And a silver sixpence in her shoe

Something old, something new

Something borrowed, something blue

And a silver sixpnce in her shoe.

A sixpence is a coin that was minted in Britain from 1551 to 1967.  It was made of silver and worth 6 pennies.  This wedding tradition can be traced back to England and many sources say that it began sometime in the Victorian Era.  Each item in the poem represents a good luck token for the bride- IF she carries them, it is said her marriage will have good fortune.

Well I'm a believer.

When I married my Donald 10 years ago today I had something old, something new, borrowed pearls and something blue and a silver sixpence in my shoe.  My mother gave it to me.  It was from 1965, the year I was born.  And I wore it in my shoe.  And yes my marriage has been blessed with fortune.  Never a challenge that we couldn't handle together and I know that he is my source of strength and the love my life and I believe that he feels the same about me as well.

Today was one those challenging days life has to offer.  Murphy's Law and all that.  But in end about an hour from now my Donald will home and while we had our Anniversary dinner on Wednesday when he didn't have to work, we'll have some simple dinner tonight and watch a little television side by side on the sofa and just enjoy being together.  I feel lucky that we still enjoy just quiet moments together.  I feel lucky that he still kisses me good bye each time we part.  I feel lucky that he loves my daughter as much as I do.  I feel lucky I know he'll always be there for me.

Now I have to go find the "topper" from my wedding cake and dust it off and put it on the cake for dessert tonight.  I got it from Ryal's Bakery and well... there's a story there *Murphy's Law and all.  But in the end the important thing in our house that we love each other.  Even when one or both us do something stupid and we grumble, we get over it and still love each other every single day.  Thank you Donald for all my good days.  Thank you Mommy for the sixpence and the blessing of fortune on this marriage.  I guess you just knew when I made a wise choice and offered that last thing I was missing.   When I opened the mail today there were cards from both sets of parents.  We are both so blessed to be loved by each other's families as well. 

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Comment balloon 18 commentsTammy Lankford • June 29 2012 04:06PM


Tammy, You and Donald are blessed. How fortunate we are to be able to count are blessings. I think you have figured that out.


Have a  great week-end

Posted by Adrian Willanger, Profit from my two decades of experience (206 909-7536 about 3 years ago

Tammy, happy anniversary. What a blessing to have this kind of marriage. I wish you guys the very best. Knowing some of your story, I understand why Donald has been such a blessing to you.


Posted by Cal Yoder, Homes For Sale in Lancaster PA - 717.413.0744 (Keller Williams of Central PA East) about 3 years ago

Tammy, You guys are a lovely couple and it's obvious from reading your posts how much you're in love.  Wishing you many, many years of happiness, success, and joy before you have to leave this earth.

Posted by Judi K Barrett, Broker/Owner, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDAB (Judi Barrett~Integrity Real Estate Services~Idabel, Oklahoma) about 3 years ago

Love the pictures!    Happy Anniversary!   I had a sixpence in my shoe for my first wedding...didn't work out so well for us!   LOL  ANd I forgot to have one for this marriage that is so much better!!!

Posted by Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady! (Keller Williams Realty Boise) about 3 years ago

Tammy- Happy Anniversary and love seeing you and Donald (feel as if I know him from your blog) as Bride and Groom.  Hope you're having a ver special evening together. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 3 years ago

Tammy, happy anniversary!  That was a lovely story and tribute to your family.

Posted by Kathy Sheehan, Senior Loan Officer (Cross Country Mortgage Corporation 770-634-4021) about 3 years ago

Happy Anniversery Tammy.  And if England went with the Eurozone, which they didn't, your sixpence would have been something . . . taken out of circulation.  LOL 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner, Buyer Focused ~ Buyer Results ( | (503) 810-7192 Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time) about 3 years ago

Adrian- there are moments I forget, but at the end of the day... I generally reflect on all I have and remember them

Cal- He's so good to me.

Judi- I hope for many more too.  There was so much time before we found each other.

Deborah- just the opposite with me this was the only time I did and not the first time I got married.

Kathy- it was very nice

Kathy- thanks

Carla- it's quite special to me and hope to pass it on to Abigail someday or maybe it can be her "borrowed" too.

Posted by Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668) (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 3 years ago

Tammy-You and Donald are very lucky to have each other. Love the Wedding photo and your cake was beautiful but not as beautiful as you. You were beaming. I had heard a a sixpence but had forgotten that part of it. Happy 10th Anniversary and may you have MANY more blessed and happy years together. Enjoy your quiet time on the couch tonite. That in itself is special after 10 yrs.

Posted by Sharon Lee (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 3 years ago

Tammy, Happy anniversary and glad you have someone special in your life to share the good and bad times with.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional, 931-920-6730) about 3 years ago
Beautiful blog Tammy! Loved the 6 pence part - I haven't heard that before! Happy Anniversary!
Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS) about 3 years ago

Sharon- today's cake was supposed to look like that.  Didn't happen

Debbie- the having someone to share it with is important in all kinds of times and I'm thankful for My Donald in those times too

Andrea- I have actually been surprised at the number of people who did know about it as opposed to those who didn't.

Posted by Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668) (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 3 years ago

Happy Anniversary, Tammy. Your Donald is a Prince and you deserved him, and you have shed light on the old rhyme that we have also said in our family, but without the ending "and a sixpence in her shoe." So happy that you are still in love and that you found each other :)


Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) about 3 years ago

You write the nicest things about your marriage and your husband.  Lovely to hear happy endings.

Posted by Liz Wallace, Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N (Century 21 Sherlock Homes) about 3 years ago

Sharon- I'm glad we found each other too.

Liz- and most all day on most days he is the nicest husband.  I'd give him a good 95% of the time. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford, Your Lake Sinclair Expert (706-485-9668) (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 3 years ago

Happy anniversay, Tammy!  What a beautiful couple!  I'm glad you've got the topper and not the top layer of the cake.  Ours was AWFUL when we tried to eat it on our 1st anniversary!

Posted by Melissa Brown, Realtor - South Charlotte NC Homes for Sale (Helen Adams Realty) about 3 years ago

Tammy, that was such a sweet post.  You are both fortunate to have each other to share your lives with.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) about 3 years ago

Tammy... of course I have heard the "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" part of the saying... but I thought that was all there was to it.  The "and a silver sixpence in her shoe" part is new to me.  Cool... I learned something today.

What a great story you have shared with us.  Indeed you both are very fortunate to have the other.  It DOES take two, you know... and from all of those good-bye kisses he gives you... I am most sure he knows that.

Blessings abound...

ps... what a beautiful dress.  I love it !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 3 years ago

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