Thursday, December 31, 2009

30 years young

The Floro's made it to 30 years. I know it's hard to believe, but the day finally came to this great feat. I thought this would be a great time to tell our story. I promise I will keep it short. I, Deana, was in nursing school in Roanoke Virginia minding my own business. I was involved in a Christian singing group and sang on weekends. One day, during the spring time of year, our group was asked to sing at a youth event that had been going on for several days. It was the last night of the event. The person that was the head of the group happened to be the worship leader of the church and he sent me to his office for something. I went in and this guy that I had never seen before was sitting at Steve's desk. I looked at him with some suspicion and said, "who are you?" He looked up and promptly told me who he was and just looked at me. I nervously blinked my eyes and then high tailed it out of there totally embarrassed. He was quite good looking I thought but a little pompous if you asked me.

We were supposed to do a short concert that night before the service started. We did so and then filed down from the platform and sat on the front row of the church. I was placed by the leader for some reason right in the middle of the row. When it was time for the preaching to begin, that guy that I had seen in the office of our leader walked up and plopped his bible on the podium and began preaching. Well, I found out pretty quick who "he" was.

After the service was over, someone suggested we go to Pizza Hut for dinner. No one in my group wanted to go eat and I so wanted to meet this guy. I finally found someone who would go with me and we headed to the restaraunt. My girlfriend and I walked in and found a table that no one else was sitting at. I was hoping when this guy came in that he would come and sit at our table. He finally arrived and looked around the room. I then thought I had lost my opportunity because he had pulled out a chair at another table. He suddenly looked up, saw and smiled at me, and then walked to my table and asked if anyone was sitting there. I took a gulp of air and said, "no, you can". His friend and he sat down and we began our journey of getting to know each other. When it was time to go, I really thought that was the end of it. He then asked if he could take my phone number and wrote it down on a napkin. I really thought that that napkin would never make it home but...

That is truly how it all started. There was only one problem. He was in college in Kentucky, which was only about 500 miles away. There were no cell phones or texting to communicate. However, his dear parents allowed him to call me several times a week and he visited me once a month. Almost a year later, he asked me to marry him. I did, December 29, 1979. We left the next day for Ft Worth, TX for him to go to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and our life began. I had graduated by then in Nursing and found a job there in a hospital in Ft. Worth. Since we hadn't done much dating, we quite enjoyed ourselves in the big cities, (Dallas and Ft. Worth) and truly got to know each other. What could have become quite a disaster because we really didn't know each other that much, truly was a union from God.

People ask what we have done to stay committed. Our first thing to say is that we decided from the start to have a Christian marriage, truly honor our commitment and plain old stuck with it through everything. Has it been easy? No, especially while the kids were small. Neither of us are perfect, so there is no perfect marriage. Are we always happy? That answer is no. However, we are very glad we made the decision that we did, because it is so worth it. As I write this, our kids are all gone for the new year. We decided to stay home with each other and celebrate the new year just by ourselves and are loving it.

That's our story. I of course left out truly a lot of our 30 year history. I truly have a story to tell and I will someday of our journey as man and wife and pastor and pastor's wife but not tonight. I just wrote this for our kids and anyone who wants to read it. Marriage isn't easy but it can surely be a blessing if you choose to stay with it. It takes two to say I'm sorry. And one more thing, love grows as the years pass and you will never have a best friend like your mate.

Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas morning

Santa came

He only thinks he's "Santa" but he looks more like Rudolph?
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas as we did. We love you.

I couldn't get closer but he was in our side yard. I felt like I was back in Virginia.

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This girl was behind our house and she brought her friends. Where's Rudolph?

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Christmas Eve

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house was a little sister being "smart" and wanting to give her brother a present for Christmas. So she tried to reenact her fav football player's commercial (Peyton Manning) and give the bro a football. He decided to play along and thus the pics. It's so nice that they love each other.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

1st family baby Christmas

Anastacia was so excited for her CAT dump truck from Grandpa. Of course Daddy works for CAT so very important that she likes it.
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Anastacia and Aunts and Uncle

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Our first snow of the year

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It looks like the Christmas season has been ushered in the day after Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Somebody has a birthday

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You guessed it. Great picture! Happy Birthday sweetheart.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Jordan and Lauren came home this weekend so that Jordan could go to the OSU game. Duane found 2 more tickets and Melissa chose to go with him while Lauren and I went shopping. I don't like games in the rain! As you can see, Melissa is a great fan of University of Cincinnati. Of course UC is #5 so we think she is going to brag? I hope she is safe in Buckeye land. Also, Jordan brought home one of his teammates. Jonathon Moore.
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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Anastacia Lynn Floro - born 9/4/09 11:39pm

Grandpa's patiently waiting for the birth of Anya. Great waiting room.

Proud Papa going to the nursery to watch them give Anya a bath.

Anya after her bath. She was tired of this.

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Daddy got her quiet. She was hungry and screaming.

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This dress was made by Anya's other Grandma's friend.

The many bows she now has.

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The Dunbar's proudly with their daughter.
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