Friday, December 30, 2022

Happy New Year, Celebrations and More

 Welcome 2023

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Hello friends!  Happy New Year to all of you.  I hope that you are well, happy and have been enjoying the Christmas season to the fullest. As my fur babies, Cassie and Garden, informed you in their Christmas post, I have had Covid for the last two weeks. I continue to recuperate and am doing well but find that coughing attacks still happen throughout the day and I need to rest frequently. From all I have read and heard this is completely normal. I am so grateful for prayers, support and love from my family, my church family, my friends and all of you, my dear readers. It has meant so very much! I am also so very grateful to have been fully vaccinated and boosted before catching Covid. I am certain that the vaccines have helped me to not have a worse case. Although Christmas Day was a bit of a downer, as I spent it in bed, I have truly enjoyed much of the Christmas holiday. I still have our lovely Christmas tree up and just love the colorful and bright lights. There are no big plans for New Year's Eve celebrations. The Mr. and I will spend it in our living room watching the ball drop. 

But guess what is happening on New Year's Day??????

We will be celebrating our 40th Wedding Anniversary!
Where on earth have the years gone?

It was fun to look back at our wedding photos and remember that day. The church is the one I grew up in and the members were kind in leaving their poinsettias on the altar for our New Year's wedding. The big advent wreath was still hanging above the altar and the nativity was on the altar table. See the brass quintet in the choir loft? Two of the players were our music teachers growing up. It was very special to have them play at our wedding. And my sister is at the organ while another sister was my matron of honor. The children are my nieces and nephews. The Mr.'s brother was his best man and two lifelong friends were the ushers. Our wedding was definitely a family/friend affair!

I love this stained glass window at the back of the church and I'm so glad our photographer shot this picture of us in silhouette against the stained glass. It's one of my favorite photos from our wedding day.

I love this saying that was on our wedding napkins. It is so very true that the more love is shared, the more it grows. 

It was a cold and cloudy January 1st in 1983 when we were married but we lucked out and had no snow! Here we are leaving the church in The Mr.'s Torino. We ended up having that car towed off the street about three months after we got married. But while it lasted it was a great car! It brought us to Asheville the very next day after our wedding and we began our married life together with many adventures to come! 

And here we are, 40 years later. And, yes, we're still having adventures!

The years go by so quickly. And, for many reasons, I'm kind of glad that this year is almost done. There have been too many sorrows this past year. But, I don't want life to speed by so quickly. I want to savor time, continue to enjoy being together with The Mr. and our fur babies and enjoy all the good things that life has to offer. There is so much to be grateful for. And I surely am thankful for celebrating 40 years of marriage to The Mr. on New Year's Day!

I hope you enjoy a wonderful New Year's and I will be back next week with some thoughts as 2023 gets started!

Until Next Time,


Linda said...

Beautiful post.
I had COVID in September and yes it will fatigue a person for some time.
May God bless you as you continue to recover.
Blessings as you celebrate your wedding anniversary.
It was kind of you to share all of the pictures.
A good friend passed on Tuesday and my sister-in-law passed in May.
This past year had sorrow for me as well.
In the midst of it all, God was present.
Happy New Year, Debbie and The Mr.
Linda Ziegler

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thank you, Linda, for your reassurance that continued fatigue is just part of the recovery from Covid. I surely hope and pray that you have no lingering effects from having it in September. I'm so sorry that you have lost a good friend and your sister-in-law. I know these losses are very hard and pray that you feel God's peace. May the New Year bring only good things to you!

Sharon said...

Happy Anniversary! Forty years is quite a milestone. I enjoyed learning things about your wedding that I didn't know. From the pictures and your description, it seems that your wedding was very meaningful, full of family and friends and love. I hope you and the Mr. enjoy your special day!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet love story. You and the Mr have brought such joy to our church family and I thank you both. Feel better and make great memories together.

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thank you, Sharon, for your good wishes. Yes, 40 years is a milestone and one that is hard for me to believe as the years have gone by so quickly! Happy New Year!

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thank you, Anonymous. We love our church family and I can't wait to feel all better and get back to services there!

Anonymous said...

I love seeing these pictures and hearing about your wedding day! It is very strange how decades pass so quickly and here we are celebrating 40 years of marriage! (Doug and I will celebrate 43 this year, so I know the feeling of disbelief).

I am grateful that you are getting better and pray you will feel “normal” again soon. No coughing and return of energy!

Here’s to a happier, healthier 2023. 🥳

Iris said...

Debbie, I'm so sad you've had COVID and praying you continue to get better.

Loved the post. I'm a sucker for weddings and wedding stories. You were such an adorable couple 40 years ago, and continue to be today. But where has the time gone? It just seems to go faster and faster.

Thanks for sharing your memories with us.

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thank you, Laura. The years, indeed, do move swiftly. I try to be "present" to life and focus on the now but, even so, time is swift. Thank you for your prayers which have sustained me through this illness. Happy New Year!

Debbie Styles Life said...

Thank you, Iris, for your prayers. They are helping so much! It makes me happy that you enjoyed my post. It was fun for me to look back at our wedding photos and remember that very special day.

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

I hope you feel better. Thank you for your visit!