Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Very Special Day

Halloween is my least favorite holiday, but the date, October 31st, is very special to me.

On October 31, 1943, 67 years ago today, Halloween fell on a Sunday, and at 9:30 a.m., between Sunday School and church, my parents were married at the First Methodist Church in Monroe, Louisiana. And from that day forward, they have honored and fulfilled their wedding vows by devoting their lives to each other, for better, for worse ... for richer, for poorer ... and in sickness and in health.

On their wedding day, America was in the midst of World War II. Times were tough and the future uncertain, to say the least.

He was a handsome young sailor, barely 19 years old, and she was his pretty little 17-year-old high school sweetheart. They were deeply and madly in love ... and nothing would do but that they get married.

Today, as we celebrate their 67th Wedding Anniversary, my parents are still just as deeply in love as they were that Sunday morning in 1943, if not more so. Of course, in 67 years of marriage there were some hard times ... and some sad times ... but their unwavering faith in God, and their abiding love for each other gave them the strength to endure them.

My mother's favorite Bible verse is Corinthians 1:13:7, and I think it exemplifies their love and the life they have shared together:

Love bears all things,
Believes all things,
Hopes all things,
Endures all things.

My family and I are so blessed to have these two beautiful people in our lives.

They have been an inspiration to all of us throughout our lives, and I hope they know how much they are loved.


Carolyn said...

Precious memories! Congragulations to your parents.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Happy Anniversary to your parents! What a lovely tribute for them!

Beth at Aunties said...

A beautiful tribute of your handsome parents love story on this, their special day. Congratulations to them! I can see their love and devotion come through their daughter's writings.
My own dad was also 19 and my mom 17 when they married 2 years later (in your beloved Mississippi.)just before he shipped out for Europe during World War 2.

RachelD said...

Lovely, Janie. And my congratulations to the Very Happy, Very Blessed Couple.


Lisa said...

Congrats to the happy couple! What a legacy they have given you of a steadfast love!

Jenni said...

Your parents are a living testimony to the enduring strength of true and abiding love.

Congratulations to them both. In these troubled times, a 67 year marriage is nothing short of a miracle!

Jenni said...

Oh, and may I add this? I believe that good, solid, God - fearing people such as your parents are the reason why our America is still here today...

They, (and those like them) are part of the bedrock of this nation...

Deb said...

Wow...congratulations to your parents...what great role models they are...

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a beautiful couple, Janie, and I wish them all the best for many more happy years together, blessed of God!


Sheila :-)