Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Happy 18th Anniversary Baby!!!
20 years ago I met my husband, CW, while we were both working at a nursing home.  (Him in maintenance with his dad and me in the kitchen with my boss sister).  It was not love at first sight.  I jokingly say that he grew on me like a fungus...I'm only slightly kidding :)  He chased me for awhile, but somehow, after our first "real" date, he just never went home.  One evening, him and his friend, took me and the friend's girlfriend out to the country because they "had something to show us."  This made me very nervous, I never knew what to expect with him.  Turns out, they wrote on what we call a bridge, their love for us.  CW wrote, "I (heart) Lora, CW."  I honestly can't remember when I added my side.  It had to have been after we were married because I signed it "LW"  Oh, by the way, we only used a chalk rock picked up off the gravel road.  Every time we would road trip out that way, we would stop and go over it.  Sometimes, with all of our moving, years would go by before we could go out there again.  Every single time, it was weathered, worn, but still there.  Our friend's declaration of love was gone within a month.....and so was their relationship.  Strange, right?  I always say, as long as our writing is still there, we are meant to stay together.  Not that I would get rid of the guy anyway, but it has a nice sentiment.  In the background of my anniversary gift, is a pic of our bridge.  MY side of the bridge.  A few years ago for our anniversary, CW, while deployed, had an artist paint our bridge with watercolors.  It is beautiful and is my most favorite gift I've ever received.  Since CW is deployed once again for our anniversary, I wanted to do something special for him and incorporate our bridge.  So, the background is a pic our bridge and on top is my favorite line from a song that we listened to over and over again while he was home in February and every street and state that we have lived on and in since we've been married.  Well, except the first two streets, those are the streets where we grew up.  I know he's going to love it!
This pic was taken in December 2010.  That is what it looked like before I went over it again.  The last time I was able to visit was in September 2009.
 This pic is the background.

In my next post, I will tell you where I got the poster from and how I mounted it.  A big shout-out coming to an awesome lady! 

Happy Anniversary!
I love you!
Have an awesome day,

Please don't go out and vandalize any property.  Keep in mind we started this tradition at the ripe old ages of 18 and 19.  We used CHALK rocks, nothing intended to be permanent (although it is now after all these years).  My children have witnessed this and have not grown up to be graffiti artist or vandalizers.  I cannot say that your children will be so lucky, so please don't share this blog post with them.  :)


  1. This is the sweetest story ever! I'm crying..,it's such a beautiful sentiment of your love for one another and it reminds me of how blessed I am to see my husbands face everyday. Prayers for your family while your husband is deployed, I can't even begin to imagine how hard that is on you. And Happy Anniversary!!! What an amazing and beautiful gift you have made for him!

  2. I love this story! This is such a cool idea to have a picture behind the words! It looks great! (I want to share on fb or tweet this, but I fear you might get slammed by people who are going to make comments about "graffiti"... Yes, I get it - chalk not permanent... they will still make dumb comments.) LMK.

  3. Happy Anniversary!!! Thanks for sharing your story with us! Thanks you both for the sacrifices you have both made for our lives to be the way they are!

  4. Libby, I loved reading the story about the background picture. I got goosebumps! I can't believe it was still there after so many years.
    And "home" by edward sharpe & the magnetic zeros comes on my pandora radio AT LEAST once a day. I love love LOVE that song!

  5. Ack! I keep forgetting to mention what song the line comes from, so thank you Liz! We actually fell in love with the song via Jorge and Alexa Narvaez's appearance on Ellen. Actually, let me rephrase that...Hagan fell in love with Alexia while watching her on Ellen, so we youtubed them and watched all her videos over and over and over again. I like the original song by Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros too, but I can only watch their appearance on Letterman. Their video kinda weirds me out :)

  6. Hahaha, yes, they are a bit (ok, A LOT) strange. Especially the facil expressions on the chick. I guess it's all part of the charm : )

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