This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

60 years together is definitely worth celebrating!

It was a Tuesday evening, April 24, 1956 when a strapping young man married his young beautiful bride. He was 26 and she was just 18. Their love story started two years prior, but officially began on this day and has stayed strong all these years.
They were to be the first couple married in their newly built church. It was a beautiful, big, traditional wedding.
I love this picture of my parents with their parents.
"We've only just begun!"
"A kiss for luck and we're on our way!"
Fifty years later us kids threw them a big anniversary party in my sister's barn. The wedding cake was a duplicate to their original wedding cake. Click here to read more about their 50th anniversary party.
It was a happy 50th celebration with their kids and grandkids around them. We were ahead of our time, this was before Pinterest!
This year on April 24, 2016 (not 2019! haha) we had an intimate little family gathering to celebrate their 60th.
I picked out these cute outfits for them so they would be matching. They look so cute and happy!
My sisters and I just planned a simple dessert with punch, coffee, candy and nuts. The two little lovebird figurines were always in our home when I was growing up. I found them when we moved them and just had to keep them and thought they would be so cute as table decorations for the party.
We displayed their wedding book and I brought along my Precious Moments cake topper that I recently blogged about (click here to read). We had Hot Tamales which are one of Mom's favorite candies and black licorice which is Daddy's.
They are still deeply in love and very affectionate.
They are King and Queen today!
My sisters and I with our parents.
We just had a small gathering of our immediate family. It was just right.
Mamma telling some cute story.
Megan & Cameron just have 58-1/2 years and Grayson & Rachelle have 59-1/2 more years to catch up to Grammie and Grandpa!
Hayden and Eryn are just starting their love story.
My husband having a discussion with my brother-in-law. I teased them and said they are talking about how to keep their wives happy! haha By the way, Kelli and Ralph will be celebrating 34 years of marriage in May, Eric and I will celebrate 34 years in July and Kathi and Stacey celebrate 33 years of marriage in September. Also, my father-in-law and mother-in-law would have just celebrated their 61st in November, but sadly my mother-in-law passed away before they got to 60. I guess long term marriages run in the family!
My sweet father-in-law congratulating my parents.
I love all these people! They have known each other since my hubby and I were dating!
My husband has always enjoyed my parents and vice-versa.
My sister bought them a thoughtful gift of an adult coloring book they can both use.
I thought this was so sweet. Eryn was looking at their wedding book with them.
They are both reading their cards they gave to each other.
The monarch and matriarch of our family with many of their grandchildren. We are so blessed!
Their hands with their wedding rings, April 24, 1956.
Their hands and same wedding rings 60 years later. Beautiful, helpful loving hands that have worked together for 60 years.

Happy 60th Anniversary Mamma and Daddy!

"May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth." Proverbs 5:18

Friday, April 22, 2016

A beautiful first light hike with my son

My eldest son, Mackenzie, moved to Colorado last July and we have been so blessed that he has been able to come home to visit his son, Ridley, once a month. He stays at our house when he's here and I love being able to catch up with him. When he was here last weekend, we had a wonderful first light hike up a local mountain. He actually was just planning this little hike by himself to try and get some great photos and I asked if I could come along and he said sure!
We wanted to be at the summit at the predicted 6:40 sunrise. We arrived at the base of the mountain at 6:20 and started our ascent.
He is a great photographer and does photography work for a living. He was giving me lots of tips. I was just using my phone camera and he has several different cameras and several different lens. He's got me talked into getting a real camera!
The city is still sleeping.
It's so pretty.
We saw lots of wild flowers.
We walked, talked, laughed and took photos. It was awesome.
The dew was was still wet.
We got some amazing shots.
We took pictures of a lot of the same things. I would love to see the comparison of his work to mine and his high tech camera to mine! I'm sure his photos are outstanding and prizeworthy!
This mountain hike is so beautiful. We were in a very wooded area and then all the sudden it opened up to this expansive prairie-like area with this beautiful tree in the center.
When we got to the summit we were a little bummed out because it was overcast and we did not get to see a pretty sunrise.
We still enjoyed it though!
It felt really good to get out and get the exercise too!
I love this pretty canopy of trees.
It's so quiet and peaceful here.
Baby ferns growing in the moss on the side of a tree.
I had the idea to take this photo of this wild daffodil from the underside showing the big trees in the background.
I was really flattered when my son, the professional photographer, copied my idea! He laughed and teased me acting like it was his idea saying, "I'm really glad I had that idea for that shot". He's so funny.
Here's a wild camas.
Sword fern.
We kept walking to the other side of the mountain and then headed back.
Love him.
Another view from the top.
Here's that big maple tree again at the summit.
Amazing big old fir trees.
Wild iris.
Getting that perfect shot! I am so proud of him. I love him very much. He is a really great person, works hard and is so talented. I enjoy him so much.
We were done and heading home by 8:00. What a great time we had!
I will never forget this amazing hike I had with my firstborn son. It was just so special and one of those moments a mother keeps close to her heart.

"You shall teach them (God's words) diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up." Deuteronomy 6:7

"Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you." Genesis 13:17
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