Saturday, June 14, 2008

Seventeen Years and Counting!

Yup---17 years ago today my sweetheart and I tied the knot! I feel very blessed to have such a friend and companion to share my life with all these years.

Now, Diana of A Muted Palette tagged me with a meme a while back, which I haven't gotten around to doing (sorry!--I am such a blabber on here that I think you all already know all the weird things about me that you could ever care to know! lol). How about if I do one about 7 things about my hubby and I?? 1...We were set up by a mutual friend. A friend that I worked with at the nursing home kept on bugging me to call this "guy who is PERFECT for you!" I never was the kind of gal who called guys in the first place so it took a long time (around 6 months!) for me to finally tell her that I would call him if she would just shut up!

2...I had never dated much---I married my high school sweetheart the first time around and had only been divorced for about a year when all this started. I really didn't even care to have a relationship with anyone. I was enjoying going out on occasional dates and having time to myself! Mark was a bachelor and hadn't been married before. 3...The guy my friend wanted me to call was named Mark---and there were 2 other men who I was dating occasionally, at the time...both named Mark. LOL At least I didn't have to worry about calling them the wrong names!

4...I totally missed our first date!! LOL As I was getting ready to leave, some people I knew came knocking on my door. By the time I got them to leave and got to the place we were supposed to meet, Mark was walking out the back door as I was walking in the front one! 5...I went to a local bar one night, to meet up with some friends, and ended up meeting this handsome and sweet guy--we really hit it off right away! We spent most of the evening talking and shooting pool and dancing to the great blues band that was there (both die hard blues fans!). Come to find out....guess who it was?? Yup! LOL Want to know how I found out it was him?? When we had arranged our first date (the one I missed), he had told me to look for his bright green coat (the one that I had seen going out the back door !!) Soooo.....at one point in the evening he went to grab a pack of smokes out of his coat that was hanging on a chair over in the corner....tah dah! Yup...that crazy bright green coat!! I just couldn't believe it! 6...We seem to have a weird physic connection--even from the beginning! Seriously, the first night I met him, we were talking about families (Mark comes from a large family) and I asked him to guess how many kids my Grandparent had had....(my Dad comes from a LARGE family!) and Mark looked at me for a minute and then said "17". Just out of the blue!! He was exactly right! LOL AND Now...after all these years of marriage, we totally are in each other's head! It's a little weird really.

7....I was actually a little bummed out that I met Mark. I really had no intention of getting married again, at least so soon. I was enjoying being single for really the first time in my life, had a nice adorable little apartment all to myself, a good job. AND I knew, as soon as we met, that all that was over! LOL Oooh, the Lord works in mysterious ways!
8...When we knew that things were getting serious between us, I had to tell him my sad news. I was unable to get pregnant. I had met his family and saw how he loved them all and was so good with all his nieces and nephews....and I had to tell him that he might want to break it off with me and find some nice girl to marry and have babies with. I thought for sure that would be the deal breaker! lol Nope, silly man....he wanted me anyways. :o) Turns out---I was only unable to get pregnant with my FIRST hubby! LOL ( Guess who ended up preggy right away? huh?) 9...Mark proposed to me and gave me a ring...and I turned him down. I loved him but I really didn't want to get married again. He told me to keep the ring, and I put it in my underwear drawer and kept it there for a long time. He finally convinced me that we were going to be together forever and I might just as well get used to the idea...and he was going to be my husband and that was that. Period. He was so right. We got married at the courthouse. 10...Last summer we finally had our church wedding. So we are looking forward to our first anniversary at the end of this month... but first we have to celebrate our 17th!

CHEERS!

24 comments:

Danielle said...

Omg, what a great story... I loved reading about it!! Happy Anniversary!!!

-Danielle
(Whimsy Fun)

Thriftin and Craftin said...

AHHHH! You can't fight fate I guess! What a great post. Congrats on 17 years. My hubby and I will celebrate our 17th this year too on July 6!

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

What a sweet and precious story Karen! It was just meant to be and that is all there is to it! Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!!
Barbara

Escaping Reality said...

What a beautiful little story. I wish you both the best of luck. 17 years is wonderful and i envy you, even as im comming up on my 2nd year anniversary.

Catnip Studio said...

Lovely story of your and Mr. Kwitty! How wonderful :-)

Nicole R.J. said...

What a sweet story! Congrats to your both on 17 years!

Pinky said...

What an amazing story!! I loved hearing how you just missed him, then "accidentally" bumped into him later. The Lord knew what he was doing, didn't he? Plus, I still stand by the fact that I think your hubby is a hottie!! heeheehee!!!!

Congratulations to you both! HUGS!!

Angie said...

What a sad little story with such a happy ending!

LazyTcrochet said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful post! We are celebrating our 20th this week! Happy Anniversary!

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Hi Karen..
Love your ''10'' love story .. very cool..
Oh and ''The thong''(:) hehe, well it is only because of you I decided I was gonna be brave and just be myself..Love your style~~
Thanks on the birdie pics too..
Big hugs Patty

Dolly said...

Aw what a sweet love story!
{I have goose bumps}

Congradulations Mr and Miss Kwitty!

Hugz, Dolly

Dinah said...

Your story is just wonderful! There is no doubt that this was just meant to be. Congratulations on your 17th anniversary! (Check for an email from me last week.)

CEDAR JUNCTION said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Hugs, Teresa

Lauren said...

I love your story!!! Super happy anniversary to you...so funny about "not being able to get pregnant."

La Alicia said...

congratulations!cool story!

Debbie said...

That is so beautiful! It is so right. Happy 17!
Debbie

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

What a lovely story. Congrats on your 17th year with many more to come.

Irma :)

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Happy Anniversary. I as such a sucker for a good love story, and that was a good one. I am happy for you. Susan

Lolly said...

Sounds like you are a perfect match! How lovely to have found your soul mate! Happy belated anniversary and nice to "meet" you!
~Lolly

iSew said...

Ohh Karen, what a great story! I love it. Congrats to you and Mark! I can't wait to celebrate my 17th, or even my 1st haha!

Carol said...

*sniff, sniff*
That was such a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing it.
Happy Anniversary you crazy kids!!

starrynightimpressions said...

Karen,
Thank you for sharing your wonderful story, love is a crazy fantastic thing isn't it?
Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby.
starrydeborah

Anonymous said...

Karen-What a sweet story and family!Happy for you!I'm a litttle behind you at 16 years this year!!Wow does time fly!!
Tiedupmemories
Tracy

Raven said...

Awww, I'm in love with love... :)

I enjoyed reading your story.
Congratulations to you and the love of your life...May the rest of your days together be filled with love, light and happiness.

xxx
Raven

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