Aug 4, 2014

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Today, my parents celebrate 58 years of marriage. I dedicate this post to them.

I have many childhood memories of my parents' interaction with each other and with us.
  • The fork throw, followed by the dish drop.
  • Chaotic, tense, last-minute road trip preparations, followed by the obligatory first hour of silence once we piled into the car.
  • Contests to see who could yell the loudest, often held during road trip preparations.
  • Slamming doors.
  • Family dinners, one at each end of the table, keeping us in line...each in their own way.

After each incident came the "kiss and make up" part.


And every time without fail. 

They fought as they lived, with passion and zeal...but neither of them ever stayed mad for long. 

My parents believe that once you say, "I do", you did, and it was for life. No giving up, no turning back. Throughout their 58-year marriage, they practiced what they preached about loyalty, love, and commitment. They made the best of every situation, got back up when life knocked them down, and always thanked God for their many blessings.

Don't misunderstand - we had tons of fun as a family. We laughed often and enjoyed life. But it was my parents' commitment through the storms that kept our family together.

Over the years, their devotion and commitment to each other mellowed into contentment. Mom treats Dad with kindness and respect in word and action. Dad protectively watches over Mom. They enjoy each other's company, and miss each other when apart...even if only for a few hours.

And now they've welcomed Don and I to live with them as they transition through this season of their lives. What an awesome opportunity to learn about marriage first-hand from two of the best!

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for choosing to stay together. Thank you for being such great parents. 

And thank you for living an awesome example of marriage!

‘“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you 
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’  (Numbers 6:24-26, NIV)

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