Friday, September 2, 2011

~42 Years And Pink Saturday, Too~

("T" for Tom and "J" for Jil )

**Click on pictures to see them with more detail** )
Happy Pink Saturday everyone! Guess what! Today is our 42nd wedding anniversary....42 years! WOW! Those years cover a lot of territory....they started when my first four children were small and now they are grown and have families of their own. We had one of our own and her oldest is almost 17. Some are empty nesters with one, right now, in the US Border Patrol Academy and others in college. My oldest granddaughter is on her way to Cambodia to work for a short time with missionaries and learning to live off the land....she wants to see and feel another culture....I pray she will be safe in this dangerous world of today and especially in that part of the world.....with hubby's job in Federal Law Enforcement, we have lived in many places in our amazing country....he was overseas for long periods of time on special narcotics assignments and I was at home trying to keep the home fires going with nine children....did I say we were a blended family?

These years have had their up and their downs like all marriages do....I have to say that all the downs probably came from me...He feels quarreling is a waste of time, that through communication and patience all things can be worked out....well, almost all things...I am an Irish gal and not so patient, very emotional and extremely quick tempered, hard headed and excitable as he likes to say.....I am better now with age, more mellow I believe...I hope....I am blessed with a very centered man....intelligent and knowing who he is....kind and patient. He has been so good to me and mine. I came into this marriage with way too much baggage from the volatile first one and he just quietly is always there through stormy weather as well as all the beautiful days.....he is and will always be my hero!

Today is also our celebration of one of our favorite colors in the universe! PINK!
Please pay Beverly
a visit to find all the other blogs you will want to visit and I hope you will leave Beverly a little comment....without her we would not have this grand event!

I was thinking I was out of pinks to show you, when my eyes fell on my set by Laura Ashley from over twenty years ago...I am not sure if they even make this any longer as we do not have a Laura Ashley store anywhere close they even have stores any longer?? I used to frequent the sweet one in La Jolla, California often....I had all the beautiful accessories for the bathroom, including the shower curtain in roses with the matching balloon shade and towels edged in the same fabric.... I have always loved roses!!!

Soaps from a dear granddaughter...see, she knows my colors!

Sweet sentiment stones found at The Cracker Barrel a couple of years ago...

Have a wonderful and safe Labor Day weekend, my dear friends....the last "Hurrah" of summer...where did it all go???
See you soon!


FlowerLady said...

Happy 42nd Anniversary! Hope you have a lovely celebration.

Our 42nd is coming up on the 8th.

Have I told you lately ~ is one of my favorite songs by Rod Stewart.

Again have a lovely time celebrating your love and your marriage.


stefanie said...

oh!!! happy anniversary!!! I love that you have been married for 42 years, its a rare thing no a days!!! celebrate BIG!!!!

KatyDidStitches said...

Happy, happy anniversary, Jil! Your sweetie sounds like a lovely man...and you write about him with such's wonderful to see.

I will be married to my hunny 15 years on the 21st. We have a long way to go. You're setting a good example for us!

I LOVE Laura Ashley. I can remember getting her home-dec mail order catalogs in the '80's...all her scrumptious cotton fabrics, wallpaper and trims. The photos were to die for. I wish I had saved them.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friend...go out and celebrate with that man of yours!


Gabriela Delworth said...




AshTreeCottage said...

Happy Anniversary!!!

Susan and Bentley

Riet said...

Happy 42nd anniversary. I hope you have a wonderful celebration. Of course your husband is your hero as you said. Mine has been that for more than 50 years. We need a hero for ourselves don't you think or we couldn't have been happy for such a long time. Happy pink Saturday and have a lovely time celebrating.

Nancy said...

Happy Anniversary! What lovely pink memories from over the years, too. Have a wonderful weekend.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh..... Happy Anniversary. Mine will be 41 later this year. It's been a wonderful journey, hope yours was also.

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Happy anniversary ! We were both blessed with good men. God knows just what/who we need.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, Happy Anniversary, my friend! What a wonderful post you have shared. I hope your celebration is special in every way.
Love your pinks! The LA pieces are so very pretty. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely pink weekend.


Linda M. said...

Happy Pink Saturday and Happy Anniversary too! Have a wonderful weekend. Linda

Denise@alloverroses said...

Happy 42nd Anniversary to you both! I hope you are having a wonderful celebration!

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Happy Anniversary to the both of you, sounds like one of Life's wonderful journey's, Happy Pink Saturday too. Blessings be yours, Hugs Marilou

Pieces of Sunshine said...

So many deliciously pretty things!

Anonymous said...

Jil -- Happy 42nd and your life inspires us all, may your next 42 be just as full -- Terri and thanks for visiting

Leann said...

Happy Anniversary there is no greater gift than love - enjoy your blessings.

