Thursday, June 30, 2022

Classic and Frugal Wedding Anniversary

The Parlour Table at Mrs. White's Vermont Home.

 

I am doing a few preparations for a quiet and simple wedding anniversary.  Our wedding was at 6 p.m. on a summer evening in July, 34 years ago.  I love that it happened around the same time as the 4th of July because the holiday atmosphere makes it extra special.  

We live on a limited, fixed income.  Our anniversary will reflect the quiet elegance of frugal contentment.  We are happy with every little blessing and the simple way in which we live. 

 We find joy in a neat and tidy home, with little touches of beauty.  There are mottoes of Scripture verses and other such sayings that guide our lives.  There are paintings of flowers and pretty lamps about the rooms.  These have been gathered up over many years, some handed down to us from relatives. Our surroundings reflect our family heritage. They bring a peace and serenity as we thank the Lord for each day.

To make the day of our anniversary stand out, to show that it is a little different than ordinary days, to remind us to reflect and to remember, I set the parlour table in a special way. (See the above photograph, taken a few years ago.)  I use a white tablecloth to remind us of weddings.  There is a pretty, lit candle,  some lovely flowers and our photo albums.  We have a small wedding album and then a binder full of pictures to remember the many years of our family's history.  As we go about the day, we will stop and sit at the pretty table, to smile and to look at the pictures. We are grateful for this occasion!

I will bake a cake and make some homemade frosting.  This will be served with tea or coffee, sometime in the afternoon.  We do not always expect visitors, but if any do appear, they enjoy the pretty table and looking at the pictures.  We happily offer some cake and the joy of a precious life - full of labor, long-suffering, forgiveness, peace, and the blessing of a life dedicated to God.

We are grateful.

Blessings

Mrs. White

From the Archives -

God's precious care of our lives - All of God's Children Have Shoes.

Old Time Thrift - Retirement Planning for the Poor.

Serenity in the Midst of Sadness - The Shabby Garden.

 

 

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15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dear Mrs. White,


Thank you for your lovely post. You write so beautifully and it brings such a peace and calm to my heart - reminding me of what is truly important. It slows down the frantic racing in my mind as I list the days tasks and helps me focus on priorities. Thank you for continuing to write. I look so forward to your beautiful, graceful posts.

I pray you and Mr. White have a very Happy Anniversary. 34 years is such a blessing. I’ve been married 21 years as of July 8! I have a July anniversary too!

God bless you and keep you.

Love,
Rebecca

Rebecca said...

Anniversary Blessings, Mr. and Mrs. White!

Kathy Jackson said...

Happiest of Anniversaries and many more years together! You are a beautiful inspiration to me. Thank you so much for your reminders that simpler is beast.

Patty B said...

Happy 34th anniversary! May the Lord bless and keep you safe and happy for many more years to come.

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary to you both! 💕 Homemade cake and frosting sounds scrumptious! Love feim Janine

Marilyn said...

Happy anniversary. I am joining you in my heart.

MonicasDaughter said...

Happy Anniversary!

My H and I have been married 32 years, June 23rd.
We didn't "celebrate" our anniversary for many years - and this year I thought we should "do" something. We ended up going to a nearby tourist spot and availing ourselves of a tour and a dinner. Unfortunately, I was reminded, yet again, that very little is worth the effort or the expense. Add onto that hyper-inflation, and I really feel we wasted our money.

Next time, I'm going to go back to dinner at home and counting our blessings.
Either that, or a quick meal at our favorite fast food joint and a leisurely stroll through Home Depot, daydreaming about what we would do if we had the money, to upgrade our house!

God Bless you and your family,
MD

Elizabethd said...

That sounds a perfect way to celebrate, calm, peaceful and joyful, with all the beauty of your home around you.

Deanna said...

Blessings to you as you celebrate a wonderful anniversary! The way you celebrate is lovely. I think I will get our wedding photos out and spend some time looking at them on our special day together with refreshments and kind words in August.
All the best and God richly bless you,
~d

Billie Jo said...

Happy and Blessed anniversary! Your celebration is lovely. My husband and I celebrated thirty-one years together this week. Where does the time go? Have a happy Fourth of July weekend!

Christine said...

PERFCT!

Linda said...

Happy Anniversary Mr and Mrs White :) It's such a joy to read of the peace and contentment you have in your life and marriage. May God bless you both with many more happy years together ~ Linda

Leslie McKinley said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!
We celebrated our 25th Anniversary in mid-June.
God is good!
Blessings, Leslie

SIRVIENDO AL SEÑOR said...

FELIZ ANIVERSARIO PARA AMBOS, Y QUE SEAN POR MUCHOS AÑOS MAS, QUE DIOS LOS SIGA BENDICIENDO. CON MI ESPOSO CUMPLIOMOS EL 10 DE JUNIO DE ESTE AÑO 44 AÑOS FELICES DE CASADOS, TODA UNA VIDA, Y ASI ESPERAMOS ESTAR JUNTOS HASTA NUESTRO ULTIMO ALIENTO. BENDICIONES.

Amelia said...

This is so, so sweet. I love it. Happy Anniversary!

God bless you Mrs. White!