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S: Richard and Sara Myers ~ September 24, 2011

BC: Mr. and Mrs. Myers | LI | lived happily ever after!

FC: Richard and Sara Myers: The First Year Told Through the Eyes of their Friends and Family

1: Richard and Sara - Your special day has finally arrived! Congratulations on taking this big step in your relationship! There are going to be ups and downs but the most important thing is that you are there for one another through them. Enjoy the ups, work through the downs, and at the end of the day know that you have something special by having each other. We truly could not be happier for the two of you and wish you nothing but the best. Much love! Andy, Lisa & Jayden

2: Honeymoon - First Vacation by Lisa Barshinger | Sara and Richard were very much looking forward to their honeymoon, their first vacation as a Mr. and Mrs! The couple put so much time and energy into planning their wedding and planning their honeymoon that they were both ready to get away and relax. Sara and Richard had their bags packed, their car loaded, their coffee brewed and off to Myrtle Beach they went. Shortly after leaving home Sara and Richard both insisted they were forgetting something but couldn't put their finger on what it was. So, they continued on with their trip. After finally arriving in Myrtle Beach they received a phone call. "Hey guys! Are we having a wedding today or what!?" Sara and Richard suddenly remembered what they were forgetting! They left for their honeymoon a week early! Oops!

3: Sara & Richard's first Daylight Savings Time as told through song titles... "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is"? They ask while singing "Always On My Mind." Let's do today what we did "Yesterday!" And let's do it until "Late In the Evening." Richard says, "I Could Have Danced All Night!" Just be sure to "Get Me to the Church On Time." Oh no! "Here Comes the Sun", "Time After Time!" Let's spend "Saturday In the Park" where we "Always" enjoy the "Violets of Dawn" up until "In the Midnight Hour." Our love is the same "Night & Day" and we always start the day with "Good Morning." Let's go enjoy the "Saturday Sun." Sara says "There's a Brand New Day on the Horizon" and "I Got Sun In the Morning." These are wonderful "Moments to Remember" our "Everlasting Love." However you two spend your first Daylight Savings Time, I hope you spend it singing YOUR song! Love, Aunt Jenn | Daylight Savings Time Begins Today by Jenn Myers

4: Their first Halloween...boy, won't that be fun! I see you guys standing at your door. You greeting children and giving candy while Richard is on the roof dumping water on any teen willing to prank your house. Although he may not see you walking out...you got a little wet. At the end of the night you eat all the leftovers while sitting next to each other by the warm and cozy fire, telling stories. | Halloween by Barbara Merroth

5: Ah, it's Christmas morning and their 3 month anniversary plus a day. Both Richard and Sara wake at the exact same time, they look into each others eyes and at the same instance they both blurt out "What the *?!! were we thinking!!" The moment passes and they realize that all is well. Richard kisses Sara and says "Let's go see what Santa brought us!" As they enter the living room to inspect the presents they are both thinking who's house do we go to first to eat mom and dad's or mom and dad's. | Christmas by Aunt Anne

6: As their dear family members arrived early on Christmas morning, Sara and Richard greeted them with sleepy smiles and heavy hugs. Neither had been able to sleep well the evening before out of nervousness and excitement, so a marathon of baking, decorating and cleaning had ensued since the dim hours of the morning. Needless to say, the house looked and smelled spectacular. However, Jayden was too excited to notice their sleepless efforts as he ran through the house, ducking under tables and through doorways. To settle the young explorer, they decided to open presents. | Christmas by Lydia Ann Stern | As their dear family members arrived early on Christmas morning, Sara and Richard greeted them with sleepy smiles and heavy hugs. Neither had been able to sleep well the evening before out of nervousness and excitement, so a marathon of baking, decorating and cleaning had ensued since the dim hours of the morning. Needless to say, the house looked and smelled spectacular. However, Jayden was too excited to notice their sleepless efforts as he ran through the house, ducking under tables and through doorways. To settle the young explorer, they decided to open presents. | Christmas by Lydia Ann Stern | As their dear family members arrived early on Christmas morning, Sara and Richard greeted them with sleepy smiles and heavy hugs. Neither had been able to sleep well the evening before out of nervousness and excitement, so a marathon of baking, decorating and cleaning had ensued since the dim hours of the morning. Needless to say, the house looked and smelled spectacular. However, Jayden was too excited to notice their sleepless efforts as he ran through the house, ducking under tables and through doorways. To settle the young explorer, they decided to open presents. | Christmas by Lydia Ann Stern | As their dear family members arrived early on Christmas morning, Sara and Richard greeted them with sleepy smiles and heavy hugs. Neither had been able to sleep well the evening before out of nervousness and excitement, so a marathon of baking, decorating and cleaning had ensued since the dim hours of the morning. Needless to say, the house looked and smelled spectacular. However, Jayden was too excited to notice their sleepless efforts as he ran through the house, ducking under tables and through doorways. To settle the young explorer, they decided to open presents. | Christmas by Lydia Ann Stern

