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Sunday, April 11, 2010


1960 ---- 2010

The anniversary reception was MAGNIFICENT...
All our family had such a great time...
good friends that I was so glad to see...

MR. SWEET with his son and daughter...
well...they are MINE, too ......

The cake...Oh, my, it was sooo beautiful..
BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER had it made from a photo of our ORIGINAL cake...
on the very same MILK GLASS CAKE STAND that belonged to her grandmother, my mom.
My mother, not meaning to, threw away a box with our CAKE TOPPER in it, years ago...
I searched EBAY for one JUST LIKE IT and found the very one.
It is JUST like ours...
When I put my bid in on it, I also emailed the seller about WHY I wanted this pretty, olden one.
She emailed me right back with,
"I just took it off is YOURS."
I was so stunned...
Aren't some people so so sweet !!!
She was so sweet, I am now wondering if she is a BLOGGER !! :))

wasn't enough for us,
ANOTHER gift from our children,
and our grandchildren:
A 7 day cruise...

MR. SWEET and I were so overcome with the magnitude of the gift,
we STILL haven't stopped tearing up...
well, HE tears up...


Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Oh Forevermore!!!!
How amazing was that day..
Now me crazy, but your dress matches the wrapping paper on the box your opening for the cruise!
My brother-in-law has a practice in Soldotna Alaska!!!!
"West Chiropractic"...If your in the area, Stop in!
The cake topper story is so typical of sweet people in our world...Bet she is a blogger!
Well...You and Mr.Sweet certainly must have been surprised about the cruise...such a loving family!
Here's to 50 More!!!!!!!!!!
Love you girl,
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

The cake turned out beautifully!

Dawn said...

The then and now photos are so sweet. You both look as happy as can be. What a wonderful gift!

Julie Harward said...

Ahhh, that made me cry..I am so thrilled for you, I would love to do that. What a great party to celebrate your marriage and you really did it up right! Cool how we think (I wonder if they have a blog) it really is a tie that binds our hearts. Loved the cake...Congratulations!!! Come say hi :D

Tardevil said...

So happy for you, BJ! How very sweet of them to give that to you. You're right, the cake is beautiful. Loved seeing your picture from several years ago.

jeanne said...

Dear bj, I just commented on your PS post and I am thrilled for you both to have wonderful children and grands to help you celebrate your special wedding anniversary. Your party is fabulous and your Alaska cruise gift is awesome. I would be bawling too. the story of the cake topper is so sweet. There are wonderful people in this world. The cake then and now is gorgeous. We were married in 1963 so it won't be long until we will be celebrating 50 years too. Oh what a party!!! BIG smile here.

With loving wishes for many more years together.
Love, Jeanne

Mama said...

Now, why am I tearing up???? It's not MY anniversary! lol, but I am just so overcome with the absolute beauty of it all. A lovely party, that cake just like your first one, the topper story, and your cruise. All your lovely family there, and look how much your daughter and grandchildren look like you did in your girlish days with a young Mr. Sweet!

Fabulous day, fabulous accomplishment of being together for 50 years -- even though I know you must have been a child bride!

Theresa said...

Oh BJ, what a wonderful party, the cake was perfect, the topper story made me smile AND the cruise gift... HELLO, I wanna go too:) Enjoyed this happy post, what a sweet party. Hugs to you my friend!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Your party pictures are great. Nice to see all you family around you! How wonderful! Congrats again and I know you have a wonderful cruise.

Amelia said...

Loved the pictures...and now a cruise to Alaska...can't blame you for being so excited.

Have a fun week!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

What a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing and happy anniversary.
I could see you were emotional during the day and it brought a tear to my own eye.
We're off to an Alaskan cruise ourselves in August.

Anonymous said...

Oh BJ what a wonderful day your must have had. And that cruise to Alaska. What a dream gift. My husband would never do that but I would go in a minute. But If he wouldn't I wouldn't either. I loved all the pictures and those kids did a great job. Many more happy anniversaries.

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Wow...I have tears in my eyes - you will love the Alaskan cruise - it was my favorite...and congrats on your 50 years...what an accomplishment!

Kathleen Grace said...

Ok, now I'm crying too! What a precious family you have and it is clear you and Mr. Sweet are the apple of each ones eye. Everything looks so beautiful, but the important thing is the many years of love and happiness you and your husband have had and the wonderful people you brought into the world and raised. You have a real treasure in your family sweet BJ.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning BJ,
I am so happy for you! Love your photos! Looks like you had a grand time celebrating with your wonderful family. What a wonderful surprise to go on a cruise! You and your hubby will have such a great time; so happy for you! You look beautiful, BTW! Hope you have a beautiful day and the coming week is filled with lots of loveliness.


Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Fabulous, just fabulous, that's all I can say!!

