A Gentleman and a Rogue

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

19 Years

Us in PLDC when we went, Oct 1990

19 years has a lot of meaning for me. After all 19 years is a long time. I remember when I was 19, I was in the US Army overseas in Germany. I visited Paris for the first time on my 19 year birthday. 19 years ago on 14 NOV, I got married.

My husband's hair was blonder when I met him in Oct 1990, close to the color that my son, Joseph's, hair is now. And I've always had a weakness for blond-haired men. Brent and I met in Butzbach, Germany, in the middle of Germany. We were attending a leadership development school (PLDC) and we were in the same squad. There were 15 people to the squad and only two girls. And lucky me - I sat right up front. Grrr... That meant I had to turn around to look at him.

Brent thought I was looking at the guy next to him. Silly him. (Remember, he's blond) I was looking at him. I thought he was drop dead gorgeous.

As we got to talking, Brent and I discovered we were both stationed in Bad Hersfeld. He drove for the Colonel and went to the MP station were I worked every Wednesday to dispatch the vehicle. We missed each other by 30 feet for six months!

(See how fate is working it's way in here?)

Brent failed his situps in the PT test and had to do remedal PT. I may have been the last one around the track, (seriously!) but I passed my PT. Poor Brent. He sprained his ankle and refused to go to the medics because he didn't want to be kicked out of the class. I was impressed with his inner strength to stick it out. Soon we were sitting next to each other for all our meals. When we did our field problem, my buddy Ananasi Bloomberg kicked me out of my tent for personal hygene. Brent's tent buddy let me sleep in Brent's bag while he was on guard duty. *lol*

The day we were married, 14 NOV 1991


On our "free" weekend, we went back to Bad Hersfeld and went out on our first date to Pizza Hut in Giessen. We both graduated from PLDC and I made the honor graduates being in the top 10 of the class. We went to back to Bad Herself were the romance took off.

I remember playing raquetball with him and losing badly. I couldn't concentrate. I was too busy drooling over him. We went on a couple of volksmarches and so some dinner dates. He came to visit me on duty at the MP Station. I took him up to visit my old unit in Muenster.

Christmas Eve he asked me to marry him. How could I refuse? From JUN-SEP 1991 he was deployed to Kuwait while I stayed in Germany. Then he got orders to Ft. Drum. Instead of getting married on 14 FEB 1992, we pushed up the date and signed up for the Denmark wedding package. We took the train up to Nykobig, Denmark to the city of Falster.

I was excited to get married, but if you look at my pics on THAT day, I have a look like a deer in the headlights. LOL!! My husband still teases me about it.

Our family, last year's Christmas picture 2009


19 years later here we are - still married with two young boys. We've had our ups and downs but we're still here. It's cool. This year on our anniversary, we had the family over to make homemade peirogi from scratch and then we went to our favorite restaurant, a French one called Le Chene. It was nice to get away from the kids. Our first boy, Andrew, came to us when we were 10 years into the marriage so our kids are still young. Fun, but every so often, it's nice to have "adult" time.

Smiles
Steph

17 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post! It's obvious how much you love your husband. :D

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  2. What a nice romantic tale you two had there, Steph! I love all the old pics of you two when you were younger! You guys were so cute, and still are. You have such a beautiful family.

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  3. Great pics Steph! And a cute story of your courtship. Congrats on 19 years of marriage. That is quite an accomplishment. Your family is beautiful.

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  4. Love the photos, Steph. You have a beautiful family, and your wedding looks like it was intimate and meaningful. Congrats on the anniversary; maybe you and Brent have a hundred more just as wonderful.

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  5. What a great real romance. :-)

    He was on Fort Drum? LOL Should I tell you my Nano is set partly there?

    Enjoy those boys while they're that little!

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  6. Nicole, thanks, Sweetie. He's a special guy, very patient with me which I appreciate.

    Maggie. *chuckling* cute is how I would describe myself. Drop dead gorgeous I'm not, but I'll settle for drop dead cute. lol!!

    Cindy, what I loved about my courtship was that it played out against the backdrop of romantic Europe. Sigh....

    Keena, I'm hoping for another 19 years. Hopefully the hair will still be as curly and brown as it is now! hehehe

    Loraine, actually, Brent got stop-lost. I don't know if you remember the term, but they froze the PCS for a while due to Gulf War I. During his stop lost, they resended the Ft. Drum orders and then he reenlisted and was sent to Ft. Irwin, so he's never been to Ft. Drum. I went to Ft. Drum a couple of times when I was stationed in Romulus, NY, but just to visit friends and check out their PX. That was 1989. I remember Ft. Drum was very big.

    Smiles
    Steph

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  7. Congrats on nineteen years! You all just keep looking better and better! I'm now up to 26, but then I've known hubby since I was 14.
    Your boys are darling!

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  8. Oh, Steph--thank you for sharing with us. What a lovely romantic story. You two were meant for each other. Your retro pics are so touching, and your family one is just adorable--all of you are super good-looking. Congratulations on your anniversary--take one year at a time, and enjoy! Celia

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  9. Steph, you do look rather scared in that photo! i didnt' remember that you got engaged after only two months! Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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  10. Happy Anniversary! You have a beautiful family.

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  11. Phew, well he is rather hunkie, isn't he? Lovely photos, Steph. Lovely story, too. Especially the bit about sleeping in Brent's sleeping bag. Um, Steph, you were supposed to wait until he was in it! :)

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  12. Julia, congrats on 26! That is a marvel.

    Celia, I agree - one year at a time is the best.

    Aly, sure enough - 2 months. I remember when you can to visit in June. I just wish I had had more time.

    Sheryl, believe me, he teases me about it now!

    Tia, thanks for popping in, Sweetie.

    ((smiles))
    Steph

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  13. Your family is beautiful and your story was so fun. Congrats on finding your knight in shining armor, Steph!

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  14. Steph, a belated HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. Your story is so romantic. It should be a novel.

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  15. I loved your romantic post, Steph! Congrats on being happily married for 19 years. Sorry I'm late but belated HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. You've been blessed with a beautiful family.

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  16. Steph,

    Happy anniversary! You have a beautiful family.

    Maggie

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