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A Milestone – 25 Years Together

Twenty-five years ago today, July 30, 1988, at 10:30 in the morning I married my best friend, best buddy, confidante, and partner for life Bill Stuart. It was a very simple, beautiful ceremony in the backyard of my parents’ antebellum style home in my south Georgia hometown. We wanted an outdoor wedding and knowing how brutal south Georgia summers can be, we planned it for the morning. I remember vividly that the temperature at 10:00 that morning was already approaching 100 degrees but I never felt that because I was floating on the layer of air just below my feet. And 25 years later, I still am.

When Bill and I met, I was 30 years old, divorced with an 8-year-old daughter. He was 23. And at first, I wouldn’t go out with him because of that age difference. How could he, a single never married 23-year-old, possibly “get” a 30-year-old with a child? But he did. He’s always been wise beyond his years and it didn’t take long for him to show me that our age difference really wasn’t going to be a problem. I thank God every day of my life that he kept coming back to convince me that our relationship would work no matter what our ages were. And today, I never even think about it. I haven’t since the day we got married.

The three of us - a new family

How do you thank someone for 25 years? For investing the better part of their life to spend it with you? When Bill and I met I was a mess from bad decisions I’d made in my young adulthood. He loved me enough to help me put those things behind me and to put myself back together both financially and emotionally. He took on me and my daughter happily, even eagerly, and we became a real family. Bill has never thought of Laura as his step-daughter. She has always belonged to him in his heart and always will. And her children are as much his grandchildren as if his own blood ran in their veins. He would literally walk through fire for the three of them and I love him all the more for it.

And I’m going to tell y’all something I very rarely, almost never, talk about. In the 28 years we’ve known each other we’ve never had a fight. Never. Oh, we don’t always agree on everything but we’ve just never found any disagreement important enough to exchange unkind words. We simply agree to disagree. Now, why don’t I talk about it? Well…few couples can say that they’ve never had a fight. And what if I lose my temper one day and mess up that record…I’m not sure I could stand it. And besides, no one has ever believed me when I’ve said it :-) But it’s the truth.

I wish all of you could know my Bill. He’s an exceptionally intelligent, funny, generous, and charming man who deserves everything good in life. Here’s to a wonderful 25 years together, sweetie. I can not wait to see what the next 25 brings! I love you so.

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  1. Congratulations!! I have been reading for some time now and enjoy all your recipes and stories, especially this one, it is a sweet story but also because July 30th this year was also my 25th wedding anniversary, so cheers to you and yours!!!

  2. What an incredible milestone! Sounds like he’s a keeper. CONGRATULATIONS and Happy Anniversary to you both. Here’s to 25+ more years! xo

  3. So beautiful.

    Your wedding dress is absolutely stunning. YOU are absolutely stunning.

    And what a sweet, sweet story. Thanks so much for sharing :)

  4. awww….how sweet! What a wonderful story! I wish you both another wonderful 25 years together. Congratulations to you both!

  5. What a beautiful bride you were and a beautiful lady you are! This is such a sweet tribute to your husband. Now I feel guilty for fussin’ with mine all the time. Just a little lol…

    Congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary Lana and many, many more to come!

  6. Congrats. Your story is so joyful. What an inspiration the two of you are for the ones of us still looking for Mr. Right.

  7. Awww … thank you for sharing your wonderful story with all of us! Happy Anniversary to all of you – here’s to at least another 25 years! Wait. Let’s just make it 50 – and if you’re alive to celebrate that 75th anniversary, I hope I’m alive to hear about it! ;-)

  8. Thank you to everyone for all the lovely comments. Tomorrow morning we start our next 25!

  9. Happy Anniversary! I remember when I first met Bill. We were having family Sunday lunch. By dessert, we decided he was a “keeper.” Still is. You two are definitely good for each other.

    May you continue to be blessed.

    Miss P

  10. Isn’t life and marriage wonderful and simple when you marry the person meant for you? The second 25 years just get better. We celebrated 50 years a month ago. You are blessed as are we. I enjoy your recipes.

  11. Happy Anniversary!!! I hope you have many many more. Your picture is jut beautiful. You are beautiful and your dress is so pretty. You guys make a nice couple. God has truly blessed you.