7: They oohed and ahhed as Jayden tore through the many adorable and short-lived toys he received from Santa. Then, the adults exchanged gifts with one another. But there was something missing, Richard noticed. The necklace he had bought for Sara had disappeared from in front of the tree. Rather than worry his tired wife, though, he figured it would turn up, and he decided not to mention it. Sara continued preparing their Christmas dinner, baking the pineapple stuffing that was her claim to fame. Everyone sat around the table to say grace and begin to dig into the picture-perfect spread Sara and Richard had prepared. “What the —,” Sara said as she took the first bite of her stuffing, slowly threading the necklace out of its contents. Realizing Jayden must have picked up the necklace in his Tasmanian travels and hid it in the stuffing, Richard began to laugh. “Merry Christmas, hunny,” he said, adding, “At least it wasn’t the remote!” | They oohed and ahhed as Jayden tore through the many adorable and short-lived toys he received from Santa. Then, the adults exchanged gifts with one another. But there was something missing, Richard noticed. The necklace he had bought for Sara had disappeared from in front of the tree. Rather than worry his tired wife, though, he figured it would turn up, and he decided not to mention it. Sara continued preparing their Christmas dinner, baking the pineapple stuffing that was her claim to fame. Everyone sat around the table to say grace and begin to dig into the picture-perfect spread Sara and Richard had prepared. “What the —,” Sara said as she took the first bite of her stuffing, slowly threading the necklace out of its contents. Realizing Jayden must have picked up the necklace in his Tasmanian travels and hid it in the stuffing, Richard began to laugh. “Merry Christmas, hunny,” he said, adding, “At least it wasn’t the remote!” | They oohed and ahhed as Jayden tore through the many adorable and short-lived toys he received from Santa. Then, the adults exchanged gifts with one another. But there was something missing, Richard noticed. The necklace he had bought for Sara had disappeared from in front of the tree. Rather than worry his tired wife, though, he figured it would turn up, and he decided not to mention it. Sara continued preparing their Christmas dinner, baking the pineapple stuffing that was her claim to fame. Everyone sat around the table to say grace and begin to dig into the picture-perfect spread Sara and Richard had prepared. “What the —,” Sara said as she took the first bite of her stuffing, slowly threading the necklace out of its contents. Realizing Jayden must have picked up the necklace in his Tasmanian travels and hid it in the stuffing, Richard began to laugh. “Merry Christmas, hunny,” he said, adding, “At least it wasn’t the remote!” | They oohed and ahhed as Jayden tore through the many adorable and short-lived toys he received from Santa. Then, the adults exchanged gifts with one another. But there was something missing, Richard noticed. The necklace he had bought for Sara had disappeared from in front of the tree. Rather than worry his tired wife, though, he figured it would turn up, and he decided not to mention it. Sara continued preparing their Christmas dinner, baking the pineapple stuffing that was her claim to fame. Everyone sat around the table to say grace and begin to dig into the picture-perfect spread Sara and Richard had prepared. “What the —,” Sara said as she took the first bite of her stuffing, slowly threading the necklace out of its contents. Realizing Jayden must have picked up the necklace in his Tasmanian travels and hid it in the stuffing, Richard began to laugh. “Merry Christmas, hunny,” he said, adding, “At least it wasn’t the remote!”

8: Happy Birthday! by Dave & Pat | As the stork knocks on the door and announces Happy Birthday its a ? We find Mom, Dad and Richard in the waiting room. Richard's goatee is about to the middle of his chest and his eyes are filled with excitement while Bill and Dar and other family members in the other corner in shock. From an undisclosed room come screams of fright and joy. Slowly the beads of sweat accumulate and roll down Richard's face. Now the whole room is rocking and moving around as Sara tries to awaken him from a sound sleep. Just to say Happy Birthday and guess what...

9: On February 15th Richard woke up feeling that he forgot something. Little did he know he forgot two somethings. Sara promptly began plotting her revenge. | Happy Birthday "Sara's Birthday" by Becky Myers

10: Richard knew Sara's first birthday as a Mrs. had to be special, but he didn't know how he could top last year's surprise at the Emporium. For days-months!-he agonized over what to do. He couldn't sleep. He picked his nose compulsively. He wore his glasses upside down. He just wanted to be the perfect husband and think of the perfect gift. Then one day it hit him, literally. He was walking down the street on a cold, windy January day when a piece of paper hit him in the face. There, on that mangled piece of paper, was the answer he'd been looking for: "FOR SALE: The York Emporium." Richard couldn't believe his eyes. He switched his glasses right-side up, blinked a few times, and read it again. Relieved, he decided to sleep on it, for Richard was wise and knew a decision such as this should not be made hastily. When he awoke a week later, he signed the papers and made the Emporium his-theirs. | Happy Birthday! by April Hoffman

11: On Sara's birthday, Richard took her to the Emporium. There were no rose petals or chocolates or cut-out cupids, but there in the endless aisles of books, Richard presented Sara with a simple piece of rolled up paper tied in a light blue ribbon. When she unraveled the paper, she set eyes on the deed to the Emporium with their names- Richard and Sara Myers. Sara squealed and flailed her arms. Amidst the air of creativity, Sara's heart fluttered for Richard just as it had on their wedding day. Together they nestled into a corner of the store, breathed in the smell of old books, and began to dream a few dreams about their new life as the owners of the Emporium. Best wishes!

