60 years and counting...celebrating legacy

Before you have to ask, no, I am not yet 60...   😁

November, 2017 began a year of celebration for our family.  My father-in-law began the festivities as he turned 80.  Much to his surprise, his family showed up in Florida - children, their spouses, all the grandchildren, their spouses, and great grandchildren including the youngest at just 2 weeks old.

As we gathered for dinner, Frank offered a prayer for the blessing and the legacy his dad has created as a father, a grandfather, a great grandfather, a husband, and a friend.

The year of birthdays continued in April as my dad achieved that 80th year birthday milestone as well.  His love for the sport of pole vaulting offered a perfect backdrop for the day filled with surprises.  Once again, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren along with extended family joined in the fun.  (Yes, my dad still pole vaults in Senior Olympics as he has for over 25 years now.)    He even offered an exhibition performance for all.  And, no, I didn't give it a try!

The year of milestones culminated in the celebration of my parents' 60th wedding anniversary in September, 2018.  My mom, who never enjoys being "fussed over" appreciated that we gathered at a small restaurant in Tennessee - just their three daughters and husbands.  We laughed about memories and listened intently as our parents shared their history together.  Traveling to Winchester, Tennessee, we visited the house my dad built, drove through downtown by the First Baptist Church, and listened a bit more to gain advice and wisdom.

Today, I am overwhelmed with a grateful heart realizing the legacy of love, faith, commitment, hard work and perseverance we've had a front row seat to witness.  To God be the Glory!

What are you thankful for today?

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
    Serve the Lord with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;[a]
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the Lord is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations
Psalm 100


  1. So good to see the picture of your Mom, Dad, and family!! They were wonderful Adoptive Parents for me during college! These are definitely days to celebrate - enjoy the time with them while you can. I am enjoying retirement for the simple fact that I can visit Mom and Dad as much as possible. We are all so blessed!!

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