Thirty years ago today, April 16, 1985, in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, my sweet husband Ron and I, embarked on a journey that everyone said would never last. We both had been married before. We both entered our new lives together with Ron’s two daughters, Ronda and Mary; and my three children, Tabitha, Amy and Billy. That was a total of five children on a Technical Sargent’s pay in the Air Force. Billy was still a baby, not yet nine months old when we wed. Ron was 36 and I, a young bride of 26.
Family reunion 2003
We did it though, we raised all five kids! Ron retired from the Air Force after 24 years of service to our country. Eventually, as a 100% disabled veteran, he went to college and graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and History. We battled Ron’s cancer together, and we conquered and won! To complement our five children, we were even blessed with five fabulous grandchildren!
I worked for years in accounting, doing the company books for many types of businesses, law offices, building contractors, ranches, oil companies, and even a hospital. I already had an Associate Degree in Business Administration, and a few years ago obtained my second Associates Degree in Arts. Now, I am a writer. Life just does not get much better than this.
Thirty years together is surreal. It seems like just yesterday we embarked on this great journey together. We chuckled over our 30th anniversary breakfast together at Cracker Barrel, Ron’s favorite breakfast spot. How could the time have gone so quickly? When did I get so grey? How did we manage to come back to Florida in a full circle of our life together?
Come celebrate with us! Raise a glass and toast us on this happy occasion! Ron and I have finally made it!
Thanks for visiting with me today. I am so glad you could stop by and share in our anniversary! Cheers!