One December Evening

holding hands quote and photo 2014

I don’t know what other couples do, but my husband and I make it a point to remember those smaller events that led up to the wedding day, and today is one of them…our first date 30 years ago. We were 26 & 27 at the time, and we vividly remember that evening…the amazing restaurant for dinner, then driving up the mountain to The Baldy Lodge for dancing.

If you’ve followed me for awhile, you no doubt know that I’m a big hopeless romantic, and this night was definitely a magical one. During that evening of romance, we both experienced the incredible feeling that we might be “the one” for each other. That may sound silly, but…

As it turned out, we were “the one” for each other because six months following that night, he proposed. Then six months after that proposal, we were married. And here we are…grateful to still have each other and our two beautiful children, who are now 22 & 26 years old.

our wedding

This isn’t a post to brag though. We’ve experienced loss throughout our years together. So, we don’t take anything for granted because nothing is guaranteed. Instead, we cherish each moment of every day and continue to count our blessings.Β 

So, I’m wishing my Husband and Best Friend a very Happy 30th-First-Date Anniversary!!


“I thank him for making my life the best and for bringing out the best in me. I love him even more now, and I hope we have the chance to celebrate many more anniversaries as the calendar pages continue to turn.”Β 

summer patio time 2016



36 thoughts on “One December Evening

    1. Thanks, Betty, for all your kind words. It’s surreal going back to that first date, but fun, too. How young we were! πŸ™‚ Love and hugs back to you. πŸ’—πŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ’–πŸ’—πŸ’–

  1. Happy Anniversary!!! I’m so glad you’ve found each other! And it’s so sweet to see you as a couple and to know that you celebrate that first date just as much as any other anniversary! Bless you both! Love&hugs! πŸ˜„πŸ’•

    1. Aww, thank you, Sarah! We’ve always celebrated those special days of ours, keeping those earlier memories still fresh in our hearts. Although, knowing 30 years have passed is a bit surreal, and we’re heading closer to the next decade, which is even more surreal. πŸ™‚ Love and hugs to you, my friend πŸ’—πŸ’—

  2. What a beautiful post and Happy Anniversary Lauren.. Your photos are wonderful and lovely that you have shared your happiness here with us.. Thank you xxx ❀ May you both continue to have many more happy years of togetherness.. ❀

    1. Thanks, Binky! It’s a blessing and one we don’t take for granted. We always tell each other that neither of us is perfect, but we’re perfect for each other. I know, pretty mushy, but you already know how much of a romantic I am. πŸ™‚ Have a great day!

    1. Thanks so much for your beautiful wishes, Aqui, and thanks for all your visits! I’m so far behind (again) on reading blogs, so I’ll be over your way this afternoon. Love and hugs to you, too πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

  3. Lauren, this is such a beautiful uplifting post – oh, I love how you are both so wonderfully romantic and still so in love.πŸ˜ƒCongratulations on your 30 Years Since First Day Anniversary! ❀️ You both shine with joy and happiness. I love the photos of you and your husband, the wedding photo – wow, what a stunning dress and the quote at the top is beautiful. Tender, warm and loving. Wishing you many many more happy years together – and continue with all those romantic touches!! hugs & love xx

    1. Aww, thanks so much, Annika, for your awesome comment! I appreciate all you said, and thank you also about my wedding dress. The style isn’t popular now, but I still love it, and it’s wrapped up and hanging in my closet. I also have my mom’s dress from 1945, all satin, similar style, too. I told my daughter that when her time comes, she can use some of both of our dresses to create one that is perfect for her and to keep both of us close to her heart. She’s not sure about cutting them up, but I’d rather her do that then them just hanging around and not being useful. I think my mom would agree as she watches over us from above. We shall see. That’s a long way off for our daughter anyway. πŸ™‚ Thanks again, my friend, and have a lovely weekend ahead. Love and hugs back! πŸ’•

  4. You can’t be the least bit surprised that I adore this post! I’m a *hopeful* romantic, too. And like you two, we didn’t take very long to figure out that we were each other’s One, we love to celebrate our non-wedding dates, and we are grateful and joyful at being together no matter how official or unofficial the occasion. May your love continue to flourish!

    1. I’m not surprised at all, Kathryn, and it’s great to hear how you celebrate the little dates also and are so happy together. It’s a blessing! Thanks for your wishes and I wish you and your hubby the same! Sending love and hugs πŸ’–

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