Thursday, March 14, 2019

Celebrating 40 Years Of Marriage! 
 (March 10th 1979)

Tom and I wanted to do something special
 to acknowledge this milestone.

So we hit the road.
Five states in 10 days!

We had a destination but as we drove, our plans changed,
That's the fun of just getting in the car and just going.

We started out in Idaho and drove the first night 
to Salt Lake City.

Mostly snow! 

Leaving Utah and crossed over a small corner of

which was beautiful!

Our next stop was Las Vegas, Nevada

I was so thrilled to see the Eiffel Tower, even
though it wasn't the one in Paris.

The streets were packed with cars, buses, trucks and people.
Daytime picture of the Eiffel Tower

We did go to a show...

Tony and Tina's Wedding
They call it an "environmental/ immersed theater".
Where the audience is part of the show .
And being our anniversary, why not go to a wedding?

We stayed two days in Las Vegas. If we go again,
we'd stay only one day.

 So off to California.

We crossed through the Mojave Dessert.
The smell of the dessert was wonderful!
I had my head out the window most of the time, trying to taking in the fragrance.
It was a sweet, perfumy smell. 
Something like a rose.
Once we got over the mountains to the 
coastal side of California, it was acres and acres of
farms and orchards.

Thousands and thousands of 
Almond trees in bloom with pink and white flowers.
It was so beautiful.
We stopped at, The Bravo Farms
Where we bought several kinds of almonds.
Great traveling snacks.

Mt. Shasta
Lots of rain and snow.

I had heard of the little town of Drain, Oregon.
It has several old and elaborate and historical homes

So we made a quick stop.

The little city of Drain is close to Eugene and
that's where we spent the night.
From there we headed West to the coast.

All long the coast are small towns that
offer amazing seafood.

I'm always looking for the

Tillamook Oregon is a very important stop.
At the Tillamook Creamery,
you can see how cheese is made.
Taste different types of cheeses.
(I buy only Tillamook cheese)
Buy any kind of cheese
there is an ice cream store!

Our last planned destination was 
Cannon Beach.
Lots of memories for our family are at this beach.

We wanted to spend our anniversary day, there.
After driving for several days, 
it was good to walk the beach.

We have a favorite restaurant in the middle of town, that we go to
to get the best Fish'n Chips.

We had just finished eating our fish and chips,
when I looked up at these darling kids!

It was OUR grandchildren!

The family had driven 8 hours to spend the weekend with us,
I was so surprised.
I guess I screamed when
I realized they were right in front of us!
I also cried!

For the next several days we played on the beach.
Walking a mile down to Haystack Rock and back.

The weather was cool but sunny!

March 10, 2019

We planned a renewal of vows on the beach.

Tom bought us matching sweatshirts.

 Here is Silas handing my new ring to Tom.

Mark read Colossians 3:15 and
Romans 1:8

Isaac came over and stood next to us.


That evening was our last time at the beach.
We bundled up and went for a walk.

The sunset was so perfect.

This was the best anniversary!

It was special for many reasons.
But for one young girl, it was really special.
Lulu will be having her spinal surgery, soon.

Lulu had so much fun running into the waves and
playing in the sand.

Jumping for joy!

Back home after a whirl-wind road trip,
that had the best ending!


"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful."
Colossians 3:15

First I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world."
Romans 1:8


  1. Well I have just sit here and cried at this post lady! My mercy, I get so mushy these days. Happy 40th to you both. What precious pictures. Just precious. You done a lot of traveling in 10 days. I know you had to be wore out time you got home even though it was a happy tired. Sweet memories made there. I will pray for Lulu. Please keep us posted on specific prayer needs for Lulu. God's Got This! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. What an amazing trip! I enjoyed reading this so much. The pictures and description are so precious! It sounds like an incredible anniversary! God bless you all!

  3. This is the best trip ever! I so enjoyed going along with you. The pictures were marvelous! And how fun that your family joined you along the way. Still praying for Lulu. Keep us updated as she goes along, please.

  4. Oh wow!!!!!!!!! how fun!! Congratulations on your 4oth!! what a great surprise - your grands all showing up like that in the restaurant!! I would have screamed, cried too. Blessings on you - and so glad you get to do these kinds of adventures. Scott and I are heading out to Vegas again - in June... for our business convention. I hear you. :)

  5. CONGRATULATIONS!!! God bless. Wonderful post.

  6. Oh my goodness, such wonderful days. Happy, Happy 40th. Such a sweet and heartwarming post. I will pray for dear Lulu and her upcoming surgery. Blessings and Hugs my sweet friend.

  7. A hearty congratulations on your anniversary. You both are an inspiration! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  8. Happy Anniversary to both of you! This is seriously the best anniversary present I've ever heard of. What a fun trip! And whoever was in on planning the surprise of finding family there waiting for you at the beach, kudos to them! I'm writing Lulu's name on my prayer list and will pray for perfect surgery and recovery for your darling granddaughter.

  9. Happy 40th....congratulation...
    thank you for sharing beautiful series of photos.

  10. Happy special you made this one too! The trip looks fabulous and I like the renewed vows. How special that your family caught up with you too. Everything about your trip is perfect...wonderful memories to cherish for years to come!

  11. Oh Christine! This post WARMED my heart so much! What a special way to celebrate your 40 years of marriage! My husband and I love road trips too, and I must pin this to the back of my bucket list for one of our anniversaries to do this! But the most special part was your family meeting you there, and having the special renewing of your vows in front of your children and grandchildren! What a precious time for all of them to witness, and what a beautiful couple you and Tom are. Beautiful beautiful beautiful! So thankful for the sweet and precious memories made and kept in your heart for a lifetime :) The pictures on Cannon Beach are gorgeous! Blessings to you sweet friend, and Happy 40th anniversary!

  12. I see I can comment on your blog, so I must still have an account somewhere! I sure enjoyed your post and am overjoyed to be reunited with you! This post was over the top, and I actually cried with you. You and Tom are a wonderful (and might I add "attractive") pair. I've always said you know how to have fun in life and your life is very full. Can't believe how much the grands have grown! I'd be happy to have mine show up unexpectedly too! But get this....We married in Nov of 1979 so we have a 40th this year too. I'm not sure we'll have such an illustrious celebration, but maybe he'll take me out for a banana split or something. We'll be talking...Deb


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