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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

Today is Valentine's Day and it is also my Anniversary. My husband & I have been married for 22 years. Where has time gone? I don't feel like I am old enough to be celebrating 22 years as a married woman.

Mike and I were both in the Air Force and stationed at Yokota AFB in Japan. I had only been on the base a couple of days when I met Mike at the firing range. After we had been dating for awhile this guy at work came up to me and offered his congratulations on our upcoming marriage. Um....Mike and I had talked about getting married but he had never proposed & just started telling everyone that we were getting married without informing me. Since we were so far away from our family and friends we decided to just go to the American Embassy in Tokyo.

First we had to get permission from our commander to even get married. Well.....Mike was kind of a trouble maker. Our commander told him the only reason he would sign for us to get married is that he liked me & thought I could straighten him up. We needed two witnesses so we recruited two of our friends to come along. Once we were at the Embassy they just wanted to know if we had ever been married or divorced, we all signed the paper, and paid the fee. That was it!

We have definitely had our share of problems and difficulties in our marriage but I love my husband more today than ever before.
I may not of gotten a proposal or an actual wedding but I had the pleasure of getting married & honeymooning in Tokyo. I also have an awesome marriage certificate!

6 comments:

Kympossible said...

What a great story! And I agree - that marriage certificate is truly awesome! Congratulations!

I'm following your blog now too - very pretty background, btw!

Stacie said...

Awww, what a sweet love story. Congrats on 22 yrs!!! I'm almost at11 yrs and I have learned that the marriage is far more important than a "traditional" ceremony.

Angela W. said...

I agree - what a wonderful & unique wedding certificate. Happy Anniversary! May God bless you with many more years together.

Lora @ my blessed life said...

What a great story! And, yes, that marriage certificate is gorgeous!

Erika said...

Happy Anniversary! I did have a big wedding, and many times I wish my parents would have just saved the money and had a small ceremony with close friends. You definitely don't need a fancy wedding to have a good marriage. Congrats!

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

Happy anniversary!

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