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48th Wedding Anniversary

   April 16th was our 48th wedding anniversary. When I stop and reflect on the 48 years, I am in awe. My husband Cliff and I were both 18 years old—mere babes probably to young to really grasp the commitment we were making in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

   Even our parents were very skeptical that the marriage would last because we were so immature and young. But that is the way of young love—we were in love and thats all that mattered.

   But by God's grace we have endured our share of difficulties and experienced many joys, laughter and tears over the years. The greatest joy of our lives was being blessed with two beautiful sons, David and Chris.

   Before we entered into the marriage if someone had told us of all the things we would be living through, we might have both run for the hills and never looked back. I am glad they didn't tell us.

   We learned by experience and God's grace to respect each other and to accept each other's shortcomings. Our love has grown and matured. We still argue at times. We still disagree at times. However, we still love each other but most important we like each other. Even though we each have our own interests that we pursue, we still enjoy hanging out with each other.

   For our anniversary my husband invited me to take his hand and go with him on a trip down memory lane. We traveled to Butte, Montana and went to St. Lawrence O'Toole's Church in Walkerville where we were married on April 16, 1966. It is a beautiful white Catholic Church that sets on a hill. We then drove by each of our homes that we lived in while living in Butte. It was truly a pleasant trip down memory lane.  

   One of the homes was turned into a green house. We were able to tour the green house inside which brought back wonderful memories. Looking at what once was the yard, I still could picture our two boys playing with our dog Bambi in the yard.

   I am glad we took this trip down memory lane today because it helps me to realize that I am truly blessed to be sharing this journey with my sweetheart and my husband one day at a time.

  As an added blessing to our special day, our son Chris and his girlfriend Diane prepared a wonderful home-cooked dinner for us that was just so yummy and delightful. Today I am grateful for God's love shining through my loved ones.

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Maggie | Reply 17.04.2014 22.10

Congratulations and continued blessings to you both!

Diane | Reply 17.04.2014 09.34

Connie,
I'm truly happy for you and Cliff. You have been blessed as I have been to have you, Cliff and Chris in my life. Your are so special to me.

Connie Beckman 17.04.2014 16.11

Diane,
God's blessing to you my dear friend. I recall with delight the times you stayed at our home and blessed us with your joy, peace and love.

Leslie Lynch | Reply 17.04.2014 09.21

Congratulations to both of you on your anniversary! Thank you for sharing a bird's eye view of your journey. God has blessed you, even in the darkest times.

Connie Beckman 17.04.2014 16.12

Thank you Leslie and a very Blessed and Holy Easter to you and your family.

Michelle | Reply 17.04.2014 08.21

Congratulations, Connie. Hurray for the courage to get married at 18 and for finding the grace to grow up together, and grow grey together.

Connie Beckman 17.04.2014 16.14

Michelle, a very blessed and holy Easter to you. It truly is God's grace and acting upon that grace for each of us.

Diana Waite | Reply 16.04.2014 21.49

Congratulations, Connie and Cliff! That is great. You are real troopers! Love to both of you, Diana Waite

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