Skip to main content

Ten Things of Thankful: Anniversary Edition

Sunday marks 50 years since my parents' wedding day.  It's only fitting that this week's Ten Things of Thankful highlights gratitude for their marriage.



1.  1963-1968:  I'm thankful Mom and Dad decided to have me.  I've heard I was not an easy baby, yet they endured my colic with patience.

I may look calm, but appearances can be deceiving.

2.  1968-1973:  I'm thankful Mom and Dad made me a big sister.  My little sister put up with my bossiness and remains a great friend.  (I'm hoping I'm not as domineering now.)

I couldn't find a photo from the time frame--I'm sure I have one around here somewhere--but I thought this one was good for a laugh.  1991, in case you're wondering.
 3.  1973-1978:  I'm thankful Mom and Dad gave me a baby brother.  He's a great example of a hard worker.


4.  1978-1983:  I'm thankful that Dad pursued a dream and moved the family into an earth-sheltered, solar-heated, unfinished house he designed.  I could write many more posts about lessons learned from that experience.

The yard did not look this good when we first moved in.  Picture Scotch broom, lots of Scotch broom.

5.  1983-1988:  I'm thankful that Mom and Dad welcomed John into the family.


6.  1988-1993:  I'm thankful that Mom and Dad helped us so much when I was pregnant with our youngest son.  Dad managed for weeks on end, as Mom (and John's mom, too) watched our oldest two while I was on bedrest.  

Leaving the hosptial--small, but mighty, at 6 weeks old.

7.  1993-1998:  I'm thankful that Mom and Dad supported our decision to adopt, and welcomed their new granddaughters.  

Playing at Grandpa and Grandma's house


 8.  1998-2003:  I'm thankful that Dad and Mom never made us feel badly about any of our choices, not even when we moved from 2-hours away to a 2-day drive away.

9.  2003-2008:  I'm thankful for the way Dad and Mom worked together, creating their own little Eden.





10.  2008-2013:  I'm thankful that Dad and Mom care lovingly for their mothers.  Dad's mom lived with them prior to her passing, and now Mom's mom has moved in with them.  They graciously, tenderly care for parents who can't care for themselves. 

Happy 50th, Mom and Dad!  

 photo visiting2_zps6d4521f3.jpg

 photo ThankfulThought4_zps7d9599c2.jpg
Thanks for my parents' example of a strong marriage.

 photo signature3_zps16be6bca.jpg


Pin It


Ten Things of Thankful


 Your hosts

Comments

  1. A beautiful and moving list of thankfuls, and a great picture of loving and caring parenthood :)

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is an absolutely gorgeous tribute to their marriage (and, as ever, lovely photographs). I'm fascinated by the earth-sheltered house, as it's something I've used myself when designing (in my mind) my dream home (I mean, I also had an underground grotto-pool, but who's comparing?)

    The pic of you and your sister is VERY funny. Glad you have such a good relationship now.

    LOOK AT THAT GARDEN! Your parents really do have green fingers :) Awesome.

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a wonderful couple and example for you and your siblings.
    I just can't imagine living so far away from my parents though, sounds very difficult.

    Well, no matter what; Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad of Kristi!!!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Happy 50th Anniversary to your mom and dad. Loved being able to walk through the years here with you. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your weekend!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. A wonderful post and tribute to your parents. Happy Anniversary to your parents!

    ReplyDelete
  6. How wonderful to have your parents loving marriage as an example and guide for your own life and how wonderful to still have them in your life. I can just tell that they would be people that I would be happy to know and I'm sure that hey are so proud of you. A strong marriage is a true life blessing and is not achieved without a lifetime of hard work, please congratulate your folks from all your blog friends especially me.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Happy Anniversary to your parents! I am thankful that my daughter celebrated her 13th anniversary this week and that they have such a strong marriage -- plus I am thankful they gave me the best grandchild ever!

    ReplyDelete
  8. HAPPY 50th to your folks! I love the timeline idea for the post! Oh, that little tiny baby after all that bedrest! what a beauty! Your folks sound so cool and progressive with that house! I bet it was an experience being there!

    ReplyDelete
  9. One of the best things parents can give their children is a great example. Your parents have done that and more! Happy 50th to them. And that garden...gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  10. This is just great! That really should have been one of my thankful things this week.. my parents hit 52 yrs together on the same day as our 19th anniversary.

