Friday, May 13, 2011


Doug and I celebrate our 42nd anniversary this week. This is my public praise to him for putting up with me and my thanks for the cherished memories.

  • Teaching me to sleep through dual snoring and grinding of teeth.
  • Demonstrating newborns will not slide down the drain during bath time.
  • Explaining that it was not a branch I saw coming from that horse's belly.
  • Interpreting farm terms during sermons (like "stepping in high cotton" or "the back 40".)
  • Laughing at my jokes no matter how many times you hear them.  (The kids could learn from you!)
  • Explaining what those green leaves with bugs were from a member of our first church.  Now I LOVE collards!
  • Helping me down the stage steps every Sunday so I don't fall. . .again!
  • Telling me no when I ask if the dress makes me look fat.
  • Telling me yes when I ask if the dress makes me look fat.
  • Putting the toilet seat down.
  • Smiling at me from stage at church, despite Mr. Forlines' advice on PDA.
  • Not killing me for my honed skills at backseat driving.
  • Making the most beautiful children in the world.
  • Making the most beautiful children in the world fun.
  • Calling me just to sing, "Have I told you lately that I love you."
  • SHMILY serendipity gifts.  (See How Much I Love You)

  • Always remembering my birthday and our anniversary.
  • Working so hard to make our yard a gorgeous respite.

  • Not hugging me after 18 holes of golf.
  • Hugging me after you shower.
  • Saying I look beautiful when all I see is wrinkles and cellulite.
  • Loving your in-laws as much as I do.
  • Foot rubs that put me to sleep.
  • Believing in miracles and living them together. . .we're still standing!  And standing together!
Here are a few photos of us through the years.

 And today, after all these years:


  1. Patsy Perry Spikes commented on your link.
    Patsy wrote:

    "Kathy, you are so funny! So glad God blessed you with such wit and you have chosen to share with us!!"

  2. Judy Morgan Bryan commented on your link.
    Judy wrote:

    "Happy Anniversary Doug and Kathy."

  3. Hi Kathy,
    Victor Caine commented on your link.
    Victor wrote:

    "You two just get better each year!"

  4. Hi Kathy,
    Ginger Riley commented on your link.
    Ginger wrote:

    "Sweeeeeeet. Happy Aniversary!"

  5. Kimberly GraingerMay 14, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Happy Anniversary, Parentals! Mom, I still say you look just like Elizabeth Taylor, only more gracefully-aged. Whew.