B is for Blissful

It is hard to believe, but my wife and I are celebrating our Twenty-Fifth Wedding Anniversary… time flies!  Although it has been a blissful experience filled with a plethora of blessings, we've had our share of trials.  Throughout the years, we've also been honored and humbled when people say we are good role models.

25th Wedding Anniversary Explosion - 1/3 Closed
25th Wedding Anniversary Explosion Box - 2/3 Open Front View
25th Wedding Anniversary Explosion Box - 3/3 Open Back View
Martha Stewart Scoring Board; MS Eyelet Border Punch; Tim Holtz Tiny Tabs & Tags, Tickets Die, Cargo Stencil Number, Tattered Pinecone, Garden Greens, Baroque Photo Corners, & Mini Flourish Dies; TH 100th Collection Stamps; We R Memories 1-2-3 Punch Board; EK Success Corner Adorner Heart and corner rounding punches; Making Memories Mini Stapler; Basicgrey Notch & Die Cutting Tool; TH Kraft-Core Cardstock; Kraft & Metallic Cardstock; Vintage Print, Kraft, & Scrap Paper; TH Remnant Rubs; MS Borders & Photo Label; TH Distress Inks; Scotch Advanced Tape Glider; Adhesive Foam Pads; Thermogrip Glue Gun; Uniball Air; Silver Beads; Metallic Ribbon; Wire; and Twine.
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Best Friends
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Ombre
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #20 - Time Flies
CropStop Linky Party #12 - Anything Goes
Karen's Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #218
I don't know if we are truly good "role models."  However, we do live by the words found in Joshua 24:15, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."  His heavenly grace has taught us how to deal with our inequities, and His heavenly power provides us with a stronghold during times of tribulation.

Luke 1:37 Art Journal Page
Mead Sketchbook; EK Success Circle Ruler; Caran d'Ache Water-soluble Wax Pastels/ Prismacolor Pencils; Sharpie Micron Pen; Uniball Air; and Scotch Decorative Tape
Creative Tuesdays
Julia's What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday #346
Creating and Sharing Mixed Media Art
Kristin & Eva's Paint Party Friday - Week 46 Year 5
Kim's Show Your Face
Secondly, we thrive in having open lines of communication, honesty, and respect for each other.  For example, we serve as sounding boards for each other when issues come up at work; we don't keep secrets about our children or spending habits; and we cherish each others passions, like the time I spend in my art studio.

Circle of Love
Nikon D3300 Photograph
Our Beautiful World - Blue
Sue's Image-in-ing
Denise and Roger's ABC Wednesday - B is for Figure in Blue
52 Photos Project: Week 38 {Blue}
Ramona's Inspire Me Monday #212
Last, but not least, we value the time that we spend with each other.  Rather it is time spent with our friends and family, devotional time, or simply going antiquing at a local thrift store, we have fun!  These are the special moments that we treasure and provide uplifting conversational themes during our low times.

Therefore, although I'm not sure we are good "role models," I can certainty say that the 25 years I've spent with my wife have been truly blissful… thank you Lord!  I also want to thank all my followers, as well as everyone that takes the time to leave such thoughtful comments.  May you be blessed with blissfulness!


Valerie-Jael said…
Congrats on 25 years, and continue to enjoy the time together in the coming years! Beautiful art, as always! Regards, Valerie
Deepa said…
Happy 25th to both of you.
Unknown said…
Hard te believe ;-) Indeed time flies..... we were married for 32 years, dec.9 last.
Keep up the good work ;-)

Wishing you both all the blessings and above all ofcourse the happiness wich is to be found in Sincere love for eachother.

Have a nice abc-day/-week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ <abc-w-team)
Gayatri said…
Gorgeous project! LOVE all the amazing details.Thanks for playing along Simon Says Stamp Ombre Challenge
Gayatri xxx
Lisca said…
Congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary! Your exploding card is truly beautiful!
Yes, those are sound principles for a good marriage. My husband and I were married in 1992, so we will celebrate our 25th next year and we live by more or less the same principles. Certainly Joshua 24:15!
Have a good week,
Sharon said…

Congrats on your wedding anniversary! It's definitely an accomplishment in these times. Hubby and I celebrated ours a couple of years ago.

