Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

With this post, I'm jumping in to share a bit of the excitement around here!

If you've been keeping up with the blog, you know this is a special time because we're celebrating Harlequin American Romance's anniversary. You've already read some great posts and, as this month and the next roll on, you'll see even more of them--all from some very important people: the editors and writers who've had a hand in bringing you entertaining love stories each month for--count 'em!--twenty-five years.

I've enjoyed the blog entries from Johanna Raisanen and some of our "old-timers." ;-) And I'm looking forward to lots more.

Meanwhile, I'm celebrating a bit on my own, because...(drumroll)...September is the month of my wedding anniversary. I'm not sure how my future husband and I decided on this month, except that things just sort of fell into place for September. Not a very exciting reason, huh?

I'm a writer--I could just make up a story, couldn't I? (smile)

Instead, I'm ready to read the tales you have to tell about the date of your wedding. Was the time of year special to you? The month in general? The specific day?

What helped you choose the date of one of the most important days of your life?

The romantic in me really wants to know!

All my best to you,



Barbara White Daille


Donnell said...

Happy Anniversary, Harlequin American, and to you, too, Barbara! My DH and I got married in April, 25 years ago! We probably would have waited until the typical May or June, I'd love to say we chose April because we were so desperately in love. We were :) but we also lived in two different states and the commute and the phone bills were killing us. One month my DH's phone bill was $400. So, guess the truth is, we got married to avoid going bankrupt;)

Robin Kaye said...

Happy Anniversary, to you, Barbara and to HA.

DH and I chose November 25th, Thanksgiving weekend.

We wanted to get married earlier because we lived 60 miles away from each other and really couldn't wait to be together. After we found the closest date available, my mother informed me that she already had a wedding she wouldn't miss that weekend. If I wanted her to attend my wedding, I'd have to pick a later date.

Since I had people coming to Florida from all over the country, I thought a long weekend would work best. It was great fun. The only hitch is that every now and again our anniversary falls on Thanksgiving so I spend the day cooking. Nothing says I love you like spending a day up to your elbows in turkey giblets and pumpkin pie.

Robin :)

Ellen said...

Happy Anniversary Barbara. Hope you have many more.

I have some of the first American's published and am thinking of getting them out of storage and re-reading them.

Edie said...

Happy Anniversary, Barbara! My husband and I were married on July 12th -- like you, it was convenient. But the weird thing is that always seems to be the busiest time of our summer. This summer, my sister was visiting that week and we had our family over for a barbeque. We forgot about our anniversary until after my sister left.

It's not the first time we've forgotten. Much better to marry at a slower time of year.

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary, HA and Barbara. My husband chose July 1, mainly because it was the best date available for us. Now, I'm so glad we did. Being so close to the 4th, we're able to incorporate office closures with our anniversary for a longer celebratory trip.

Amy Atwell said...

Happy Anniversary to Harlequin American and Barbara!

My husband and I were in Atlanta at the time and tried to get married in the spring with the dogwoods in bloom and all. But we just couldn't get it together! LOL We delayed our wedding I think three times, and ended up getting married on June 23rd. We were both working with a summer theatre company, and that was opening night. My husband was IN the show! He had to leave our reception and get in costume. As part of the reception, we bought tickets for our 80 guests and brought them all to see the play, me in my wedding gown and everything. Truly memorable. Been 19 years now...

Estella said...

My anniversary is in Oct. I chose it because my favorite season is Fall.

Barbara White Daille said...

Donnell - I definitely think avoiding bankruptcy is a good reason to push up the wedding date. ;)


Barbara White Daille said...

Robin - hugs on your story!

But you're right, nothing says I love you like home cooking.

My husband's birthday also sometimes falls on a major holiday, and I won't say it's the ONLY day of the year I cook...but it's close! LOL


Barbara White Daille said...

Ellen - thanks!

Those original Harlequin Americans will be a great read--as will any that followed. ;)

Have fun.


Barbara White Daille said...

Edie - it IS hard when a special event falls during a busy time of the year.

That's why--romantic as it would be--I never wanted to get married on Valentine's Day (and, not to mention, my birthday's soon after that, so I wanted to spread out the presents! LOL)


Barbara White Daille said...

jllove - now THAT'S smart thinking! We would sometimes take vacation around the time of our anniversary, but then I had to go and start working for a school system, so that kind of took care of that.

Don't think they'd like me taking a week off just a month or so after school started!


Barbara White Daille said...

Amy - how romantic is that?!?

And I agree, that's memorable! I just wonder how your husband could have performed in front of so many family members and friends.

I guess the show must go on, though--no matter what!


Barbara White Daille said...

Estella - I think it's nice to tie in your wedding to the season you like best--it must automatically make you happier when your anniversary rolls around.


Sara said...

Happy longer married - so, don't have an anniversary...but, if I were to ever get married again - I'd chose winter with lots of snow on the ground - so, I could arrive in a horse drawn sleigh.

Barbara White Daille said...

Sara - I dislike cold and snow and everything that goes with it, but I have to say your horse-drawn sleigh sounds SO romantic!

Thanks for sharing.