25 YEARS AND COUNTING: Celebrating commitment, family, and marriage

May 26, 1990

In a beautiful old house on the Baylor University campus in Waco, Texas, I married my Renaissance Man.


I’ve had old house love for a really long time!


A few months prior, he gave a beautiful diamond ring to me—and sweet little birthstone rings to my daughters—and invited us to join our lives with his. He promised to love, protect, and stand alongside us to the best of his ability… forever.


For 25 years—through life’s beautiful highs … and some very difficult lows—he’s never wavered from that commitment.


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My “bride’s book” contains wedding plans… and 25 years of memories—so far!


Now that we’re in the empty nester stage of life, a Table for Two seems like a nice way to celebrate.



Years ago, we didn’t choose wedding china, but this Franciscan Platina china, with its pretty silver rim, works well with the Mikasa Helena crystal stemware and Frank Whiting Kings Court antique sterling flatware we’ve picked up along the way.



White spider mums were the flower of the day 25 years ago. Today they’re paired with Grandma’s Roses (Now there’s a love story you’ll want to read!) and a similar hot pink rose from the garden.


Why pewter (rather than silver) for the centerpiece? Because everyone who’s been married 25 years knows every day isn’t “shiny bright”! Most days are warm and comfortable… hopefully with at least a tiny touch of bling!


I hope we’ll have many more years of looking across the table at each other… trusting each other… growing old together.



Is it possible the best is yet to be? Only God knows… but we’ll continue trusting Him as we’ve done for our entire life together. We both believe that “unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.” (Psalms 127:1)

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Who are those two skinny kids?


Happy Anniversary, Renaissance Man!

Thank you for 25 years of being by my side for better (and worse), richer (and poorer), health (and sickness). You are loved!


I’m sharing this tablescape:

at Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch

and Pink Saturday @ How Sweet the Sound



  1. Oh Susan, only the best do I wish for you & Mr. Renaissance Man, as well as your grown daughters and their families. You guys truly have gotten better with age, no doubt about it, while ‘figuring it out’. Happy Anniversary!

  2. Happy Anniversary! Beautifully said.

  3. This is one of the most touching tributes to love and your beloved that I have ever read. It brought tears to my eyes. May you have many more years together!

  4. Beautiful couple then and now. Congratulations on this milestone anniversary. A wondered marriage is one of God’s greatest blessings in life.

    I thank God daily for my husband, too.♥

  5. May God’s blessings continue to be with you on your life’s journey together for many more years ahead! Hugs! Nellie

  6. Silvery congratulations to you! I’m so very happy for you both!

    Hugs and happy anniversary,

  7. My husband and I have the exact same wedding day as you and yours! 25 years sounds like such a long time and yet it’s flown by! Congratulations on keeping it so happy!

  8. Patricia says:

    Belated Anniversary wishes. So thankful you are in our lives and you are following our Lord’s leading in your lives. Blessings,

  9. Congratulations on 25 years! It’s always nice to see couples staying together- we celebrated 37 this year! Your table is beautiful and I’m sure you enjoyed the intimate dining together!

  10. Beautiful table and Happy Anniversary to you both!

  11. How wonderful your love is still strong after 25 years. It is rare this day and time if it last a year. You both look very nice in the photos, but I think time and age you look even better.

  12. Happy Anniversary….and what a wonderful story you shared of your love and years together. May there me much more of both ahead for you two!

    Happy Pink Saturday….and your table is gorgeous!


  13. Very cute post. I love the side by side pictures.

  14. Love your photos and sentiments, and your table is gorgeous!

  15. What a sweet love story. Can’t wait to hear how the upcoming years are!.