12: Happy Birthday! by Stacey Merroth | Today as the sun is rising you are thankful for another birthday. You are awaken to the smell..of something cooking. With wonder and excitement thinking "What is Richard doing?" As you lay in bed, wondering and waiting for the moment to occur. The next moment is Richard walking into the bedroom singing "Happy Birthday to you...Dear Sara." You then notice that he is wearing only your apron, and he is carrying a tray with french toast and orange juice for you. With a giggle you say "Thank you" and think what a wonderful birthday this will be.

13: Happy Valentine's Day! by Mom and Dad Barshinger | Sara arrived home from work. Hmm, she thought to herself, Richard’s car is not in the garage. “It’s my birthday”, she mused to herself, “I was hoping to do something special this evening.” She walked through the kitchen and climbed the stairs to visit the bathroom. There taped to the vanity mirror was a note which read, “Check out the bedroom closet.” What’s up with that, she thought curiously. She headed towards the bedroom closet feeling a sense of intrigue. Tucked into the closet door was an envelope with the words, “Look inside” attached. She was humored by his deliberate effort to build suspense and quickly opened the door. Sitting in full view was her suitcase, stuffed to the brim. She pulled the suitcase from the closet. | Happy Valentine's Day! by Mom and Dad Barshinger | Sara arrived home from work. Hmm, she thought to herself, Richard’s car is not in the garage. “It’s my birthday”, she mused to herself, “I was hoping to do something special this evening.” She walked through the kitchen and climbed the stairs to visit the bathroom. There taped to the vanity mirror was a note which read, “Check out the bedroom closet.” What’s up with that, she thought curiously. She headed towards the bedroom closet feeling a sense of intrigue. Tucked into the closet door was an envelope with the words, “Look inside” attached. She was humored by his deliberate effort to build suspense and quickly opened the door. Sitting in full view was her suitcase, stuffed to the brim. She pulled the suitcase from the closet.

14: She still had not seen any hint of Richard. She giggled, wondering where he was and what the next surprise or clue would be. At that moment, her cell phone buzzed with a text. She scurried to her purse to retrieve the phone. Her fingers fumbled a bit, tingling with excitement. The text read, "Bring your bag to the garage." She took a second and darted back up the stairs to relieve herself in the bathroom, thinking that it may be awhile before she has that opportunity again. She opened the garage door to find Richard sitting in his car with the motor running. She scurried to the car, opened the door, slid in and landed a big kiss on his cheek as he pulled from the garage. After exiting their neighborhood, the car turned right onto Rt. 74. Her mind was racing. Where are we going? Did he pack enough clothes for me? Did he remember the birth control?! Can I ask where we are going or will that ruin his fun? She finally decided to sit back, relax and enjoy the moment. That proved to be more difficult than she imagined. Her mind ran through various scenarios.

15: The car merged onto Interstate 83, heading north. After traveling awhile, the car exited and headed across the Susquehanna River. The bridge lights glistened on the water, illuminating the radiance seeping from her heart. As they turned right onto Chestnut St she realized that they were headed to the train station and a trip beyond York County! As they entered the station, Sara reminisced about the evenings she traveled through the station on her weekend trips to visit Richard in Indiana, PA. They quickly moved through registration and sat among the other travelers awaiting the train. She still had no clue where they were headed and Richard had no intention of divulging any details. They snuggled into the train seats and shared in the warmth of the car. Several hours later they arrived at the Penn Central station and exited the train; hailing a cab. The cabbie traveled trough the maze of bustling streets and stopped at the Ritz Carlton Hotel.

16: After checking in at the lobby, the bellhop led them to the bridal suite, overlooking Central Park, complete with king sized bed, whirlpool and champagne on ice. They settled in for the night enjoying the amenities and each other. They rose early the next morning, bundled up and headed to the park for a winter carriage ride. The driver covered them in a mound of blankets. They headed down the trail; the canopy of trees softening the noise of the city nearby. An hour later they returned and dismounted the carriage. Richard led her across the street. In the distance, she could see Tiffany's and entertained the thought that it would be fun to peek in the window. When they neared the store, Richard opened the door and led her into the store, greeting the clerk by name. Francois, the clerk immediately opened the display case and pulled out a small black box. Richard thanked Francois and tucked it in his pocket as they left the store.

17: Sara's curiosity was peaked beyond her control but she didn't dare verbalize her eagerness to see what was inside. Richard mentioned that they had to hurry. After a quick bite at a local deli, they headed to 45th street and entered the Majestic Theater. She was immediately taken back to her first visit to the Majestic and the first time she saw The Phantom of the Opera. The usher led them down towards the orchestra pit stopping at row 6 directly under the chandelier. In no time the musical began and she once again got lost in the dramatic story and stirring music. As they left the theater, Richard pulled her close and said, "Wait till you see where we are going for dinner." They briskly walked to 30 Rockefeller Center. After a brief elevator ride, the doors opened to the Top of the Rock Grille. They were seated near the window and enjoyed looking over the cityscape. As they enjoyed their drinks, Richard motioned towards the window saying, "Look at that!" There before them, reminiscent of Sleepless in Seattle was the Empire State Building illuminated with a huge red heart.

