Life Through The Lens: Celebrating 25 years!

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Life Through The Lens: Celebrating 25 years!

By Barbie   /     Aug 27, 2013  /     family  /     ,

On Tuesday, August 20th, my husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary!


We didn’t have any big plans, like those we’ve dreamed about, as money is still very tight. (Thankfully, hubby is working now!). But God put it on someone’s heart to bless us financially so that we could go out and have a nice dinner.  A really nice dinner!  So that is what we did on Sunday night.

We went to the Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola.


You can take a garden path down many stairs to the restaurant or opt for the cable car, which is what we do when we visit.


(photo credit)

It’s a place we visited while we were dating, and the food is very good!  I took advantage and indulged, just a little!

Calamari appetizer


Filet Mignon with au gratin potatoes (also had steamed veggies on the side)


And in honor of our anniversary, two small but powerful chocolate truffles for dessert.


After dinner we drove into downtown Capitola to visit the coffee house we liked to hang out at while we were dating.  Matter of fact, just shortly after we got engaged, we came here, and a violinist serenaded us.  We found out last night that this same violinist still plays on Friday nights, and has been there for 26 years!



I opted for the iced coconut mocha, and my hubby the caramel milkshake


On the way home, we drove to Kohls to look at a temporary replacement wedding ring for myself, but they were closed.  Perhaps I’ll share the story of why I am looking for something temporary one of these days.

These last 25 years have seen much joy and some heartache, but I wouldn’t trade it.  God has brought us through some difficult times and we are fully committed to allowing Him to see us through the next 25, and beyond!

Thanks for allowing me to share our date night with you!

About Barbie

I am wife and mom to four beautiful children. I have been marked by the love of a relentless God who never stops pursuing me. My desire is to encourage you on your own journey, giving you glimpses of His love and sprinkles of His grace along the way.


  1. Linda Says: August 27, 2013 3:45 am

    Belated ~Happy 25th~ Wedding Anniversary Barbie. It looks like you and the hubby had a great time! Lynnette and Kyle will have their 25th in December! :)

    Love, Linda
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  2. Beth Says: August 27, 2013 4:22 am

    So beautiful, Barbie! I’m thrilled to see the two of you had a blessed night out to celebrate. That restaurant looks amazing! I love the cable car. How cool is that!!!! Thank you for sharing your date night with us. Many blessings to you both.
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  3. Elizabeth Says: August 27, 2013 5:11 am

    Happy Anniversary Barbie. Thank you for sharing your anniversary dinner with us. Money is always tight for us too (married for 27 years), but we enjoy our small celebrations with as much pleasure as those who are able to celebrate more extravagantly. We are thankful the Lord gave us each other. Praying you have 25+ years to share with each other.
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  4. Diana Denis Says: August 27, 2013 5:58 am

    There’s so much to celebrate Barbie! 25 years, a quarter of a century! Congratulations! I thank The Lord for keeping you close enough to Him that you’ve been able to overcome every challenge with grace. Praying for a blissful 25 more years. And congrats on the job! The best is yet to come my friend. ❤

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  5. Mel Says: August 27, 2013 6:13 am

    So beautiful…I love this little glimpse into your life! Blessings and Happy Anniversary, friend! :)

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  6. Lisa Says: August 27, 2013 7:34 am

    Happy Anniversary! (We celebrated our 25th this summer, too). What a fun date that looked like :). The restaurant we went to the night we got engaged no longer exists, but with my allergies I wouldn’t be able to eat there any way. That is so neat about the violinist. I’m glad you got to have such a special evening.
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  7. Cheri Says: August 27, 2013 8:22 am

    What an adorable couple :) Looks like you had a much needed wonderful night away!
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  8. Stephanie Hanes Says: August 27, 2013 1:54 pm

    Oh, how lovely! What a wonderful anniversary celebration! Thanks for sharing…and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! :)
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  9. Dayle Says: August 27, 2013 1:56 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Wishes for many, many more.
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  10. saleslady371 Says: August 27, 2013 4:35 pm

    What a sweet post! Happy anniversary; may you be blessed in the coming years.

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  11. Lea Says: August 27, 2013 6:35 pm

    Oh, what a lovely anniversary celebration. We celebrated #42 in June, can’t believe we are just 8 years away from #50. Yikes! Blessings for many more years!
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  12. Elizabeth Says: August 27, 2013 7:14 pm

    Congratulations, friend! I’m so happy to hear that your Hubby got a job! Yay!
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  13. Maria @ Bloom Says: August 28, 2013 7:33 am

    Happy Belated anniversary, Barbie! Love this post. I know you both have gone through so much and it is great to see you guys still so adorably in love. God bless you both!
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  14. Lisa @ FSL Says: August 28, 2013 10:11 am

    Congratulations my friend! 25 years is amazing; you and your husband are a great example of sacrificial commitment and covenant marriage. How cool is it that you could/can go back to your old haunts that you went to as a dating couple. That is fabulous.
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  15. Rosann Says: August 28, 2013 12:52 pm

    Sounds like the perfect night! Happy 25 years of marriage, friend! I pray God will continue to bless your love for one another. :)
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  16. Jennifer Says: August 28, 2013 10:03 pm

    Oh, beautiful! Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful night! Loved these photos!
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  17. Heather @ A Nurse's Wildflowers Says: August 29, 2013 9:18 am

    Happy Anniversary! It looks like you had a good time! It is always so encouraging to see people adding years to their marriage….not something we see as often as we should. I’m sure you are a huge encouragement and have a wealth of wisdom on being a wife :)

    I hope you have a blessed 26th year!
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  18. Debi @ Says: September 2, 2013 9:34 pm

    This is awesome! I love to see your pictures and what a totally cool restaurant. I want to go there now!! Thanks for sharing!!
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