Thursday, October 30, 2014


October 30, 1954. Sixty years ago today.

Paul Friday and Shirley Humphreys stood before family, friends, and our wonderful God to commit their lives to each other and to serving the Lord together for the rest of their lives. That was the beginning of a beautiful legacy. But a marriage like theirs doesn't just happen.

As everyone does, they had lots of ups and downs. Military service, building a home, death of parents and siblings, job changes, birth of three babies, six grandchildren, and now even two great-grandchildren. These things were all part of their story together. I'm sure there were many other small and big things during the years. Through it all, their love remained constant because of their commitment to each other and the Lord.

I am so thankful for their commitment. I had the privilege of being raised by parents who never discussed divorce. Never once did I worry that it was even an option. The security of that is priceless. Brian and I are committed that our children will never have that worry either.

As they stood up and said their vows sixty years ago, I can guarantee that they didn't have any idea what was in store for them throughout life. Together they walked through it all.

Even today, as my Daddy spends his 60th wedding anniversary in heaven and my mama spends it here on earth without him, their love is still strong. We are all eternally blessed by their legacy. I am forever thankful.

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