Wednesday, August 9, 2006

We've got BIG LOVE!!!!!!

Some time in August of 1981 when I was just 18 years old (I'm now 43), I walked into a bar and saw the most beautiful man I had ever seen....without ever knowing his name I told my best friend I don't know when, I don't how but that I was going to marry that man someday! He was beautiful!

Between 1981 and 1985 our paths crossed several times, Time would stop for a moment, our eyes would meet for a moment, my heart would skip a beat, then time would march on again....no words ever spoken. He still belonged to someone else and I always had someone in my life too. But I knew someday..........someday we would be together! He had no clue! lol

Summer of 1985 we found ourselves thrown together in the same place, at the same time and we had our first words...I asked, "Do you remember me, we met when a friend of mine was dating a friend of yours?" He remembered me and we started talking. We were at a neighborhood ball field where my Brother and he were on a baseball team sponsored by a neighborhood bar. He told me that his marriage was over and that divorce papers had been files (her part) and I had told him how I had been living in New York and had been traveling back and forth from there to Chicago (home) and Daytona Beach to escape the cold winters in Both places but now I was back for good. Again it wasn't our time to be together even though we both saw the sparks, felt the butterflies in our stomachs but ended up at two different bars waiting that night waiting for one another to walk through the door......definitely two ships that passed in the night.

On April 11, 1986 I had a message to call back a man named Jim....local number....ballsy Irish girl that I am and even though I had no idea who I was calling back.....I had just had a baby 9 weeks prior, that Baby's Father left shortly after conception (No tears shed there! lol) and for the life of me I had no idea who this "Jim" was!
I made the call, I knew instantly who he was, I threw the phone to the floor and thought.........YES! This is it, this is what my heart knew all those years ago....it was finally "OUR TIME"

April 13, 1986 we had our first date and have been together since then, along with a few bumps in the road.

On August 8, 1990 I married the man I knew I was going to marry some 9 years earlier when it first revealed itself to my heart all the way back in 1981.

So yesterday August 8, 2006 marked our 16th wedding anniversary together and we have more love and more respect and more appreciation for each other with each passing day in this life together.

So here we are in 2006 and we have 2 grown daughters which we shared with each other from the time they were 3 years of age (Melissa) and 9 weeks old (Amanda) and who are now respectfully 23 and 20..........along with two more children born to us who are now 15 (Rachel) and Jimmy (14) along with a sweet angel we lost in 1988 (Which is something so painful that I will never be able to share via my journal)

I am more in love with this man today than yesterday and I am honored to be his wife, his life long companion and his forever love........

We had our special moment alone yesterday.....Dinner, candles, no talk of cancer......but today I wanted to share it with my friends, here in J-Land.

Happy Anniversary my Love........and with the grace of God we will have many more to celebrate!.........I LOVE YOU! So here we are....some 25 years since I fell in love at first sight, 20 years after our first date, 16 years after our "I do's" and I would do it all over again just to have 25 more years of love with you!

31 comments:

ashleekr said...

You are so very lucky and blessed to have found each other.  Happy Anniversary!!!
Love ya, Ash

inafrnz247 said...

Kim,
 You are so, so very fortunate to have this special love in your life.  And I know I don't have to tell you that!  This was such a touching story.  Moved me to tears.  
Happy anniversary.. may you have many, many more years to come.
Blessings and hugs,  Michelle   http://journals.aol.com/inafrnz247/Reflections/
P.s.  thank you for visiting my journal and for your thoughtful comment!

mariebm56 said...

Happy Anniversary Kim & Jim!!!
You guys are so lucky to have found one another.  Your love is very rare.
I hope some day I will find that love~
{{{{{hugs}}}}}} to both of you~
Marie

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angcrewswife said...

That is so romantic! Happy Anniversary!

caromarls said...

Happy Anniversary, Kim.  My love and I also had our 16th Anniversary this year (30th June).  How awesome to know that you have someone to walk with you on this path that you are facing. Love, Caroline
http://journals.aol.com/caromarls/ANewAdventure

pippa1116 said...

congratulations.   The two of you have a great story!  I wish you many, many more years together.  tina

cneinhorn said...

Happy Anniversary!

brwneyedlady0316 said...

AWWWWWWWW!!!! That's too sweet!

katie39041 said...

You brought a tear to my eye and a lump to my throat, happy anniversary.May you have many more happy years together.
katie

thinkingoutloud said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!

xoxox
Niki

stevietwain said...

Awwwww, that's so sweet!! *wipes happy tear*. Bless ya both!

xxxx

ann7inflorida said...

I love it! This is the kind of stuff that keeps me going. Happy anniversary!!!!! :) :) :)

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aniracj said...

Happy Anniversary!! It is wierd when you know the right person is someone who will eventually come into your life permanently after seeing them some time before!  Love Joan x

ajquinn354 said...

Oh what a special Jland entry today - love hearing how people met, it's so touching to hear and feel your life long feelings and love for each other.  You two were just meant to be, Happy Anniversary.  I went into a restaurant/bar for lunch and one of the waitresses said, AJ one of the girls quit, could you help us out for a few nights until we find someone.  I thought are you kidding, I work full time days, but I finally gave in.  The first night I went to work there, in comes these 2 men after work for a drink, I looked at this one guy and my heart was gone.  I waited on him and his boss and by the time I got home that evening wrote on my calendar "I met a guy named Jerry and I'm going to marry him".  A year and a half later we married and come October 2nd will have celebrate our 30th anniversary. Some times OUR HEARTS JUST KNOW, DON't they?......AJ

lanurseprn said...

You are very blessed.  I'm so glad you had a wonderful anniversary!
Pamela

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bmorrrick said...

Hi Kim,

I really enjoyed reading your entry....I always love hearing how people met, hearing their love story....yours is a wonderful one, and I'm so glad you found one another and have such a happy marriage.  We'll celebrate our 37th in Nov.....I married him at 18....OMG....that must mean I'm 55 years old???? Help! (ha)  Keeping you in my prayers....

Take Care,
~Bilinda~

mpnaz58 said...

What a sweet, sweet story!  Isn't it amazing that you just "knew"?  Congratulations to both of you.  
xoxo ~Myra

chaispice1023 said...

happy anniversary, jim and kim!  lifting my glass in toast and wishing you many more years of happiness.

you're in my prayers, kim.

sangrialel said...

Happy Anniversary Kim.  I am praying that the two of you have many many more to celebrate!  Linda

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queeniemart said...

Congrats to you and your soulmate and happy belated anniversary.
XO lisa

texasinheart said...

That's an awesome story. :-) Congratulations! A dream come true  -
Hugs,
Holly

psychfun said...

Wow...that is what my mom said when she met my dad. They were married 44 yrs this July. You know I said that about Tom Selleck the first episode of Magnum....sigh! HA! Congrats & many more!

jcole16757 said...

Happy Belated Anniversary!  True love destined to be together, most definitely!

coelha said...

Wow...  That was beautiful.. thanks for sharing that :)  Julie

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pprrrr39 said...

Awwww that is so so beautiful......i am so glad that finally you got together.
Happy Anniversary to you both.........may you continue to have many more anniversaries :o)

Hugs
Jayne