Happy 51st Anniversary / Happy Father’s Day!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA TT.DadDay2This weekend is big in my family. Today is my parent’s 51st wedding anniversary.  And, tomorrow is Father’s Day.  So Happy Anniversary to my Mom and Dad and Happy Dad’s day to Dad. Here is a favorite photo of the two of them and another of me with Dad.

They are awesome parents and we celebrated their anniversary last night.  We enjoyed dinner with them and cake and ice cream and a long visit.  It was great. Tonight they will have dinner out with some dear friends. Then tomorrow after church, we will make lunch for them and for Kirk in celebration of Father’s Day.

Ian had asked me recently if we were going to celebrate their anniversary this year.  Last year was their 50th anniversary and we had two big parties.  We had visits with friends and family we hadn’t seen in a while and had a terrific time.  This year we celebrated but on a much smaller scale.

I love that we live close enough to them to have regular visits.  It is so great for Ian as well to have lot of time with his grandparents.  I am so very thankful for that and count it as a definite blessing.  My parents taught me so much and now they are teaching Ian many things as well.

I have such fond memories with my parents:

  • Camping trips at state parks
  • Driving cross-country to the beach
  • Reading the paper on the beach house porch
  • Camp Fire songs and food
  • Shag carpet and dark walls
  • Photos at the beach
  • Numerous sunsets
  • Fireworks and cookouts
  • Weddings and Baptisms
  • Lions Club sales and meetings
  • Moving them into their new home
  • Singing with them at church
  • Lunches after church
  • Activities at Ian’s school
  • Many moments with my parents, my siblings, and our children
  • Birthday celebrations with family and friends
  • Family books and inside jokes

My parents mean the world to me.  They have taught me so much:

  • Unconditional love
  • Tolerance of others
  • The love of the ocean
  • The love of extended family
  • Parenting with discipline and love
  • To work hard and equally play hard
  • To savor and cherish each day
  • To always be thankful
  • To spend time with loved ones
  • To use my talents and abilities
  • To be appreciative of others
  • To be kind and loving
  • To still wonder about things

Mom and Dad, thanks for everything!  You were and still are amazing parents to me, to Cindy and to Richmond, great in-laws to Kirk, Cody, and Beckie.  And you are amazing grandparents to our children.  Love you always!

Happy Anniversary Kirk!

Our Wedding Day“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – from 1st Corinthians 13

Happy 17th Anniversary to my hubby Kirk! Here we are on our wedding day.  We were married at the church where we met. The pastor who married us was my pastor as I was growing up, he confirmed me, and is a longtime family friend. His message to us about love and marriage was the perfect start for us. Also, we heard a reading from 1st Corinthians 13 about love.

My aunt who is an amazing pianist played some special family songs prior to the wedding, and our dear family and friends were there to cheer us on and celebrate the start of our family.  And, the choir sang us a blessing at the end of the wedding.  It was such a special day.

At our reception, a dear friend was the caterer and the food was terrific. She made the two of us plates of food. We then enjoyed them that night at our condo. I danced with both Kirk and my dad at the reception and visited with some great people. We also had time with our family and so many others.

Since then we have had a great marriage. We are a team and work well together.  Not to say things are perfect but we have found our groove and truly compliment each other. We have been through struggles and hard times and have learned a lot over the years. I am so thankful for Kirk and blessed to be his wife. I didn’t meet him until I was 30 years old. When I did, my entire life changed and he was well worth the wait.

I love this man truly and deeply and love that we have such a wonderful child. These two guys are amazing blessings to me. My favorite place to be is with these two at our house – whether it is talking as we wake up in the morning to hugs and giggles before bed, whether it is eating our breakfast to munching on popcorn as we watch a favorite movie.

This year we celebrate 17 years of married life. The gifts for this anniversary are furniture, shells, and watches. We recently purchased new couches and we collected shells while at the beach. So those gifts are covered. It is funny that I was thinking about getting a new watch.  I can call it another anniversary gift.