18: Sara stared in disbelief as a message board lit up to read, "Thanks for 5 wonderful months!" He handed her the gift box from Tiffany's. After Richard scraped Sara from the ceiling, they return to the Ritz Carlton to celebrate one of God's greatest gifts in marriage. We love you, Ma and Pa

20: Valentine's Day by Shannon Hemauer | It was Valentine's Day morning and Richard was extra excited! Now that he and Sara were married, Richard felt he could display his DEEP love for this Hallmark Card Holiday. In the past, Richard had always focused on Sara's birthday, which happened to be on the same date (which is in fact, how he knew Sara was the one. He felt that it was a sign from Cupid himself to marry a woman who was born on this joyous day.) "Oh, boy!" thought Richard as he jumped out of bed, ready to surprise his lovely wife. "I cannot wait to celebrate my favorite holiday!" Since it was early in the morning, Sara was still soundly sleeping as Richard tip-toed into the closet and pulled out a large box. He tried not to laugh out loud as he envisioned Sara's expression to his gift for her.

21: Quickly, Richard took the box into the bathroom and opened it up. While pulling out a pair of white angel wings and a large bow with gummy candy-tipped arrows from the box, he eyed up the diaper that came in the kit, and tossed it to the side. "I'm not wearing a diaper! I'm a man." he thought. He quickly put on wings and loaded the bow up with an arrow...he was now ready to seduce his new wife. "SARA!" he yelled as he ran into the bedroom. "SARA! I LOVE YOU! COME. LET'S MAKE LOVE TO EACH OTHER!" Sara sat up and blinked, trying to figure out if this image in front of her was a horrible dream or her wonderful husband dressed horribly ridiculous. She decided it was a combo of the two. "Um. What are you doing?" she inquired. "Oh, Sara. I love you and I love Valentine's Day! I want to celebrate by dressing up..." It was very difficult to concentrate on what Richard was saying, for she kept getting distracted by his, um, you know. This is where my story ends...but perhaps another one picks up nine months later?

22: The alarm clock rang early at Richard and Sara’s house. It was Easter morning and daylight was just beginning to filter through the blinds. They each dressed cheerfully and eventually found each other in the kitchen, where coffee was already brewing thanks to the overnight timer. Richard likes having his coffee early and Sara usually has herbal tea. Over pancakes they discuss their Sunday school lesson, while Sara jots notes in the margin of the study book. Soon, they were out the front door, hand-in-hand, Richard’s new dress shoes squeaking just a bit as they head for the car. It was Easter, their first Easter as a married couple, and this bright, sunny day held so many happy possibilities,just like their future life together. | Easter | The alarm clock rang early at Richard and Sara’s house. It was Easter morning and daylight was just beginning to filter through the blinds. They each dressed cheerfully and eventually found each other in the kitchen, where coffee was already brewing thanks to the overnight timer. Richard likes having his coffee early and Sara usually has herbal tea. Over pancakes they discuss their Sunday school lesson, while Sara jots notes in the margin of the study book. Soon, they were out the front door, hand-in-hand, Richard’s new dress shoes squeaking just a bit as they head for the car. It was Easter, their first Easter as a married couple, and this bright, sunny day held so many happy possibilities,just like their future life together. | Easter | The alarm clock rang early at Richard and Sara’s house. It was Easter morning and daylight was just beginning to filter through the blinds. They each dressed cheerfully and eventually found each other in the kitchen, where coffee was already brewing thanks to the overnight timer. Richard likes having his coffee early and Sara usually has herbal tea. Over pancakes they discuss their Sunday school lesson, while Sara jots notes in the margin of the study book. Soon, they were out the front door, hand-in-hand, Richard’s new dress shoes squeaking just a bit as they head for the car. It was Easter, their first Easter as a married couple, and this bright, sunny day held so many happy possibilities,just like their future life together. | Easter | The alarm clock rang early at Richard and Sara’s house. It was Easter morning and daylight was just beginning to filter through the blinds. They each dressed cheerfully and eventually found each other in the kitchen, where coffee was already brewing thanks to the overnight timer. Richard likes having his coffee early and Sara usually has herbal tea. Over pancakes they discuss their Sunday school lesson, while Sara jots notes in the margin of the study book. Soon, they were out the front door, hand-in-hand, Richard’s new dress shoes squeaking just a bit as they head for the car. It was Easter, their first Easter as a married couple, and this bright, sunny day held so many happy possibilities,just like their future life together. | Easter by Christine Wuhrman

