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Bill and I met in the summer of 1962, while I was on summer vacation at my grandparent’s home in Florida. I was 12 and he was 16. He was the boy next door. I fell in love at first sight. I felt like I was in heaven that summer we met. He was a romantic, and even carved our initials in the bark of an old oak tree. I looked at the picture of the two of us and had to chuckle. What a precious keepsake.

In 1967 when I was 17 and Bill was 22 we realized puppy love was real. We were married on May 11, 1968. God’s been good to us. When I think I've loved this man for over 45 years, it astonishes me. You’re wondering how they managed to stay together for so long….and remain so love struck.

Our success story I believe is... that we have not only loved each other deeply but we have always communicated with one another. We have respected each others feelings, grown as individuals, as a couple, and as a family. Maybe a key ingredient to our longevity is we both know when to stop talking, take a breath… and listen.

Over the years we have been together we’ve had numerous photo albums that have captured moments in time, experiences that we may have forgotten. Like us, I think most families keep an assortment of mementos on their coffee table to share. Well today Bill showed me our latest one. He has been working on my web-site and surprised me with an electronic, Photo Album. I wanted to share this one with you. Go ahead open the book.

I'd love to hear what you think....Have a great day, Valerie

Go to my web-site and link to photos.

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Comment by Mary J. Dressel on December 6, 2007 at 8:21pm
Your own love story! How very awesome. My heart yearns for what you have in the real world. Thanks for sharing...
Comment by P. M. Morris on November 15, 2007 at 10:41am
What a wonderful love story. My suggestion is to bottle and market this portion to the masses.

Tell me, how you keep this man being forever thoughtful...Just because it's Thursday? Not a birthday, anniversary, holiday. etc. You two should be hosting Married Couples Retreat Seminars, or are you doing it already? If not, you may have missed your calling.

I love the fact that you two are still in love, and after fourteen years of marriage, I can truly say...I want to be like you when I grow up! (Smile)
Keep the fires burning!

Continued blessings, and as always...

Happy Reading!


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