Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Our Anniversary

56 years ago today
We ran off to Richmond, In and got married. Did the blood test, rings and marriage license all in one day. A girl could be 18 and sign for herself, the boy had to be 21, since Abe wasn't 21 yet, his Mother went along to sign for him. His best friend Dwight drove the car, since we didn't have one.

We started off in a little two room furnished apartment in Greenville. He was home on a 30 day leave, and contacted his Captain to get a 30 day extension. He left to go back to Japan on Labor day 1955. I discovered the first month after he was gone that I was pregnant.

Our first child was born on June 1st 1956, Abe got back from Japan in May of 56. When our first baby was two weeks old we left for Baltimore MD, where he finished out his Army hitch. I came back to Ohio in March of 57, since I was pregnant again, this baby, our only son, being born on May 10th 1957 after Abe had been discharged from the Army.

We finally got moved into our little house in the big town of Gordon, it was a house that did have electric and gas but that was all. Believe it or not, the next year on July 5th 1958, we had another baby. Then things slowed down a little. I had to have two major surgeries and I lost a lot of weight. Mr. Abe kept telling me I was looking good (LOL) I guess that should have been some kind of a clue.

Our 4th. baby came on Mar 7th 1962. By this time we had running hot and cold water in the house and a bathroom, but were running out of bedrooms. So we moved into the house we live in now. We lived here 11 years and guess what, I discovered I was pregnant again. I couldn't believe it. Our other kids couldn't believe it either, Angela being 17, Chris 16, Melinda 15 and Becky 11. Melissa was born on June 27th. 1963. Believe me I put an end to that baby making. I figured 5 is enough for anyone. We had people asking us all the time if we were Catholic. LOL Which I thought was funny.
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You must admit that's been a number of years. Lots of ups and downs, sickness, sometimes out of work, five children, lots of worries and we still kept plugging along. And even yet today, we're still plugging along. I told Abe one time when we would see older couples holding hands, how cute I thought it was, well now I know, they hold hands to keep each other from falling down. LOL Everyone have a good day.

29 comments:

David C. said...

Happy Anniversary! I love the family picture from 1975. Our family has similar pictures.

*Honest Abe said...

Happy Anniversary, Patty. I love you. I thought about you and me when our electrical power went out last night. Of the room at the James Hotel after we were married and how hot it was there.

It was hot in the bedroom last night too. So glad we got the power back on this morning. I really enjoyed that first cup of coffee you brought me.

texwisgirl said...

Oh Mrs. Lincoln, this is precious! Came over from Abe's place to congratulate you. What a wonderful post!

Lynne said...

Happy anniversary!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Happy anniversary to you.I hope you get to hold hands for many more years.

Sharon Creech said...

I'm happy to discover 'old lady' Lincoln. What challenges you had as a young wife and mother! I hope you have a chance to take a breather now!

Gigi Ann said...

Happy Anniversary! and may you two enjoy many, many more.

~Brenda said...

Congratulations on 56 years of marriage! Enjoyed your post.

Thérèse said...

Happy Anniversary and big hugs!

Brenda said...

Isn't it great to be able to look back that many years?! I think it is exciting and very wonderful! Happy Anniversary!

reanaclaire said...

What a sweet post, Patty!! Happy Anniversary to you and wishing you have many more to come!

Twisted Fencepost said...

What a sweet post. Happy Anniversary to the both of you!

Arkansas Patti said...

Happy Anniversary Patty and Abe. What a trail you have traveled to here.
Cracked up at the last paragraph and hope you two are still holding hands just for the pleasure of it.
Many more to a grand couple.

madcobug said...

Happy Anniversary! Love the picture of you two in 1975. Helen

Cheryl said...

What a nice post Patty. Love the photos and your story. May you and Abe have many more years together!

Beth Niquette said...

Dearest Patty--to read your story is like something from my own family. I was born June 1958--my Mom and Dad have been married 54 years this August. Your family and my family were growing like weeds about the same time--only on opposite sides of the country.

Our lives sound remarkably similar, except Daddy had just gotten out of the army when my parents met.

Happy Anniversary, Patty. The love you and Abe still have for one another is so sweet. And what a wonderful example to the rest of us. ((hugs))

God bless you both with great joy over the coming year. You are both wonderful folks.

sheila lynch said...

congratulations and many more blessings!

Winifred said...

Happy anniversary Patty & Abe here's wishing you lots more happy years together. I love your story, you were so brave getting married so young.

I've often wondered about this when I've seen US films why did you need a blood test to get married?

HBFG said...

What a fantastic love and life story! Congratulations!

Reader Wil said...

Happy anniversary, Patty and Abe! I wish you many more happy years together! You are blessed with a lovely family! I like your family photos!

Renie Burghardt said...

Happy, Happy Anniversary Patty and Abe! I hope you keep holding hands for many, many more years.

Love and Hugs,

Renie

Charles said...

Our Very Best Congratulations to the Both of you!!! I'm always glad that you two have always stayed close.

Roan said...

I didn't know you had a blog, or I would have stopped by for a visit before now. Happy Anniversary! Loved reading your story. Hubby and I are starting to hold hands. lol

Denise said...

What a lovely couple you make and I have enjoyed your post with your story so much, it makes for a wonderful read. I popped by to see Abe's post earlier on but I have been off-line all day having had the electric turned off for most of it. Glad to be popping in and wishing you a Happy Anniversary!

claude said...

What a nice love story, Patty, I love Abe's comment.
Happy Anniversary to you both !

Babli said...

Wish you a very very Happy Anniversary. Heartiest congratulations to you on your 56th Marriage Anniversary. My best wishes to you.

Melinda said...

hahaha...great story mom.....

Jack and Joann said...

That's funny: people thought you were Catholics!

Zannnie said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY ABE AND PATTY! :)

Greetings from Budapest,
Zsolt and Zannnie