Fifty Years and Counting!

This has been a very busy week, but mostly because we made a quick trip to my home state of Colorado to celebrate my parent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.  It was so much fun to see family and friends that we haven’t seen in years.  And, it was wonderful to see how many people turned out to celebrate with my parents.  The challenges over 50 years have to be immeasurable.  Married at 21 and 19 in 1961.  Ahh – their wedding pictures look so young.

–          50 Years of Marriage with ups and downs

–          6 Kids, each presenting their own set of challenges

–          4 son-in-laws, see the comments above 🙂

–          Soon to be 1 daughter-in-law who will be formally welcomed into the family this summer

–          7 grandkids and counting!

–          32 years of Dad working full time in the city, commuting 45 miles each way once we moved to the farm

–          15 years of working full time in the city and farming full time (I don’t know how they did it!)

–          34 years of farming

One time my mom told me that you’ll hear advice about marriage that each partner has to give 50-50, but she said that most of the time, it will feel like you are giving 90-95%.  One of my first professional mentors asked a group of us if we thought marriage was more a decision or an emotion.  My observation of marriage is that there certainly are times that you have to make the decision that you’re going to work through the hard times together.

I remember when my grandparents celebrated their 50th anniversary, it was the summer I turned 14, and their celebration had a huge impact on my life.  At that moment, I thought, celebrating 50 years of marriage is a worthy goal.  My oldest is 16, and I hope that seeing his grandparents celebrate the Golden Anniversary has that type of impact on him.