Three years ago today, I walked down the aisle to my sweetheart and said,

“I, Suzanne, take you, Harland, for my lawful husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part.”

Happy Anniversary Honey!

(The following is a repeat of an earlier blog post about that day. )

Surprisingly, I slept well the night before our wedding, and awoke the next morning about 8am. I showered, ate breakfast, loaded the dress into the car, and headed to the church. I did a few last odds and ends, accidentally ran into Harland in the church hall, we screamed, averted our eyes, and ran opposite directions. I closeted myself away in a small classroom with a mirror to do my makeup. My maid of honor did my hair, I dressed, and then Harland and I saw each other for the first time that day.

For the next couple hours pictures were taken, and then it was time for the wedding. All the planning and worry of the previous 9 months evaporated as I headed down the aisle towards Harland.

Everything went perfectly as planned. We exchanged vows and rings,

we kissed,

the guests applauded, and we walked arm and arm down the isle. The reception was a blur. We visited with friends and family, cut the cake,

enjoyed the best man’s toast, and soon it was time for our dance. We had chosen Etta James’ At Last for our song because it was such a good fit. We had waited and waited to find “the one” and in our early 40s, it had finally happened for us. As the 1st few notes of this very recognizable song started, the guests applauded, we held each other cheek to cheek, and lived in the moment.

Then we danced every dance until our feet hurt, and all too soon it was over. We changed out of our wedding clothes, kissed and hugged family and friends good bye, and headed on down the road in a hazy cloud of exhausted bliss.


I could go on to say that we went away on our honeymoon for a week, which we did, but actually, the three years since our wedding has been our honeymoon. We are so happy to have found each other, and so enjoy just being together. Neither of us is perfect, but we try to be and do the very best for each other. We’ve had our ups and downs, but we know that we can’t ever take each other for granted and try to remember every day to say thank you, please, and I’m sorry.

When we chose the readings for our wedding, we both knew that 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 would be included, and we’ve tried to live those words every day since:

Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.



Cattle, corn, wheat, beans, mud, snow, ice, and drought. Plenty of fresh air and quiet. Our life is sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes joyous, but never boring.

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29 Responses

  1. Jo Anne says:

    congratulations! time flies when you’re having a good time. we celebrated 35 years in December. we are working toward the goal my parents set in September, 70 years! can you imagine?

    • Suzanne says:

      Thank you Jo Anne, and Happy Belated 35 years to you! I can’t imagine 70 years, but would love to make a try for it.

  2. Sandra says:

    Congratulations! You are on the right track for a lifetime of fun and happiness. I enjoy your site so much. In Aug we will celebrate 49 years. We have had alot of fun and some tradgedy but always we had each other. I wish you all good things.

  3. Rosann says:

    Congratulations and thank you for a wonderful post. I so enjoy reading your blog.

  4. Teresa says:


  5. Tina says:

    Happy Anniversary! I had my 34th in June. Time flies! But you two look like you belong together. I am sure the others will agree with me here, there is a certain look about a couple that they take on when they belong together and are truly happy. You can tell…and you two have it.

  6. Vivian says:

    Happy Anniversary! The time does fly by. We celebrated 22 years last month. 1 Corinthians 13 is one of my favorite verses. So beautiful and appropriate. Love your blog!

  7. Sue, a Florida Farm Girl says:

    And, let us all say “Amen”. Congratulations to both of you and may the rest of your lives together be as joyful as these three.

  8. Sally Bishop says:

    What a joy to have each other. 31 years for us in November and still a joy. Wishing you many, many more wonderful years.

  9. Alica says:

    Congratulations! Wishing you many more years together! P.S. I love your dress! 🙂

  10. Mandy says:

    Happy Anniversary!! You give me hope that I will still find my sweetheart. =)

  11. Evelyn says:

    Happy, happy aniversary! And, many more!

  12. Carola says:

    Happy Anniversary! Time does fly when you are having fun. We’re at #40 & still having so much fun together!

  13. Rosanne says:

    Happy Anniversary! You are such a joy, Suzanne. I am so very happy for you and Harland to have find each other. Many, many more!!

  14. Becky L. says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both! What a wonderful love story. I’ve been thinking I need to get some of our wedding photos scanned so I can share some of mine from 33 years ago! No PCs or internet then. My how the times have changed. Hugs and may God bless you with many more happy years ahead for a wonderful couple!

  15. Candace says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both. A lovely post, it is wonderful to hear how happy and content you are now that you have found each other.

  16. Bev J. says:

    Congrats on your anniversay and wish you many more! Sounds like you have the right attitude. We will be celebrating 50 years Nov. 25.

  17. Mary says:

    You two look so happy. Congratulations!! Marriage needs to be celebrated more and cherished more that what it is today. God Bless you two and enjoy the time you have together.

  18. Darlene says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both of you. We had our 47th in May. Marriage is tough but so worth it.

  19. Laura says:

    Happy Anniversary! May God Bless you with many years together. You are such a sweet looking couple!

  20. Kathy says:

    Happy Anniversary! What a lovely post. You make me remember my wedding almost 5 years ago. You and Harland look so happy both then and now.

  21. Ruth says:

    Happy anniversary to you and Harland! You look like you belong together. Beautiful memories last a lifetime. Ours was 48 years in May. Love your blog, thanks for sharing.

    • Suzanne says:

      A BIG Thank You to everyone here. Our anniversary was all the more special for all your good wishes. THANK YOU!!

  22. Debbie says:

    Happy Late Anniversary!
    You two seem like you are so happy and compatible!
    I’m jealous, but really happy for you!

  23. Mrs. H says:

    Happy Anniversary, Suzanne & Harland!
    My husband and I will also celebrate our third anniversary this year, in September.
    2008 was a great year!

  24. aw…I could feel tears come to my eyes when I read the part about how when the first words of the song played, the guests applauded. I love it. So sweet! I am happy that you and Harland are so happy. It is so wonderful to know that there are happy marriages in a country that is so quick to divorce. I am fortunate as well. My hubby and I are still happy after all these years and we both talk about how fortunate we feel that we have been one of the couples that have “made” it. I wish you two many, many, many years of love!

    • Suzanne says:

      Thank you Bonnie. And so happy for you and your hubby too. Isn’t a wonderful thing to find the right one? I’m sure you feel the same as I do that marrying your hubby was the best thing you’ve ever done.

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