23: Richard and Sara awaken on a _________ Easter morning. The ______ are singing, the ____________ are blooming, and the __________ streams through the ______________. Richard and Sara rush downstairs to see if the Easter _______________ has come and hidden the ___________. They are filled with __________. At Sara's house the Easter ________________ always hides the _____________ in the ________________. At Richard's house the Easter _____________ always hides the _________________ in the __________________. Since marriage is a compromise, they're __________ to see what the Easter _____________ will do in their new home. To their surprise the Easter __________ hides their _____________ in _____________. No matter! Love conquers all. What a very ___________ first Easter to remember! | Easter by Aunt Judy

24: It was a dark and stormy night. Richard was happily slicing the last of the bell peppers with the magnificent chef's knife some wonderful individual had thoughtfully given as a wedding gift. Sara would be home soon, and Richard could not wait to surprise her with the sumptuous feast he had prepared using all of their new kitchen gadgets, utensils, and china for the first time. He was suddenly distracted from his task by the sound of breaking glass. Gripping the knife tightly, he picked his way carefully through unlit rooms until he found the source of the noise: a tiny man in a green suit and matching bowler hat was standing in front of the freshly broken living room window, brushing glass shards from his sleeves. He glanced up as Richard entered the room. "Sorry about the mess, me lad. I was blown off me course by the storm." "No problem. Hey, are you that ---" | First Kitchen Calamity by Hillary Clawson

25: "That's me!" "Hm." A thoughtful look on his face, Richard approached the little man. Lightning struck. The knife flashed. *** "Dinner was fantastic, " Sara said, looking fondly at her new husband. "Glad you liked it," Richard replied. "I do have a question about this Rainbow Pie, though ---" "Yes?" "It tastes like you used Lucky Charms in it somewhere. Is it the crust?" "Now Sara," Richard cut her off with a smile. "You don't really want to know all of my secrets, do you?"

26: It was a hot and humid day in the middle of Sara and Richard's first summer as a married couple. Richard worked before coming home to an empty house; Sara was out all day running errands and suffering from the pains of a stifling afternoon of obligations. "Everything just went wrong," Sara told him on the phone before she headed to their home. And she was telling the truth. Bags ripped, stores were out of stock, a tire went flat, and a headache emerged. Richard, struck with an idea on how to make her day a little better, ran to the local market for fresh fruit and yogurt and made it back to the apartment just as Sara pulled into the driveway. "What's that?" she asked, pointing to the bag. "Oh this? Thought we'd make smoothies tonight," he shrugged. Normally, Sara would love his thoughtfulness and a smoothie, but after the day she had, she just wanted to sink into bed and sleep. | First Kitchen Calamity by Allison Bishop

27: So, she made a noncommittal noise and followed her husband into the house. "Just don't make a mess," she begged. She did, after all, spend the morning cleaning the kitchen. "Sure thing" he said as he began to unpack the supplies as Sara dropped her bags and headed for the bedroom. "Uh, Sara?" Laying face down on a fluffy pillow, Sara groaned, "MmmmhHUH?" A crash answered her from the kitchen. "Where's that blender we got as a wedding shower present and haven't used yet?" He yelled his question, followed by another crash and the alarming sound of glass breaking. Sara winced at the commotion. Using her last bit of energy, she pulled her head up to respond, "It's in the top cabinet above the refrigerator." "It's where? Above the what? OH! Never mind!" Her husband yelled.

28: Her head plopped back onto the pillow as she continued to listen to the disconcerting sounds emanating from the kitchen. Her head snapped up in alarm, however, when she heard a terrible grinding noise, a pop, followed by Richard's very unique scream. Sara ran to her husband. First, she noticed he wasn't hurt, and she was thankful for that. The next thing she noticed was a thick pink liquid that covered the walls, counters, and cabinets. This made her angry. The last thing she noticed was Richard, who had a big glob of pink strawberry yogurt square in the middle of his nose. His glasses, shirt, and arms were also covered in the delicious, attempted smoothie. His look of shock was more than Sara could take. She doubled over in laughter, which, in turn, caused Richard to give into the infectious giggles. She kissed the smoothie from his lips. "Oh, it's very good. Good job, honey!"

29: They were out late at a friend's wedding reception on Saturday night. They are awakened Sunday morning by the radio announcer saying "Good Morning its 9:00AM." But the clock says 8:00- what happened? No time to snuggle and wake up slowly. Who gets the shower first and who makes breakfast? Being intelligent people it is decided that Sara gets the shower first (because it always takes women longer right!) Meanwhile Richard doesn't feel like making the breakfast and decides they should just hit McDonald's on the way to church as he has a leisurely cup of coffee. Sara suddenly remembers that they volunteered to bring snacks for the Kindergarten Sunday school class so they got 15 hot apple pies and hot fudge sundae's while they are at McDonald's. When told the total for the snacks is $81.00 Richard realizes, in the rush to get ready, he forgot to put his wallet in his pocket. | Daylight Savings Time Begins Today by Aunt Donna

30: He checks with Sara and she only has $80.00 in her wallet. They explain their morning to the cashier - his only repply was "it sounds like you are daylight late and a dollar short, but I will need that extra buck if you want this food." Richard goes to the car and scrounges around for a dollar in change. As they leave McDonald's Sara offered to drive but Richard declined and 2 minutes from church he forgets to use his turn signal and the friendly officer was watching and pulls him over. What else can go wrong? You'll be sorry you asked that question. They realize they are late for Sunday school class but take comfort in the fact that the snacks are not served until the end of class. The couple rush to get everything out of the car and as they enter the church it seems too quiet. Just then Sara's phone rings the frantic teacher on the other end wants to know where they are and more importantly when will the snacks arrive. Sara says "we were running a little late but we are almost to the classroom."

