SCUBAy Dooby Doo

My favorite of us by the pool

Even though we both lived in Jacksonville, Future Hubby and I met by chance in the Florida Keys in April 1978 on a SCUBA diving trip put together by a then local dive shop. Chance had it that since he was flying solo he would be in need of a dive partner. My luck was working overtime that year because we were paired up on the dive boat. (One must always have at least one dive buddy. Water can be very unforgiving.) Anyway, rocking boats are my nemesis which means I get puckin’ dog sick. As the boat slowed, I was already turning a lovely shade of pea green. Experience had taught me to gear up when the boat was under power, mask and all, and as soon as the Captain killed the motor, over I’d go. The cool water was therapeutic for my condition. There I would await my assigned buddy, relaxed and calm, in the arms of gently, rolling sea.

Future Hubby and I enjoyed diving together and riding in the boat that day. After the fun and frivolity I was no longer a lovely green shade, now I was lobster red. I can’t win! I probably looked like a giant zit with blonde hair. By the time we made landfall we where all perished and fatigued to the bone from the watery adventures. A shower, a quick change of clothes, and the small group assembled at a local watering hole on Islamorada called the Corral Grill. Again, Hubby and I sat next to one another. We drank, ate, talked, shared experiences and laughed for hours. By the end of the evening, I had lost my heart to this totally charming, intelligent fellow. He was so lighthearted, knowledgeable and kind. A little over one year later, we were man and wife and I’ve never looked back. [wedding photos] We where married by a Notary Public at the apartment complex that we would call home for over two years. If you look at the photos, note the late ’70s decor. Cool, huh. [/sarc] Neither of us had family that could attend. It was just a simple, pleasant ceremony with many of our friends in attendance. 

Because of our jobs, we had to wait three months to go on a honeymoon. [photos] That November we traveled to Arizona and Utah to see the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. Since I had never visited the desert Southwest until that trip, this was quite an experience. I’ve never said “Wow” so many times in one week. *lol* Such an amazing place. I was so enamored with the Southwest that upon our trip home, I decorated the apartment with that motif in mind. Those decorations are long gone but thanks to a firm foundation in loving our LORD Jesus Christ first, the love for each other is still there. 

Thank you LORD Jesus for not only giving me, an imperfect sinner, eternal life through your Perfect Love, but for blessing me further with a husband that loves You first, and me next. It’s been a wonderful 37 years. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

And thank you for reading my humble missive. I am truly blessed to have so many friends.

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16 thoughts on “SCUBAy Dooby Doo

  1. Happy Anniversary! I loved reading about how you met. I enjoyed the wedding/honeymoon photos, also. What a great trip. You two have not changed over the years. May God continue to bless your lives together. xoxoxo

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    1. Thanks so much! You’re sweet to say so. I sure carry around more pounds than I used to. I get on the scale now and it shouts “One at a time please!” lol
      It was an enjoyable time of life. I miss how much fun it used to be to fly somewhere. Now it’s just dangerous, overpriced and stressful. I’ll probably never fly again.
      Luv to you and your Hubby. ~:)

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    1. Thanks so much. You’re thoughtfulness is always precious to me.
      Hope you’re feeling much better today. I pray you’re healed soon.
      Luv ~:)

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  2. I am going to say it again…y’all are just the loveliest couple…so very sweet and nice and we love you to death. Y’all become part of our family. Happy Anniversary and wishes for many more…now, go enjoy your day, that’s an order. smiles.

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    1. I feel that too, that we’re more family than friends! You and The Boys are such a treasure to our hearts. I can’t imagine life without y’all … and don’t want to. Thank you for putting with this old opinionated woman. You are very treasured. And thank you for the kind words. They’re like sugar in my tea, very delightful and necessary for my well being.
      (Hugs) & Love to you all. ~:)

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  3. A trip to memory lane and our time of “glory in the flower”. In all these years you have been my rock through good times and bad, comforted and cared for me when I was sick, we have laughed and cried together, had adventures both great and small. The flower of youth may have faded with age but the plant has put down solid roots that withstand life’s challenges. God has given me a treasure in you.

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    1. Once upon a time I was a cruiser “biker chick” type but now I ride a 2012 Suzuki V-Strom DL650 (Adventure Bike) and Hubby rides a 2013 Honda CB1100. There are small photos of them in the righthand sidebar. Mine is a burnt orange color but would like to change that to my favorite motorcycle color, French Racing Blue with White accents. Need to play the Lottery, I guess.
      Thank you for the kind words and have a blessed day. ~:)

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  4. Since we are “newer” friends here, I was happy to look at your wedding photos and the honeymoon album! Loved seeing them and getting to know you better through this post and your photos! Awesomeness (if that’s a word!)!!

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