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True Strength: Happy Eighth Anniversary Janette, I love You

I’m a lucky man.  Today is my eighth anniversary.  2,920 days with the most wonderful person on earth, my wife, Janette Hanagarne.  The recording below is her present.  Hopefully she checks her RSS feed today…

In fact, everyone please go follow @jwhanagarne on Twitter, tell her to come here, and Tweet her the link!

Update: Since this post I’ve also celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary. Still going strong!


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  • Jeffrey Tang August 14, 2009, 7:34 am

    Happy Anniversary, Josh. Congratulations on reaching eight years – quite an accomplishment!

    • Josh Hanagarne August 14, 2009, 8:13 am

      @Jeffrey. The accomplishment is all Janette’s–she stuck around. I got the easy part:)

  • TheDebtHawk.com August 14, 2009, 8:10 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary Josh.

  • Casey August 14, 2009, 8:15 am

    Happy anniversary to you both!

    Here’s to many happy more!

    • Josh Hanagarne August 14, 2009, 8:49 am

      Casey, thanks. Your one year will be here before you know it!

  • Casey August 14, 2009, 9:02 am

    Ha ha, no kidding! We’re getting old!

    Any happy memories from the past 8 years that stick out that you wouldn’t mind sharing?

  • Janette H August 14, 2009, 9:12 am

    Just so you all know. I DO read the blog regularly. And I feel lucky every day to be married to Josh. You can all tell what an amazing guy he is from this blog. I could see it way back when he was 23 and in all the in between times when it’s been rough.
    You may not see me writing much on the blog, but my forte is gingerbread houses, not words. Here’s to the decades to come. I love you, Josh.

  • Amy N August 14, 2009, 9:19 am

    Cheers to you on this fantastic occasion! Glad I was there at the beginning of it all. Miss you guys and love you both.

    • Josh Hanagarne August 14, 2009, 9:20 am

      Amy N, we give you all the credit. Where would we be if your husband’s parents didn’t have that place out in Lamoille when the sparks began to fly? (Or something like that). We miss you too. Come move into our basement!

  • Pete | The Tango Notebook August 14, 2009, 9:59 am

    Social media romance! Oh, how things have changed 🙂

    • Josh Hanagarne August 14, 2009, 10:21 am

      Pete, isn’t is about time? Seriously, though, I’ll take my romance up close and personal 99% of the time:)

  • Jessica Marie August 14, 2009, 10:43 am

    Jeez, just when I felt ok about being single, you had to post something like that. You are both lucky to have each other. I wish you decades of happiness and excitement.

    • Josh Hanagarne August 14, 2009, 3:11 pm

      Jessica Marie, you SHOULD feel ok about being single. We are lucky, but I’m lucky to have you here on the blog as well. Right back at you!

  • Ilaria/Swimturtle August 14, 2009, 12:28 pm

    Oh, Josh, what a lovely tribute to your wife and to your marriage. You almost make me believe in this ancient institution that I mostly consider to be obsolete and failed. Some people make it work, and clearly you are two such people. Many, many happy returns of this joyous day!

    • Josh Hanagarne August 14, 2009, 3:10 pm

      Ilaria, thanks for the kind words. I have my own reservations about the “ancient institution.” I absolutely don’t believe it’s for everyone, and hopefully people know when they are better off without marriage. I’ve seen enough bad marriages that lasted far too long. But all of my opinions about two strong people throwing in together apply to any type of union that makes two people happy and well.

  • Laura August 14, 2009, 1:13 pm

    Happy anniversary, Josh and Janette!

  • Laura Cococcia August 14, 2009, 1:15 pm

    Happy anniversary to you both! What great words – made me smile today. Enjoy!

    • Josh Hanagarne August 14, 2009, 3:09 pm

      @Laura Cococcia, thanks! We’ve both been smiling all day asking each other where the time went and how we got this lucky.

  • Larissa August 14, 2009, 1:19 pm

    Congratulations, Josh and Janette! Your strong marriage will leave an everlasting mark on your son and any other children you have. What an awesome legacy you guys will pass on. 🙂 Have a great day celebrating eight years!

    • Josh Hanagarne August 14, 2009, 3:08 pm

      Larissa, thank you so much. Here’s to the next eight!

  • kathy casey August 14, 2009, 2:55 pm

    Congrats! I’ve been married for 21 years…the secret to longevity in a marraige : short-term memory 🙂

    • Josh Hanagarne August 14, 2009, 3:07 pm

      @Kathy Casey. Thanks, how do you get short-term memory on purpose? I need some.

  • Leah August 14, 2009, 4:55 pm

    Every milestone deserves celebration– love each other well! –and congratulations!

  • Daisy August 14, 2009, 6:39 pm

    Happy Anniversary! May you enjoy many more.

  • Curtis S August 14, 2009, 10:13 pm

    Well, you two did make it through the 7th year, so hey thats got to count for something! Congratulations, I have always thought that Janette and you are a great team, I have a great respect for you both. And Janette I must say, you do build a quality gingerbread house.

    • Josh Hanagarne August 14, 2009, 10:18 pm

      Hey Curtis! I was wondering if you were ever going to show up. And wait until you see the gingerbread plan she’s got lined up this year. I’ll have to come hang out with you so I don’t feel neglected.

  • Blaine Moore August 15, 2009, 5:56 am

    Happy Anniversary!

    Earlier this week was our 3rd anniversary, and our first one where my wife was not in law school.

  • Al in Vancouver August 15, 2009, 2:15 pm

    Happy Anniversary to the Hanagarnes.

  • vfb August 19, 2009, 4:29 pm

    Catching up on a backlog of RSS feeds… I’ll start with Congratulations! I’ll end with pedantry… your anniversary celebrated 2,922 days, as 2004 and 2008 were a leap years 😉

    • Josh Hanagarne August 19, 2009, 4:32 pm

      @vfb. You got me. And hey, don’t knock pedantry. It makes everyone else look really cool and unpretentious:)