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UPDATE!

Twenty-Plus Years...Later!

Time marches on…and time waits for no one. Where have all the years gone? They really do whiz past!

What has been happening in our lives, since the last time I added material into “Uniquely Me!”?

Well, my husband and I will soon be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary! (September 1st) It doesn’t seem possible. When I look at my “honey”…I see the young man that I married; the young man whom I have known since I was 15 years old and he was 17 years old.We went steady all that time, and married 3 1/2 years later.

I see the man who walked down that church aisle, wearing his United States Air Force uniform. I see the man whom I traveled across the country with, as a new bride; to make our first home near the military air base (McChord A.F.B. in Tacoma, WA).

Where have the years gone? …faster than sand in an hourglass…they slipped away!

We went from teenagers, to newly-weds…to first-time parents; and second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, nineth – and the two miscarriages.

We raised our children…knew the joys and the sorrows. We learned what it was like to see each one of them mature and leave home…we learned what the phrase “empty nest” was all about.

The joys of becoming grandparents…yes, we have known them. As the years sped on…we saw these grandchildren grow up. We had more time to spend on them, than we had…while raising our own children. It’s like we had a second chance…the chance to enjoy our grandchildren. To give them the time that we had so little of, while our own children were growing up.

And, in the blink of an eye…they, too, were grown up…married; and we now know the joy of great, grandchildren. Now, we have a whole lot of time… but, alas, we do not have the energy to do very much with these active ‘little people’. To watch them, in their play…even that, is tiring to us. So much energy…they have: and so little energy, we now have.

Our lives together weren’t always as happy as we had wanted them to be; we had our ups and our downs. But, through it all, we learned what ~love~ is really all about. It’s the young, thrills and chills…certainly; but that’s only the beginning of the deep, mature love that has a way of growing on a person.

When “empty nest” was upon us…we began to wonder just ‘why’ had we married and taken on so many responsibilities? We pondered that for awhile; and came up with the conclusion that the bottom line was that we loved each other.

Love has a way of taking on different shapes…different forms; as the years hurry past. Sometimes it’s the comfortable feeling you get, while sitting in your favorite chair. Sometimes it’s a roller-coaster ride. Sometimes, it’s the receiving…sometimes, it’s the giving of all that the other one can possibly ask for or need.

In 50 years, there is a very wide spectrum of happy times…sad times; times of uncertainty…and yet, knowing in your heart-of-hearts…that what you have, together, is very special. It’s worth all and more…than it will ever cost you.

I could continue on and on…extolling the great mystery of ~love~, but suffice it to say: We knew that God brought us together and it was He who kept us together! We can face the future, together…knowing that whatever it holds for us…God is in complete control. We thank Him for His constant presence in our lives!

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Now, I’d like to share a bit… about each one of our children, and what they have done, so far…on their journey in life.

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This 'update' was done on September, 2008...

Rose: Our first daughter married a man from Singapore. A son was born to them, while living out there. They, eventually came to Canada to live. Another son was born to them, in Canada. The boys are nearly full-grown; the oldest is in his second year of college. The youngest son is in high school; and works at Tim Horton's. Both are musically inclined; and they are very active in their church – praise and worship. They have recently moved into a very beautiful new home.

Joe, Jr.: Joe has a daughter, Elizabeth Lee; she’s all grown up and has a daughter, named Kaylee. He was in an accident; he broke his back and half-severed his spinal cord. He had moved to Oregon, USA. His health deteriorated, and he is now in a wheelchair and disabled. He’s busy with his CB radio… chatting away with the truckers who drive past, on the highway, close to the care home where he lives.

Mike: There were two sons born to Mike and his first wife. They are full-grown and working on the oil patch, way up North. The youngest boy became a father almost two years ago, a daughter, named Kaylea. Mike remarried, and now has two step-children: they too, are all grown up. Mike is Building Inspector, where he lives. Recently, he and his wife moved a bit closer to us.

Mary: Mary is our middle daughter - born on 'Groundhog Day' (there are many jokes about that). Married and hubby has his own renovation business. They have three sons…who are all full-grown. One served with the Marines, in Iraq. He and his wife have a son named Ethan, and a daughter, Alice; they are divorced. Their second son is a bachelor. And, their third son…has a son, named Massen.

