My parents are celebrating their 50th anniversary together today. As one person I told said, "That is an uncommon love". It is certainly a testament to love and commitment to one person - for life. I have been lucky enough to watch my parents' love and marriage for 40+ of those 50 years and they truly have lived those marriage vows they took back in 1961...for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, etc.
My dad has been carrying this wedding
photo in his wallet for 50 years!
When we started discussing ways to celebrate, my parents were VERY clear that they didn't want a big party, a big trip, a big present....a big ANYTHING. In a way, that makes celebrating more difficult because everything was so undefined. But, we figured out a great, intimate way to celebrate the occasion - more on that in another post.
In June, we drove to New Jersey to meet up with my brother, sister-in-law, and nephews to have a professional photographer take pictures of the three grandchildren on the beach.
Kristy, the photographer, working with the kids.
Our hope was to get some great candid shots of the kids together as their anniversary gift. Believe me, I am glad August 5th is finally here because reminding Grace to keep the secret that we spent a couple of days at the Jersey shore playing with Connor and Ryan has not been easy!