A Lesson in Love

Friday, March 15, 2013

 Look at these two crazy kids... 
Mom, Dad, and a whip(??)
 
My mom and dad on their wedding day (and yes, that is a whip in her hand).  
 
Cheers!!
 
So young, so happy and so madly in love.   
 
I cannot go on with this photographic walk down memory lane without first giving you a condensed version of their story.  My dad flew under my Grandpa in the Air Force; my Grandpa was his Squadron Commander.  When they were stationed in Thailand, my Grandpa had a picture of my mom on his desk that my Dad and his pilot friends couldn't help but notice.  Young Deanna was (and to this day is) drop dead gorgeous. 
 
I am not certain that this is the picture that sat on his desk, but I'd like to think it is. 
 
Mom's Glamour Shot
 
This picture is ten kinds of amazing.  Mom, seriously, you rocked the 70s
 
So anyway,  my dad and some of the other pilots started talking about which one of them would have the courage to ask my Grandpa if they could take my mom on a date.  Grandpa was a rather intimidating fellow I'm told. 
 
Squadron Commander (a/k/a Grandpa) is second from left with my Great Grandma on the far left and my Grandma on the far right
 
My dad, always the dare devil, beat them to the punch and called my mom directly to ask her out, leaving my Grandpa out of the equation.  Apparently, he was going with the "its easier to ask for forgiveness than permission" approach. 
 
Mom and Dad with Grandmother Jewel and Grandad Edris
 
That little stunt obviously worked in his favor.  She said yes.  Grandpa got over it.  They dated.  He eventually popped the question.  She said yes again.   Three amazing kids (at least one is), two grand kids with one more on the way, and three grand pups later, here we are.
 

The Happy Couple
 
That was thirty-eight years ago today.
 
She obviously didn't eat the cake
 
THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS. That is a long time people. My dad jokingly said the other day, "That's a hell of a long time to be married to the same damn woman!" I am pretty sure he stole that saying from my Grandpa, who has been married to the same damn woman for sixty-one years.

The Glamorous Wedding Party

All joking aside, there is a lot of truth to that statement.   That is a long damn time to be married to the same person.  I know it hasn't always been easy.  The best things in this life aren't easy, but they sure as hell are worth fighting for.

My mom and dad have taught me that a successful marriage takes work, commitment, dedication, kindness, honesty, humility, faith, perseverance, humor, selflessness, patience, prayer, and devotion.  But most of all it takes love.  It takes loving another person more than you love yourself.   It takes putting your own needs and wants in second place to their needs and wants.
 
Kissing the Bride
Mom and Dad, thank you for showing us what that kind of love is. Thank you for not giving up and throwing in the towel when things got tough. Thank your for working every single day of the last thirty-eight years to uphold the commitment you made to God on your wedding day. Scott and I have so much to learn from the two of you. 
 
 
  
 
I hope you have a blast in Charleston this weekend! I love you to the moon and back...

Current Day Happy Couple
(sorry for the blurry pic)


My work out today was a circuit; a very, very difficult circuit that made me want to yell and cuss at poor Scott.   If we are going to make it 38 years, we may have to rethink this whole training relationship (kidding babe).

It looked like this:

1.  Warm-up

2.  Circuit: AMRAP in 30 minutes, 1-2 minutes rest between sets (I finished 7 sets in 30 minutes)
     - Hammer hits with 16 lbs. hammer x 2 per side
     - Dead lifts 155 lbs. x 3  (about 70% of max)
     - Overhead press 50 lbs. x 5
     - Band assisted pull ups x 8
     - Kettle bell swings 50 lbs x 10

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


2 comments:

  1. Great story, April. Quite inspiring.

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    1. Thanks Alicia!!! It's one of my favorite stories!

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