No, I'm not going to prison and no this isn't an ode to the world greatest show "Prison Break". But rather it's a celebration of 25 years of marriage and 50 years of wonderful life. Yesterday my parents celebrated their 50th birthdays (Mom's is in October and Dad's November) and also 25 years married. What a bunch of milestones! They had a beautiful re dedication of their marriage ceremony and party. We planned, we worked, we stressed...then we laughed, we cried, we were merry and we attempted to eat cake.
I say attempted because the stupid cake fell apart! The thing was rather pricey, from a well know bakery in town and it was a disaster. When I picked it up the girl had grabbed it wrong and their was a ginormous crack right down the center. We managed to make that look ok. Then came time for the serving, each piece looked a little like someone had run their fingers through it, that or cut it into the perfect bite size for a Nome. It tasted delish but was a pain in the posterior. Oh well, what's a party with out a little drama?
The day was a wonderful reminder of God's greatness. Not only in the fact that Mom and Dad have survived 25 years married to each other, through some really bad and really great times. But also because they are 2 wonderful people. As time has progress their grey hairs have increased in number (although mom would prefer you to think she's "naturally" that colour), their wrinkles are a little deeper (with wrinkles comes wisdom right? that's why prunes are the smart choice to keep things "movin'"), and their bodies don't always put up with the physical strain that they used to. They have also learned the true meaning of letting Jesus lead your lives, they've had children and now grandchildren that are being shaped by the love that they give, they have spent enough money at Tim Horton's to deserve a share in the company, a Gold member card and a bronzed donut to replace the hood ornament on each of their vehicles, and have touched more lives than they'll know.
My Mom and Dad are such an amazing example of how letting Jesus be Lord of your life and head of your household can lead to such amazing things. They are an encouragement to so many, from the newlyweds like us just starting out, to the people married 66 years like my grandparents that love really does last. I want to know that in 25 years Corey and I will have weathered the storms and wound up in a place like they're in too.
So congratulations Mom and Dad and Happy Birthday! Here's to another 50 years and in this case hooray for life sentences!
What Bethany thinks of an hour long ceremony. She talked and chattered through the ENTIRE thing.
The exchanging of rings. Dad's wearing his wedding ring for the first time in 25 years and Mom got some pretty sweet new "bling".
They huffed and puffed....oh wait, wrong fairy tale.