“Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.” -James C. Dobson
Sunday was a momentous occasion for our family as my grandparents celebrated 60 years of marriage. In a society where approximately half of all marriages fail, 60 years is truly remarkable. I am grateful for the example of a strong, long-lasting marriage they provide for all of us.
Due to lock down, we were unable to celebrate holidays with our extended family this year and I know that broke my grandmother’s heart. Several months back, she inquired about when the babies would be able to venture out because she wanted nothing more than the ENTIRE family together for their anniversary. I was pleased to report by late spring we would be good to go, which meant we could make the trek to the party. On Sunday it finally happened: the babies joined us for an extended family party in honor of my grandparents.
Despite it being a summer afternoon in Texas, the weather was stunning. We enjoyed a southern style picnic complete with roast, macaroni and cheese, green beans, black eyed peas, cornbread, honey buttered rolls and sliced melon. I packed dinner for the babies, but quickly discovered they preferred the same fare as the rest of the family. To top it off, black eyed peas were their favorite dish! We divided the babies up among the adult tables so they each got a bit of individual time and I wasn’t overwhelmed with babies during the meal.
After dinner and relaxing outdoors, we moved the shindig inside for a wedding cake and punch reception. The babies had fun playing with the “big kids” on the floor. In 51 years, I hope George and I have the quads and their families surrounding us like this!
P.S. Grandma, I know you will try to print the pictures from this blog. However, I am planning to blow up the family portrait to send to you in the mail. Hang in there =)