Today is my parents' 27th anniversary!
Here are some fun stories about my parents - some my memories, some theirs:
-My parents met at Cornell, where my Mom & her girlfriends lived in the apartment above Dad & his friends.
-When my dad was wooing my mom, he would bake her treats and write her notes on the napkin.
-My mom and her friends used to steal packages that Grandma sent Dad, because they knew they contained cookies!
-After they got married, my parents lived in Sodus, NY with their awesome dog, Sukie.
-Three years after they got married, my mom told my dad that she was pregnant (with me!), and my dad started jumping up and down in excitement.
-When I was approximately 10 (give or take a couple years), I remember a specific instance where my dad came in from doing farm work and had picked a bouquet of wildflowers for my mom.
-Throughout the summer, on "Mom's Monday Off," she would often walk to wherever my dad was out working, with a canteen full of ice water for him.
-Mom's birthday is a few days before Dad's. A year or two ago, Dad presented my mom with a quirky Star Trek card, and when she opened it, she was really confused -- because she had purchased the same card for his birthday!
-When I was in high school, our church started a Saturday night service, and my parents led worship for it. I loved seeing them leading praises together.
-My parents are just an awesome team. They are both really hard workers, and watching them collaborate on various farm projects is always neat - even in the midst of frustrating, blazing hot days plotting out an orchard when your teenage daughter drives the 4-wheeler into the pond.
-One evening at dinner when I was young, my dad was blessing the meal and thanked God for his children, and "especially" his "sweet, dolly wife" - I realized, "My dad loves my mom more than us kids!" I interrogated him about this seemingly unfair favoritism, and he told me I'd understand one day when I got married. True.
Mom & Dad -
Thank you so much for being an example of a loving, Christ-centered marriage. Your devotion to one another and willingness to work through trials (read: your five children) is inspiring. Now that I'm married, I appreciate even more everything you've taught me, both in your instruction and through your lives.
I love you guys so much. Happy 27th anniversary!