Sunday, June 29, 2008

Love Is In The Air

Love is in the air, everywhere I look around.
Love is in the air, every sight and every sound.
And I don't know if I am being foolish, don't know if I am being wise.
But it's something that I must believe in.
And it's there when I look in your eyes.

The song playing with this post is Love Is In The Air, by John Paul Young. It hit the charts in 1979. Twenty nine years ago. It is "our" song. If you listen to the words you will see it is about two wary people coming together in love. It is our song.

Twenty nine years ago on June 30th, I married the love of my life. I was 25 years old, divorced with one wonderful son who was 4 years old. Kent (the love of my life) was 32, divorced and raising 3 boys ages 6, 8 and 10 on his own. He was also working full time and going to college at night.

Friends set up a blind date for us. Both of us were leery. We had been hurt before. But our friend insisted we were the perfect match.

They were RIGHT!

Below.....Our wedding day. June 30th, 1979.

The next picture is of Kent and I, plus our 4 boys. At the age of 25 I was the instant mother of 4 boys, ranging in age of 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Next is a picture of us about 5-6 years later...You can see by the look on my face, Kent must have done something to make me laugh. That is the most special thing about him. He always makes me happy....Always.

The picture below is around 1997....when we lived in Naples, Fl.

On a trip to Colorado in 1999. A year prior Kent had heart surgery and things were finally looking good.

Then a few months later....he had terrible chest pains and we thought it was his heart, but it turned out to be stomach related. He lost about 35 pounds so fast! It was scary.

This picture below is taken New Years Eve of the millennium. A few months later he had more surgery and things became normal again.

Fast forward to April 2008. We have raised those 4 sweet boys. They are now men. Some with children of their own. All of them are great men. I am very proud of each of them. In April of this year, Kent and I celebrated out 29th wedding anniversary a couple of months early in Italy. This picture is taken in Venice.

My husband is the love of my life. He is there for me through thick and thin. My rock and my best friend. I love you honey! Happy Anniversary.


Adrienne said...

Happy anniversary to you and your hubby, Penny. I loved the pictures through the years. May you have many more wonderful years together. ~Adrienne~

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Happy anniversary! It's so good to read about couples that do make and that are happy! We need more of that. You look so happy together. God sure has blessed you two.


ginger at enchanting cottage said...

Happy anniversary. You both have love in your eyes I can see it!

Anonymous said...

Aww, congratulations, what a beautiful love story!

Laurie S.

Jan & Tom's Place said...

Happy Anniversary Penny & Kent!! May God continue to bless you and your family!


Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Hi Penny,
What a wonderful post. My husband is my best friend too. We celebrated 25 years this past March. My best wishes to both of you.


Miss Jean said...

Penny: Happy Anniversary! I am so glad you found your prince charming. (You made me cry!)

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Happy Anniversary Penny!!! Wishing you two all the very best on your special day :)


Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Hi Penny, All of us June brides and see you posted pictures and they are so neat to look at. Happy Anniversary, it is so special to find that one person you can share your life with.

Barbara Jacksier said...

You were a cute couple then and are even more so today. Big hugs to both of you. I met my guy in high school. I dated several of his friends. He says he always knew I would come to my senses!!

Happy Anniversary.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Happy, Happy Anniversary!

What a sweet story to share with us. The two of you truly do look very, very, happy ...... then and now :-)

((hugs)) Rosie

Pam said...


Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage said...

Happy Anniversary, Penny! What a sweet story.

Miss Sandy said...


Happy Anniversary! A little surprise awaits you over at my place!

Miss Sandy

Suzy said...

Dear Penny,

happy anniversary! Your photos are great and you look as a perfect match. I wish you a magically romantic day.


Kathleen Grace said...

Happy Anniversary Penny and Kent! How wonderful that you found the love of your life and the bonus of all those sweet children. It always makes me smile to hear that another couple loves each other like that. I am so happy for you:>)

Connie said...

You two are so cute, lavender lady!! Hubby and I celebrated our 47th anniversary on June 9th of this year! I can't believe the man has kept me all these years! But he is my strength many times and says his aim in life is to make me happy. How could I NOT keep him?!?!?! Congratulations to your both,

Susan Ramey Cleveland said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Kent, Penny. What a wonderful story. What a beautiful couple.

JoAnne said...

What a wonderful story. I hope you have a wonderful anniversary with many more to come. JoAnne

Beverly said...

Happy Anniversary. The two of you share a wonderful life story. My wishes for many more happy years together.

Theresa said...

