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I consider myself very fortunate to have parents that have been married for more than 50 years. How many people can say that? Through the years, our family has acknowledged each milestone wedding anniversary with a celebration, both small and large.

In 1982, I was just a newlywed when my parents' 25th anniversary was approaching. My maternal grandmother suggested that we have a surprise party in honor of the anniversary. The party was held in the downstairs of my home with over 100 people in attendance. Upstairs, I served dinner to my parents and siblings while guests quietly gathered below. I'll never forget the look on Mom & Dad's faces when they went downstairs to see their "gift"!

For their 40th wedding anniversary, my parents wanted to celebrate with just our immediate family. Fifteen years had passed, and by now the size of our family had grown with the addition of my brothers' and sister's spouses, and there were even some grandchildren! We all went to a resort lodge for the weekend to celebrate.

The highlight of that weekend was our gift to our parents. This was a gift that lasted a long time, and was as priceless to my parents as it was to us kids. My sister had gotten the idea for the gift somewhere, and we all took part. Each of us typed some of our favorite memories of growing up onto small, fortune cookie-sized pieces of paper. We took those small pieces of paper and along with a candy wrapper, wrapped the memory around a piece of hard candy and placed them in a large candy bowl. The idea was for my parents to open a piece of candy a day and reminisce about times past. Well, Mom couldn't wait and as we sat around them at the resort, she opened and read all of the memories! We smiled, laughed, and even shed a few tears as each memory was recalled. The best thing was this: all it cost us very little, mostly our time, and the gift was cherished more than any material gift ever could have been.

Ten years and even more family members later, we all gathered together again to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. This time, we sent invitations out to family and friends. The celebration began with a Polka Mass at church and then we had a nice dinner and a big anniversary cake. We displayed Mom's wedding dress on a mannequin, and their wedding album on a small table nearby. We took photos that were taken throughout the years and put them onto a PowerPoint presentation that was shown on a big screen throughout the day. Oh, the memories it brought back!

When our family gathers together, I can't help but notice how it is grown. The living room at my parents’ house at Christmastime is nearly overflowing as we open gifts. And all because two people fell in love!

By Jeanne Woodyard
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Jeanne has worked in the printing industry for nearly 30 years and became the new owner of Invitations4Less.com on January 1, 2012.
When not working with our customers, Jeanne enjoys spending time with family and friends, RVing with her husband and spoiling her two kitties.



Comments

Name: Joyce
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Location: Congratulations to your parents on a long and beautiful marriage!

Name: Jeanne
Location: Invitations4Less.com
Location: Thank you, Joyce!



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