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Happy Anniversary Wife! August 25, 2006 10:00 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Cathy, Daily Life, Family, History, Philosophy, Sarah
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I first met Cathy on October 23, 1999. I knew she was remarkable at first glance! We probably exchanged 3 sentences and by happenstance were brought together by friends in the beginning of 2000 hoping we would dispense with some mutual angst and move on with our lives.

Guns N Garters - We married here!

Cathy and I dated approximately a year an a half. During that time she won me over and I put an engagement ring on her finger. A short while later we were watching the children play in the cove and questioned why wait. We had each experienced fancy weddings with our previous marriages. Noah was too young to appreciate a wedding; he has almost no memory of our trip to Disney World. Tommy was still too unpredictable and self-absorbed. The wedding would be meaningless to each of the boys, or so went our thinking. I checked some legalities and acquired a marriage license. Cathy and I told no one of our plan, had the grandparents watch the boys, and we took Sarah with us to Gatlinburg to Garter’s & Gun’s. We picked three nice costumes which velco’d on the back. They took our ol’ tyme photo. We went to a room decored as a chapel that could probably hold all of 10 people. The photographer performed a legally binding ceremony and Cathy and I became married on August 25, 2001 much to the disappointment and disbelief of many people.

Amy was born on June 10, 2002. There has been speculation that she encouraged our marriage. This speculation is wrong. Suffice it to say, everyone responded to 9/11 in their own way.

Six and a half years fly by so quickly. As I look back, they have been fantastic years! As I understand, the milestone years in marriages are 1, 3, 7, 10, 14, and 21. Those the years with the greatest numbers of divorces. Our relationship is still magical and strong. If anything could stand improvement, I need to be a better husband, father and provider. I remain the wildcard that introduces instability into our family. I need to be more of an anchor, a rock, a foundation. Looking back on our five years of marriage, the only missed goals have centered around that instability. So before we blink again and see another 5 years pass, I must provide more stability. In all other aspects, we have a wonderful marriage and a wonderful live!

Happy Anniversary Cathy! I love you!

ps. "5 years is a wood anniversary." Uh…

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1. Barry - August 25, 2006

Congratulations, guys 🙂 Does the wood anniversary mean you have to whittle her something?

2. djuggler - August 25, 2006

Well, there’s all the construction projects I am doing.

Of course, there are the typical juvenial responses but I’ve already said those verbally and she dared me to post every one of them.

But yes, I like the carving idea! Does this mean I get to visit Woodcraft (Knoxville location).

3. AT - August 28, 2006

Congrats, guys. Its always nice to see a happy couple!

4. Latte Man - August 28, 2006

Happy Anniversary (Belated)

5. tim - August 28, 2006

does crack a wood mean anything to you yankees?

6. djuggler - August 29, 2006

“Crack a wood” is a new a term to me. But we do get “woodies”, we have “morning wood”, we “get wood”, and we “give wood”.

My “uh” above was totally holding back on the various jokes that raced through my mind about how this anniversary was going to be “easy to satisfy” Cathy and that shopping would not be “hard” and that I could give the “gift of wood” to her over and over.

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