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It Was Twenty Years Ago Today… Well Yesterday Actually…

April 26th, 2013 · 39 Comments

Let’s just say I am not always the best at remembering significant dates, but I have wanted to write that post title for so long. Then again, who has something significant to write about from twenty whole years ago… but it feels like yesterday… What is it about all the significant things that happen in our lives that they feel only a blink away…


Anyway it was twenty years ago yesterday that the father person got up and washed his car, a singularly rare event. After a sleepless night, I watched the clouds turn from dark to pink and the day turn from crisp to warm… I went out to breakfast with a couple of friends… and couldn’t decide between muesli with yogurt or an omelette and so I ordered them both… then I couldn’t eat either. I had a long winding day ahead of me – never one to book any appointments first thing in the morning!!!


You have to pity folks who ask how we met… it is a story we just so love to tell!!! How we got engaged, hiking on the Otter Trail… How I was totally never ever getting married and yet kept a photo of my potential wedding dress in my diary for years!!! We can even talk on and on about where we had our wedding reception, though folks do look at us a bit like: “What were you thinking?” when we mention it!!! How we went on Honeymoon and used only Le Creuset dishes at every single meal… not to mention what I packed!!!


Regrets, we have just the one… We really wish we had met each other a whole lot sooner. What can I say, we are slow starters, it took us eighteen years to buy a couch together. Meanwhile, since I am writing about us… a rare event I know, let me share a home truth. While I am not terrible at spontaneous gifting, I am shockingly useless at significant gifts, really I am a once in a lifetime and you are so lucky I remembered kind of gal. Whereas the father person is more of a traditional gifter in a creative kind of a way: Paper for the first anniversary, cotton for the second… iron for the sixth… and after twenty years he has found the way to my heart… The perfect gift, came in a box…


And served on China!!! Death by Chocolate!!! Gotta totally love this guy!!!


“Happy Anniversary Babe…”

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39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 aunty muffin // Apr 26, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Congratulations! And we pray for many more years together!

  • 2 Katja // Apr 26, 2013 at 9:01 am


  • 3 Nora Szekely-Arkosy // Apr 26, 2013 at 9:27 am

    <3 !!!!!!

  • 4 Jerusha // Apr 26, 2013 at 11:28 am

    *Melts in a muddle on the floor* 🙂 I LOVE hearing your story! Happy anniversary, parent-folks! x
    Jerusha´s last blog post ..Monday LOL

  • 5 se7en // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you Aunty Muffin!!! Good to hear from you as always!!!

  • 6 se7en // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Thank you Katja, Hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!

  • 7 se7en // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you Nora, Have a great day!!!

  • 8 se7en // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Hay Jerusha… Sweet friend!!! It is just amazing how quickly time flies!!! Savour those moments!!!

  • 9 sarahelisabeth // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Congratulations! That gift looks amazing!

  • 10 Granny Ant // Apr 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Well done both of you and many more happy years, (Not to mention many pieces of that wonderful looking chocolate cake too!)

  • 11 Linda B. // Apr 26, 2013 at 1:49 pm


  • 12 Tammy // Apr 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I just love that wedding picture of you! U are still beautiful and your oldest girl child looks alot like you!

  • 13 Cheryl // Apr 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Thank goodness that much-dreamed-of white dress and the chocolate cake are twenty years apart. Congrats and may you share many more anniversaries.
    Cheryl´s last blog post ..KCW – day 1, 2 and 3 – all in one

  • 14 Zoe // Apr 27, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Congratulations to both of you!

  • 15 se7en // Apr 27, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Thank you Sarahelisabeth!!! Amazing it was!!! Have a great day!!!

  • 16 se7en // Apr 27, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Thank you Granny Ant, That cake is awesome!!! Hope to see you soon!!!

  • 17 se7en // Apr 27, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Thank you Linda B., Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

  • 18 se7en // Apr 27, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Thank you Tammy… Can’t believe how long ago it all was!!! Hope you guys have a great weekend!!!

  • 19 se7en // Apr 27, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Oh Cheryl, How true, how true!!! You made me laugh out loud!!! Hope you have a great weekend!!!

  • 20 se7en // Apr 27, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Thank you Zoe, You are too kind!!! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

  • 21 Christine // Apr 27, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Congratulations! And regarding your one regret. . .you seem to make the most of your time together. 😉
    Christine´s last blog post ..Computer Caper

  • 22 Love and Lollipops // Apr 27, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Congratulations!!!! Thank you for sharing this special day…all those years ago…with us. You looked absolutely lovely on your wedding day 🙂

    Have a happy weekend – how’s this beautiful weather? (although a bit warm for me)

    Take care,
    Love and Lollipops´s last blog post ..Little World Play: The Aquarium

  • 23 se7en // Apr 27, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Ah Christine, So, so, so good to hear from you!!! For some reason I cannot comment on your site… but I am still reading away and will always love your writing!!! Hope you are having a fine weekend!!!

  • 24 se7en // Apr 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Love and Lollipops… Good to hear from you again and thank you!!! I knew you would love the bug craft!!! And I will not complain about the glorious weather – we are such winter wimps over here!!! Lots of love from Fish Hoek!!!

  • 25 Laura // Apr 27, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Happy 20 years!! What a blessing and a joy. Love from all of us in Flintstone!

  • 26 se7en // Apr 28, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Thank you Laura, on the far side of the world!!! That is very kind of you… Hope you are having a restful weekend!!! Lots of lekker love from all of us!!!

  • 27 Katherine // Apr 29, 2013 at 4:03 am

    Big huge anniversary gives on your special day!!!!!!!! I thonk you have the perfect excuse to Celebrate ALL year long… 20!!! 20!!!! Wow!! And I love your wedding picture!

  • 28 Wendy Meijer // Apr 29, 2013 at 9:09 am

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  • 29 Sue // Apr 29, 2013 at 9:43 am

    What a beautiful bride you were and a handsome couple at that, too! Congratulations on your 20th anniversary (we were 20 this past December). What a wonderful photo of your children. And that cake, oh my, I could eat a double portion 🙂

  • 30 Geoff // Apr 29, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Twenty years! How time passes! Good to see you at the P Waddle. Love to you all.

  • 31 se7en // Apr 29, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Thanks Wendy, Hope you have a fantastic day!!!

  • 32 se7en // Apr 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Oh Sue, How wonderful of you to stop by and comment!!! Congratulations on your twenty years together too!!! Oh my that cake – I know you would love it!!! Hope you have a fabulous week!!!

  • 33 se7en // Apr 29, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Hay Geoff… Wow!!! Never ever expected a comment… Can you believe it is twenty whole years!!! Time certainly does fly by!!! It was fabulous to see you on Saturday – always great to catch up!!! Have a great week!!!

  • 34 Sue // Apr 29, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Oops! Just realised my comment was a bit ambiguous! You are still beautiful – not only as a bride 😉

  • 35 se7en // Apr 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Hay Sue… You are so funny!!! Thank you and have a great day!!!

  • 36 Irene // Apr 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Congratulations!!! I didn’t even know. 🙂 Is 20 not supposed to have some sort of special gift – like iron or whatnot? BUT I do think chocolate qualifies, especially if it comes in a box (not a wrapper, mind you) 🙂

  • 37 se7en // Apr 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Hay Irene, the special gift is China… served on china… And I was thrilled!!! Hope you have a fabulous week!!!

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  • 39 Marcia (123 blog) // Apr 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    oooh yummmy!!!!!
    Marcia (123 blog)´s last blog post ..K’s party… and making an infinity scarf

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