is anyone celebrating a wedding/anniversary this June? Have you already attended a wedding this month? If your anniversary is in June, how many years have you been married?

  • Name or describe briefly your spouse (or partner) – age, appearance, work, interests, etc.
  • Note when & where you got married. In a few words describe the ceremony, who attended, where you went on your honeymoon, and any other factual highlights from that day, the ceremony itself, and the preparations for it.

Anthony & I had a simple wedding (on the spur of the moment – really & no, I wasn’t expecting). We were married in the living room of the house Anthony was born in Springboro, but it had a Franklin address. The house itself had undergone some serious changes, but it was the same house. I bought a twenty dollar white dress from Kmart and we exchanged two dollar rings from Hills Department Store (both stores are gone now). That’s why I decided that for our 35th Wedding Anniversary Vow Renewal to do it up right. I’ve had two different sets of rings since our original set. I can tell you about those later. The set I wear now he gave me for Christmas one year. So sweet. I love them, so when he asked me if I wanted a new set for our renewal, I said, “no.” When he first proposed to me, he was so adorable. I that couldn’t have said no, even if I had wanted to & I didn’t. It was a decision that I have never regretted.Every marriage undergoes its troubles and trails, but you never give up on each other.

When & how did you and your mate decide to get married? Was it love at first sight? Or did a friendship develop into love? Was there a formal proposal? Did you (the future groom) ask your future father-in-law for permission to marry? Was there an engagement ring or symbol of intent? Did you live together before getting married? How long was your engagement?

Anthony & I were engaged two weeks after we “officially” introduced (we had had a couple brief encounter but not really introduced) at his brother’s house & he later proposed in their driveway.  His brother’s wife had introduced us. I was her babysitter. She also happens to be my sister’s sister-in-law. [This is how most relationships form. That’s why its critical to find each family member of three generations on both sides of a relationship when doing genealogy, because they will introduce new people & tend to intermarry. I find it will save you so much time by entering it as soon as you find it. That way, you don’t have to backup and figure out the link later. ] Our first date was to the Dayton Mall (in Miamisburg) . Anthony later, took me to the same mall to pick out an engagement ring. I chose a tiny little white gold diamond ring from Rogers Jewelers. I showed it off like it was 10 carats. I still have it in my jewelry box today. I had a diamond jacket soldered to it and it caused the back to break off. I thought of having it reset, but I still love it just the way it is, so it will stay that way. Sentimental reasons. Our wedding we discuss at another date. It was an event unto itself.

Do you recall your wedding and all the preparations leading up to it? Who did what? Was it fairly straight forward or complicated?

Tell us about it!

Married in January’s roar and rime,
Widowed you’ll be before your prime
Married in February’s sleepy weather,
Life you’ll tread in time together
Married when March winds shrill and roar,
Your home will lie on a distant shore
Married ‘neath April’s changeful skies,
A chequered path before you lies
Married when bees o’er May blossoms flit,
Strangers around your board will sit
Married in month of roses June,
Life will be one long honeymoon
Married in July with flowers ablaze,
Bitter-sweet memories in after days
Married in August’s heat and drowse,
Lover and friend in your chosen spouse
Married in September’s golden glow,
Smooth and serene your life will go
Married when leaves in October thin,
Toil and hardships for you begin
Married in veils of November mist,
Fortune your wedding ring has kissed
Married in days of December’s cheer,
Love’s star shines brighter from year to year.

Today is the 1st day of Advent – do you have a calendar (or two or three)? Do you have a different one each year, or do you use the same one for every Advent season? Tell us!

I used to make the traditional Advent wreath in years past, but have since given it up. Germantown Church still has their traditional Advent wreath lighting at the beginning of each service, along with their Carol’s and Candles ceremony, in which they decorate the church for the upcoming holiday season… Its a sight to behold. I hope everyone can make it this year.

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts. ~ Janice Maeditere

Ollie Adkins married Elisha Sanders in Pike, Kentucky.

ADKINS, Ollie SANDERS, Elisha 21-MAY-1831. License obtained by her son-in-law, David Branham (Elizabeth Adkins).

Olivia “Olly” Morgan Adkins (abt 1780-abt 1870) married Elisha Sanders (abt 1788 -Unk) in Pike, Kentucky.

Olivia was the daughter of David Morgan and Anne Poteet. She married her first husband Thomas Adkins on 6 Oct 1796 in Washington, Virginia.

Spring finally makes its highly anticipated arrival this Friday. With it come blooming flowers, baby animals and temperate weather. Well, not quite. This is Ohio, after all. The best we can hope for in early spring is a thaw. But don’t despair: there is still my 30th Wedding Anniversary party to prepare for. That should warm the cockles of your heart and get you through that last leg of cold weather before spring really kicks in.


Notice, how smoothly, I dropped that hint? Like a ton of bricks. LOL I don’t want this one to pass me by, too quickly. I want to give it all of the attention it deserves. Where have the years gone? 30 years, Wow! Anthony wanted to take me to Tennessee for our 30th but after experiencing that trip on 25th; I dare not repeat it. Plus we will be taking our Bi-annual trip to TN at the end of April anyway so that would take some of the thrill out of it.


When we went to Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg for our 25th, we ate from the start of the trip, to the very end. We were making jokes on the way home, after we left Red Lobster about stopping at the next gas station we passed for fudge. So not cool. But it was nice to get away. Now if I could only get Anthony to turn his cell phone off; that would be a true vacation.


On our 15th anniversary, I put a huge sign over our garage that said: The World’s Sexiest Man Lives Here. No, I wasn’t embarrassed but he sure was. The kids (okay, mostly Mandy) helped me make and hang the sign. I thought about renting a yellow sign from Ted’s Hardware in Middletown this year and do something equally as much fun. I love to do little things to remind him, I still love him as much today and more than the day I married him. I’m thinking it should be something like; Yes, the sexiest man in the world, does live here! Or maybe, Honk… He’s a Honey… Happy 30th! I’m still working on it. But, sh… it’s a secret.


On April 6th we’ll be having a nice celebration at home with just the family, kids and grandkids. I wouldn’t want it any other way, and yes Craig, the cake will be white. You’ll have to bring your own chocolate. Maybe my kids would give me a Huge Gift: Weeding, chipping, spraying and mulching. That would be the best 30th anniversary gift, I could ever ask for. LOL


Weather permitting, of course.

… connect with brides and newlyweds in and around Germantown, OH

If you’re having a wedding soon, then good luck for the big day, you’re probably nervous, maybe been dieting. And if it is a simple affair, without much pomp and finery, don’t let that worry you. All the extra stuff is only a way of showing celebration; people with more money will naturally spend more (Scrooges aside). But all this doesn’t necessarily reflect on the true magic of the occasion, which is the love between a man and a woman, which can shine through any setting, grand or humble.


All weddings are different of course, but nevertheless they also have many things in common, it can be useful to know in advance what you might expect. Plan your Wedding with local knowledge from recent newlyweds. It will give you a good basis for getting started planning your wedding. Discuss Weddings with other engaged couples on the message boards. Get advice and discuss ideas around planning your wedding, budget, invitations, apparel, rings, flowers, keepsakes, photography and videography.


Help your guests get familiar with the area and plan their itinerary. It’s quick, easy and free. Your guests will thank you for it!