26th May

Our 13th Anniversary

by Brenda Poulsen | Posted in Passionate Results   No Comments »

Wow! May 25th, yesterday…our 13th wedding anniversary. Too bad Ole wasn’t here to celebrate it with me. On the upside, I had a really nice day though.

A couple years past I would have dreaded our anniversary not to mention birthdays, holidays and any other day that I felt was special to us. But in fact, I had a really good day yesterday.

A couple days before our anniversary I took our girls for a walk at the beach where Ole and I decided to get married. I sat on the tree stretching out to the beach where we talked about what do we do next. And it was there that we decided to get married.

I was remembering how we were a little giddy and goofy, sitting there holding hands and silly smiles letting our decision to kind of soak into our brains because it was already in our hearts. Then Ole turned to me and asked, “Does this mean we are engaged?” I just laughed and said, “I guess so!”

We had a VERY short engagement. It was a Wednesday that we decided to do this and we wanted to get married on the Friday but the Mayor was busy so we had to wait until Monday. When we decided something we didn’t wait too long to take action.

We drove back to Ole’s parents to tell them but I was a BIG chicken. I said I could not understand the language so I would not be able to understand their responses to our decision. All I could do is watch their body language and facial expressions and that may not tell the whole story. So I was a chicken and said I would clean the car while Ole talked with them. Ole was always so brave.

He came out of the house and had a goofy grin. I said, “Did you tell them?” He said, “Yes, I told them everything.” I said, “EVERYTHING?” Yup! We also decided that after we got married we would leave Denmark and move back to Canada. Ole was SO brave.

So our wedding day came, Monday, May 25th, 1998. I wanted to wear jeans and my dad’s Navy Officers blazer but Ole’s mom talked me into a skirt. So I bought a white skirt to go with Dad’s Navy blazer. Very simple but absolutely perfect. Ole wore his jeans and a nice leather vest. He looked SOOO handsome. While I was doing my hair Ole got in the car and took off. He didn’t say where he was going but I had to get myself together so I wasn’t thinking too much about it.

He came back with a bouquet of red roses and daisies. I just about fell off my rocker. Ole said I needed a bouquet to get married with. We had not talked about this at all. But what really threw me was that I always said, all my life, that IF I ever get married, I wanted daisies. Ole didn’t know this. We didn’t talk about flowers AT ALL. He was so amazing in so many different ways.

Long story short, we got married. No it wasn’t for a long time but it was the best time of my life. No we didn’t have a fairytale marriage that flowed with no problems and all was peachy keen. We went through a lot in our short time together but there was one constant that NEVER changed. We loved each other with all of our hearts and souls.

When Ole got sick, he asked me if, knowing what I know now, would I have still married him? I answered him with an emphatic, “A million times over! I love you more for every day that passes.”

That is still true.

Passionate regards….Brenda

At the beach where we got engaged.

Buddha and Dyer in the little forest next to the beach.

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