Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Now, we know we do...


December 13, 1981

To have and to hold from this day forward,
 for better or worse, for richer for poorer, 
in sickness and in health,
 to love and to cherish to death do us part.


couples group pool party in Costa Mesa, California  
married 10 years

team teaching at the Bridge in Dana Point
married 15 years

swimming with dolphins in Kona, Hawaii for our 20th anniversary 2001

playing games at our 25th anniversary dinner in Krasnodar, Russia

trying to figure out the timer on our camera in Maya Beach, Belize for our 30th.

Thirty years ago 
December 13, 1981
 At the wise old age of 18 we thought we knew it all... 
 how much we've learned since then.
We've seen that God's plans for us are far better than our dreams for us.
We've undergone growth and change individually that deepened our bond of unity.
We've experienced hurts deeper than expected. 
 We've been blessed with joys greater than anticipated.
We've realized the immense riches of a life lived together.
Thirty years ago, we thought we loved each other. 
 Now, we know we do.

~Alida & Tom


23 comments:

  1. This is so sweet and heartwarming and inspiring.

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  2. Is it me, or do the two of you just get better looking as the anniversaries roll by?

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  3. What a beautiful love story. God bless you both. I'm glad to know you are more in love now than when you were eighteen.

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  4. Awww, this is SUCH A SWEET post.. You guys have come SO far in Love and I admire that.. SO inspiring.. You make a wonderful couple together : )) Wishing you MANY more great years to come. xo~

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  5. What a beautiful post! Happy Anniversary to you both :)

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  6. Beautiful...your smiles reveal the depth of your love within your hearts...Happy Anniversary ...I love what you stated at the end of your post: 30 years ago you thought you loved each other NOW you know....so cool

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  7. Awwww, Happy Anniversary! May you have many more love-filled (and fun-filled) years together!

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  8. These are precious. My husband and I swam with the dolphins in Hawaii on our honeymoon in 1992! Maybe the same ones. :-)

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  9. Happy Anniversary! You two have become such an inspiration! Here's wishing you many more years to come.

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  10. Happy Anniversary! It's such a beautiful love story. It is so nice to see couples still in love after so many years (I know it should be like this always but I see this less and less, so when I have the chance to witness it, this make me very happy!)
    Wishing you many more anniversaries to come and much love to share..

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  11. oh, so very sweet! happy, happy anniversary to y'all!!!

    may God bless this year abundantly and the years to come!!!

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  12. Oh, bravo bravo! Thanks for sharing your special day with us!! Happy Anniversary!

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  13. Happy Anniversary Alida and Tom!! Wish you many many more happy years! :)

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  14. Awe! Happy Anniversary! Very beautiful and inspiring!

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  15. congrats...
    i love this post....
    now we know we do even more!

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  16. Happy anniversary to you and Tom! Wishing you Many many more years!

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  17. Have a very blessed day filled with lots of fun memories.

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  18. Love love love the pictures!! You guys are so fun.a May God continue blessing you and making you stronger and stronger in your marriage. ...if that is possible ;)

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  19. happy 30th anniversary! this post jsut touched me in so many ways. everything about it is beautiful. loving each other through it all.

    enjoy each other and celebrating!

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  20. Happy Anniversary to you both! What a milestone! Love the stroll down memory lane. :)

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  21. Happy Anniversary to you guys. May God grant you many more years together filled with love, joy, happiness and peace

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  22. You have me tearing up, this is soooo sweet. May God bless your marriage with even more years and love than you ever imagined.

    p.s
    That wedding hat was horrendous (i doubt this is a word, lol)

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  23. 30 years that is fantastic. Loved seeing all your previous anniversary pictures.

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