S: 40 Years of Family
FC: FAMILY | Years | of
1: Life is not measured by the amount of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
3: The Test of Time | What's in 40 years? A lifetime. It is both forever and nothing more than a fleeting moment. Your marriage has survived the 70's, the age of disco - the hangover from the 60's. The 80's were about the end of the world, the Cold War always lingering on people's minds. The last days of a millennium defined the 90's and the 2000's were about a new beginning. While the world spun around and events unfolded and subsided you both raised your family. Things started off simple enough, a pregnancy and then one child in a small home. It was all brand new and the future was some great mystery. Time went on and two more sons came along. For dad, a job formed into a real career that would span over 30 years. For mom, she dedicated her time to her children, watching over them but giving them enough freedom to become the persons they wanted to be. In time there were graduations and baptisms. Eventually three wonderful daughters were added to the family and then came grandchildren. It hasn't always been an easy road but it has been worth it, not just for both of you but for all of us. My first thank you then is for enduring the test of time.
4: There is more. Over your lifetime together you have done many wonderful things. It is time to recount some of those things so you never forget how special you both are. This book is a reminder from all of us of that. | You both for all the tears you cried for me that I never saw or heard when you saw me in pain You both for filling my growing up with laughter and the opportunity to just be a kid You both for that crazy trip we took up California with family and friends, lots of good memories You both for making assemblies special and memorable Dad for showing me that I want nothing to do with car repairs Mom for trying to convince us that getting lost was an adventure even tho we never believed you You both for taking us to Disneyland the first time and letting us chicken out on Space Mountain You both for hosting parties from the time we were little to when we were teenagers Mom for loving your daughters-in-law and always trying your hardest to be a considerate mother-in-law You both for allowing us to have so many pets growing up – cats, dogs, fish, birds, rabbits, chickens, Richard, etc... Mom for singing all those little songs you do Dad for not letting the war define you Mom for not letting your childhood define you Dad for making us go out on Saturday mornings Dad for helping me with my first talks You both for trusting us Mom for chocolate chip cookies, rainbow cakes, pudding, jello, pumpkin pie, Mexican hot dogs and taco nights Dad for chorizo burritos and fried potatoes Dad for Popeye cartoons, The Little Rascals, Bugsy Malone and the Rose Parade | So I want to thank you... Dad for being so patient with me when teaching me to drive in the Tyler Mall parking lot late at night Mom for those times you picked me up in Junior High School and we would stop to get something to eat at Weinerschnitzel on the way home and chat for a while Dad for typing up my school reports until 2–3 AM because I waited until the last minute to do them You both for being there for me during every difficult time I have gone through in my life Mom for teaching me the importance of empathy and compassion Dad for teaching me how to reason things out and the value of remaining calm no matter the circumstance You both for making the truth real and living by it Mom for instilling in me a love for reading You both for surrounding us with family and friends and showing us how important it is to have people in our lives You both for never being racist and accepting people no matter who they are Mom for walking me to school when I first began kindergarten and making my lunches in elementary school Dad for watching tv with me early in the morning before you went to work and I went to school – Dobie Gillis, The Beverly Hillbillies, Felix the Cat, etc... You both for letting us have friends stay overnight and not complaining that we talked and laughed until the early morning
5: You both for hosting bookstudies and meetings for field service at our house Dad for always working so hard for all of us and never complaining Mom for sharing your smile Dad for sharing your laugh You both for always being fair Mom for always getting me the shoes I wanted even tho it meant the rest of my outfit suffered Dad for showing me your work when I was little Mom for letting dad do the driving You both for always encouraging me to pursue my talents You both for allowing us boys to just be boys | You both for not making me an only child You both for being there for my wife during her darkest time Mom for sending us to 7-Eleven to get junk food Dad for teaching me chess, how to ride a bike and giving me my love for basketball and sports Mom for all of our long nonsense conversations about life Mom for traumatizing me with your love for B movies and cheesy horror flicks Dad for being a Lakers fan Mom for loving all of our friends and adopting each and every one of them You both for a house with a pool Dad for using the belt on us when we needed it and never being excessive You both for letting Judy and me live with you for a while without a word of complaint You both for always being proud of us no matter what Mom for teaching us it's ok to have a messy house so long as it's not dirty Mom for Wally, Pengy and Bruno Dad for being a Ministerial Servant and being active in the congregation - literature, attendant, impromptus... Mom for conspiring with Barb to get me and Judy together You both for your never dying entrepreneurial spirit even tho it never seems to get wings You both for Dairy Queen after Thursday meetings and the Greasy Spoon (George's) after Sunday meetings
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15: Happy Father's Day
16: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. ~Cathy Allen
18: HAPPY BIRTHDAY
21: A Day to Give Thanks
22: MAKING MEMORIES
23: "Families are like fudge ... mostly sweet with a few nuts."
24: Thank You For: | Always hugging us and telling us you love us. | Telling us the thunder and lightening was God taking pictures of the angels. | Taking us to our first baseball game. | For being such great grandparents | teaching us from the bible
25: A Note of Thanks | Thank you Mom and Dad for all the memories we've had. The good times and hard times, the happy and sad. They made us who we are and for that we are glad. You always took care of us and did the best that you could. You raised us with Jehovah, and with him we've stood. A strong foundation to build on fortified with love. We are grateful for such parents and we thank Jah above. A relationship with Jehovah is the best gift we've had, and for this we do thank you, Mom and Dad
29: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter
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33: LIVE WELL LAUGH OFTEN LOVE MUCH
34: Through the Years