was mine and Rich's "church ceremony". For those of you who don't know, we were originally married on January 17, 2003 at the Athens-Clarke County courthouse after learning Rich was going to be deployed. I just happened to be visiting when he got the news. We didn't know if he would be remaining in the states or if he would be sent overseas so we went ahead and took the plunge while I was in town! He ended being sent to California for nine months and then was sent home. We later learned his name was on a list to go to Iraq but the guy from Rich's MOS who was already over there volunteered to do another tour so he was spared. Anyway, Rich returned home August of '03. We took some time to settle in to our new life together in Athens and then had a "church ceremony" back home in PA July 10, 2004. It was basically another wedding....except this time Rich and I weren't the only ones there and we had on a little more proper attire....oh yeah, and it was in a church.
We treat the January date as our actual wedding date and generally just acknowledge today's date by going out to eat or something. This year, thanks to a lack of babysitters...meaning zero....we'll be staying in and enjoying...or not enjoying (I'll be cooking) some chicken, mashed potatoes and asparagus.