Sunday, August 16, 2009

20th Anniversary & Blog Candy!

ETA: I will close the giveaway on 8/16.

20 years ago today Phillip Charles Garrison and Lori Anne Smith were wed in holy matrimony in San Antonio, Texas.

Wow, that sounds really formal! How about we got hitched 20 years ago & we're still hangin' in there! LOL! So much has happened in that time. We've had eleven places we called home, including 2 homes in Africa. We've brought two new lives into this world. We've lost all of our grandparents and one parent. We've seen many different jobs. We've learned how to live with autism, ADHD & celiac disease. We've lost faith at times, but have seen the Lord's faithfulness time and time again.

To celebrate our anniversary, I am putting BLOG CANDY on this blog and my Crafty Blog. Please be sure to visit that blog @ and leave a note. If you'd like a chance to win blog candy, just leave a comment here and tell me your best marriage advice. I know this isn't an original request but I do want to hear what you have to say!

What kind of "candy" does one give to celebrate a 20th anniversary? In my case, it's Pampered Chef "Candy!" First there is a set of measuring cups. In marriage things are never equal, but you try to measure up to your spouse's expectations. Next, an avocado peeler. It peels, but also takes the pit out. Sometimes we have to peel off layers of life to get to the good stuff underneath. And sometimes, truth is, life is just the pits! LOL! A Quikut Paring knife: marriage can keep you on the edge, but if you are really sharp, you can cut through any problems. Finally, towels to help you clean up the messes you might make, dry some tears, and absorb spills. They also help make things look pretty in the end.

I'll pick a random name in the next day or 2!


One Picky Family said...

hmm, best wedding advice...

Pick your battles and your words carefully.

April Carroll said...

Never go to bed angry....... and it's biblical to boot! :0)

Traci M said...

Lori, my other marriage advice, sounds kinda sad, but when you don't get what you want, lower your expectations ....and continue to give what you wish you had.
I like to read up on your marriage too!!

Melanie aka Batgirl said...

I dont know how much advice i can give only been married 8 years :)

we like to ask each other every night one new thing we did to make sure we connect for the day and talk to each other.

Davis Family said...

Hey lady!
My best marraige advise is to always give the benefit of the doubt. Even if it is just 2% the other person doesn't have to know what the percentage is - they just need to know they have the benefit of the doubt. Does that even make sense?
Happy Anniversary girl!
love ya,

Miss Iowa said...

Happy Anniversary! My marriage advice (based on my parents since I'm single--LOL!) is to always remember that you and your husband are a team. You may have different roles, but you're working toward the same goal.

Miss Iowa said...

P.S. Do you happen to have an extra one of those Pampered Chef wooden toast grabbers? If so, will you please add that to my prize package? (Cuz I'm soooooo sure I'm going to win...) LOL!