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.
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.
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.”
36 thoughts on “One December Evening”
Happy 30th! ❤
Thanks so much, Bette! 💗
Awww, this made me smile, Lauren. So happy for your happiness! What a beautiful couple you are. Love and hugs to you. 💕💞💕💞💕❤️
Thanks, Betty, for all your kind words. It’s surreal going back to that first date, but fun, too. How young we were! 🙂 Love and hugs back to you. 💗💖💗💖💗💖
Happy Anniversary! May your love grow stronger and inspire all, and may life bless you with all the gifts.
Thanks for your beautiful wishes and comment, Mihran!
This lovely post made me smile. Happy 30th-First-Date Anniversary to you and your hubby!! Love and hugs, my dear friend. ❤️❤️❤️
I’m glad this brought a smile, Michelle, and thanks for your lovely wishes. It’s fun to reminisce back when…Big hugs to you! 💕💕
So blessed you are to have lived and to continue living the life that all romantics dream of. I’m always so happy for both of you!
Thanks so much, Scott! It’s hard to believe 30 years have gone by…how, where, when??? Oh, to be in our twenties again! 🙂
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! 😄💕
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. 🙂 Love and hugs to you, my friend 💗💗
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.. ❤
Thanks, Sue, for your beautiful comment and wishes. After 30 years, he’s definitely a keeper. 🙂 Much love to you, my friend…❤❤❤
Fantastic Lauren. 🙂 Enjoy your weekend to come .. 🙂
You do the same, Sue! Hugs 🤗❤️
That’s so nice that you two seem so perfect for each other. Happy date anniversary!
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. 🙂 Have a great day!
Happy 30th to you both, you are definitely a Romantic Lauren, can see it in the beautiful words of reminiscences of your early days.
Thanks very much, Ian! It’s been a wonderful 30 years, and he’s just as a romantic as I am, which is pretty nice, too. Have a great day!
Romantic? Clearly. But hopeless? Obviously quite the opposite. 🙂
You’re right, Ben! I’m more of a “hopeful romantic” but hopeless romantic is the “normal” term. Strange, isn’t it? I never understood that. 🙂
So many hopeless cynics out there I suppose.
Probably, but I choose hopeful. 😊
Me too. 🙂
Beautiful post…. Best to you and your hubby due to your 30th anniversary!… 😀 Sending love, dear Lauren 😀 ❤
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 💖💖💖
Lauren, this is such a beautiful uplifting post – oh, I love how you are both so wonderfully romantic and still so in love.😃Congratulations 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
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. 🙂 Thanks again, my friend, and have a lovely weekend ahead. Love and hugs back! 💕
Congratulations, I wish you many more happy celebrations.
Beautiful congratulations to you! ❤
Thanks so much, Resa! 💝
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!
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 💖
My wife’s like this and she keeps a note of all little things which make memories. Thanks for sharing your post . Love for both of you
I think that’s wonderful of her, and thank you for your beautiful words. Wishing you both a wonderful New Year!