It has now been three months since or cruise where I had popped the question again to my wife. I think she had more fun planning this than she did for our wedding back in August 1965 for it has been 40 years and now she was a lot more relaxed. We were young kids of 19 years old when we first tied the knot and we were deep in love with each other. I wanted to be with her all the time and to this very day some 47 years later I still feel that way. We called to see if it would be ok if we renewed our vows at the same church building where we were married, back then it was called Buchanan Street Baptist Church but now it is Buchanan Street Chapel. We received permission and then next we talked with our pastor at our church if he would do the ceremony and would be willing to do it where we were married. Charlotte had picked out some music that she would like to have played but instead of having someone play it on a piano we took a boom box with the CD’s that had the songs she wanted. Some of our children were able to come and they helped give a reception at our house for we had only invited a few close friends and family to the renewal ceremony and reception. Charlotte lived right across the street from the church where we were married, in fact that is the church where she gave her life to our Lord Jesus Christ when she was 15 years old. It was a beautiful day and the sun was out and it was not too hot for being in August. The day we were married back in 1965 there was a terrible rain storm in fact her house was struck by lightning just before the reception, thank goodness there was no fire but it did knock out the electric cook stove. And it was raining so hard the guys could not shoe polish my 65 Mustang fastback that we took on our honeymoon. One little bit of advice to you men if you want to stay out of the dog house for not remembering your anniversary is every month on the day you were married tell her happy anniversary and thin all you have to remember is the month. All I know is it has kept me out of the dog house and we kind of make it a game on who can tell the other one happy anniversary first on the 22nd of every month.
- Third Cruise and a Proposal (harbin77.wordpress.com)