Valentine’s Day Love Story

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I have many new readers (thank you so much for joining me!), and I wanted to share our personal Valentine’s Day love story here this year, reliving a spectacular, once in a lifetime celebration.

It was the  ultimate surprise.

one year ago ……

Unbeknownst to me, my family (specifically my husband, oldest daughter and niece) had been plotting for weeks to throw me/us a surprise 25th Wedding Anniversary celebration.

You see, we were  married on Valentine’s Day.

A romantic, sweet day filled with red hearts and roses and love songs. (Yes, we sang to each other. We are actors/singers after all 🙂

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But 25 years is a long time.

A seriously long time.

5 kids, numerous cats, dogs, fish, hamsters and one guinea pig named Snickers.

A home with a mortgage and appliances that stop working, washing machines that fall through rotted flooring and always, always, plumbing problems.

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Kids with wounded hearts to repair, angry words spoken and apologies to give and receive.

Minutes, hours, days, months and years filled with homeschooling and conversations, chores and homework.

Anyway, last year marked 25 years of blessings and trials and living it out together.


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My family decided I needed to celebrate with a totally cool, unexpected vow renewal service.

Since I’m so easy to surprise.


It began with an early, early dinner at 4:30 and then this man I have loved forever blindfolded and whisked  me away. Forty-five minutes later I opened my eyes in a church filled with mason jar candles.

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Tim told me he had married me 25 years ago and wanted to marry me all over again.

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A white dress and bouquet were waiting for me,

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along with special friends and family.

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We each had separate vows

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proclaiming our love for each other.

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My oldest children sang “I Will be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman

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and we all committed to loving our quirky, unique and chosen family

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by pouring all our different colors of unity sand together.

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And we all lived happily ever after.

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Well, maybe not exactly, but that Valentine’s memory will be forever etched in my mind and heart.


So as we celebrate #26 I just want to tell my husband how much I love him.

And I really can’t wait to see how he tops last year!


If you want to read all about our decorations

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and our fabulously fun photo booth


and how we celebrated the actual day , I’d be honored to share our special day with you.

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  1. Wow! Wow! Wow! I am in tears. That was beautiful. I am amazed that they pulled that off with out you knowing! So special!

    • Thank you, Kari, for being so sweet about my Valentine’s anniversary post. We are blessed indeed. I look forward to getting to know you!
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  2. Happy Anniversary! What a GREAT way to celebrate #25. Our big 25 is next year and we’ve talked about renewing our vows too. For us, these years of parenting hurt children has shown us a deeper depth of commitment and love for one another that far exceeds anything we could have imagined. Hmmm…guess that’s the beauty from the ashes! 🙂

    • Hi, Lisa. Thank you for commenting on my post on our 25th wedding anniversary celebration. I hope you guys are doing well and that your 25th will be a blessing to all your family as well. Yes, as you and I both know, God does redeem the time and reveal beauty in the ashes. It may not be for us to see, but it is all still God.
      Blessings, Marty

  3. Awww!!! How sweet! This year will be our 19th wedding anniversary. Now I REALLY want to do something like this for our 20th. My cousin is renewing her vows (4th anniversary), and I’m making her awesome Steampunk wedding dress. So much fun!


    • Hey, girl. Couldn’t remember if I replied to this yet (old age and all that 🙂 but thanks for commenting on our love story. I didn’t even know you had another blog. You are an amazing seamstress! That is one skill I don’t have.

  4. {Melinda} So, so sweet! I LOVE it! You have a very good man. And you must be an amazing woman to inspire such a beautiful expression of love and commitment! Congratulations!

    • Thanks, Melinda, for encouraging me with your comment on our Valentine’s Day love story. My husband is a great guy and we are in a blessed season of life. Enjoying while it lasts!
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  5. This is awesome, Marty! My hubby and I also celebrated our 26th on January 31st. We did the same thing for our (belated) 25th this past Christmas. My hubby tried to keep it a secret, but my brother was near death in the hospital right before and right up till a few days before he planned on renewing our vows, I was clueless. Thankfully, my brother started improving, so we did go ahead with it. He whisked me off to Folly Beach, South Carolina and we renewed our vows on the beach. Check it out in my post here:
    Ann @ Christ in the Clouds

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