Sunday, September 5, 2010

Where you go I will follow…

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There once was a family Hacienda in the heart of Old Towne, that became a hotel, then a cannery, and back to a hotel. Then sometime later it was abandoned. The old Hacienda under went many changes in its life time, until it was transformed into the most delectable restaurant known as Casa de Bandini.
There once was a girl who loved to munch on fresh chips and salsa, in the courtyard of this restaurant, while listening to the gentle rhythm of the fountain and happy sounds of the strolling mariachi band. And on special occasions she would treat herself to one ice cold margarita…only one mind you.
  It was at this very restaurant where the girl, and the boy she married, had their first meal as man and wife.
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As the years rolled by the restaurant moved back in time only to become a grand hotel again. A grand hotel where the girl and boy decided to stay for their 16th anniversary.
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They woke from their dreamy slumber in the comfort of the old antique bed.
The smell of hot coffee and sugar coated scones were waiting outside their door. 
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They wandered the streets and explored the back alleyways, to see what they could find.
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They visited the old synagogue where they said “I Will”
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It seemed like only yesterday, when they exchanged their vows, and yet many years had passed. Much remained the same and yet much had changed.
bushy-head-manor The old Victorian, where they spent their honeymoon, had been shut down and purchased by a huge corporation. A corporation that cared not for its history or the beautiful old furnishings that adorned the rooms.
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They contemplated the years of their life together… things they had done…things yet to do.
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They sat and listened to the thundering of the roaring sea…
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and as the sun cast its golden beams across the water, she was reminded that there is much to be thankful for in this life.

13 comments:

One Shabby Old House said...

That was such a beautiful post. Happy anniversary.
Wishing you many many more happy years.
Hugs
becky

ellen b. said...

Oh what a wonderful Romantic post! A very happy 16th Anniversary to you and yours Cori G! God bless you with many more years together...

Deborah said...

Oh Cori, L♥ve L♥ve L♥ve!!! What a fabulous post. Looks like it was the perfect anniversary trip. You are SO talented with your photos. OMGosh you both look like models in your wedding picture. Yes, there is so much yet to be done, and so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for you, my beloved friendling.
**blows kisses** Deb

queen-of-nostalgia said...

Enchanting! And how romantic :) I love the story you told... absolutely lovely :)

Happy Anniversary!
Kristen

kerrie said...

Happy Anniversary...lovely walk down memory lane. A beautiful romance.

I attended The Call Sacramento this weekend. over 15,000 gathered to worship and pray in Raley Field and on the Capitol steps. I cried, I danced, I surrendered all again. It was incredible. Maybe you will be attending The Call San Diego in October(or maybe it is November?)...it's a free event.

pam said...

Happy Anniversary Cori! What a wonderful trip down memory lane...beautiful post.

Gina said...

and they lived happily ever after! :)

Love your post and pictures. Happy Anniversary!

Gina

Deborah said...

EEKS! E-mail me please! I lost your address in the old hard drive. You must read Holy Experience today :)
**kisskiss** Deb

PorcelainDoll said...

Happy anniversary! Your story is just wonderful :) And this image with quote...how romantic :}

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

Oh Cori, That was beyond beautiful!! I think I might sniffle..... a tear...

Oh, my, what a beautiful couple and a beautiful life.... Yes indeed.

Happy belAted anniversary!!

Love, Vanessa

A Vintage Chic said...

Good morning, Cori! Just happened upon your delightful blog...what a treasure! I'll be following along...

Happy Anniversary to you and your sweetheart--what a lovely post! I so enjoyed your story and the beautiful images...

Hope your day is just wonderful!

Julie

Rachel said...

How beautiful! Cori thank you for your comment of course we remember you! We actually go to Calvary Costa Mesa. West Grove was my sending church though. How are you doing? It was so nice to hear from you! Please continue to keep in touch!

Moorea said...

Happy Anniversary Cori and Hubbie. What a beautiful post. Your pictures are lovely. We just celebrated 20 years a few weeks ago. It is such a wonderful but strange feeling to be living the dreams we had when we said "I Do." Have blessed Lord's Day.