    But, this is such a great way to show their legacy--lovely, lovely parents you have there!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. The house your dad built is amazing - he was way ahead of everyone!
    This is such a lovely tribute to your parents.

    ReplyDelete
  12. What a lovely list!! My parents celebrated 49 years this August and they also care for their mothers, who are both in their mid-90s. I have always been so grateful for their example of a loving marriage, not perfect, but real and genuine, demonstrating that marriages that endure are accomplished by faith in God, hard work, deep and abiding love and forgiveness. What a blessing!! May your parents enjoy 50 more years!

    Gotta say I was totally cracking up at the picture of you and your sister...PRETTY sure I had the exact same hairdo in about 1988!! LOL! Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Happy anniversary to your parents. The photos that you included this week are wonderful (I think my favorite may be you and your sister in the early 90's because I had that exact same haircut!). Beautiful list of thankful this week!

    ReplyDelete
  14. What wonderful things to be thankful for. I enjoyed looking at the photos and that house your dad built is incredible! :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a wonderful list. My parents also made 50 years, for which we all felt very lucky. I'm now at 45.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Oh, Kristi, this is just beautiful! Happy Anniversary to them!

    Love all the pictures! I had a very similar 'do in the mid-80s.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Awww this is a beautiful post and a great tribute to your parents! Sounds like they offered a ton to be thankful for.

    For some reason I'd feel the 2 Hour to 2 Day change in distance was likely the hardest of the bunch. When being so close to family and then having such distance from one another it can be a little rough at first. It's wonderful they supported it and the other big decisions you and your husband made.

    Congrats to them on their 50th Anniversary!

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of Ink

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Conversations are so much nicer when more than one person does the talking. :-) Please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts; I'd love to hear from you!

Popular posts from this blog

Ten Things of Thankful: Dad's Influence Edition

Infant-me, sitting on the wood floor, looks up at my dad, who is sitting on a brown sofa and smiling down to me Here in the United States, it is Father's Day weekend. I did not realize until recently that Father's Day was not officially made a holiday until 1972. 1972! Now, while I realize that many people consider 1972 eons ago, I do not. I'm glad that fathers have a day of recognition now, because they surely deserve acknowledgement.  I thought for this week's Ten Things of Thankful post, I would list ten lessons I'm thankful my dad taught me. My dad is a teacher. Not only did he impart his knowledge to countless junior high aged kids throughout his career, he taught--and still teaches--my siblings and me. He is not a preachy teacher; he's a humble man whose lessons I feel like I learned through osmosis. When he would get home from work, we'd all sit down as a family for supper. Often, our phone would ring, and on the other end of the line would be a paren

Ten Things of Thankful: Summer Strawberries and Procrastinated Projects

A brilliantly-colored dark pink and purple fuchsia blossom You would think that by the time a person reaches my age, she would not be surprised by the passing of time, yet I find myself nearly constantly amazed that a certain amount of time has passed--whether that be a week, month, year, or couple of decades. Earlier this year, I planted a garden. Yesterday I harvested my first strawberry. Earlier this year, I also planted fuchsia starts, and now the flowers are blooming. How is that possible? (And why am I surprised?) Sometime around the turn of the century (and it still seems strange to use that phrase about the year 2000), we bought a circa 1935 dresser. It needed some TLC, but had a cool curvy front. This past week, I finally got around to applying some Restor-A-Finish and Feed-N-Wax, and now the dresser still looks old, but not dilapidated. I still need to apply some hide glue to some loose pieces, but I'm counting progress as a win. For as long as I can remember, I've be

Ten Things of Thankful: From Sunrise to Moonset

Cars and trucks on a highway travel toward the rising sun                                    John and I made a quick, task-oriented trip to California last week. We wore our masks and stayed at an acceptable social distance from others (which is hard for grandchildren to understand, but we mostly succeeded.) We're now home, and at the "I need a vacation to recover from my 'vacation' " stage, which makes sitting down to compose a TToT post a bit of a challenge. However, I know that I will feel better by the end of this post, so bear with me if you will.  1. I'm thankful that we had no problems with traffic going there or coming home. We left our hotel at about quarter to four on Friday morning. The early start, fewer families traveling this year, or, most likely, a combination of the two, made for an easy drive.  2. I'm thankful for books to help pass the time. We haven't actually finished yet (as I was reading aloud, and my voice can only last for so l