I love the card - it truly is beautiful

Sharon K
What a wonderful project!!
Love every detail of it!

Thank you for playing along with us over Simon Says Stamp Monday Challange blog!
XXX hugs Zoey
Leslie: said…
I think you have definitely been blessed with a good marriage and you show your gratitude by thanking God for all of it. It shows that you work at it, too. Oh what I would have given had my own marriage been more like yours - and others that I know. But my blessing from God is that I can recognize other blessings that He has given me and therefore, am able to be happy for the type of blessings others receive. If that makes any sense. LOL Happy 25th Anniversary, Arnoldo (and wife) and may you have many many more years of bliss.

abcw team
Lynn Holland said…
Happy anniversary to you both. We have been together for 35 years it seems like minutes. It's so wonderful to have a great love. We are so blessed.
Your gift is beautiful
Lynn # 11
Michael said…
Arnaldo, firstly, congratulations on your 25 years! That is seriously impressive. So glad to read you both are still very much in love.

Secondly, thank you for your interest in Creative Tuesdays! We'd love to have you join us every two weeks and having another guy for visiting would be great too. While your artwork is wonderful, this piece does NOT meet the requirements of the Creative Tuesdays theme so I'm wondering if you forgot to include your piece with a heart in it, etc? The guidelines page is a good resource (http://creativetuesdays.blogspot.com/p/guidelines-faqs.html) but also look at the post to see whatever the theme is (also in side bar). You need to mention it too. As such, to be fair to everyone else, I am afraid I have to take off your link up but please sing up again if/when you have a piece for Creative Tuesdays specifically (it can NOT be shared with other co-ops either). thank you! Nice to meet you and congrats again! I know Alex enjoys your blog very much.
Michael said…
P.S. Ok, I do see the heart in the flower now but as the guidelines states, it needs to be obvious and for Ct only. Thank you! Please come again.
Tammie Lee said…
lovely tribute to your marriage. happy anniversary!
Sharon Madson said…
What a sweet post! So happy for you! Congratulations! I couldn't get past your explosion box! I think I might want to try that for our 50th in September. Yep, 50. Anyway, will have to bookmark this post so I can look again and figure it out.
Thanks for sharing. Oh and I don't know what number I am because I messes up but right now 68 goes to right post. LOL
Happy 25th to you both. Lots of gorgeous projects on your blog today. Wishing you a happy crafty woyww, Angela x 15
carol l mckenna said…
Lots of beautiful creativity here ~ Plus, Happy Anniversary to you and your wife ~ wonderful tribute to your 25 years of marriage ~ Happy for you and wish you at least 25 more!

Happy Week to you ~ ^_^
Indrani said…
Happy 25th anniversary wishes to you both! Thanks for some lessons from your life.
Your work is fantabulous.
Happy ABCW!
GranthamLynn said…
Congratulations. This was a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing it!
Su-sieee! Mac said…
Happy Anniversary, to you and your Missus, Arnoldo! From your description of your relationship, I say, too, that the Missus' and your relationship is definitely one to be modeled after. Love, respect, joy, happiness, and wonder.
The View from the Top of the Ladder
Christine said…
Happy Anniversary to you and your wife Arnoldo! Wonderful work for the challenges!
Natalie said…
Congratulations on your 25th anniversary. As you choose to put the Lord first in your lives then you are a role model, especially to your children. May God bless the next 25!
Congratulations and what a beautiful card you made for your wife.Vicky#66
lissa said…
this is a lovely creation to celebrate your anniversary.