Peter: Peter lives in the States... on a 'ranch'; they have four horses. He and Melissa recently had Peter's first child - they named her Aimee. (She is our 10th grandchild.) Melissa has a daughter, who is almost 7 years old, her name is Annika. Peter is quite skilled in working with wood. But, his greatest love has to do with anything in nature; he’s quite the outdoors man.

David: Lives in the USA. He is doing construction work, and is foreman of his crew. He is planning on starting his own business, soon. David has a girlfriend, Sherry; they enjoy spending their free time outdoors; David is quite the fisherman...just like my Dad! David has a dog named Lex; she accompanies him, wherever he goes.

Andrew: Was married and has a daughter who is all grown up, named Nicole Rae. She and Eddy just had their son, named Jack Edward (he is our 6th great, grandchild): Eddy has a daughter, Lily. Andrew remarried, a couple of years ago. He’s started his own business - renovation. His wife enjoys making crafts, out of anything and everything that grows, naturally. She’s very talented.

Lisa: Our youngest daughter and her partner, Sofia, just bought their first house. And, Lisa just began her own business; she sprays antique finish on cabinets and designs specialty furniture. She has a black lab dog (Gracie)… and two cats (Princess and Whisper) Sofia has a HUGE Great Dane, nearly full-grown (Agape), a tiny dog (Rosie), and a cat (Lulu). Both girls are into camping; and enjoy gardening…with 'green thumbs'.

Matthew: Our son…who lived 18 hours…what can I say? He is with the Lord…and we will see him, in Father’s time.

Two miscarriages: They are also with Father…and with their brother Matthew. We look forward to the day when we shall be reunited!

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Lord willing…I will do more updates…further down the road.

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We now have #10 grandchildren.

And, we were just blessed with our #6 great, grandchild. It doesn't seem possible; we are too young!

On September 1, 2006 - we celebrated our 50th Anniversary - all by the grace of our loving, heavenly Father. We've had our struggles: but all the while, we were building on a 'firm foundation' and Father knit us together, with His LOVE. Thank You, LORD!

My husband, Joe, is a 7 year cancer survivor…PTL… and many a 'Thank You'…to all who have prayed for him!

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~~OUR 50th ANNIVERSARY~~

Well, Joe and I lived long enough to get the 'surprise' of our life! Steve and Mary were taking us out for lunch; so, I dressed very casual. Lisa said she might stop by, later... on her way into Vancouver - she'd not seen Mary/Steve for a long time.

Joe had made reservations for 4: all of a sudden we saw that Mary/Steve had brought their oldest son Matthew and his girlfriend. So, Joe was going to phone Andrea's, to change the reservation to 6 people: but, Mary said they had already made reservations. Joe phoned to cancel our reservation for 4 people.

So, here we go... into Andrea's Restaurant. I'm looking for the booth, near a window: there's very few people there (considering it is a Saturday). Mary/Steve head for a larger table (we figure they just don't know their way around).

Around the corner, comes a girl who looks so much like our granddaughter Nicole (but, there couldn't be another girl who is so pretty!). My mouth hangs open, because it is Nicole! Then, others begin popping-up, from out of nowhere!

Nicole, her cousin Jesse, her Mom Ellen and boyfriend, Karel. Then, Andrew's wife Cheryl is there - Andrew is working out of town (he phones us). Daughter Lisa shows up. There's son Peter (and he's supposed to be working out of town). At the end of the table...son Mike and wife Karen (from Westbank - Interior).

In all our lives...never, never such a "surprise"!

We had a really nice meal... then, out came the cake, with two candles on it... "5" and "0". I cut that into 16 pieces. The flashbulbs were going off all the time we were there. (Pictures will follow, later.)

There were a lot of very fancy "50" cards. We received two standing sea gulls, for our 'deck'...and a large candle, in a beautiful antique holder. There was a mantle clock... made out of mirror... with fancy flowers and butterflies carved on it: standing on a wooden pedestal. We received $$$ and some scratch and win (mega-prizes) tickets. Andrew phoned us... because he's working about 700 miles away, and couldn't be there, with his wife Cheryl.

Some had to go home, soon after...others came to our apartment and visited. We had the opportunity to sit and visit; we talked of the old days, and our hopes for the future!

And, perhaps most important of all...so many relationships have been ironed-out. Now, isn't that an extra special 50th Anniversary gift?! What a wonderful gift to parents!

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My story... the story called "Life's Journey!" is dedicated to all my "Loved-Ones"!


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