40 Years

This right here is what 40 years of marriage looks like.

Actually, not entirely.  We’re missing 20+ people from this picture, but that was done on purpose!  We had an “adults only” family dinner to celebrate my parents’ fortieth wedding anniversary and decided to get a picture of all of us, since the last time this happened I was maybe 12 years old–not including family pictures taken at weddings and such.

We did a horrible job of posing according to birth order in this photo.  From left to right the order is: second, seventh, first, sixth, fifth, fourth, third.  Or by name: Annie, Rachel, Amanda, Kevin, Ruth, Dan, and Mary.  I think, actually I know, my parents are very proud of all of us, even if we can’t stand in line very well.  And I know that because they spent their special evening telling us how amazing all of us and our families are.  Those are the kind of people I am privileged to have as parents.

My siblings are also pretty amazing people.  We all live close enough to get together for family parties and such, but there is still a fun diversity that keeps things interesting.

And here is a picture of all the babies-to-be-born this year.  Can you tell who is due first???

It was such a fun night celebrating the huge accomplishment of love, perseverance, commitment, and dedication my parents have shown to keep their marriage full of romance and love and their family strong and happy.  We’re not a perfect family…but we’re all trying our best and working like crazy to make the most of our lives here.

Thanks, Mom and Dad, for your great example.  I hope I can have a marriage that is as happy and fulfilling as yours!

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Second Birthday Photos

Speaking of tardiness…here are the photos from Henley’s second birthday, which occurred…ahem…in November.

Oh well, here is her chocolate, chocolate cake that I made for her.  I’m no cake decorator but I think it turned out pretty well for my lack of tools and experience.

Obviously it looked good enough to try immediately!

This happy girl received a rocking horse from me and Mr. Rancher and, almost as exciting, the balloons we blew up and scattered throughout the house.

She loves her rocking horse.  We named her Honey.  Henley has since added halters and bridles to Honey’s attire and is sure to tie her up every night to some sort of door handle or another.  She also has a basket in which she brings Honey grain or treats.

The balloons barely lasted the night.

Henley loved opening her gifts and all the attention from grandparents and aunts and uncles.

Finally, blowing out her candles.  It was a fun and perfect evening.  We are so lucky that Henley has so many people in her life that care so much about her.

We sure love our little girl!  Even if her mother takes six months to post the pictures of her birthday.  But here they are, and here they will stay for our wonderful record of our crazy and beautiful life.