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Monday, November 26, 2007

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad

Two days ago my parents celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Here is what they looked like about 30 years ago. I tried to find an old picture of just the two of them but all I could find was this lovely family photo. Please ignore the handsome young man with the ginormous bow tie and his goofy looking sister and concentrate on the mom and dad. The man is Gary and the woman is Marie. In this day and age when the divorce rate is equal to or greater than the marriage rate I'm here to tell you this world needs more people like my parents. My dad taught me how to treat my wife like a queen and to let her know she is the most important person in my life. He taught me how to let my kids know that marriage is forever and that I will never leave their mom. My mom taught me the importance of having a mom around while my sister and I were growing up and what that meant to our growth as Christians.

They both showed me what a grace filled, Spirit led, Christian life looked like. They weren't preachy, they just showed me and my sister the love of the Jesus. We saw this flow from them in all aspects of their lives.

They disciplined when needed (which unfortunately was way more often for my wild sister than it was for myself.....okay, that may not be 100% true) and although we didn't like it at the time, we know now that this is sometimes necessary and, in fact, is part of God's plan for family.

I know and have seen the importance of having a mom and a dad at home. My parents molded and shaped my sister and myself growing up. We now have the joy of sharing our parents with our spouses as well as our kids. They are great examples to our kids and they have always treated our spouses like their own kids.

They would be the first to tell you that they aren't perfect. My sister, our spouses, our kids and myself would be the first to tell you that God could not have blessed us with better parents, in-laws and grandparents.

So here's to you mom and dad (even though it's two days late) on your special day. Our prayer is that God blesses you with many more years of service together as you continue to grow His kingdom.

1 comment:

Sascha said...

Congratulations Gary and Marie!! You are wonderful Christian examples.