Tuesday, October 14, 2014

60th Wedding Anniversary

The last weekend in September our whole family (and extended family) gathered in northeastern Iowa for a very precious, wonderful celebration: 

Our grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary. 

60 years of marriage: 
The ups & downs. 
The challenges of raising children. 
Making ends meet. 
Serving in the community & church. 

And through it all, they've left us a priceless legacy of their unwavering commitment to God and to each other. Their love and laughter continues to be a radiant joy in the lives of many. We are so blessed! 

To commemorate this special occasion, our whole extended family (Mom's sister, Gayle, and brother, Gary, & their respective families) hosted an open house for the community. It was such a blast to spend the day with our aunts, uncles, & cousins! There were many cameras clicking that day. These are some that Bethany captured for us: 

The children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren

Their seven adorable great-grands.

Mom, with her parents and siblings, Gayle & Gary.

Cousin Kinsey's sweet daughter Riley with her dad, Jason.



Rachel & Hannah

Ruth, Kori, & Elizabeth

Our cousin's son, Brayden. 

Aunt Jacque ordered a lovely cake in the blue of their wedding colors.

Cutting the cake

Isn't it adorable how they still make each other laugh?!


Arianna really, really enjoyed her cupcake. Mmmm!

The official, very capable, ice-cream servers.

Greeting friends & family.

It was a treat to see so many friends and family from the community.

Alan on the kitchen team

Nathanael waiting tables


Elizabeth and cousin Jenna.
(Interesting fact: They are birthday cousins -- born the exact same day)

Cousin Greta with Mom & Aunt Gayle.

Uncle Gary sharing memories and thoughts during the program.

An interesting and rather unique blessing of this 60th wedding anniversary is that the pastor that married Grandpa and Grandma attended their celebration along with his wife of 61 years!  He is the silver haired gentlemen silhouetted against Uncle Gary’s suit coat.

 Aunt Gayle made name tags for all of us family members so guests could know who was who! 

And our guys had to continue an on-going tradition of singing old love songs to Grandpa and Grandma -- much to the amused delight of the guests. 

It was so sweet to hear many stories during the short program. 
Their children rose up and called them 'blessed'.
It was a heartfelt, precious, tender time.

And we continually thank the Lord for these two wonderful people and the priceless legacy they continue to live. 

We love you BIGGER, Grandpa and Grandma!

Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary.

"We will not hide them from their children,
Telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD,
And His strength and His wonderful works that He has done."
Psalm 78:4


Lu Everman said...

Love it!!!!

Bethany Carson said...

Looks like a wonderful family time and anniversary celebration! Congratulations to your grandparents on 60 years!

Jessica said...

Wow! 60 years, that's a blessing from the Lord! They look so young!

Rebekah @ Heritage of Grace said...

Your grandparents have been blessed. Thank you for sharing the day with us.

Anna B. said...

Beautiful pictures. Bethany captured the sweet, precious and humorus moments so well. Love your grandparents. What a blessing the celebration must have been to them. Thanks for posting all the pictures!

Lexi said...

Such lovely pictures! What a great family!
In Christ,

Orvine said...

Hey congratulations for your 60th Wedding Anniversary!! I am very glad to know that you have completed 60 successful years with each other. I am also going to celebrate my parent’s anniversary party at one of the prettiest banquet halls in Chicago. I just wonder if they will like my party arrangements!!