Sunday, June 27, 2021

Our Anniversary Weekend!

 As of 3:30 PM Sunday, June 26th, Louis Dean and I have been married 16 years!

We were brand new to each other back then - having only met literally 2 months before we married.
We have been happier than either one of us ever dreamed we would be!
For the first few anniversaries, we would go to Galveston and we did that again just two years ago.
Now we simply celebrate each and every day we have together and no longer feel the need to go somewhere - and the ranch is a special place for both of us!

We did meet our goal of getting the decks cleaned up from all the tools and debris strewn about!

We had invited our friend, Rosey, over for a cocktail party and to catch up on our visiting.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, Sherry and I went into Belmead to pick up some 'adult slushees!'
We have seen this Daiquiri Express place so many times but this was our very first visit.

We had such a nice time sitting, sipping and snacking our way through the 'cocktail' hours.....
that being 5:30 - 8:30 here!
Sherry made her pepper poppers and Rosey brought quesadillas from a Mexican restaurant near her, and we had cheese and crackers and all manner of chips, dips, and fruit.
Of course, we had daiquiris - we sampled two of the three different kinds I bought.
And for dessert, we had blackberry cobbler with Amaretto ice cream!
Both Sherry and Rosey had critter chores to attend to so the party broke up before dark.
Louis Dean was really tired so we both decided to call it an early night.

I love how a good night's sleep can make all the difference in the world.
We start the day off fresh once again!

We watched Fellowship Church online and this morning Samantha was trying to see what was going on!
I traded the flimsy easel ......

for a sturdier one and we took our coffee, cottage cheese, fruit and cookies and sat down for a wonderful service where Pastor Ed Young interviewed Trey Goudy.
I love the testimonies of other believers and I especially admire Trey Goudy as he lives his life and shares his faith just as a matter of course. And I also love how he sirrounds himself with so many friends and that includes those who do not hold the same beliefs. It was a lesson for us all.
We are unique - every single one of us - and it's a good thing we don't all think and act alike. 

This afternoon, we could hear Sherry out in the fields running her tractor.

Dean is in North Carolina at a martial arts event.
When I talked to him on the phone this afternoon, I told him we had saved him some Amaretto ice cream! He will be home tomorrow.

I finally set up my art table!
We've been here two weeks and I only have one week left before we go home so I am glad to smell the turpentine!

My goal is to finish the paintings I have already started and then begin some new ones!!

I love doing art - especially when I am in the country!


Vee said...

Happy Belated Anniversary! Many blessings...

Deb said...

Hi Linda. Happy Anniversary to you two. I love the picture at the beginning of this post. May you both have many more happy years together!

Ginny Hartzler said...

What fun you are both having! Happy Happy Anniversary, you are both so blessed to have each other.

Estelle's said...

Happy Anniversary...looks like another fun time at the ranch! Enjoy every minute!

Deanna Rabe said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Louis Dean! So thankful God brought you two together!

I love that you celebrated with a party in the country, but I really like about what you said about celebrating every day. It really is about being thankful, isn't it?

Enjoy your art. I've always seen art as a way to express ones self. You put joy into every painting, because you are full of joy! I think it'll be interesting to see your paintings this year, because you have even more joy knowing who your dad is and having your new brother and sisters in your life!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

May God Bless you both as you celebrate another anniversary. It's so great you found each other and can celebrate every day together. Enjoy your arr while you are still there. There is truly a lot of beauty all around you there.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Anniversary to you to love birds! I'm so happy you have each other too and time in the country! Give each other a HUG...I know you do! Stay cool too!

MadSnapper said...

all my life I have wanted to be an artist, to sketch and paint, no gift for that, but I know how you feel and what it means Art is something that makes you breathe with a different kind of happines. My art is creating with photos in PicMonkey and it makes me feel happy, like your art. Happy Anniversary and you are in the perfect country home to celebrate. Bob and I never went on a date. we worked in Sears Garage and new each other to see at work 4 months, then for one month we talked daily on the cb radios, on his 48th birthday, he called on the cb, saw me sitting in my car at the resturant where I worked my 3rd job, and said inot the radio, I think I will stop for a kiss. he pulled in, leaned in the window and kissed me and 2 months later we moved in and 2 months after that were married, without one single date.

Changes in the wind said...

Happy Anniversary to you both! So glad you enjoy being at the ranch and can be there often. Better than a once a year trip for sure.

photowannabe said...

Oh Linda...Happy Anniversary. You look so beautiful in that wedding shot. 16 years becomes you. LD is the perfect man for you.
Enjoy your time at the Ranch and paint away!!
Isn't it wonderful to be able to watch church online?
It has been such a life-saver for us too. I too love hearing the testimonies of lives changed by the Lord.

Carole said...

Happy Anniversary - you and LD are an inspiration to us all. Cheers

Curtains in My Tree said...

Happy Anniversary you two

What a wonderful love story
I just love reading what you both do everyday.
That food and drinks sounds really good to me right now.

What a beautiful life ( smiley face ) ha ha

more cheers

Lisa said...

Yall are so darn cute! I love reading your post and can tell you cherish everyday you have together.

Donna said...

Happy Anniversary! (a few days late!)