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!!!!!!!!