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Flag of Portugal  , Lisbon,
Sunday, March 23, 2014

Today is my sixty-fourth birthday and more importantly Tony and I will celebrate our fortieth wedding anniversary. We are spending the day at our home away from home together with plans to relax, read, and enjoy a nice quiet dinner. We will both be cooking and Tony will bring out the eu de charcoal once again. We will miss our family and we wish they were here. It is a beautiful Sunday morning, the sun is shining and I am thankful for this day.

I want to record this day as it is a milestone for me. My parents did not get the opportunity to celebrate their fortieth and I know they would have enjoyed other opportunities to travel more together and share their experiences like Tony and I have. Tony has opened the world to me more than I would have ever done, allowed me to explore it in my own way and laughed along with me at some of my experiences. I find it very easy to stay at home with my wonderful, growing, loving family but I am so thankful of my time with just him

I believe the best gifts we receive are measured in time. So thank you Tony for all of these moments of time over the last forty years. For choosing me when you needed to make a choice, for your very hard work and tough decisions when it came to your career, for the strength it took to stand by when we did not think we would have a family, for appreciating and putting those two miracle girls first. For your smile, your tears in our tragedies and in happiness when you saw our grandchildren for the first time. For putting up with me, for there were moments I am sure when time was trying. 

Happy Anniversary, I love you!

p.s. Why did we get married on my birthday?
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Kathy and Howard on

Wishing you continued health and happiness on your 40th and on JAnie's b-day. We will raise our glasses with some champs to celebrate !!! Love K and H

Mary Fleming on

Congratulations to a wonderful couple on your 40th and a very Happy Birthday to you Jane.

(Terry & I also got married on a birthday but his not mine)

Karen on

And to think forty years ago we were so busy getting you ready for this big day that I forgot to wish you happy birthday! I've never forgotten that. So a very warm birthday wish from me to you and happy anniversary! Have a wonderful day together. To be together for forty years what a gift you're right! Enjoy.

Laurie on

Much love to you both on such a special day....Cheers!

Carl & Mary on

Happy birthday & happy anniversary! We are enjoying your travel blog - especially the pictures as we are surrounded by a couple of feet of snow! It is truly beautiful here - if it were Christmas instead of almost April!

June on

Happy Birthday Janie and Happy Anniversary to you both!

Jennie on

A very Happy Birthday to you, Janie!! And congratulations on 40 years together! Happy Anniversary Janie and Tony! :)

Judy on

Congratulations on your 40th Anniversary and a very Happy Birthday to Janie

Murray and Janet on

Happy Birthday and Anniversary. Hope you two have a great day. Enjoy !

Alice & Tony on

Congratulations to both of you. Hey, you're catching up to us!

Jim & Donna on

Happy celebration, wish we could be with you to celebrate your day. We will raise our glasses with you when we are together.Enjoy, Lv D & J

Trevor & Laurie on

Best wishes for both of you on your day of double celebration! Don't hurry home....it's still -20 here with no sign of any break in this winter that never ends.

Katie on

Ok I'm crying!!!!! Thank you for finding each other and turning your forty years into SO much. Love you two to pieces! Birthday and anniversary celebrations on your return!!!! Xoxo

Jessica on

I'm crying too! Katie- you stole the words from my mouth. So lovely to read this entry (and all entries), but this one is quite special, just like our parents!

Pat on

I am over two weeks behind in reading your blog and March 23rd is where I left off so forgive me. I remember that day 40 years ago as if it were yesterday. I was happy to be a part of that special day just as I am happy that you are still a part of my life 40 years later. You should both be proud of your beautiful family and what you have accomplished over the years as a couple and as a family. God Bless you and a very Happy belated 64th Birthday to you Janie. P.xxoo

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