Let’s see – where were we? Ah, yes… school ended and we headed up to the mountains to celebrate the beginning of summer!
Hmmm… what do we have here?
The look on mom’s face says I nailed it with this present!
Um, yes you did!
Hooray for awesome cameras and HOORAY for 40 years of marriage!
I cannot adequately express what a gift my parents’ marriage has been to me, all of my life. I know my parents love me and my brothers deeply, but I know that their love for each other is deeper.
The Lord orchestrated their meeting while Daddy was a KA at Vanderbilt and was roommates with mom’s brother, my Uncle Saunders. Mama went up from UGA for the weekend to visit, and the rest is history. (Dad says Mom’s fried chicken might have had something to do with it, too.)
I remember as a child, when Dad would come home from work, he and Mom would have their ‘grown up time’ in the living room, and it was clear that the brothers and I were not invited to that party! They really took the time to nuture their relationship and have mutual interests- not just center their life on their children, as so many families are tempted to do today. So, when me and my brothers flew the coop, they were thrilled to have each other to spend time with and share life together.
God has blessed them tremendously with a long-lasting marriage. Scott and I (and my brothers and their wives) have learned so much from watching them. Y’all, my Dad? The man runs errands with Mama like a champ. Could that be the secret to a happy marriage? Perhaps so. Or, maybe it’s the way he treats her like a queen. Another secret? They don’t yell at each other. I remember Mom telling me, “I never wanted my own way so badly that it would make me yell at your dad, because people only fight when one or both of them is being selfish.” Those words have resounded in my head a time or two (or fifty). So true.
I’m so thankful for my parents and the legacy they are giving to my family. Happy 40th Anniversary, Mom and Dad! (even if it’s 10 months late!)