A few quotes about marriage:

  • Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work. ~ Author Unknown
  • The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds — they mature slowly. ~ Peter De Vries
  • A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year. ~ Paul Sweeney
  • Our wedding was many years ago. The celebration continues to this day. ~ Gene Perret

How do I love thee Kirk, let me count the ways.  I love your sense of humor, I love our jokes and inside stories, I love your strength, I love that you help so much at our home, I love that you are my soul mate and love for life. I love that you are such an amazing father to our son. I love you and always will.

June 18, 1965 – Throwback Thursday

Mom and Dad.weddingFifty years ago today, my parents were married.   Happy 50th Anniversary to you, Mom and Dad!  May you have a wonderful time remembering your wedding day.  Happy Golden Anniversary!!!

I love this picture of the two of them.  They are so young and excited about starting their life together.  Little did they know then that one day they would be celebrating 50 years as husband and wife.

What an amazing accomplishment in a marriage — 5 decades together!  Five decades of good and bad, ups and downs, laughter and tears, compromises, fun and adventures, schools and jobs, travels and moves, celebrations, births and deaths, and so much more.

It started with the two of them.  Then they had three children — two girls and a boy.  These children then grew up and married and had families of their own.  Now there are five grandchildren.  A family of 13!  What a blessing.

Here are a few quotes about anniversaries:

  • “True love stories never have endings.” — Richard Bach
  • “An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.” — Author Unknown
  • “There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.” — Martin Luther
  • “Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work.” — Author Unknown

To my parents, I love you and thank you so much everything!  Have a great day!

Happy Anniversary / Birthday

Patti_Dad_2006 GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Anniversary to my sweet hubby Kirk and Happy Birthday to my wonderful Dad.   It is an honor to celebrate today with these two amazing and important men in my life.

To Dad, I say thank you for teaching me all that you did, for being so attentive and interested in your family and our activities, for showing me the importance of being a good steward with my money, and for spending time with our family.

To Kirk, I want to say thanks so much for loving me as much as you do, for being an amazing father to our son, for being a great friend, partner and so much more, for always making me laugh and for comforting me when I cry, and for sharing in all of the little and important things with me. You are the best!

I remember the day of our wedding so vividly and cherish the memories of both of you that day.  Dad walking me down the aisle to greet my hubby-to-be, having the opportunity to dance with both of you, and being able to share the day is such a gift. You are both such a blessing to me and I thank the Lord for you each day.

A few quotes about marriage:

  • “The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds — they mature slowly.”~ Peter De Vries
  • “To keep the fire burning brightly there’s one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart — about a finger’s breadth — for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule.” ~ Marnie Reed Crowell
  • “Newlyweds become oldyweds, and oldyweds are the reasons that families work.” ~ Author Unknown
  • “Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.” ~ Barnett R. Brickner

A few quotes about fathers:

  • “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.”” ~ Harmon Killebrew
  • “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~ Clarence Budington Kelland
  • “A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” ~ Author Unknown
  • “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” ~ Author Unknown

I wonder if these two fine men will truly understand how great they are and how dear they are to me?  I will do my best to let them know and look forward to special time with each of them.

Throwback Thursday – Dad and Kirk

10-24_TBTTomorrow is my wedding anniversary as well as my Dad’s birthday.  He was kind enough to share his birthday with us. So for today’s Throwback Thursday, I wanted to include a photo from 2010 of (from left) Kirk, Ian, and Dad.

We were at the beach and the three of them were being silly with their backwards hats. I only wish Ian had been looking up, although it is cute since they are both holding onto his arms and keeping him on the fence.

That year, Dad was the amazing Father of the Bride, which we put on a cake in his honor at the rehearsal dinner.

The other photo is of me on my dad’s lap when I was a child.  It is one of my favorites of the two of us.

I love these guys!  I can’t wait to celebrate our special days with both of them tomorrow.

Happy Birthday to you dear Dad — tomorrow.  And, Happy Anniversary to you babe — also tomorrow.  Love ya both so much!

Two Late Anniversaries!

R2_Aug.6_19thAnniv.2Hi and Happy Friday.  I am a little bit late with the anniversary wishes to my sister and her husband and my brother and his wife.

