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Thursday, February 14, 2013

V is for Valentine's Day Anniversary!!

I cannot believe that I am old enough to have been married for 23 years, but I guess I am.

Mike & I were both stationed at Yokota Air Force Base, Japan. He was already there when I arrived & the first time we met we were firing the M-60 at the firing range. Once I was assigned to my flight with the 475 Security Police Squadron, Mike just happened to work the same shift.

One day a fellow coworker congratulated me. I was puzzled & had to ask why. He said he had heard that Mike & I were getting married. I'm sure I looked shocked because Mike hadn't proposed!! When I asked Mike about it he said that he loved me so much he wouldn't take no for an answer.

When we decided to get married we agreed to do the legal thing at the American Embassy in Tokyo & we thought we could have a ceremony or reception later when we visited the states. Since we didn't need to coordinate with anyone, we decided to get married on Wednesday February 14, 1990. Life happened & we never had that opportunity to have a ceremony later.

A trip to the American Embassy is probably like going to the court house. We had to travel to Tokyo & we needed to take two witnesses. Once we got there it was very simple. They asked us if we had ever been married or divorced, had us sign the paperwork & pay our fee.
We were married!
I didn't get a proposal or a wedding, but I do have an awesome wedding certificate and I got to honeymoon in Tokyo.


Jen said...

Happy Anniversary!!! That's an awesome story. :) Maybe one day you will get to have your wedding ceremony or at least a recelebration! :) Have a great weekend!!!

Sam said...

Very cool! Yesterday was our sweet 16. We were 18 and 19, and it feels like yesterday!

Steph @ MomKaboodle said...

Aww, such a sweet story. Happy (belated) Anniversary!

My parents met in Korea when my dad was stationed there (mom was a native Korean gal). They had to go from building to building to sign paperwork. My dad asked when they would actually get married, and they were told that they were officially married a couple of buildings back. :)

Amy Jeanroy said...

How sweet. I just love your wedding certificate. That is so pretty!
What an exciting story to share with your family too.

Amy J

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