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Our 25th Wedding Anniversary

Today is Greg and my 25th wedding anniversary. I can't believe it's been so many years.

I remember like it was just yesterday as we repeated our vows to one other in the little chapel in Vail, Colorado on November 3, 1984. We promised before God and our families ...to have and to hold from now on, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health.

Greg spent much time trying to find just the right song for our small wedding reception at The Lodge in Vail. He was so proud that he found the perfect song when he played it for me. It was Lou Rawls' song "Forever I Do"; the wedding song. I cried.

We've been through so much together. We've had our ups and downs. But we've also had many good times.

This is Greg and me on our honeymoon. We spent a few days in Vail after the wedding but then moved on to Keystone where we stayed in a friend's condo.

Greg is all about ...experiencing life. He loves trying new things. In fact, he even planned a company years ago with this very concept. Hmm ...maybe it will still come about?

I had never been snow skiing in my life but of course I had to experience something new with my husband despite my ...fear of heights.

I can't say it went very well but it was a new experience.

Greg is super smart. It was a little intimidating at first as he has an IQ in the genius range. Here he is reading on our patio while vacationing in San Diego.

Our first New Year's Day together, he asked me about my goals for the year and I looked at him and said ..."What goals? Let's just see what happens."

You see, I'd been a fly by my seat kind of gal. But I can tell you that over the years I've learned so much from Greg. Now, I'm the one asking my friends about their goals. LOL.

But this gal loves to read and is a committed life long learner. So, I learned about setting goals and still do that. However, I think I'm reading a fashion magazine in this photo.

This was one of our first Christmases together. Check out my hair style. It was popular at the time.

Greg had worked in New Orleans for several years and wanted to show me what it was like on Bourbon Street. It was a crazy time and many years ago but ...it was an experience.

We had a fun time in Miami with some friends one year. Greg's friend owned this speedboat and it was such a unique and exhilarating experience. We bounced over those waves on the Atlantic Ocean. These were the days of Don Johnson and Miami Vice.

One year Greg took me to Maui. How fun and beautiful an experience that was! Isn't he cute?

We live in the Grand Canyon state so it's a convenient vacation spot. We used to have a boat on Lake Powell which is another amazing place to visit. Greg and I both enjoyed water skiing. He loved that I could drive the boat so he had a chance to ski too.

I noticed a quote on Susan's blog and she gave me permission to use it today:

"The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have."

I liked that. Through ups and downs of life, I'm so thankful for my husband and partner through life. I love him more today than the day we married. I think some of the most challenging times can either make or break couples. And I believe we're closer today than ever. And for that ...I'm so grateful.

Happy 25th Anniversary Greg! I believe the best is yet to come.


Debbie Petras
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  1. Happy Anniversary sweetie, lovebug and I will celebrate 25 years in april.

  2. Memories are wonderful. A great reminder of our Lord's faithfulness.

    God designed marriage to reveal His glory and it appears to me...you've done just that!

    I had the same hairstyle...Farrah Facwett?

    In His Grace,

  3. Beautiful sharing dear sister and Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary to you and Greg. What a special time!!!

    Loved the photos and the sharing of great memories.

    Love you and have a blessed and peaceful day.

  4. The 25-mile marker is precious, and increasingly rare. Congratulations on so special a day; and congratulations for the resolve that's gotten you here!

    Loved the pictures.


  5. Oh Happy 25th Anniversary my friend. And thank you for taking us down memory lane with you. Oh and your hairstyle in that one picture was so 80's! LOL
    Loved the quote. IT's so true!

  6. What a beautiful post and walk down memory lane! Make your goal to walk as close to the LORD as possible and listen and obey Him - you will never go wrong!

    Happy 25th Anniversary!!!!

    I believe the best is yet to come too!

    Praying over you and trusting God to exceed your dreams!

    Love and hugs,

  7. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary. Thanks for sharing your sweet memories. May the Lord bless you with many more happy years together. So happy to hear about your sisters recovery too.

  8. Congrats on 25 years of marriage and blessings for many more years. Thank you for sharing your photos and memories. You two have certainly had adventurous times. In my younger days, I skied at Keystone and Vail. They are beautiful places. Have a wonderful day today as you celebrate God's gift together. Blessings, SusanD

  9. Congratulations Debbie and Greg!!! What a milestone. Loved seeing the photos :)
    You know, it is true what you said about challenging times - they either break us or bring us closer together. I think the second is true in my marriage as well.

    Have a blessed day together and celebrate this milestone.

    Love you!

  10. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! 25 years, that is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your pics. I bless your relationship and trust God to give you many more years!

  11. What a beautiful post and walk down memory lane! Just loved the photos (and recognize all the great hair dos)!
    Happy 25th Anniversary!
    I have just lifted you up and prayed that indeed the best is yet to come!
    Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,

  12. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!! We are 10 years ahead of you on the road. This year will be 35 years, wow, is that possible?? I enjoyed seeing all your pictures of your yesterdays. I remember that hair style well, sported one myself, haha.. May the Lord bless you both and make His face to shine upon you now and forever more. Hugs, Debbie

  13. Congratulations! It is a wonderful thing to remember the past years and I thank you for sharing your memories and pictures.
    Happy Anniversary!

  14. Happy Anniversary! I love your photos.

  15. Congratulations to both of you! What a milestone to reach 25 years. Blessings and a special prayer right now that the years ahead will be the best ones yet!

  16. Happy Anniversary my sweet friend, may the next 25 be the best to come. I know the road has not always been easy but I see God's hand working in your family. Love you girl. Hope you get to spend some time together.

  17. Happy 25th anniversary Debbie! What great pictures (and memories!) - enjoy the next 25!

  18. Happy Anniversary Debbie and Greg~ Wow 25 yrs is quite a milestone. I love the photos and giggled as I looked at your hairstyles-so much like mine were. Also loved that you both water-skied-we did too and of course I now have the wrinkles to show for all the sun. Blessings to you both this day!
    Love, Noreen

  19. Happy anniversary, Debbie and Greg. May you have many, many more years of happiness ahead. Your love is sweet and a gift to all of us.

  20. This is so beautiful Debbie. I have tears in my eyes. I like your response about setting goals. LOL!

    You two make a beautiful couple. Happy Anniversary.

    I also read your last post and praising God for your sister's Full Recovery!

  21. Dear Debbie,
    Happy aniversary. 25 yers is really a milestone. It has been neat to see you grow closer as a couple. Greg made a very wise choice 25 years ago when he married you.

  22. Aw, Happy Anniversary! I love all the photos and the obvious love on y'alls faces!

  23. A very Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby, Debbie. Love all the photos. Sounds like you have had an interesting life together. Next thing you know, it will be Number 50. It does go by fast, so enjoy every moment.
    Hugs & blessings,

  24. Happy 25th...loved going thru this post. We just had our 17th in Sept.

    I had the same hair style and out fit very similar too! lol

    Thanks for sharing...

  25. How precious are the memories. Thinking of them brings waves of refreshment and hope. I am so glad that even during these times of struggle you can remember and be refreshed. What a blessing. I will see you Sunday. I am also so glad to hear about your sister.

    Anna May

  26. happy anniversary, debbie! may God bless you with more happy years together.

  27. Happy (belated) Anniversary. Loved seeing those pictures, and congrats on 25 years. :-)

  28. Though I'm a little late Greg & I would like to wish you and Greg a very happy 25th anniversary :-)
    I enjoyed talking a walk down "memory lane" via your post.
    God has blessed us beyond measure.
    Here's to at least 25 more years!

  29. The most interesting post I read all month.

    My regards


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