Eldest daughter and son in law took an Alaska Cruise, 2 years ago, for their wedding trip and absolutely loved every bit of it.

I'm all teary eyed too! Wonderful family, you have.

Joyce said...

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful party and a fantastic trip to Alaska.

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

I am tearing up too! What a beautiful, gracious, ooo la la gift! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day!

ksarra said...

Happy Anniversary to a DEAR couple. You two seem just perfect for one another, so sweet in the first picture, and even more beautiful with the passage of time! Hope you enjoy the cruise, isn't it grand to know YOU ARE LOVED???

Beth said...

BJ, This is an amazing post. It is beautifully done, portraying 50 years of love - the love between you and your husband, and the love of your children and grandchildren. The cake is beautiful! Love your photos of the food. And, what really takes the cake - WOW - a cruise to Alaska! We went there last summer and it was one of the best vacations we've ever been on!
Hugs, So happy for you!!!!


Ann said...

What a special family you have. I can't imagine going on such a fantastic trip. The story of the cake topper is so wonderful, thats a special lady too.

Judy said...

Congratulations on this milestone anniversary BJ! And what a wonderful trip to look forward to....can't wait to see those pictures!


Becky said...

Congratulations BJ and Mr. Sweet!!!!! What a wonderful party and a GREAT gift from your kiddos!!! What a milestone you two have reached together! Anyway you could possibly stuff two more people in your suitcases!!! I've never been to Alaska and would love to go......have fun!!!!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi BJ.
Happy, Happy Anniversary! WoW 50 years, way to go!. Such a special gift the family gave to you and Mr. Sweet!. Alaska sounds wonderful and cruise's are so much fun and there is so much yummy food to eat.
Do forgot your camera! We all will be looking forward to seeing Alaska through your eyes!.
Big hugs, Elizabeth

Trish said...

Well, now I'm sitting here squalling as I read this BJ! What a wonderful day...can't wait to read youe blogs after your romantic cruise with Mr. Sweet.
What a great family you have!!!

cargol said...

What a special day, I am so happy for you!

☆Mama Ko☆ said...

You guys are fantastic couple. forevermore and more than ever. Congratulations.

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Helen said...

There is no way I could have looked at your photos and read your sweet words without shedding a little tear or two. Managing marriage is not easy ~ I wasn't able to do it ~ but you have succeeded beautifully. Here's to many more years of happiness. You deserve it.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Happy Anniversary. Nice party. Good looking couple. Valerie

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Amazing! Congrats on 50 yrs~it looked like a great party.
The cake is beautiful and I'm so glad for you that you found the same cake topper to replace your lost one!
Wow! It was meant to be!
Enjoy your cruise! What a wonderful gift.

Salmagundi said...

What a wonderful celebration of a wonderful milestone!! May you have a great trip - what thoughtful kids you have. I know you have been wanting to go on another cruise. Happy Anniversary. Sally

Deb said...

Oh how sweet! Seeing you cry made me cry. Funny how that works. You both looked great for your big day and I am so happy to hear you are now looking forward to a trip. I plan to go there too, someday. Your cake was beautiful. You have a lovely family,BJ. Have a great day. Deb

SmilingSally said...
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SmilingSally said...

Oh, BJ, you've got me tearing up too. How SWEET your family is, and no wonder; you trained 'em right!

Happy 50th, my friend!

Happy Blue Monday.

Betty said...

This made me cry, so sweet. I love that you got the cake topper, it is awesome that there are people like that out in the world.
Alaska cruise! Which cruise line are you going on? We are going on Norwegian. If you go before me you will have to tell me all about it.
BJ you are such a sweet person, that hubby of yours is one lucky man!

Kissed by an Angel said...

What a wonderful reception!! The cake was amazing!! And the trip to Alaska, absolutely the icing on the cake!!!

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

Oh BJ...I'm having a hard time seeing the screen for the tears! What a wonderful family you have...but then again what a wonderful Mother and Grandmother they have too...and Grandfather of course! Congratulations again on your anniversary and may you have many many more to come. All the best to you and yours....Maura

Mary Bergfeld said...

I couldn't help but notice the bride is as lovely today as she was all those years ago. Happy Anniversary, BJ. Have a fantastic time on the cruise. Blessings...Mary

Anonymous said...

What a nice lady you are to share with us that special day!
Your lovely family, that cake, the pictures, the cruise; what a happy day for you and your man.
As I read I was tearing up too.
Life reserves us suprises as we age; it's all good!

Rita said...

Hi again; That was me and I am NOT anomymous.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Happy anniversary! What a wonderful gift.

