I just sat and read all your notes, wishing Rich and me a Happy Anniversary~thank you!  You are all so kind and sweet.  We did have a nice day yesterday (only had a couple of minor tiffs, LOL) and thanks to my friend Karen, we even got to go on a date together.

We had a nice country-back roads drive to my favorite antique store, past lakes and beautiful houses, (and trees starting to turn colors).  At the antique place, we browsed around and I ended up buying some old issues of Country Living magazine.  I will enjoy looking through them over the next few days. 

After that, we went out for lunch at a quaint local restaurant.  They feature old fashioned, New England food on the menu.  The staff treated us with extra kindness, because I told our waitress that it was our anniversary.  She was an older lady, and told us that we must have been married in the 8th grade to have been together for 13 years.  Made me laugh out loud.

The food was SO good, and it was nice to just sit and talk to each other and enjoy our food.  We both had cups of creamy New England clam chowder, and salads.  My salad was so good I just had to take a picture of it:


It was an heirloom tomato salad, drizzled with a balsamic vinegarette and surrounded by soft wedges of creamy mozzarella cheese.

For my main lunch plate, I had an open faced turkey sandwich served over a slice of cornbread, sausage cornbread stuffing, and gravy on top.  There was a small cup of cranberry sauce on the side, fries AND coleslaw, and it was all very homemade and tasted SO good.  I had to bring most of my lunch home so I could save room for dessert.  We wanted to go downstairs, to the bake shop, for coffee and dessert, but before we knew it our waitress came out with this sweet treat:


Pretty, isn’t it?

We blew out the candle and each had one bite, then wrapped up the rest to bring home.  Because, I’m tellin’ ya, that bake shop is “to die for”.  And I had been craving a fig square for the last month or so.  We paid our bill and headed down the stairs to the most wonderful little place around.  I want to go back again soon, with my sister and girlfriends.  (is anyone listening??)  I told Rich my goal is to eventually try everything in the case.



We sipped our hot coffees, and shared this cream puff:


With full tummies and all that sugar, we got all happy and laughed a lot, and took a few pictures of each other:



We took two boxes of treats home with us, including cupcakes for the kids, a piece of carrot cake for Karen, and two fig squares to satisfy my craving.  I’ve been nibbling on them, opening the fridge to take a bite now and then.

When we got home, I had a nice walk with Karen, through the woods, before she left.  I had to try to burn off some of those calories!  Plus, it was so nice to yak with a girlfriend, we talked almost nonstop, stopping the conversation once to just soak up the peace and quiet of the woods.  We both came back with a handful of bits from the forest–pretty leaves, acorns, and flowers.

After Karen went home, Rich and I just basically hung around home, taking care of the kids.  Rich took a little nap in his recliner while I made dinner and looked through one of my new/old magazines.

Before the day was done, I pulled my wedding dress out of the closet to admire it.  I still love my dress, even after 13 years.  I am so thankful that I was married at 19, I was so worry-free back then, and just full of excitement for my wedding and marriage to Rich.  I had no zealous opinions about anything, just happy to go along, making plans.  My mom and I shopped together for my dress, and I only remember trying on two dresses before we knew this was the one. . . . . .





I haven’t put it on since the day I was married. . . ..  But, I did hold it up to myself yesterday.  Remembering when I was a bride.


Requested photos from our wedding. . . . .

(In my opinion, this is one of the most romantic verses in the Bible):

“There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock, the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.”

Proverbs 30:18-19


Thanking God for thirteen beautiful years with my beloved.

Have a wonderful day, friends!


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  1.  I enjoyed hearing about you day together. It sound like you both had wonderful time together. I like getting to see your wedding day pictures. You guys look so so happy.
    That bakery looks so great. Just looking at it is making me hungery, yum yum.

  2. Your day sounds wonderful!   I’m glad you had such a wonderful day with Rich.  That cupcake looks so good!   The bakery does to:)   Your dress was so pretty!   It’s so nice to be able to reflect like that.   Thank you for sharing it all with us.

  3. I like to pull out my wedding dress and look at it, every so often. It has lots of beading and glittery stuff on the bodice like yours. Not sure how it would fit – I’ve never been brave enough to try it on! ~ The pastries looked wonderful. Such discipline to “nibble” on a fig bar!!! ~ Glad your day was spent happily!

  4. your dress has some similar details to the one I wore – maybe it was around the same time (we’ve just celebrated 11) so dresses were similar ~ puffed sleeves and white satin and such :)I love the pics you posted – looks like wonderful treats!!! :)Have a glorious day and peace in HIm.lys

  5. Shanda, I don’t think you look much different than you did the day you got married. A few months after you have the baby, maybe you should try on your wedding gown again and have your picture made in it! That picture you took of Rich in the restaurant – he has such a tender expression on his face. So in love! ❤ I’m so glad you were able to hang out together, just the two of you. (Thank God for good friends!) The salad and pastries look deLICious!