31: That's when the teacher reminds her that today was the day the Sunday school classes decided to hold class at the park, which is 15 minutes away. How do you think the ice cream held up? That as they say, is life! There will be days like this in your years together try to see the humor and enjoy the smooth and rough days. Best wishes with Love Aunt Donna

32: Their first year tripping happily along, Sara and Richard arrived at St. Patty’s Day. Now, with a largely German and/or English background, celebrating a purely Irish holiday seemed a bit silly, but the German blood was excited about celebrating any holiday that involved beer. So, with “Erin Go Bragh”, they donned the green, hung a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pin on their shirts and headed out to kick it Irish style. But, let’s face it, this is York County not Ireland and the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were pretty meager. But that did not daunt or intrepid couple. | St. Patrick's day by Jill Dehoff | Their first year tripping happily along, Sara and Richard arrived at St. Patty’s Day. Now, with a largely German and/or English background, celebrating a purely Irish holiday seemed a bit silly, but the German blood was excited about celebrating any holiday that involved beer. So, with “Erin Go Bragh”, they donned the green, hung a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pin on their shirts and headed out to kick it Irish style. But, let’s face it, this is York County not Ireland and the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were pretty meager. But that did not daunt or intrepid couple. | St. Patrick's day by Jill Dehoff | Their first year tripping happily along, Sara and Richard arrived at St. Patty’s Day. Now, with a largely German and/or English background, celebrating a purely Irish holiday seemed a bit silly, but the German blood was excited about celebrating any holiday that involved beer. So, with “Erin Go Bragh”, they donned the green, hung a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pin on their shirts and headed out to kick it Irish style. But, let’s face it, this is York County not Ireland and the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were pretty meager. But that did not daunt or intrepid couple. | St. Patrick's day by Jill Dehoff | Their first year tripping happily along, Sara and Richard arrived at St. Patty’s Day. Now, with a largely German and/or English background, celebrating a purely Irish holiday seemed a bit silly, but the German blood was excited about celebrating any holiday that involved beer. So, with “Erin Go Bragh”, they donned the green, hung a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pin on their shirts and headed out to kick it Irish style. But, let’s face it, this is York County not Ireland and the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were pretty meager. But that did not daunt or intrepid couple. | St. Patrick's day by Jill Dehoff

33: Oh no! They grabbed a little person who happened to be standing right next to them (Weird, right?), stuck an Irish hat on him, handed him a pot of gold, and toasted him with a green frosty beverage. Despite the insult of being pegged as a leprechaun, the little person was happily brought about by a frosty beverage and a cheery toast of his own, “May God bless those who love us. And those who do not love us, may He turn their hearts. And if he does not turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we know them by their limping.” Thus heralded, Sara and Richard returned home, hung up their green for another day and laid down for dreams of smiling Irish eyes! | Oh no! They grabbed a little person who happened to be standing right next to them (Weird, right?), stuck an Irish hat on him, handed him a pot of gold, and toasted him with a green frosty beverage. Despite the insult of being pegged as a leprechaun, the little person was happily brought about by a frosty beverage and a cheery toast of his own, “May God bless those who love us. And those who do not love us, may He turn their hearts. And if he does not turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we know them by their limping.” Thus heralded, Sara and Richard returned home, hung up their green for another day and laid down for dreams of smiling Irish eyes! | Oh no! They grabbed a little person who happened to be standing right next to them (Weird, right?), stuck an Irish hat on him, handed him a pot of gold, and toasted him with a green frosty beverage. Despite the insult of being pegged as a leprechaun, the little person was happily brought about by a frosty beverage and a cheery toast of his own, “May God bless those who love us. And those who do not love us, may He turn their hearts. And if he does not turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we know them by their limping.” Thus heralded, Sara and Richard returned home, hung up their green for another day and laid down for dreams of smiling Irish eyes! | Oh no! They grabbed a little person who happened to be standing right next to them (Weird, right?), stuck an Irish hat on him, handed him a pot of gold, and toasted him with a green frosty beverage. Despite the insult of being pegged as a leprechaun, the little person was happily brought about by a frosty beverage and a cheery toast of his own, “May God bless those who love us. And those who do not love us, may He turn their hearts. And if he does not turn their hearts, may he turn their ankles so we know them by their limping.” Thus heralded, Sara and Richard returned home, hung up their green for another day and laid down for dreams of smiling Irish eyes!