Happy Anniversary Penny,
Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. I recently celebrated 35 years with my husband. Isn't it wonderful!!! Romance is alive!!
By the way, I am having my first ever blog contest, and wanted to let you know. I hope you get in on the fun.
Theresa @ Cottage Violets

Debi said...

Hi Penny,
Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful love story! You are so lucky to have found your best friend! May you have another 100 years just as wonderful!
Kindest Regards,

pammiejo said...

Congratulations to you both on raising a "yours and mine" family - I know it wasn't easy but you were successful! Two is so much better than one when facing life's troubles - a guy to be by your side and you by his. You did a great job on this blog entry!

At Home in the Country said...

Good morning, Miss Penny! I sure have enjoyed visiting you this morning! Congratulations on your anniversary!

Loved visiting Naples through your you new kitchen French the shopping at the Screen Door...loved your new picture of your studio.

Thanks for stopping in and visiting me At Home in the Country, I've enjoyed visiting you!

Anna @ Rusty Cottage said...

Awww, how sweet are you too?!?! Way to go on making it so long and staying strong, together. It doesn't happen very often these days. Our 2nd anniversary is coming up at the end of the summer. I truly hope that years down the road we can look back like you and Kent and be so very proud of our life together. God bless you both!

Anna @ Rusty Cottage said...

Awww, how sweet are you too?!?! Way to go on making it so long and staying strong, together. It doesn't happen very often these days. Our 2nd anniversary is coming up at the end of the summer. I truly hope that years down the road we can look back like you and Kent and be so very proud of our life together. God bless you both!

Brenda said...

Congrats for your special time. What a nice trip through your life.

LW said...

Wishing a Happy anniversary to the two lovebirds…

Great picture story…


Shelia said...

What a sweet story Penny and a very happy anniversary!
Shelia ;)

Janet said...

Love is always sweeter the second time around ( or at least Bob and I think so). Congratulations on your Anniversary and raising such a fine family.


Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Happy Anniversary to a very special couple! What fun it was to learn more about your romance and to see these wonderful photographs!

Sugar Bear said...

A very happy anniversary to you and Kent! I enjoyed reading the story of your love and seeing your wonderful photos (also love your previous post photos!).

Sugar Bear said...

A very happy anniversary to you and Kent! I enjoyed reading the story of your love and seeing your wonderful photos (also love your previous post photos!).

Catherine Holman said...

Happy Anniversary! I wish you many more years of happiness. My sweet hubby and I will celebrate our 35th in August.

Cathy said...

Happy Anniversary Penny and Kent!

Sandi McBride said...

Happy Anniversary to the two of you and I hope there's a lot more in store for you...have a wonderful day and do something special...

Brenda Kula said...

Well, I almost cried. And that's not my usual mode! Lovely story, Penny. I so admire long, beautiful stories of love that lasts. And you took on all those boys! You must be akin to a saint! Happy Anniversary, darlin!

Lib said...

Hi Penny, Happy Anniversary!
Awwwwww..........What a Sweet Post!:o)

DEBBIE G. said...

Awwww Penny! Almost made me tear up also!!! Happy anniversary to you both!!!! What sweetness:)
Glad you shared the pics also!!
God Bless to you both & many many more happy years!!!

Mona said...

You've been blessed. Happy Anniversary to you both!

daisy cottage said...

Happy Anniversary Penny to you and your sweet hubby! What a beautiful love story and you deserve such happiness, for sure! I loved the photos that you shared too - there is NO hiding your sweet soul on your face... much love to you,

Lisa said...

Happy Anniversary! Your love story is a true inspiration.

BailiwickDesigns said...

I send you anniversary wishes straight from my heart! And I hope you enjoy many, many more of them. I have a 29th anniversary coming up in August - where does the time go??? ::Jill

KarenHarveyCox said...

Happy Anniversary Penny. You are so blessed to have found such a wonderful man. Your life looks so beautiful and you deserve only the best. Karen

Charli and me said...

Hi, I just happened upon your blog. Happy anniversary! What a wonderful tribute to your life. Comngratulations.

Cottage Contessa said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Penny & Kent! I hope you have a really lovely day together, and wishing you many more wonderful years to come!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Great post Penny! Happy Anniversary. I have a 39 coming up soon. Oh my!

Mary said...

The story, and wonderful pics, brought tears to my eyes and I immediately made dh read it too! We've survived the ups and downs of 43 years of marriage - know how one has to work on it constantly! Congratulations to you and Kent and good wishes for the many years ahead you have yet to enjoy.

Will e-mail the recipe soon.
Hugs - Mary.

Donna said...

