Milestones and Memories

Milestones and Memories

Happy Monday ladies! Today I’m sharing a life update. As you know, I’ve been having a fabulous visit with my daughter this week and our adventures continued through the weekend. Saturday morning my husband, she and I drove up to spend family time with my son and grandson.

My daughter hasn’t been here since Christmas so we had lots of catching up to do.

My grandson’s language skills are growing so quickly it’s a hoot to teach him new things words. My husband caught a video of me trying to teach my grandson how to wiggle his ears 😉 He can already raise each eyebrow independently…but not voluntrily yet so we’ll work on it. The joys of grandchildren are endless.

On Sunday my husband and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. How did that happen so fast?

getting engaged in Stowe Vermont

Skiing in Vermont the weekend we got engaged circa 1977

Over the weekend our kids asked what our recipe was for a 40 year marriage. My husband had an eloquent answer immediately. I didn’t but the longer I thought about it, the more I realized my recipe was simple. Not the marriage, the formula.

We are a team, and team members play differently than independents. He always has my back, and I always have his. A 40-year marriage takes love, respect, and laughter. Always laughter because when times are tough you have to be able to laugh.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!





  1. March 12, 2018 / 4:34 am

    Congratulations on the anniversary and on having wonderful kids and grandkids!

  2. Melissa
    March 12, 2018 / 4:51 am

    Congratulations on 40 years of marriage. So wonderful that you could share the day with your lovely family.

  3. Lynn
    March 12, 2018 / 4:52 am

    Congratulations! What was your husband’s answer?

  4. Julia
    March 12, 2018 / 5:01 am

    Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing milestones and pictures. Your daughter looks like your husband!

  5. Margot
    March 12, 2018 / 5:13 am

    Congratulations on your 40th anniversary! I couldn’t agree more – a successful marriage is built on teamwork and respect.

  6. Holly
    March 12, 2018 / 5:25 am

    So happy for you both???? Happy 40th Anniversary! You should do something special !! My husband and I will celebrate our 40th this November 4th. Our marriage is strong as well with God first, then spouses, Love and Laughter.

    Love your blog and you keep it “real”.


  7. Kathy
    March 12, 2018 / 5:33 am

    Happy Anniversary! 1978 was a good year — I celebrate my 40th in October.

  8. Lori
    March 12, 2018 / 5:40 am

    Happy 40th!We will celebrate our 43rd in June.

  9. Karen Prine
    March 12, 2018 / 5:41 am

    Congratulations on your Anniversary! We are celebrating 30 years today! Feels like yesterday, enjoy every moment to the fullest, celebrate the little things, laugh A LOT…

  10. Téa
    March 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    Bless you on this happy milestone!

  11. Roxanne
    March 12, 2018 / 6:00 am

    Happy Anniversary! Sounds like you’re having a marvelous week!! Time passes in the blink of an eye. We will be celebrating #45 in April.

    • Roxanne
      March 12, 2018 / 6:02 am

      PS you look exactly the same!

  12. March 12, 2018 / 7:25 am

    Congratulations on 40 years – your smiles say it all. And your grandson’s delight is so apparent too! What a lovely post to enjoy on my Monday morning.

  13. Laurel
    March 12, 2018 / 8:09 am

    Happy Anniversary! That’s a milestone for sure! And your grandson is adorable.

  14. Linda
    March 12, 2018 / 8:15 am

    Congratulations! May you both experience many more years of happiness together!

  15. March 12, 2018 / 8:41 am

    I enjoyed the photos. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Rowena
    March 12, 2018 / 8:42 am

    Forty years is amazing, well done. You made a good decision all those years ago!
    Your grandson looks quite the little pickle and lots of fun. Have you tried the sliced banana trick on him? Without peeling it, you carefully cut slices inside the skin by inserting and rotating a large needle or piece of strong wire (clean, of course), then watch the look of amazement when he peels it! He seems the kind of guy who would appreciate that trick!

  17. March 12, 2018 / 9:32 am

    Congratulations! You haven’t changed a bit. Love those grandkids! Could you please teach me how to wiggle my ears so I can teach my grandkids also?

  18. March 12, 2018 / 10:20 am

    Happy Anniversary! Forty years does fly by, doesn’t it? We celebrated our 41st in October. One of the biggest blessings in a long marriage is definitely the arrival of grandchildren! We had lots of fun celebrating our youngest grandson’s 4th birthday this weekend.

  19. Debbie Z.
    March 12, 2018 / 10:40 am

    Congratulations on your 40th Anniversary! Thank you for sharing the old photo- you two look happy then and now. What a blessing. My husband and I will celebrate our 44th this December. Life is good when you have someone who “has your back” as you put it. And your grandson is adorable.

  20. Jen
    March 12, 2018 / 10:42 am

    Happiest of anniversaries to you two!

  21. March 12, 2018 / 11:18 am

    Congratulations on your milestone anniversary!
    I am curious how you learn to raise ones eyebrows and ears independently….
    Happy Monday!

  22. March 12, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Congratulations on your 40th anniversary, Jennifer! Your comment about grandchildren really resonated with me; my husband and I NEVER expected to ever be grandparents, but our son (well, my husband’s son, but he’s been “mine” since 1984!) and his partner presented us with an adorable baby girl last September – and next month, we’re visiting them all in the UK. We are so excited to be grandparents in the first place, and to finally being able to meet her. My plan is to spoil her ROTTEN!! And, of course, to instill in her a sense of style early!!

  23. Ruth
    March 12, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Happy anniversary to you and your husband! We are celebrating our 48th in a couple of days. Not sure when that happened….time flies so quickly. ????

  24. Susan
    March 12, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    Congratulation and Happy Anniversary! Great advice for sure…a sense of humor is so important. Yes, the years fly by much too quickly….48 for us this summer with 6 grands to spoil!
    All the best to you both and I love your life posts. Still laughing over your exploits with the RV. ????

  25. Allison
    March 12, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    Awww..that photo of you and your grandson, he has such a cute expression! Clearly someone adores his Gramma! Congratulations on #40 it’s quite a milestone, we’ll be at 42 in June and just became first time grandparents in November. My husband was a great father but I never really payed attention to his involvement with our boys …so wonderful to get the chance to see him re enact that with our little grandson now that I can sit back, watch and appreciate!

  26. Jill
    March 12, 2018 / 2:51 pm

    Congratulations and may you have many more happy years together.

  27. donna a zoltanski
    March 12, 2018 / 4:15 pm

    Congratulations! I enjoy your posts and appreciate your suggestions and expertise. Cheers!….. to another 40 together.

  28. Suz
    March 12, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    Congratulations! You must have been a very young bride ; ) !!!
    Suz from Vancouver

  29. Rita Loehr
    March 12, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Look forward to enjoying your adventures together!

  30. Julie,Melbourne,Australia
    March 12, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    How wonderful to reach 40 years!Your smiles say it all and it is so important to have each other’s backs.Life is full of twists and turns and knowing someone is there for you through it all is priceless.Hope your weekend has been memorable and packed with love and laughter.Thanks for sharing.
    PS We have our 38th anniversary this Wednesday March 14.

  31. Pat
    March 13, 2018 / 1:01 pm

    Congratulations and happy anniversary to both of you! You both are adorable.

  32. Beverly
    March 13, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    Congratulations on your special 40th anniversary…We will be celebrating 38 years on March 15! You both look marvelous in the photo, and your family times will be lasting memories!!

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