have a wonderful day.
Ros Crawford said…
Oh your gift to your wife is so beautiful!! I would be in tears if I received this ... Many congratulations on your anniversary and may you have many more happy years together!
Unknown said…
Flowers, tags, pearls, tickets and that sweet picture. Arnaldo this explosion box is a beautiful way to say I love you. Happy and Blessed 25th Anniversary. Thank you so very much for posting your very creative and inspiring art with us this week at Word Art Wednesday in our 218th - FF AG challenge. I pray Blessings for you and your family; stay creative and be happy. Carole
J said…
Congratulations on 25years, we are on 45th this may, I must say your explosion box is beautiful, I'm sure your wife will treasure it.
Jan. No 44
Helen said…
Happy Anniversary to you both :)
Dea Lenihan said…
Congrats on the 25th--I celebrate my 25th this year too. Love the anniversary box--such a cool idea. New follower here! xo
~*~Patty S said…
Congratulations and here's to many many more wonderful years!
The explosion box is beautiful and must be such a delight to open.
Continued Blessings.
Happy PPF
sirkkis said…
Congratulations Lisa and Arnold xx
Your art is always beautiful and interesting.
Happy PPF xx
Giggles said…
Congratulations on 25 years together! That is a wonderful gift you have! Sounds like you really appreciate each other too! Love the gorgeous box you made, a very intricate piece of artwork! I hope you celebrate your love in style! Enjoy!

Hugs Giggles
Congrats on 25 years! That's a major accomplishment. :) And great art this week too-I love the circle of love especially. How very clever!
Linda Kunsman said…
happy 25th anniversary to you you both Arnoldo. Your explosion box is so gorgeous!! Your words on your marriage truly exemplify that of role models for a happy marriage. Beautiful illustration, and I love that circle of love image. Blessings and a happy weekend!
Beautiful art as always - Congrats on this wonderful anniversary!
Happy Anniversary, Arnoldo! Hope it was extra special! And what lovely artwork to add to your celebration. :)
Faye said…
I love your "nothing is impossible with God" art, Arnoldo. And congratulations on your important anniversary. I remember we thought it was so important that we spent the weekend in Williamsburg at a fancy hotel. The 50th we spent in Asheville NC. The 55th we made a long trip to Utah and Colorado to visit family and to fly fish. The 56th we stayed home as my dh was then too ill to travel. May the Lord grant you many, many more years of happy marriage.
Happy anniversary - you ARE a good role model!

Gillena Cox said…
Happy Anniversary to you and your wife

much love...
Lisa H said…
congratulations on your anniversary and thank you for your testimony. Thank you also for sharing this with us at Mixed Media Monthly! I love your unfolding memory box. I'm sure your wife loved it too. =)
Anonymous said…
A big and hearty congratulation on your anniversary!!!
peggy gatto said…
Love seeing your art!!! Wonderful charming gift!!!!
Ariadne said…
Happy anniversary and many to come!What a beautiful anniversary box!Thanks for joining in Our Beautiful World. AriadnefromGreece!
Shoshi said…
Congratulations on your 25th wedding anniversary, Arnoldo - and many more happy ones to follow, I hope and pray! You certainly do sound like a role model couple! You can do no better than to trust in the Lord!! The explosion box is beautiful - full of gorgeous things. When we celebrated ours in 2011, I made my hubby a shadow box. So nice to have a memento of the special day! We went away for a few days to a beautiful hotel on the north coast of our county and my parents came with us - the last time we all went away together. This year it will be our 30th anniversary. How time flies.

So glad you like my knitting. You should get somebody to teach you - it's not difficult and you are a multi-talented person and shouldn't find it a problem! As for the water feature you should certainly make one in the place of the pool slide. You can get kits to make them - with a pump and a pipe, from garden centres etc. It just needs an external electricity supply.

Julie Lee said…
Every good wish for a Happy Anniversary! What a clever creation your exploding box is. I also like the face this week too. I wish you and your wife another 25 years of happiness, blessings and fun. Whatever troubles may come our way Love helps us to weather them together. :)
Mary Hysong said…
Congrats, you've found the keys to a loong relationship. That is an absolutely lovely piece!
What a precious and heart-felt tribute to celebrate 25 years together. Life is full of highs and lows, good times and bad, trials and triumphs. But in a world that quits, it's so refreshing to have Christian friends who are committed to Him, and to our spouses. May He continue to pour out His goodness and love on your precious family. I am so very grateful for you.
Word Art Wednesday
Best anniversary card ever!!! LOVE the whole design and all the thought that went into it! Beautiful post and so inspiring!
Irene Rafael said…
Happy Anniversary Romero. It is not always easy to be in a long term relationship but it is important to have the same values, to respect one another and have faith. It sounds like you do. And a sense of humor helps too!
Rachel said…
what a loving and beautiful gift for your wife! congratulations and happy anniversary! Thank you so much for playing with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge!