Celebrating 31 Years of Marriage
In the summer of 1976, I was 15 years old, and vacationing with a friend’s family in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. My friend needed to stop by the Roxanne Motel to pick up money from his employer (Who also happened to be my Uncle Junior Biggs). Uncle Junior was vacationing with his friends Allen & Carnell Gillie. When we arrived, Junior suggested we stay for awhile and hangout with my cousin Kim Biggs and the Gillie’s two granddaughters (Sheila & Sherie) who were spending the day in the motel pool. As we walked into the pool area, I was taken aback by the most beautiful girl I had ever seen, Sheila Lovell. Her appearance rang true to the original meaning of her Irish name, “blinding.” I was definitely blinded by her beauty and what was supposed to be quick trip to get some cash turned into a week’s worth of activities. Little did I know, that week would become foundational for my future marriage.
As with most summer romances, our vacation quickly came to a close. I went back to North Carolina, and she went home with her family to Texas. I didn’t see her again until 1978 when I spotted her walking the halls of my high school. She was born into a military family, and she had finally made her way back to our hometown in North Carolina. The memories of that summer still seemed fresh in our minds when we went on our first date. We enjoyed a concert together, and afterward I told my best friend’s Mom that she was the girl I would one day marry. Nine months later we were married, on February 26, 1983.
Thirty-two years, four children, and six grandchildren later, she is even more beautiful than the first time I saw her at the Roxanne Motel. Now hanging above our fireplace is a picture of a young boy and girl sharing a kiss in white wedding clothes on the beach. In the matting of the frame is a photograph of us playing shuffle board together the summer we met in 1976. Seeing this picture when I leave for work and return home, I am reminded of the day I met the love of my life.
We celebrated our 25th anniversary in Hawaii, and added two pictures to our collection on the mantle. Hawaiian children enjoying the beach now add to our memories. Lord willing, I will continue to add pictures to the mantle as a reminder of my life with the most Christ-like woman I have ever met. She has truly been one of the richest blessings in my life over the last 32 years, and I look forward to sharing many more.
Happy Anniversary Sheila. 31 years later if I had the choice to make all over again I would choose You!! Again and Again and Again! I love you with all of my heart,