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Both of you looked lovely on your wedding day and the two of you are even more lovely now!! And look at your legacy...your family!! So wonderful to see and what a grand gift!! Hats off to you and your hubby!!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Mornin, my Dear friend...Girl I just cried reading special of your kids to do this for you and Hubs...and that cake was just beautiful and the seller on EBay how kind was that...Oh BJ, I just love a good love story and you really have lived one now for 50 years sighs...Continue with another 50 my Sweet friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria ps Alaska is wonderful my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

nancy said...

An Alaska cruise for your 50th is a nice gift. I wish we couldv'e done that for my mom and dad. We have a big family. Oh well, life goes on. My father still want to go. Now he's 79 amd I don't think so. You have a beautiful family. Have a good week. Nancy

Shelia said...

BJness! How marvelous your 50th party was! I loved seeing all the pictures of your lovely family and you and Mr. Sweets! How sweet about your cake topper.
I'm thrilled for you about the Alaskan cruise! You're going to love it. When are you going? Mr. Precious and I are going again, I think it's in July! Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were going to be on the same ship at the same time!?)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

BJ, congratulations for 50 years together. That is great especially since so many get divorced so quickly these days. No one works at staying married anymore. You will love the Alaskan cruise. We went one time and I want to do it again. It is the best cruise we have been on. That was wonderful of your family to get that for you!!

Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

Looks like you had a great day. Come visit.Just starting to blog love it too. Have a safe trip. LauraQ

Kathleen said...

It looks wonderful! You deserve it...I hope you have a wonderful trip...God bless you both!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

That is such a sweet story about the cake being made to look like your original cake! What a beautiful memory you have made and remade! Love the photos, your family is just beautiful! Congrats again!

BittersweetPunkin said...

Happy Happy Happy Anniversary!!

What a lovely and thoughtful family you have :)


From the Kitchen said...

What a wonderful party! Congratulations on your 50th. And, enjoy that Alaskan cruise.


Stacey said...

Oh BJ that is so sweet! You have been a beautiful bride for 50 years! You will have a wonderful time on your cruise. They knew exactly what you and Mr. Sweet would love. :)

The most impressive thing is see though, is the legacy you have given your family. You love lots of people and they are lucky to have you both!

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

I am just finding your charming blog, and so happy I did! Congratulations, what a beautiful event! I've spent some time enjoying your page today and your spirit shines through your words. Look forward to following along!

Anonymous said...

Happy anniversary! I cannot tell you how much I enjoy your blog. Your family is loving and you can tell where they come by it. Enjoy your cruise. Rhonda

Mevely317 said...

Whew! ... You're not the only one blubbering, Jean; this has moved me so! Score 50 for the "good guys"!!!

DH and I did an Alaskan cruise a few years ago ... the best, ever! I can hardly wait to see your pictures!

arkie said...

What a wonderful day! What a wonderful loving family you have!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Belated contragulations and Happy Anniversary! In these times, 50 years is an amazing milestone! What a beautiful party, and how sweet are your children and grandchildren to not only give you a wonderful party but a wonderful gift too! Loved the story about the cake topper on ebay! laurie

Rettabug said...

Oh BJ...Happy 50th Anniversary to you & your sweetheart!! What a wonderful party & so many wonderful photos with YOU in them! Usually, you're the picture taker.

I ♥ seeing your cake & it was so thoughtful of your DD to have it done as an exact replica. What a great kid!
Congrats on that special gift of the cruise, too! Very thoughtful of them!

Love today's tea setting, too. You do such lovely postings. I enjoy my visits to your blog so much.


Justine said...

Oh. Oh wow. The party looks like it was incredible! I love that your daughter had your cake replicated and that you were able to find the same topper!

And their gift to you? Holy shit!!!! SPECTACULAR!!!!

Justine :o )

Vista Gal said...

What a fantastic party!
Congrats on your 50th!
I love the pic of you and your husband!
Have a marvelous trip!

Connie said...

Sweet Nothings, Hmmm.
Well, this is my first visit over here to you. Looks like I came just at the right time to see your celebration party. What a busy life you lead. I have been to Houston many times as my daughter lived there for many years, now she is in Austin. I love to go down there as things are so different than up here in the cold-er states.
These are hardly sweet nothings, and I do enjoy your blog. You have done such a nice job.
I am on my second+, lost my first one .... long story. So I am starting again.
Do stop over as I need visitors badly and you can critique mine if you like.
Thanks for your Texas hosbitality !!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I am sure you know how this story effected me. I would give the rest of my life to have had this with Patrick.
I am so happy for you bj!
I guess I could count up all my years of marriage...but I don't think that would work. :):)
I am so excited for you! Enjoy!
I am so sorry I missed this post!! Thanks for directing me to it. I would have hated to miss it.. You have a beautiful family! Congratulations!!! :)
Love and hugs to both of you,

Mary said...

Oh BJ, you are both so adorable!!! What a sweet, sweet post! Congratulations on your anniversary, and MANY happy more!