Happy Anniversary, Penny! What great photos ~ the happiness shows! (I can't imagine having 4 boys!) What a wonderful family you have.

Rosehaven Cottage said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!!!!! You are truly soulmates. It's wonderful to see a photographic chronicle of your journey together.

Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

Cottage Rose said...

A very Happy Anniversary to you and the Love of your life. I love the photos of you and Kent. The love that you two have for each other shines through. To a blessed 29 more. Have a great week. God Bless you both dear friend.


Anonymous said...

I can't wait for the next 29 years.
I love you, Kent

emily said...

Happy Anniversary Penny! How wonderful :)Love to see the pictures through out the years!

Pat said...

Oh wow Penny! What a wonderful love story! Happy Anniversary to you and Kent!

Vintage Rose Collection said...

Penny, Happy Anniversay sweet angel! Your love story is beautiful! You must be very proud of your accomplisment.. Being a mother is the greatest gift we can receive and its no wonder your family and husband cherish you...

ps, thank you so much for your nice words today doll...
Love to you

Linda said...

Hi Penny,
Happy Anniversary to you both what a wonderful love story thank you so much for sharing it with us all.
Cheers Linda

Heidi said...

A very happy anniversary to you and DH Penny. You can really see your love in all the photos throughout the years.

Hugs ~

Anonymous said...


It's a Wonderful Life.


Natasha Burns said...

Happy Anniversary Penny! Congratulations on 29 wonderful years of marriage xo

Brook said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!


Cathy said...

Penny, What a wonderful post. And congratulations on the chandelier feature my friend. I recognized it immediately.

Happy Anniversary my friend.

xo Cathy

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Aw, happy anniversary Penny. That is a precious love story.

Barb said...

Happy anniversary. Your words of love brought tears to my eyes. You have been blessed.


P.S. The pictures throughout the years are wonderful

Sue said...

Oh Penny, I love a good love story and yours is precious. Happy Anniversary to you and your beloved.

Glenda~Many Fond Memories said...

What a wonderful story to tell us. Instant motherhood, I might have thought of running the other direction. He must be a hell of a guy.

Happy Anniversary !!


Anne Fannie said...

Happy Anniversary, what a sweet post with darling pictures!

Counting Your Blessings said...

Wow -instant mom of 4! I've had years and years to build up to 4 and I'm still struggling =) You're one amazing gal!! Blessings... Polly

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

I really enjoyed this post. I could tell you were a sweet, loving, person and to become an instant mother of 4 boys proves you are! Happy Anniversary to both you and your husband.

Teresa Sheeley~French Poppy said...

Happy Anniversary Penny to you and your wonderful husband. It was fun going down memory lane with you. Cheers to you both and wish you 29 more years of bliss!


Tracie said...

Oh Penny,
I love all the photos, thanks for sharing them all with us.
Your and Kent's story just proves, love is out there and there sure are a lot of good men around now, aren't there? I can hear you - Yes!
Congratulations to you both raising four sweet boys into thoughtful men.

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Penny!
Oh thank you so much for sharing your fabulous photos with us!! You and Kent look like the most beautiful couple. And so happy! You are as pretty as your wedding day and Kent as handsome!! Happy Anniversary!
Hugs, Sherry & Wes

Suzanne said...

I'm so late I had to page through 71 comments to write this. That is the most beautiful, romantic story ever. Thank you for sharing with all of us.

Happy Anniversary!

Much love,
Suze XO

Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary to you and your best friend.. what a beautiful tribute to your lives together!


Meggie said...

Beautiful photos, Penny! Congrats on your 29th. He looks like a great guy. Isn't it nice when your guy can make you laugh...sooo important!

Rue said...

Happy belated Anniversry!

You look so happy through the years :)

So what's your secret Penny??


Julie said...

Happy Anniversary, Miss Penny!

Y'all are such a beautiful couple!
I especially love that last picture!

Many Blessings,

Jillian said...

How sweet! What a great homage to a long lasting marriage.

Rhondi said...

A belated happy anniversary to you and your husband. What a loving tribute to him. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of you through the years and hear a little of your story. It was our 39th anniversary on July 5 and because of the kids being here neither of us even remembered to buy a card! About half way through the day I realized it was July 5 and we both had a good laugh about it!
Hugs, Rhondi

Susie Q said...

I am so late with this iwsh Penny but I kept it nice and warm for you both! : )
You are a VERY special couple. Happy, happy anniversary. May there be 29 more! Nah...39!
I love all the photos but the one of you two in Venice is my favorite. You both look so happy just to be together and experiencing such bliss.

Love to you both!
Sue and family