34: On the first rainy weekend in Spring, Sara prepared to get cozy on the sofa with her book, Jonathan Stringe & Mr. Norrell. This 782- page tome about fending magicians had kept her attention all through the winter. Now that story was nearing conclusion and the peace and prosperity of 1800s England was at stake. Sara opened her book to discover the final chapter had vanished! Was this a part of the story? Sara told Richard all about her distressing find. After letting her stew about it for the afternoon, Richard, who perhaps had grown weary of competing with a book for Sara's attention, did a magic trick of his own and produced a complete copy of the novel. The inscription read: To: Sara April Fools! Love, Richard. | April Fool's Day by Amy Barshinger

35: Mother's Day by Darlene Myers | On Mother's Day the two of you will yet again be trying to figure out how to split your day up. You care about both your families more then each other at times. Don't stress. Give us a call, all we want is that you are both happy.

36: Happy Mother's Day by Grandma Godfrey | To the future “Sara Myers” My first Mothers’s Day – May 1949 Sharon was about 3 weeks old. It was a brand new life for Glen and I. Things to do you’re not familiar with. Bathing a tiny bundle and dressing her. They can’t put their little arms in a nighty sleeve. They are always moving a part of their body. But you are so proud and happy being a mother. There were times where it was lunch time. I wasn’t quite ready. Glen would hold the Baby so I could get finished. We were partners.Through the night, Glen went outside for her bottles to the milk house. We didn’t have a refrigerator. It was 62 years ago. We got a fridge, washed diapers every day, and line dried them. You didn’t mind, that was life for country folks. Sara, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We have each other and enjoyed being and working together. Our best and love always, Grandma and Grandpa. | Happy Mother's Day by Grandma Godfrey | To the future “Sara Myers” My first Mothers’s Day – May 1949 Sharon was about 3 weeks old. It was a brand new life for Glen and I. Things to do you’re not familiar with. Bathing a tiny bundle and dressing her. They can’t put their little arms in a nighty sleeve. They are always moving a part of their body. But you are so proud and happy being a mother. There were times where it was lunch time. I wasn’t quite ready. Glen would hold the Baby so I could get finished. We were partners.Through the night, Glen went outside for her bottles to the milk house. We didn’t have a refrigerator. It was 62 years ago. We got a fridge, washed diapers every day, and line dried them. You didn’t mind, that was life for country folks. Sara, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We have each other and enjoyed being and working together. Our best and love always, Grandma and Grandpa. | Happy Mother's Day by Grandma Godfrey | To the future “Sara Myers” My first Mothers’s Day – May 1949 Sharon was about 3 weeks old. It was a brand new life for Glen and I. Things to do you’re not familiar with. Bathing a tiny bundle and dressing her. They can’t put their little arms in a nighty sleeve. They are always moving a part of their body. But you are so proud and happy being a mother. There were times where it was lunch time. I wasn’t quite ready. Glen would hold the Baby so I could get finished. We were partners.Through the night, Glen went outside for her bottles to the milk house. We didn’t have a refrigerator. It was 62 years ago. We got a fridge, washed diapers every day, and line dried them. You didn’t mind, that was life for country folks. Sara, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We have each other and enjoyed being and working together. Our best and love always, Grandma and Grandpa. | Happy Mother's Day by Grandma Godfrey | To the future “Sara Myers” My first Mothers’s Day – May 1949 Sharon was about 3 weeks old. It was a brand new life for Glen and I. Things to do you’re not familiar with. Bathing a tiny bundle and dressing her. They can’t put their little arms in a nighty sleeve. They are always moving a part of their body. But you are so proud and happy being a mother. There were times where it was lunch time. I wasn’t quite ready. Glen would hold the Baby so I could get finished. We were partners.Through the night, Glen went outside for her bottles to the milk house. We didn’t have a refrigerator. It was 62 years ago. We got a fridge, washed diapers every day, and line dried them. You didn’t mind, that was life for country folks. Sara, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We have each other and enjoyed being and working together. Our best and love always, Grandma and Grandpa.

37: Sara and Richard will spend an enjoyable 4th of July down at the Outer Banks. They will spread a blanket on the balcony of the Currituck Lighthouse and enjoy a delicious picnic dinner consisting of fried chicken, perfectly baked potatoes, some seasonal fresh fruit, and warm apple pie. Of course they will be the only couple at the top of the lighthouse for this romantic, memorable evening! The two of them will snuggle up and delight in watching the fireworks displays all along the coast of the Outer Banks. Don't forget to put on the bug spray! | 4th of July by Amanda Fleckenstein

38: The 4th of July A Fish Story by P.S. Moore | "Richard, this is awful!" cried Sara. "What are we going to do now?" Soaked to the skin and shaking from the short but strenuous swim against the strong current, Richard stared back at his darling bride. She too was dripping wet. She too was shaking. But from the sound of her voice, it was anger - not exertion - making her tremble. Richard put his hands to his head, scrubbed the water from his hair and pulled a minnow from his left ear. Holding the wriggling fish between finger and thumb, he regarded it briefly then sighed and tossed it over his shoulder. The tiny 'plop' as it hit the water was almost completely lost in the sloshing of Sara's boots as she began stomping back and forth along the pebbled shoreline. "I don't see the canoe anywhere!" Her glare could probably have carved them a new canoe from a tree trunk had there been any trees over three inches in diameter on the tiny island.