  6. Sweet post…So happy you had this special time together. What yummy things you ate!!! The kids had to be giddy to have some treats, too!Pretty dress. There are things on your dress that are similar to my daughter, Rachel’s…same three roses on the back instead of the then-ever-popular-enormous-BOW on the back (hee)…then the beading and lace. Hers was ivory.I made her dress. Daunting task..but did it. My first and last wedding dress.She was married in October ’94.Happy Anniversary…a day later.xo

  7. I am so glad you had a wonderful day!!! It just sounds ideal! I love seeing all the pictures of your family. I feel as if I “know” you. Thank you for sharing and may God’s Blessings abound through out the rest of your marriage! God Bless! PS I was married at 19 too. 🙂

  8. Good Morning Shanda!
    And Happy Anniversary to you and Rich. I just read your post just now from yesterday.
    What a beautiful bride and handsome groom. You both look so happy now and then! Love the pictures!
    I would do the same thing too….try everything in the dessert case. They all look so yummy!
    Glad you both had a wonderful time together. The fair looks like fun! Unbelievable prices isn’t it!
    Have a wonderful day! God Bless You!

  9. What a luxurious post! The wedding gown, the salad, the cupcake, the bakery, the bride and groom, the music, the verse…I must get up now and search for something luxurious around my little podunk life here. Surely, I will find something. Ah, yes! God does bless us, doesn’t He!  love, Gail

  10. Happy Anniversary!
    I so loved your photos. My anniversary is coming up too! We’ll be celebrating 13 years too! And I was married at 18 (about 4 months away from my 19th birthday!)! We do have a couple of things in common, don’t we? LOL.


  11. So lovely to have a day together like that!  Sounds wonderful…..and looks like it too.  I love the expressions on both of your faces…happiness.   I was wondering….how does she eat all that??? then I read you wrapped a lot up to take home.  My hubby can eat huge amounts of food.  You look so cute in the bakery…..making a decision. I see you had on your happy shoes. Great that everyone got some of the yumminess from the bakery.  Your dress is beautiful and I loved seeing the picture of the two of you….so dear….handsome and beautiful.  I wore a highneck, but sheer front gown too.  I used to blotch up on my chest when I was excited, and even trying on gowns I was getting all blotchy.  When I tried on the gown we finally bought I just felt right in it….and it fit beautifully….and it had that nice neckline to cover my blotches
    I look forward to pieces of Fall from you as we don’t have so much of that.  Our misty weather the last few days has felt fall like though.  blessings, Jenny

  12. I Loved your post!I adore little restaurants like the one you described. It sounds like the perfect place to relax., talk and enjoy life with the one you love (and girlfriends, too. Happy wishes for another wonderful year together for the two of you.

  13. Awww I hope and pray that thirteen years down the road (from March ’09) that I am still giddy, romantic, and as in love with my husband as you are with yours…I loves getting a peek at your date…sounds wonderful!! You are getting me all excited about my wedding looking at your pictures. I am telling ya March cannot get here soon enough! I love that verse….the one I am putting on our programs and napkins is Song of Solomons 8:6a “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm; “(the rest of the verse is lovely too…”for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame) I just love that….I had picked this verse out when I was in 8th grade and I am so blessed I finally get to use it! Anyways…have a great day!

  14. Oh gush! What a wonderful day with your beloved…after reading your post I realized I had the silliest grin on my face. Your love and joy is so delgihtful …and your look about 8 in that last picture! lol

  15. Alright Shan, you gotta tell me where that place is!  I’m definitely game to go there for a girls’ night out (or day!) 🙂  I love the pics, I’m so glad you had a lovely anniversary, sounds just perfect.  I love the old wedding pics, Rich looks like an older version of Jake…what a trip.  You guys look too cute. 🙂  I hope you had a nice day today, take care.  Love, Trish

  16. And may you have many more anniversaries!  You looked so young!  I think my sister has worn her wedding dress long enough for a picture almost every anniversary.  She’s now 80 and I think she could still wear it!  Not so with me. (sigh)  Mine has been passed on to posterity!

  17. Sounds like a wonderful anniversary.   Boy, if I was anywhere near that bakery…..maybe it’s better that I am not.  Coffee and dessert sounds wonderful.
    Congratulations on 13 years. 

  18. Love the Happy Shoes!
    Congratulations! Your wedding gown is beautiful, simply beautiful. I love the boys’ hair cuts. Proverbs 30: 18-19 is another one of my favorites.
    Yours is a great Xanga site, I enjoy it greatly.

  19. ah, HaPpY AnniVerSarY!!! we’ve been without power this past wk. due to Ike ~ so enjoyed sitting down tonight to read my “shanda magazine” 🙂 🙂 always a lovely read… and sweet pics… and precious times.you were/ ARE a beautiful bride!

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