They have known each other since they were kids. Got married. Wanted kids. Couldn't have a baby, adopted my amazing brother. Then miraculously a few years later had a baby. Demanding job. Crazy work hours. Moving all over the place. Raising kids, then teens. Sending them off to college, then marrying them off. Retirement. New job adventure. Financial hardships. Building a house together. Selling a home. Taking care of sick and dying family members. Medical problems. Grandchildren.
Otherwise, in richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, in good times and bad times...
They quoted those vows...and they meant them. They didn't just say them, they LIVE them. Life has never come easy for them. There have been plenty of faith lessons along the way. They've usually gotten an A+ on faith lessons...maybe not always. Mom has not always been graceful and beautiful; Dad has not always been a knight in shining armor. But God has been good to them and has honored their faithfulness and obedience to Him. A legacy that cascades down their family line.
I am proud to call them my parents. I wanted to honor them at their 50 year mark last year, but our life was in full swing of moving. I will throw them a huge party someday...maybe at 55. Maybe at 53 just to be different.
Their lifestyle of living on faith is one that my family has adopted. I probably wouldn't be comfortable with this lifestyle if I hadn't seen it lived out in my parents' life. But I see that my dad and God are best friends, so I know I have nothing to fear.
Thank you, Mom and Dad, for taking those wedding vows seriously. Thank you for living them out in front of us, in good times and in bad. Thank you that my family is blessed because of your faithfulness. Thank you for your loyalty and love to Aunt Bo when she was dying, to Grandma and to Aunt Joan as you took such good care of them as they breathed their last and entered heaven. Those will be the first there to greet you when you get there with a crown of loyalty and gentleness. Thank you for the example you are to my children and the blessings you give my children. But most of all thank you for praying for your children so passionately for God's blessings to continue to us. And thank you for loving and caring so deeply for each other. I pray that Michael and I are annoying each other as lovingly as you guys are when we hit 51 years! :)
Happy Anniversary. I love you from the depths of my soul. And we WILL have a party...soon!
|Mr. and Mrs. Archie Caudle 1963|
|Mr. and Mrs. Archie Caudle (& Punkin) 2013|