39: Richard lowered himself onto a nearby rock and tried to collect his thoughts. How had things gone so wrong, exactly? The day had started beautifully. They had gotten up early, gone on a short hike around the park, lingered over coffee. The family cookout that afternoon had been fun and the food delicious. Maybe it was because they were feeling a little overstuffed and lazy that, as evening approached, they decided against pilling into the car with the rest of the relatives to drive into town for the fireworks. "Wouldn't it be nice to watch the display from the capitol go off over the river?" he had said. Sara agreed. They would paddle out to the island where they sometimes picnicked. It would be romantic. They loaded up the canoe and headed east. Whatever caused the huge swell that separated them from their canoe had vanished as quickly as it appeared. What it could have been, Richard had no clue. And it didn't really matter now. What did matter was how to get back to their car, their home, their super-deluxe high-pressure shower, their comfy-and dry-bed.

40: He pulled another minnow from his shirt pocket and sent it after the first. As he followed the fish's brief flight, he caught a glimpse of day-glo orange in the weeds by the water's edge. "Sara! My pack- I see my pack!" She stomp-sloshed over to where he was executing a little celebratory dance while simultaneously yanking at the zipper of his sopping backpack. "Okay, I give up.How are a pile of soggy journals and a bag of potato chips going to get us out of this?" He stopped dancing and started tugging at the contents of the pack in earnest. It was nearly dark and getting hard to tell what was what in the recesses of the backpack, but in a minute he gave a triumphant laugh. "Flares," he crowed, "flares,flares,flares. In a waterproof wrapper. I'm brilliant! We're saved!"

41: She raised an eyebrow, which had no effect in the growing darkness. "It's July 4th," she reminded him in a monotone. "Just who is going to notice one more firework, exactly?" As Richard took a moment to process the question, the last glimmer of daylight faded and the first rocket of the capitol display launched into the night sky. "Hellooo-ooo?" They jumped at the sound of the man's voice. Sara grabbed tight to Richard's hand as they peered into the darkness. Another firework illuminated a shadowy figure standing knee deep in the water just off the island. He was holding a fishing rod in one hand and the nose of their canoe in the other.

42: "Uncle Rick?" said Sara, disbelief making her voice quaver."Hi, Sara...hey, Richard," Rick replied. "I sure didn't expect to see you guys out here. This yours?" He waded up from the river, dragging the canoe behind him. Richard and Sara's story came tumbling out of them in a wave of relief as red, green and blue sparklers exploded overhead and were reflected on the surface of the water. "Well now," Rick rubbed his hand over his chin, "a sudden well knocked you out of the boat?" It was hard to tell in the intermittent light from the fireworks, but he looked a little embarrassed. "Did it look something like this?" Wading back into the water, he gave a sharp warbling whistle that ended in a series of clicks. The river around him began to bubble and churn. Sara and Richard watched wide-eyed as hundreds of shad jumped and flashed around her uncle's legs causing the water to crest up nearly to his waist before subsiding again. "But Uncle Rick...how? What?" Sara stammered.

43: "I'm real sorry, you two. I was fishing just on the other side of the island as it got dark and I guess you got caught up in my secret shad call. If I'd known anyone was close I never would have whistled them up." "Tell you what," he continued, "to make it up to you, "ill have them take you back to shore. Hop in the canoe." Looking somewhat dazed, the couple complied. "You parked at the marina?" They nodded in unison. "Okay, good. Now hang on tight!" Again Rich whistled and clicked at the water. This time, the rising swell was more gradual, but just as strong. It lifted the canoe with Sara and Richard aboard and carried them off into the night. As they sped away under the boom and glitter of the fireworks finale, they could hear Rick's voice trailing behind them. "Ummm, I'd really appreciate it if you don't mention that whistle to anyone, okay?"

44: Damp from their dunking, amazed by the fins flashing around them and relieved to be heading for home, they laughed back across the water. "No one would believe it, anyway, Uncle Rick! Your secret is safe with us!"

45: And then, their first year was over. The next thing they knew, Richard and Sara were sitting with the first layer of their wedding cake between them, reminiscing over the past 12 months. They cried over hardships and losses and laughed at their silly adventures and rejoiced over triumphs. Still, the moments they found themselves reminiscing with the most clarity and satisfaction were the little day-to-day nothings, chores made tolerable by the presence of the other, bad days at work erased by a smile and a comforting hug, little spaces of time barely worth remembering, and yet, above all, most precious. As they finished off the last few bits of cake, both smiled because whatever great excitement or everyday boredom their second year held, they knew it would be better because they were together. | Happy Anniversary

46: - Will have no cracks in the driveway. - Will have no "Beware of Dog" sign in the front yard. - May have a "Beware of Dinosaurs" sign in the entrance way. - Will be filled with love and laughter. Be happy - Love, Aunt Phil | Our First Home by Aunt Phil

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