cheers to 35 years



(Note: I intended to have this post ready to go this weekend, but due to my computer not wanting to cooperate, today will have to suffice.)

Thirty-five years. That’s the length of time that my parents have been married, having just celebrated their wedding anniversary on June 14. Most people can’t make a marriage work for more than 10 years (living proof right here), so for them to reach this milestone AND still be happily married is truly amazing and worthy of celebration. The two of them have spent much more time married than they did single, and together, they have witnessed some major milestones. Here’s a little rundown of things that have been noteworthy since Mom and Dad tied the knot.

1981 – World’s first laptop (Epson HX-20); the launch of MTV; wedding of Prince Charles and Diana; Raiders of the Lost Ark released…oh, and you became parents with an absolutely adorable baby girl

1982 – First person implanted with artificial heart; you enjoyed that baby girl so much that you decided to give it another go with a baby boy

1983 – HIV identified

1984 – You decided why not have another and welcomed your second baby girl

1985 – Back to the Future released

1986 – Challenger explosion; Chernobyl disaster

1987 – Since you were already outnumbered, you figured, “What the hell?!” and added another baby girl to the mix

1988 – Digital mobile phones; caller ID; seedless watermelon

1989 – Fall of the Berlin Wall

1990 – Release of Nelson Mandela

1991 – Emergence of the World Wide Web for the public; Kodak digital camera system; collapse of the Soviet Union

1994 – OJ Simpson murder trial

1995 – Play Station 1; Toy Story released; Oklahoma City bombing

1996 – First cloned mammal – Dolly the Sheep; first GPS available for civilians; Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore

1997 – Plasma TV; Toyota Prius (hybrid cars mass produced); Titanic released

1999 – DVR by Tivo; stem cell research 2001 Apple iPOD and September 11 attacks; human genome decoded

2001 – Terrorist attacks on September 11

2003 – Final deciphering of virtually the entire human genome

2004 – Nipplegate at the Super Bowl; Facebook created

2005 – Pluto’s planetary status revoked; Hurricane Katrina; you became grandparents

2007 – Apple iPhone; Britney Spears’ freakout

2008 – US elected Barack Obama (first black president)

2009 – Michael Jackson kicked the bucket

2012 – Mars Rover; Usain Bolt crushed records at the Summer Olympics

2013 – Play Station 4; good ole’ US government shutdown; Boston Marathon terrorist attack

2014 – Ebola in the United States; canonization of Pope John Paul II


And we’re all used to hearing about these famed Hollywood couples who make it work. Well, these people have nothing on my parents! Here’s a rundown of famous couples who have less years under their belts than my mom and dad.

  • Ozzy and Sharon Osborne (1982)
  • Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell (1983)
  • Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham (1986)
  • Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick (1988)
  • Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson (1988)
  • Michael J Fox and Tracy Pollan (1988)
  • John Travolta and Kelly Preston (1991)
  • David Bowie and Iman (1992)
  • Sting and Trudie Styler (1992)
  • Warren Beatty and Annette Bening (1992)
  • Faith Hill and Tim McGraw (1996)
  • Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos (1996)
  • Gavin Rosdale and Gwen Stefani (2002)

Congratulations, Mom and Dad! I love you and am proud of you. Thanks for being a great example of what love should be.


cheers to many more happy years together


One response »

  1. Thank you, Stephanie! Being married all that time has been a lot of blood, sweat, tears, joy, laughter,happiness and love. I wouldn’t change it for the world. And for your readers out there, she was quite the adorable little girl who makes us proud!

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