When you stand in the church on your wedding day and make your promises to one another, you never dream about the day when you will look back over the decades and think about what it has meant to you!
It is 40 years for Bernie and me today.
Goodness, I have been married for nine years longer than my parents were before my father died - and I thought they had been married forever!!!
First thing this morning, Bernie gave me this lovely ruby on a chain to mark the occasion.
I am not wearing it yet. I need help to take off the amethyst that I have been wearing non-stop around my neck since our 30th. Our eyesight is not good enough, or our fingers agile enough to manage the small clasps!
We re-affirmed our promises in church this morning during the normal service. That was very important to us. I am so glad we decided to do it. It is really important to think about those promises.
Our Chaplain read from 1 Corinthians 13 - but he substituted our names for the word "Love." Try doing it. That is a very challenging yardstick to measure your life by!
Tonight we will have dinner with the immediate family at a local restaurant.
We will continue to give thanks to God for bringing us together all those years ago!
Glad to say our love hasn't faded like these photos!