had wilted. At 6:00pm, we had a tremendous lighting storm for our wedding-by-the-lake. At 6:45, we got sunshine and the flowers had re-hydrated. The ceremony was perfect.
The best man, who was an avid fisherman, cried during the ceremony. Not because he thought the ceremony was beautiful, but because after the rain, all the trout were feeding off the top of the lake and he did not have a line in the water! During the ceremony, Shane was our guitarist and was apparently daydreaming because the minister had to clear his throat to get his attention to play our favorite song......"There is love". One thing that has remained for 31 years is that our love is always there.
So, 31 years later, Gary lives in Memory Care and I continue to work 50 hours per week and visit him, feed him and cry, near daily. Every anniversary we have always done something special. Every 5 years, we took a BIG trip. Here are some pictures of previous anniversaries:
10 YEARS - no pictures but we went to Costa Rica and had great memories in the rain forest, at volcanos and bird watching. During the same year, we took a Windjammer Cruise to the Virgin Islands, lived through a hurricane and attended the best private party EVER.
15 years - we back packed in the High Sierras for 10 days and saw no one. On day 11, we spent the night at the Yosemite Ahwahnee Hotel Penthouse. He surprised me!
And then, on our 20th anniversary, we went on a Pirate Cruise to the West Indies. We saw 7 islands, spent 7 days in St. Lucia, lived through a hurricane at sea and had a blast.