Tuesday, November 23, 2010


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...
only excitement...
only trust...
and love...

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.

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.
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
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.
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.
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


Katie said...

So sweet Rebecca!!!

Jan M said...

Such a lovely tribute to your parents and their marriage. It is so odd, because tomorrow would be my parents' wedding anniversary. I had just written a post about them, to be published tomorrow, before catching up on reading some of my favorite blogs.
We are truly blessed to have been born of wonderful parents and loving unions.

stefanie said...

what a touching post!!!! and how wonderful you family is!!!

Moments of Grace said...


How wonderful to look back over your life and see the influence of Godly parents and the multitude of examples they have provided us. What a blessing.

In Grace,

Janine Claire Robinson said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mom and dad. So very touching.

Unknown said...

That's beautiful, Rebecca.
What a lovely life you have had with your beautiful parents.
Happy Thanksgiving,

NanaDiana said...

A beautiful post...and I can feel the unspoken heartache that rests behind it. God bless you-you are a good daughter. xxoo Diana

Deanna said...


Debbie said...

Rebecca, what a wondeful sentiment to your parents. I was also blessed with parents with this same kind of love and guidinglight and I am ever so grateful. I miss them both very much but still feel their love and guidance in my heart. Debbie (Maine)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

What special parents you have! I hope someday my children will think of the Virtuous Woman when they think of me. What a beautiful tribute to your mom....

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful, loving tribute to your parents on their 55th anniversary.....they were such a good-looking couple, and all four of you "children" must have made them proud! God has truly blessed you through the years. I know you wish your handsome daddy could be able to celebrate today with your lovely mom, but I am sure somewhere
deep within his mind he remembers her as his radiant bride and loves her so.......
Blessings to your entire family, my dear friend.....Francy

Linda said...

Beautiful Rebbecca! I loved the pictures and the Proverbs 31 verses that describe the kind of woman your mama is.

I'm sure that you are very much like her because of her example.


Julie Marie said...

Dear Rebecca... this is the most touching post I have ever read... so full of love... wishing your sweet mama and daddy a happy anniversary and that their day together is filled with many blessings... I know some of the hardships they are struggling with and I admire them both so... and you too... you are the foundation they lean on I am sure... your kind and gentle spirit gets them through many tough times... much love to you too... xoxo Julie Marie

Sonya Badgley said...

So touching...and how blessed you are to have your mother and father as such great examples to you. I would love to be a Proverbs 31 woman. Thank you for sharing sweet memories of your lovely parents.
God bless you, dear.

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Oh Rebecca they are so beautiful aren't they? Just look how full of joy and peace and love! Love yes, it is written on their faces. Beautiful! And don't you just love love love their clothes?? Thank you for sharing your lovely parents with us! Hugs~Sharon

Theresa said...

Oh my goodness Rebecca! I think that is the most precious post about your Parents and their commitment to each other! I pray they have a wonderful Anniversary just being together! Big Hugs to you and them!

Mari said...



Shirley said...

A beautiful tribute to your parents. It is wonderful when they have been married so many years. They have truly believed in their marriage vows. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Your Missouri Friend

Anonymous said...

I weep for both sadness and happiness for you and your beloved parents. Blessings such as this in life are rare to find and when you do find them, hold on tight and let go easily. Hugs to you Ms.R. Beautiful.


karen said...

So pretty. They make a wonderful couple . And they did such a good job raising you. Best Wishes Always.

Winchester Manor said...

Such a beautiful post Rebecca. So nice to read about your parents and their life long commitment to each other. I adore the newspaper clipping and photo, such a lovely couple.

Happy Anniversary and blessings to your wonderful parents.


ShabbyESP said...

What a sweet sentimental post for the love your parents share, and it shows that the love has flowed into their children!
Happy Holidays!

Rita said...

Rebecca, what a wonderful tribute to your parents and what wonderful things to be thankful for! Have a great Thanksgiving!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

What a lovely tribute to your parents, Rebecca... I loved reading about them.... What a lucky chickie you are to have been blessed with them to emulate.

Happy Thanksgiving dear girlie!.... To you and yours...


Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Oh Rebecca, what a beautiful post and wonderful tribute to your parents!!! Loved the beautiful photo of them. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Sue said...

I just wanted to come by this morning to wish you and your family a most blessed Thanksgiving, and find that I am so blessed by this beautiful and loving tribute to your parents. Beautiful photos.

Beautiful sheers on your last post, I am always amazed at how God is always working in our lives, He had them there just wanting for you, Enjoy.

Stella said...

What a wonderful tribute to your parents. The love and goodness they instilled in you shines thru. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Rebecca,
What a beautiful and heartfelt post in honor of your dear parents. Happy Anniversary to them. What a wonderful example of God's love using your mother and daddy as inspiration for others. The pictures you share are so full of happiness and joy. God carried them through it all and will continue.

I am behind on my visits, but had to stop by and wish you and yours a special Thanksgiving. God Bless you all this holiday and beyond!
Love to you,
Celestina Marie

My Pink & Cream Cottage said...

Beautiful & loving post, can feel both the pride & love you have for your Mum & Dad. Although we do not celebrate Thanksgiving downunder I wish you & your family a happy one...

Lyn xxx

Dolores said...

Tears are flowing as I read this beautiful post about your parents. The pictures are wonderful!!

Kerrie said...

Well tears are stinging my eyes! Such a beautiful post, so well written with love...

June said...

WHat a beautiful tribute to your dear parents Rebecca. This warmed my heart as I read of their love for one another and for your respect for them. They are blessed to have a daughter like you.

I would keep your doors locked Rebecca,cause I am heading your way in a truck to pick up those floral chairs!!!!! To DIE For!!!!
love you,

Miss Gracie's House said...

Pure, simple beauty...straight to my heart.
blessings to you, dear Rebecca

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I got tickled when I saw your mothers smile. That was one happy woman! They look so happy. What a lovely post today, Rebecca. I loved it!

Anonymous said...


Thank you for your kind words and loving thoughts. It seems impossible your dad and I were so young. 55 years is a long time and God has blessed us with our children and LOTS of grandchildren.
We are BLESSED beyond measure.

Many thaks to you readers for the lovely comments they have shared.

Love you dear daughter--
Hugs-- Mom

NanE said...

Rebecca, this was such a wonderful, heartfelt tribute to your parents. Congratulations on their anniversary! Hugs, Nan

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