R is for Ralph

The Blogging A to Z Challenge today is brought to you by the letter R.

I didn’t have to think long or hard to decide what would be my subject for the letter R.  I’ve been using a lot of the letters in the Challenge to talk about family members.  So you know that R needs to stand for Ralph.

Those of you who have been reading BCDC for a while know that Ralph is my wonderful husband of almost 12 years.  He’s been in my life for almost 21 years.  We’ve been through a lot together and intend to keep going.  One of the first evenings Ralph and I spent together talking and getting to know each other, he told me that he wanted to spend our 50th anniversary together.  He doesn’t remember that of course.  It could happen.  Why do you think I eat all of this healthy food?! 😉

I’ll start with little Ralph.  He was known as Micky to his family back then.  But don’t tell him I told you that!  Isn’t he Cute?!

The comment on the back of this photo, carefully written by his Mom says that he is 6 years old.  Hard to think of a cuter child.  His grandson Patrick looks so much like him back then.

Thought I’d give you all a few laughs with some of these photos.

This is us, early 90’s at the wedding of our friends Karin and Charlie.

This is us, Thanksgiving 1993.  How do I know that?  Not because I was smart enough to write it on the back of the photo.  While going through boxes, my sister Ele recently found a video from that Thanksgiving and in the video you can actually see this photo being taken.  It’s actually a little spooky.  This is one of my favorite photos of us.

I haven’t really said that much about Ralph.  I don’t really know where to start.  He is a kind, considerate, caring man.  In the years I have known him, he has been so good to me and my Family in ways I can’t even begin to recount.

This is us the day we got married…October 1, 2000. You can read all about it here.   Suffice it to say, I’m a very lucky woman.

As much as I love Ralph, I love what we’re hoping to have together even more.   It won’t happen as soon as I’d like, but we’ll be moving to New Mexico.

Here we are on the deck of our home.  Love the mountain view!

I’ve used this photo before, but it is one of my favorites.  I can’t wait to be there and I want to be there with this Guy.  When Ralph’s Mom was still with us I used to thank her every time I saw her for the Wonderful gift she had given me.  She would just smile at me.  She knew what a great guy he is.  I love you Ralph.  Thank you for Everything!

Happy Thursday!  “S”omething interesting coming up tomorrow. (I Hope!)

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34 responses to “R is for Ralph

  1. There are few men in this world like Ralph…I believe that the last one died when Grandpop went to heaven. He is always at the end of a phone call, always at the door when you need him, he has been a father to my daughter, a grandfather to my grandson and the best friend a girl could ever have. He is kind, dependable and fun. He has shared our joys and our terrible losses. To say that I love him just doesn’t seem enough some how. He is more than just the “R” he’s the whole darn alphabet! (and if you tell him I said all of this I will deny it!)

  2. oh, i love ele’s comment, there. ^^…what a wonderful gentleman you have there, fran! thanks so much for sharing a bit more about ralph…i am so glad you found each other!
    love the photos! and i agree, it would be a little spooky to see the video and see your photo being taken!
    (sidenote: did you decide to bypass Q?! or maybe ralph needs TWO R days?!!).

    • Good lord, Cathy, you’re right! I forgot Q!!! Well, now I’ll have to back pedal tomorrow. What a yokel I am sometimes!! But I guess I really just want to talk about him. I’m very lucky!! Although 2 “R” days could work for me too! 😉

  3. It’s so wonderful to see people saying happy thing about their marriage, rather than complaining. I love the big smiles in your pictures. It’s also quite a gift to have someone in your life for so long. Very cool!

  4. It is very nice to read this and see such a happy couple through yor blog! A move to New Mexico sounds wonderful! It’s so pretty out there.

  5. What a beautiful post! You two make a lovely couple, and you have a very dapper gentleman as a spouse! Ah, the 90’s! I remember begging my mom for chokers and baby-doll dresses like it was my job!

  6. Ralph has always been a part of my family — he and Leo received their first communion together (now THAT’s a picture — LOL!) — my sons were introduced to Ralph when they were little and still ask after him to this day. I am so glad that he met you and that now you are also in our lives. Looking forward to sharing your joy at your New Mexico, but know that you will be terribly missed — oxo

  7. Oh I am so in love with this post, I am so happy that you have someone in your life who supports, respects and adds all sorts of happiness to your days.

    You’re right, he is an absolutely adorable child. And he’s so talented! Continue to post his wonderful drawings.

  8. You are a lucky lady and Ralph a lucky man.
    Congrats!!!

  9. Ralph sounds like a wonderful man, and you two make a great couple! I wish you many more happy years! 🙂

  10. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    What a sweet post – I love to hear people brag on their hubbies! 🙂 I hope he read this post to see how much you care and are telling the world!!

  11. Wow. How unbelievably sweet! I think I should take a lesson here and learn to say some nice things about my husband instead of making fun of him all the time.

    Congrats on your move to New Mexico. I’m hoping that we can move to NYC eventually…just trying to get my husband on board. 🙂

  12. Got excited as soon as I read the title of this post–I know you mention Ralph all the time, but I wanted the inside scoop! You two look SO happy in every. single. picture. Past and present–and that’s a very good thing. I love reading stories about great matches, and it certainly sounds like you found yours!

  13. very sweet of you to feature your other half:) love his little boy pic!

    Nutschell
    http://www.thewritingnut.com
    Happy A-Zing!

  14. This is such a sweet post… I love seeing people who are happily married. 🙂

  15. What a lovely post and I hope it doesn’t sound patronising to say you look like such a lovely couple because I really mean it! It’s lovely that Ralph said that so early on – and you’re lucky to have each other and what you’ve got together 🙂

  16. Aww, I think r is for really sweet! I hope you do celebrate that 50th anniversary. I was wondering what happened to the q but see it’s been asked and answered.

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