25 years and counting

Joanne and fred in maine-1
Today is Fred and my 25th wedding anniversary.  One on hand it is truly hard to imagine that Fred and I have been married for 25 years.  On the other hand, we have known each other for most than 30 years so I shouldn't be so amazed.

If you ask either of us, in our head we still think of ourselves and probably our relationship just as we did 30 years ago.  No doubt alot has changed but at the heart of it we are still the exact same people.  We have the utmost respect for each other when it comes to anything.  We trust each other, we adore each other, we have fun together, we love to do the same things and we challenge each other in a good way. 

Even 30 years ago we still loved to work hard and play hard.  We have created an incredible life for ourselves and our family together.  Our kids are the most important thing and definitely the best venture we ever did together.  We are so close as a unit and it makes life even better.

Being in an industry together has been a great thing for us.  It gives us good insight into each others thoughts and certainly keeps the conversation flowing.  It has been great for the kids too as they have seen two people work together yet have different lives.

We are beyond lucky to have found each other.  Even after all these years, I look at Fred and see the same young kid with long hair, big sleepy eyes and a huge grin that I first fell in love with.  Our conversations have certainly changed over the years but in many ways we are just having one endless stream that continues every day when we wake up. 


Comments (Archived):

  1. John Best

    Congratulations you two. :)I love this: “We have the utmost respect for each other when it comes to anything. We trust each other, we adore each other, we have fun together, we love to do the same things and we challenge each other in a good way. ”

  2. Rohan


  3. William Mougayar

    Joanne, Very best congratulations to you, Fred and family- that being your best venture is an amazing statement and way to put it. You’ve described the essence of a great life partnership & wishing you more continued succes, happiness & good health.

  4. Donna Brewington White

    “We are beyond lucky to have found each other.”Not only has this been a good thing for you, but for the rest of us as well.Love the photo! Congratulations!

  5. jill Stern

    That is the cutest picture of you two! Congrats on 25!

  6. kirklove

    Wonderful. Can’t fake what you have. That’s what I dig, it’s genuine across the board like the two of you. Rock on.

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  8. Mark Essel

    That’s a wonderful photo of you two, although Fred does look a bit more mischievous in his youth.I keep reminding my wife Michelle how fast time flies by as we share adventures. We’ve only been together for 5 years but it’s flashed by in an instant.

    1. JLM

      .Married 33 years and have no idea where the time has gone..

      1. Mark Essel

        I relish the moments where time ceases, and I’m fully aware of present company. Most likely just after a great kayaking trip or hike, but any adventure will do.

  9. daryn

    Congrats again! Beautiful post and love the photo!

  10. kenberger

    Big congrats. Amazing photo!!Here’s 1 of our “ceremony”, 1/4 century behind you: http://4sq.com/Mrk7kj

    1. JLM

      .Married. Way. Over. Your. Head.Well played!.

      1. kenberger

        She actually wanted to have the ceremony done while we hovered staring at the Statue of *Liberty*. I debated explaining the meaning of “irony”.

        1. JLM

          .Sounds like a keeper to me. Nuts — both of you but in a very complimentary way.Never lose it..

  11. Dale Allyn

    Congratulations! As others have said, you and Fred are a tremendously positive influence and inspiration to others. Cheers!

  12. aysha ali

    The picture is so cute! Congratulations Joanne and Fred 🙂

  13. Satish Mummareddy

    Happy 25th Joanne & Fred. That pic is priceless. 🙂

  14. SallyBroom

    Congratulations! You’ve both achieved so much, but this (and the happy family you’ve built) inspires me more than anything

  15. JLM

    .For some unknown deeply revealing psychological reason, I have always wanted to call Fred — “Freddy”. Can’t explain why.Adult people have to say: “Well, hello, Fred. How are you?”I however want to say: “Freddddddddddddie!” Again, no rational explanation.Knowing that that address is adolescent and mindless.So I was interested to see in Jerry’s note to you that you call him Freddy. If Jerry’s note is accurate.Not everyone can be a Freddie or a Freddy.Happy Anniversary to you and Freddie (Freddy)!BTW, Fred sounds like a keeper but don’t make a rash decision, you probably have another 50-75 years to firm things up and make a final decision..

  16. Suzan B

    So beautiful and inspiring. Can’t wait to meet the person I can spend 25 years+ with.

  17. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Yay! I was hoping one of you would post a pic like this. Happy belated anniversary 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal

      an oldie but goodie

  18. Lally Rementilla

    Happy Anniversary! Not only can one find great success stories in your blog… one can also find great love stories.

    1. Gotham Gal

      thanks lally.

  19. Tereza

    That’s the cutest picture ever. CONGRATS!