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50 Years

on July 17, 2015

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half a century

of loving and living 

half a century

of sacrificial giving

half a century 

as husband and wife

half a century

of love in Christ

half a century

an example so great

50 years- 

we celebrate!

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My husband and I went out of town recently for a very special occasion.  My in-laws celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary!  All of the family got together to celebrate at one of their favorite restaurants. It was a beautiful night!  My mother in-law was even able to get a wedding cake made from the same bakery that did their original one- 50 years ago!

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My in-laws have had a huge impact on my life. I met them when I was only 17 years old- a know-it-all, cynical young adult.  My own parents separated and later divorced when I was 16- leaving me to question everything I knew- about life, love, and the pursuit of happiness. But my (future) in-laws loved me anyway. They saw past my mile-high guard rails and the walls I put up around myself- and welcomed me into their family with open arms.  They where among the first people to really show me what it was like to love like He loves us- without judgement, free of expectation. They saw me like He saw me.  

During their anniversary dinner, my mother in-law was chatting with me.  She reminded me of a conversation we had nearly 20 years ago. 

“Do you remember me asking you if you had ever considered becoming a minister of music?”

I vaguely remembered this conversation… and remembered thinking NO WAY would I EVER want do that…

“I always knew you had a calling on your life” she told me at their celebration dinner.  “Even back then.”  

Many times she has told me how she prayed for her sons’ future spouses- even when her boys were babies. What an awesome thought that she had been praying for ME all those years!!

I am grateful. 

And grateful to been adopted into their family…. and into His! 

I am blessed.  

Happy 50th Anniversary!! 

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14 responses to “50 Years

  1. deharris2 says:

    Thank you Julie for being in our family and for the love you have returned to us.
    Love,
    Mom and Dad Harris

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  2. Melissa says:

    Beautiful Julie God bless them

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  3. lorriebowden says:

    Beautiful, Julie…she saw your soul way back when! ♡ Happy Anniversary to your lively in-laws!

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  4. What a beautiful post! I always love to see examples of lasting marriages and great familial relationships 🙂

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  5. realchange4u says:

    Julie I posted on this topic when it first came out.I appoligize my internet is messed up. What a joyous occasion and blessing to celbrate ask these years of faithfulness and love. Prayer is of the upmost importance as I am sure you can attest to first hand. Many folks are glad you yielded to the hand of God and followed his will for you.

    I prayed and pray for ask my grandchildren before they were born or conceived. I pray you and your family hand many more blessed years following Jesus.

    Much love Tom

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  6. Kev says:

    Beautiful. 🙂

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