On Wednesday, August 6, my brother and his lovely bride celebrated 20 years of marriage!  Yeah and congrats to the two of you – Richmond and Beckie!  They are in the top photo on their wedding day.

On Thursday, August 7, my sister and her husband celebrated 21 years of marriage.  Yeah to them too!  Congratulations to you Cindy and Cody.  Their photo is the second one.

I had the privilege of being in Richmond and Beckie’s wedding as one of the bridesmaids.  It was a lot of fun and our dresses were lovely — deep purple with white lace and lovely jewelry as the accent.  Now they are the parents to two great kids – Isaac and Rachel.

C2_Aug.7_20th.Anniv.1In Cindy and Cody’s wedding, I was the maid of honor and that was a lot of fun.  What an honor and a lovely service.  I liked these dresses too — green and cream and we carried daisies.  They have two kids as well — Gussie and Aiden.

I love the eight of them dearly.  I have learned so much about parenting from both of these amazing couples.  And, I learned how to be an aunt who spoils the kids from these four amazing cousins of Ian’s.  Love and hugs to all of you!

I am thrilled for all of them and these amazing milestones in marriage!  We actually come from a long line of marriages.  My parents have been married for 49 years, my in-laws have been married for nearly 54 years, my mother’s parents were married for 66 years, and my mother’s grandparents were married for 70+ years.

Isn’t that amazing?  I love knowing that there are people in the world who truly stay together until death do them part.   My grandparents and great-grandparents did just that.  And next summer we will celebrate my parent’s 50th anniversary.

Kirk and I got married 5 years after my sister so we will celebrate 16 years this fall.  We will catch up with the rest of them one of these days.

A few quotes about anniversaries:

  • “Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.”  ~ Gene Perret
  • “The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds – they mature slowly.” ~ Peter De Vries
  • “Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.”  ~ Author Unknown
  • “Love is not singular except in syllable.” ~ Marvin Taylor
  • “True love stories never have endings.”  ~ Richard Bach

I grew up with one brother and one sister, and was thrilled in the mid-1990s to gain another brother and then another sister.  And, wonderful nieces and nephews were later added to the mix.

Happy 20th to Richmond and Beckie!   Happy 21st to Cindy and Cody!  Long may you love one another!

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Mom and Dad.weddingOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHappy Anniversary to my Mom and Dad!

Today is their anniversary!  I hope and pray that they have a fabulous day and will enjoy celebrating their many years as husband and wife.

Here they are on their wedding day.  I love this picture of the two of them.  He is such a handsome groom and she is a lovely bride.

The other photo was taken a few years ago in San Diego.  They are still crazy about each other and love one another very much.

My parents have taught me all about marriage, friendship, family, faith, love, and so much more.  They are awesome!  They are wonderful parents and grandparents and are loved by all of us very much.

Growing up and seeing how much they still love each other has helped teach me that love can last forever and that relationships can thrive.   My siblings and I are fortunate to have had such an amazing model for marriage and what a partnership is truly all about.

A few quotes about marriage and anniversaries for the happy couple:

  • There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. – Martin Luther
  • An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. -Author Unknown
  • The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time. – Julia Child
  • Real love stories never have endings.” —Richard Bach

For my parents:

May the love you started many years ago

Continue each day to grow and grow

May you comfort one another when times are tough

And be sure there is fun and laughter enough

Sweethearts truly ’til the end

May you always be each other’s best friend

Thanks for all you’ve shown to me

About how to be a spouse and have a family

May you know how loved you truly are

To your kids, and grandkids, you both are the star

Happy Anniversary dear Mom and Dad

Love you both, you’re truly rad!

(Mom and Dad, I apologize for some of the bad grammar, but this is what worked for the poem.)

Happy 49th Anniversary to you both!!!!!!!!

Happy Anniversary Kirk!

Our Wedding DayHappy Anniversary to my husband, Kirk.  Today is our 15th anniversary.  It is also my Dad’s birthday.  (Please see the birthday post from yesterday for him.)

Here we are on our wedding day.  What a fun day that was!  Talk about Throwback Thursday.

