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30 Years and Still Smitten!

Posted on May 24, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   12 Comments | Posted in anniversary · joe · marriage · smitten


Today is my 30th wedding anniversary! This is me and my beloved, “then” and “now”.

It seems both forever ago and yesterday that Joe and I tied the knot.  I cannot remember a time when this man was not in my life, and I feel so blessed to have a marriage that is lasting the test of time. Together we have raised three terrific kids and remained steadfast through the ups, downs, highs, lows, happiness and sadness that life brings. Through it all is a deep and abiding love that, thank goodness, neither of us takes for granted or can imagine living without.

Blessed.  We are so deeply blessed with our family, our friends, and each other. A winning lottery ticket would be excellent, too, but we can’t have everything.

My brother commented yesterday how fortunate Joe and I are to remain smitten after all these years.  Smitten.  It means to be enamored, in love, affected by something overwhelming, or struck down with godly force. That’s a lot of punch packed into one word and it sums up our three decades together pretty well.  

I wish everyone the joy of being smitten. If you have already experienced it then consider yourself blessed. If you have not yet been smitten, understand that it is worth waiting for, and when it happens, buttercup, buckle up and enjoy the ride. It’s a doozy.

Still smitten after all these years –

12 Responses to "30 Years and Still Smitten!"

  1. Comment by Bookie
    May 24, 2010 at 9:53 am  

    Happy Anniverary,Lisa. Yesterday was our 40th!!Our big celebration was to eat meat to toast the years (health issues). I found that as years go by, the time cranks up to go faster and faster. We all need to celebrate each day, not just the years. πŸ™‚

  2. Comment by Lynn
    May 24, 2010 at 10:22 am  

    Awww, Happy 30th Anniversary! Wow. I'm always impressed by long marriages having gone through 3 and now on my fourth–but I can happily tell you now that I am smitten and it's wonderful. You two look beautiful. Congratulations!

  3. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    May 24, 2010 at 10:48 am  

    Happy 30th, Lisa! Y'all look pretty darn cute-smitten must suit you.(Um, you know I celebrated the 30th last month. Hearing our theme song? πŸ™‚

  4. Comment by Carrie
    May 24, 2010 at 11:16 am  

    Congratulations Lisa and Joe! I love the pictures of you two:-)

  5. Comment by BECKY
    May 24, 2010 at 12:05 pm  

    Oh Lisa, how wonderful!! I love all the photos, too. How very blessed, fortunate, lucky…whatever some people may want to say about you two, I say, "Ditto!" After having one "unhappily married to a jerk" marriage…I am also still smitten with my wonderful husband! We celebrated 27 years in February! Sheesh!! Time flies when you're having fun! (P.S. You're both even prettier/handsomer today!)

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm  

    Thank you to everyone for your kind words and congrats. Bookie – Thank you so much for dropping by! Congrats to you on 40 years! Wow! You are right, each day needs to be celebrated.Lynn – Fourth time charmed. πŸ™‚ Carrie – Thanks! I've known you so long I think you've already seen them all, except for the beach photo, taken last Oct. on Siesta Key. Cathy Yoda Lady – Congrats to you and the benificent Mr. Hall on your 30th. I think smitten looks good on everyone!Becky – Congrats on your 27th and thanks for the kind words. πŸ™‚

  7. Comment by Kathy at Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy Welcomes You!
    May 24, 2010 at 9:25 pm  

    Lisa, I am so happy for you two! Congratulations.

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 24, 2010 at 10:15 pm  

    Thanks, Kathy!

  9. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    May 25, 2010 at 7:31 am  

    Lisa, a very happy anniversary to you. I too have found my soul mate. It makes life so much happier, than the first go around. We're going on twenty-two years together, 16 married. You look so young and HAPPY.

  10. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 25, 2010 at 12:24 pm  

    Thanks, and congratulations on your 22/16. You are right about life being happier. I'd rather be smitten than not!

  11. Comment by irishoma
    May 26, 2010 at 8:41 am  

    Hi Lisa,Happy anniversary. What wonderful photos and a charming life you have. Your love for one another shines through in the photos. You truly are smitten and blessed. Donna

  12. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 26, 2010 at 7:12 pm  

    Hi Donna, and thanks!

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