~MY BEAUTIFUL PARENTS~
November 23, 1955
Dear Mom and Daddy...
As I sit here looking at the pictures of your wedding it's hard for me to imagine the two of you ever being younger than my children are today. You both look so happy with all your life ahead of you! Your faces are so bright and alive and reveal not a hint of the careworn expressions you would both one day share. Taken long before you became parents and before the struggles of life set in, my eyes see only joy...
As I've watched you grow in years I'm humbled more than ever by your commitment to each other. Life was not always kind to you...beat you both up a lot...but somehow, no doubt by God's grace, your love for one another and for Linda, Me, Bill and Jen has pressed on.
~Mom at 21...and her Soldier Beau at 25~
Mom~today I notice how you care for Daddy, the husband of your youth. With his memory of your life together quickly fading I'm reminded of Proverbs 31 where it speaks of the virtuous woman. You've stuck by our father through thick and thin, in good and bad, want or plenty. And...that has given all your children something to look up to, respect, and revere... I know if Daddy was able to wine and dine you tonight he would. I hope it's enough for you to know he loved you more than he ever found words to say... Thank you for being such a wonderful example of faith, hope and commitment for your children. And...for always being the wind beneath his wings. He couldn't have made it without you.
THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN
Proverbs 31 KJV
"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.
The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.
She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.
She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.
She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.
She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.
She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.
Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.
She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates."
Happy Anniversary...I love you...I love you ...I love you...
With great affection~
Your daughter, Rebecca Suzanne