Since that time, we have lost several dear family members and friends, but also many have been added to the family.

Our flower girl graduated from college and is now a teacher and doing really well!  We are very proud of her.  Our ring bearer celebrated his 20th birthday this week.  He is in school and working and we are also proud of him.

It is hard to believe how grown up they are now.  Time flies, that’s for sure.  My nephew who was 1 when we got married just turned 16 years old.  He is a fine young man and enjoying school.

I understand that for the 15th anniversary, the traditional gift is crystal and the more modern gift is watches and timepieces.  Not sure about a gift of crystal but I think Kirk would like a new watch or clock.  We have a few special ones that we have gotten over the years.

It is fun to think back over the years of our relationship and the fun and great things we have done together.  We have traveled to Scotland and Hawaii to visit family, have purchased a variety of cars, moved from a condo to a house, and, the greatest adventure, having our son Ian.

I am blessed by these two men in my life — my best guy and my best little guy.  I thank the Lord each day for the two of them and how they have enriched my life.

When Kirk and I met, it was at an evening service at my church.  I never expected to meet someone there — let alone it be my future husband.  I believe that the Lord ensured that he was there when it was time for us to meet.  We do believe in Divine Intervention.  We clicked immediately and had a 12-hour first date.

Later that year, we were planning a wedding that included our dear friends and family and a surprise visit from my best friend from elementary school.

At the time I was singing in the choir at church.  The choir sang us a beautiful blessing during our service.  I had to really work not to cry.  And, my aunt who always played the piano for family gatherings was there to play special family music prior to the service.

All in all, it was a glorious day.  And, thanks to my hubby and son, I have had many glorious days since.  My favorite thing to do is have the three of us talk in bed and laugh and giggle when we wake up.  It is our special family time.

Now.Oct.21Kirk, I love you more than I ever thought possible to love someone else.  I cherish our life and love more and more each year that we are together.

A few quotes about anniversaries and love:

  • “Our wedding was many years ago.  The celebration continues to this day.”  ~ Gene Perret
  • “A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity.  The order varies for any given year.”  ~ Paul Sweeney
  • “An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. ” ~ Author Unknown
  • “For you see, each day I love you more, Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow. “~ Rosemonde Gerard
  • “Love one another and you will be happy.  It’s as simple and as difficult as that. ” ~Michael Leunig

Happy 20th Anniversary

C2_Aug.7_20th.Anniv.1Today, August 7 is my sister Cindy’s 20th Anniversary.   She married her groom Cody.

Happy Anniversary to the two of you!  I am thrilled for both of you!

Here are two photos to celebrate the two of you.  First is on your wedding day.  The second is one of my favorites of the two of you — at one of our favorite locations.C2_Aug.7.20th.Anniv.2

Their wedding weekend was a lot of fun!  I was the Maid of Honor and enjoyed that privilege very much.  The weekend was full of celebration and fun.

Since then we’ve had many fun years and times together.  They now have two great kids – Gussie and Aiden.  I love my sister, second brother, and niece and nephew very much.

Cindy and Cody, you have taught me a lot about marriage and raising kids and I thank you both for that!  It has meant a lot.

I am so thankful for all of the times we can all be together!

Here is a quote for the two of you.  “True love stories never have endings.”  ~Richard Bach

Happy 19th Anniversary

R2_Aug.6_19thAnniv.2Today, August 6, is my brother Richmond’s 19th Anniversary.  He and his bride Beckie will celebrate today.

I just wanted to wish them a very Happy Anniversary!

Here are a few photos from the weekend of their wedding.R2_Aug.6_19thAnniv.1  It was a lot of fun and I was a bridesmaid.

Now, after all of these years together, they have two wonderful kids – Isaac and Rachel.

This family of four is full of love, music, fun, and togetherness.  We have many special memories together through the years.

Love and cheers to the two of you!  Bro, I am happy for you and Beckie, I am so glad to have you as a second sister!

May you have a wonderful and very Happy Anniversary!!!!!

A quote for you: “Love one another and you will be happy.  It’s as simple and as difficult as that.”  ~Michael Leunig