Monday, October 14, 2013

It doesn't get any better

We sipped a glass of wine as the sun set and told each other how lucky we are. Seventeen years and we're still good together, better together than apart.

It's also seventeen years since I was diagnosed with fast-growing breast cancer.  Denny married me 10 days after the cancer surgery, before we knew how bad it might be, or how long I would live.  

Most newlyweds don't know how long they'll live; but most don't wake up wondering if this will be their first and last Christmas together or whether they'll have a fifth anniversary.

We celebrate our anniversaries as if they were national holidays. This year we opted for an evening out at one of our favorite wineries, Driftwood Estate Winery & Vineyards

Al fresco dining with fine wine and sunset views on the most beautiful night of the year. 

Followed by dancing to music by cowboy troubadour Bret Graham

Some years back we took swing-dance lessons, immediately followed by remedial swing-dance lessons. We still swing like novices but it's so much fun we don't care.

I wore the necklace Denny gave me on our Palo Duro Canyon anniversary.

And winery owner Gary Elliott stopped by our table to congratulate us and pour a glass from his private cellar, the Driftwood Estate sold-out 2010 Lone Star Cab that took Silver, Best in Class at the 2013 Houston International Wine Competition. A treat.

After we got home, 2.1 inches of rain fell on our acre. If you're a Texan, you know rain is a rare gift.  

We had a wonderful night. The best anniversary ever. But then I always say that...

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  1. Happy Anniversary. It looks like you are doing it right. :)

    Lovely post and photos - you make a stunning couple. Here's to many, many more.

  2. Happy Anniversary, you dear, strong and wonderful couple!

  3. Happy Anniversary to you both, so lovely of you to share this with us dear Kathleen, you are both special people and I wish you many more happy years together.
    xoxoxo ♡

  4. What an inspiring post. Happy anniversary to you both.

  5. Happy Anniversary and many many more to follow !

  6. Happy Anniversary.

    A beautiful couple, in a beautiful place. We know that winery well.

    Here's to many more sunsets...and, sunrises...for you.

  7. Kat, You always say it's the best anniversary yet b/c, like wine, a good marriage improves with age! Wishing you many more glasses of anniversary wine!
    Love to you both!

  8. 17 years strong and I'm betting the best is yet to come. Thanks for inviting us all along for your celebration, it is an honor for you to share it so!

  9. Happy Anniversary and may you two have another great year. x0 N2

  10. Thanks for your good wishes, friends. Life is not always easy but good is better than easy.

  11. Nothing thrills a Mom and Dad more than seeing their children happy and successful. Be blessed with many more years of love and caring. Mom and Dad.

  12. I'm a bit late Kathleen, but I'm glad you and Denny had such a lovely anniversary. May you have many more!

  13. Beautiful Love Story. Happy Anniversary to a very Special Couple!


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