Love the dresser set!


Shirley said...

Happy Anniversary, We will be celebrating our 48th the 19th of this next month. You are very right when you say marriages have their up's and down's. We are truly blessed when we look over the years that we have had with our spouses. I don't know if there is a Laura Ashley store in our area. We had a Gordman's open here this week. I don't know if I will patron them much. They are in the shopping center and you pay an extra percent sales tax. Hope you celebrated with dinner out or something. We will go to Branson for a belated birthday present to me and a anniversary present for both providing the doctor o.k.'s it. They have a wonderful hospital there if we run into a problem. We shall see. Take care and enjoy the weekend.

Elaine said...

Happy anniversary. Thank you for letting us share it with you.
Lovely show of pink also.

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Happy Anniversary!! It is nice to hear of long happy marriages. Your pink items for Pink Saturday are very sweet. I love the soft romantic look of your blog. Hope you and your hubby have many more years of happiness.

fannipauline said...

Happy Anniversary Tom and Jil....When I think of Tom - I think of him always as a gentle giant kind of man....You make a great couple and I have the priviledge of being your friend. I love this song that is playing and I remember you gave me this Rod Stewart tape quite sometime ago. Have a wonderful long weekend. I remember the days Troy and I mostly spent our Labor Day in San Diego at the beach.

I ama busy working toward my Gift Show coming up in mid October.

Hugs, Love and Prayers, Pauline

Anonymous said...


Your blog is so feminine and pretty!
Thanks for sharing...

ciao bella


Stephanie Suzanne ♥ Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Jil,

Happy Anniversary to you. Your story is so refreshing. I'll pray for your daughter's safety.I love your pinks.
Thanks for visiting with me. Yes, that collage has a lot of dimension to it. I love gathering stuff to photograph.

Pink Sparkles,
Stephanie Suzanne ♥

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Happy Anniversary!!
Great pinks today!!


Cat & Cricket said...

Happy Anniversary! And God Bless! This is a rarity these days!
What a beautiful post..wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Happy Anniversary! And Happy Pink Saturday :-)

Jocelyn @

Celestina Marie Designs said...

Hi Jill,
Happy Anniversary to you and your dear hubby. I just loved your post and from one Irish girl to another, I can relate to your story. 9 children is very special and a challenge with a blended family. Your life has truly been blessed and I wish for you, continued happy times, good health and much love always.

Love your pinks. So pretty.
Enjoy and have a great anniversary weekend and Labor Day.
Love to you,
Celestina Marie

Daniella said...

Your marriage sounds wonderful!! I loved reading your story!
We will be 20 years on the 21st. Where does the time go is right!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy 42 years Jil! It's been much too long since our Etsy days of running into each other. I am not as active on Etsy as I use to be.

I enjoyed reading your story! Have a blessed weekend and a happy PS.

My best,

Olivia said...

Hello my sweet friend and a big huge congratulations on your 42nd Anniversary! It is not always easy to stay together especially with a blended family! Love your gorgeous pinks! Happy Pink Saturday!

Birgit said...

CONGRATS -- what a milestone! :)

Greetings from Germany,

PS: See my pink post here! :)

Collected Treasures...for the home, heart and soul said...

Happy anniversary.....we're at 43 so I know the accomplishment you must feel.....pretty rare anymore to find couples like all of us.....
Very lucky!

pinkkandy said...

Happy...Happy Pink Saturday..I pray that God will bless you all through out the coming week...
your pinks are so pretty...
God Bless You...

The Southern Fried Bride said...

New follower from the pink blog hop. Happy Anniversary! Love your blog!

Gwendolyn said...

Happy Anniversary!

Rebecca said...

Congradulations!!!!! Wow-how wonderful!!!! Sounds like you have a great family and appreciate them all! Have fun celebrating!

LV said...

42 years of a blessed life together which included a home filed with lovely pinks.

Raw Thoughts And Feelings said...

Happy anniversary and many more wonderful years to come!

Beautiful pink post!

Beverly said...

Dear, Jil. A very belated Happy Pink Saturday - and most importantly very belated wishes for a Happy Anniversary.

I know what a blessing a wonderful marriage is. We will the celebrating number 41 on the eighteenth of this month.♥

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Jil,

A belated congrats to your 42nd wedding anniversary! Just got home on Thursday morning 2:00 AM from our trip to Europe. For the wedding of our Goddaughter on the 2nd (yes YOUR day!) and for visiting Mom & Dad. We also went to Germany to see our German 'sons' with their kids. We adopted them as our own... son of a dear friend and his best friend. They came here with their brides and later with the little ones. As you say, 42 years does cover quite a lot. You're just 2 years ahead of me, counting my first marriage that is. My first one died long time ago and I'm happy with my present dear husband; the love of my life!
Love to you,