uh ... years!
On our wedding day, 4 March 1972
Me on my wedding day
Grant and I met when I was still a tender fifteen-year-old. He and I were in the same school in a small town in the Natal Midlands. We married four years later - I was nineteen he was twenty-one!
Today we're parents of two handsome grown sons, parents-in-law to gorgeous daughters-in-law, grandparents to five beautiful children. (like my blogger friend, Diane, I'm not biased, am I?) Here we are with oldest two grands: Eryn and Joshua
Today, 39 years later, I can honestly say it has not always been plain sailing. We have been through very tough times, not least, when in our fifties, he was in West Africa and I lived in South Africa. I later joined him and although we were seperated again for about two years while he was employed as single status in another company in West Africa, when he changed jobs and went to North Africa, I went with him.
We returned to South Africa after the project in Khartoum wound down in mid-October, 2010 and were home for three months. On 18 January this year, Grant received a phone call from a former collegue, Nico, now the managing director on a mine in Western Kenya. While Nico telephonically offered Grant a position, I was standing in front of my husband of almost four decades, arms folded and tapping my foot. ( I'm serious, I was!) When he asked Grant if I'd be accompanying him, Grant showed me thumbs up and said: "Of course, Jo is always ready to go to Africa with me. "
We sacrifice seeing our family and friends back home, we don't get to enjoy our SA home but we are together, and that's what counts. While we were in Nairobi with Nico and his wife, Sue a few weeks ago, I asked him that if Grant had said I was no longer in the Hedges nuptial picture, would he, Nico have continued with the job offer. He said: Absolutely not!
So here we are, Grant and I, together and celebrating thirty-nine years of marriage in a beautiful valley in the Great Rift Valley, Kenya, East Africa.