Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday Favorites: Love stories

On this last day of February, it is my joy to share this favorite with you:  My parents' love story.

Fifty years ago today, on a snowy night in Bel Air, Maryland, DeLane and Nancy became husband and wife. Their story together began years before, as they had both attended seminary at the same time, but did not date each other (everyone just knew everyone on campus). After they both moved to the northeast and began working in the Baptist Convention (Nancy in Maryland and DeLane on Long Island, NY), mutual friends did some match-making and they started a long-distance courtship which led to their engagement on December 1, 1963. I wrote more about their story in a tribute to them a couple of years ago and you can read it here.

My parents celebrated 47 years together on earth before my dad passed away in 2011. Their marriage was such an example to our family and to others, that it seems entirely appropriate to celebrate their milestone anniversary of 50 years, even though it won't be a huge party with invited guests.

My sister and I are so thankful for our parents and the love they shared and we miss our dad, as we know that Mom misses her husband. Today we're planning a "girls' night out," starting with pedicures and then treating Mom to dinner. It is a blessing to have this legacy of love and committed marriage in our family!

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