Flag Day, 6-14-23

Let me just start by saying this is the second time I’ve written this – yup, my IPad lost my first draft. I’ve had this post so planned out for weeks which just proves there’s no sense planning ahead. Here’s a couple pictures that I could find again.

And here’s the quilt called Wedding Day that I hang outside every year and by now, like Rick and me, it’s looking pretty faded and tired. Haha!

We cleaned the haymow so we could have our reception there – we had to rent scaffolding to get to the beams to clean them. Flags were hung from every crossbeam and they’re still there – very dusty and dirty but too hard to get down – most of them are vintage 48 stars flags.

It’s late, I’ve worked outside all day and that’s a wrap!

67 thoughts on “Flag Day, 6-14-23

  1. Henners

    Happy Happy Anniversary Mary & your hubby 🇺🇸
    Looks like it was a fun wedding ❤️
    It’s too hot here in the twin cities & the skies are full of smoke. I just read of a fire up near Canadian border but in Mn west of gunflint trail It’s so dry in our state but guessing we’re not alone.

  2. Julie McLerran`

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. Happy Anniversary. You were a beautiful bride.

  3. Kim from TN

    Happy Anniversary to you both! what a lovely bride you made. Many more years together.

  4. Betty Klosterman

    Happy Anniversary. Such nice pictures to remember. And next Thursday is the day. We all will be thinking about you and Rick. And then recovery will start.
    Betty in Rapid City.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Betty – I am counting down the days. Today he was putting up tomato cages and I almost had a coronary myself!! DO NOT GET HURT!!!!

  5. Roberta Etherington

    I remember that day so well, didn’t it coincide with your birthday too?
    It was a gorgeous Iowa , on the farm, wedding. Many more!!!

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Roberta – oh, what a memory you have!! Yes, my 75th birthday is July 3 and I’ve prepared something special which I’ll announce in this blog. I’ll wait till after Rick’s surgery so I can enjoy it.

  6. Barbara

    Congratulations on your anniversary, Mary. And thanks for sharing the pictures. You were a beautiful bride and the barn loft was the perfect venue.

  7. Pamela Dempsey

    What awesome wedding pictures and a beautiful bride 👰‍♂️ 🥰! I hope y’all have a happy anniversary 😻!

  8. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Your wedding day is a wonderful story, Mary. Happy Anniversary!
    The pictures definitely show everyone having a good time. Thanks for posting. 🥰

  9. Nicole Hanson

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! Wishing you both a most happy day with memories to go with it!

  10. Susie Lenz

    Happy Anniversary to you both! Looks like it was a wonderful day! Then and now….

  11. Rita in Iowa

    Happy Anniversary Mary and Rick. What a beautiful day you had on the farm.

  12. Deb in Idaho

    Congratulations on 26 yrs. My anniversary is in july and I mark 50 yrs. Hard to believe time moves so fast.

  13. Sharon G.

    Happy Anniversary to you and Rick!
    Wonderful pictures.
    Such lovely memories, too.

  14. Carolyn Boutilier

    Thank you. the pictures are wonderful. I so enjoyed them.
    Carolyn b Shenandoah Valley Va

  15. Donna, Spencer

    Happy anniversary!!! Love the post today—a story in a beautiful story❣️❣️

  16. Fiona at Ice Bear Quilts

    Happy Anniversary, Mary and Rick!
    Great photo’s it looks like it was a fantastic wedding day!
    And I don’t see a faded and tired quilt, I see many years of love. 💞🌷

  17. Pat Smith

    Happy Anniversary to you both! The pictures show such a fun day for all. I’ve never been to a wedding in a barn, but the Iowa girl I am I would have loved it.

  18. Carolyn in Ohio

    Happy Annniversary. I read the comments and I, too, was at the World’s Fair in MY in 1964. We met up with my Dad’s sister and her family in Garden City, NY. I was 12. Small world afterall.

    1. Kathy

      Carolyn, it’s so neat we all had family in that area to go to the fair with. I remember with 6 kids and 2 adults in a station wagon driving all that way having a packed picnic lunch halfway.

  19. Teresa in Indiana

    Loved the wedding pics! Such a beautiful couple and venue. The wedding quilt is great! Have a wonderful day.

  20. Sheila

    Congratulations to you both on 26 fun filled years! Where does the time go? We just celebrated 54 years and my wedding peony still blooms every year on that day. Loved seeing the pictures. I hope you have a good day, sun is shining here in MA.

    Sheila from MA

    1. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

      Hi Shelia, We’ll be 54 years in December. No peonies that time of year, but I did have violets in my bouquet which the florist was very able to get and I wanted because my Nana grew them. Happy Anniversary to you, too.

  21. Debby Krzyston

    Hi Mary and Rick, Congrats on your wedding anniversary! Your sweet memory photos brought happy tears to my eyes. Hope you both enjoyed your special day.💕
    Debby from Wisconsin

  22. Rhoda Ebersole

    Happy Anniversary! Seems like just 5 years ago or so you were married.
    Very nice pictures.
    Congratulations and just keep going which you are doing!

  23. Dianna in Wisconsin

    Happy anniversary ❣️
    Hope your year ahead is great for both of you.

  24. Kathy in western NY

    Mary these pictures are priceless. You had a barn wedding before they were even popular! Now you can’t even find a barn venue without booking over a year in advance as they are such sought after places around here and in the Finger Lakes area. Love your wedding dress.

  25. Jan Hebert

    Happy Anniversary Mary and Rick! Fun pictures, and I chuckle at how much the wedding banner quilt looks just like you two! It’s so funny how many readers went to the World’s Fair in 64! Sun is coming out, going to camp – gotta fix the water heater, AGAIN! Jan in MA

  26. Marilyn Miller

    It’s always fun to see your wedding pictures, that wonderfully fun wedding quilt and barn loft all decorated up. I hope you had a great anniversary celebration even if you celebrated only with each other. Dreary here, at present, along the Mississippi. Temps are to be in the 90 ‘s but we’ve been blessed with low humidity so far. Makes all the difference!

  27. Arliene Zeigler

    Congrats!! Despite little problems, life is still good! Loved the wedding pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Sue Hoover

    That is a wonderful quilt to commemorate your wedding & Flag Day. It’s hot here too. I hope you enjoyed your beer after such a long day mowing.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sue – Boy, I sure did enjoy my beer! It’s the best part of the day – sitting in the porch having a beer

  29. Sue in OR

    Thanks for sharing your wedding day photos with us. I love your dress and the flower band in your hair. What a fun day to be married.

  30. Kim Haggerty

    I enjoyed your wedding post with the pics. The wedding quilt is a wonderful special touch !! Thank you for sharing .

  31. Susan Moore

    Happy Anniversary, Mary and Rick! We celebrated our 20th on the 14th! Second marriage for each of us and we’re looking forward to the next 20!

    Susan from west central IL

  32. Polly Perkins

    Happy Anniversary to you and Rick. Loved seeing the pictures I remember fondly coming to the barn.

  33. Mrs. Goodneedle

    Happy Anniversary, I love these beautiful photos!! Enjoy your special day. 🇺🇸❤️❤️

  34. Mareen Nedved

    Happy Anniversary Rick & Mary!! I remember that day for sure!! What a part it was!!
    Here’s to many more!!

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