This past weekend I got to spend an amazing time with my family in the woods in a snugly cabin. We were all gathered to celebrate 50 years of marriage for my gorgeous parents Ken and Sue Cross.
It was so unbelievably serene inside and out. We all had the best time just hanging out, playing games, watching TV and doing a incredible job of eating everything in site! I think we all would agree that the memory of this weekend will remain close in all of our hearts for many years to come.
It is not often that an entire family of Parents, siblings and all their children can gather for an entire weekend and have it run so smoothly and without incident. I am so blessed with an amazingly incredible family that gets along so well and holds the same value system. We all have such an unbreakable bond and for that I give all glory to the One we all love the most, our Heavenly Father. He was at the center of this weekend even though we were there to celebrate my parents marriage, all thanks and praise was given to Him for this couple of kids that had all the odds against them getting married 50 years ago.
My brother Pat said it best when in his toast he thought of their marriage as “a marriage of sacrifice”. They sacrificed most of their dreams getting married at 17 & 18 years old to do what was best for their family. They started out with nothing but my Father worked very hard sometimes holding more than one job to make ends meet. They had one baby in their first year of marriage and were blessed with another 16 months later. Their were times when my parents would pass each other literally “in the night” while one was heading in the door from the day shift and the other out the door for the night shift.
Having 3 children in their early twenties, they did whatever it took to make sure my Mom could stay home with us. My parents continued their sacrifices throughout their entire marriage to make sure their children were always taken care of and that God was always the center of their marriage and our home. They have been through many trials over the years but have always remand steadfast in their love to each other and their faith and trust in the Lord.
Although my Mom stated that they have had them, I do not ever remember growing up my parents ever saying a harsh word to each other or having a fight in front of us. For that matter, I don’t remember on too many occasions being spoken to harshly other than discipline that I most certainly deserved. ;)’
Respect was something that was practiced and demonstrated in our home. Our parents truly gave us a glowing example of what marriage is and I think if you asked anyone that knows them they would agree.
They are a team, two peas in a pod, better halves, soul mates, best friends, partners and so much more. When you think of Ken, you think of Sue and vice versa. I thank you Mom and Dad for all you have done for us over the years and most importantly for your example of a marriage and your example of Faith and Love for your Lord and Savior. It has been a blessing being your child and I can’t wait to see what else God has planned for all of us in the years to come, not only here in our temporary home but in our permanent heavenly home.