Forty Wonderful Years

Today is a very special day in my life. Today I’ve been married to my best friend for 40 years.

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Mike and I had a bicentennial wedding. No red, white and blue, but rainbow pastel bridesmaids, complete with matching parasols.


Our parents have been great examples of how to have a good marriage.


In the 1980’s Mike and I were enjoying our beautiful kids,


good jobs, and a lovely home in the woods; and then… at around the time of the above picture, I was introduced to QUILTING!

My dear husband has been supportive of this addiction ever since, even when he admitted he didn’t understand why I cut fabric apart and sew it back together again.

In 1994 I quit dental hygiene and began to focus on teaching quilting as my vocation, and I ended up finding a delightful niche in the quilt world.

Oodles of classes, four books and many Sew We Go adventures later, a new passion came into my life – grandchildren who live nearby! I love kids and I knew I wanted to take care of them while mommy and daddy were at work. When I brought up the idea to my dear husband he said “but what about your quilting?”. I said it was a fun ride, but I was ready to quit to be with the grandkids. His response was “keep quilting, we’ll make it work”. And he has!


When I teach (or spend a week in Paducah), this dear man watches those little ones full time. He’s amazing!

As with all marriages, we’ve had our ups and downs, but I’m so grateful to be on this life journey with Mike. So I’d like to dedicate this week’s post to a very special husband! Thanks for 40 wonderful years!

8 Opinions

  • Kathleen Swinkowski said:

    Congratulations. I’m so glad he encouraged you to continue with your quilting when the grandkids came along. That’s when you truly know he was a great choice all those years ago.
    Last week my husband and I celebrated 47 years.

  • Jodi Grzeczka said:

    Thanks for sharing, Chris! You are so lucky! Best wishes for your future.

  • julee said:

    Congratulations, Chris! Quite an accomplishment for both of you. My best always!

  • Brenda Wathier said:

    How blessed you are, Chris!! And I do wish you many more years -he’s a great catch (hang on to him).

  • Denise B~ said:

    That’s a great story of love and teamwork! You are lucky you found each other! Happy Anniversary!

  • Joyce egle said:

    Congratulations Chris. I am so glad to have met you and taken classes from you. Thanks to your wonderful husband to have encouraged you to “keep on quilting”. You are a marvel. Jerry and I celebrated our 60th earlier this month.

  • Louise said:

    Congratulations Chris and many more wonderful years in the future.

  • Karen said:

    Congrats on 40 years together! Truly a milestone. God’s blessings on many more years together on this journey!


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