S: 40th Anniversary
BC: It doesn't matter where you go in life or what you do....it's who you have beside you.
FC: Ron & Mert Mullins Celebrating 40 Years of Marriage August 28, 2011
1: Our story began in the summer of 1967 On summer evenings, I often sat on the front steps of my parents' home in Huntington, Indiana, watching the traffic pass on LaFountaine Street . A young man often walked by on his way to an unknown destination. Two or three hours later he would return. Each time he nodded and said hello to me. I thought he sure was a good looking guy, and hoped he would stop to talk. It was not to be, as the young man was timid. I worked as a car hop at the Penguin Point Drive-In, and when the weather turned cold I served customers in the indoor patio. One December day, in walked the guy who had strolled past my house all summer long. He was with my friend's boyfriend. I hurried to wait on them, hoping to be introduced. The two young men ordered hot chocolate (they were cheap!), but I got that introduction and a small tip! A couple of weeks later the invvitation came for a double date. On the afternoon of New Year's Day 1968, the four of us went ice skating on the Memorial Park pond. That evening I went to a movie with a girlfriend, and we giggled as I told her about my afternoon. I secretly hoped and prayed that that young man, Ronnie Mullins, would call me. He did......and it was the beginning of a beautiful life!
2: Romance Blossomed | Easter, 1968 | Christmas, 1968
3: Prom,, 1969 | Mert's High School Graduation June, 1970
4: You got a job as a Signalman for the Erie Lackawanna Railroad, a career that lasted more than 30 years. The country was at the height of the Vietnam War and the draft was in full swing. You joined the USMC Reserve and flew off to Camp Pendleton, CA for basic training. | 1969
5: Love continued to grow | The day following my high school graduation I went to work for Lincoln Life, where I began my career in Human Resources. You were car crazy (and still are!) I saved money and planned our wedding. We rented a house we could live in after we were married, and worked hard to make it cozy. We didn't have a lot of money, so for several months after we got married we had no television, stove or washer and dryer. We used a picnic table in the kitchen and cooked on a hot plate. It wasn't until I was pregnant with Jessica that we ended the laundromat days by purchasing a used coppertone washer and dryer. Those were the days of bologna sandwiches and tuna casserole and peanutbutter.
6: And Two Shall be as One | We were united in holy matrimony by Father Lawrence Gollner in a 1:00 p.m. ceremony at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Huntington, IN. It was an uncharacteristically cool, beautiful August day without a cloud in the sky! Months afterward, you confessed that you arrived at the church only five minutes before the ceremony!
7: The Wedding Party: (l. to r.): Jonette (Owens) Gee, Nancy (Mullins) Schacht), Ursula (Henry) Colbert, Marcie (Dial)) Heiney, Michael Fisher, Greg Sprinkle, Phil Beck and Jim Johnston A reception was held at the Moose Lodge. There were no funds for a grand honeymoon, so we made a a one-day trip was made to Cedar Point, of course, using starlight admission. The next day a trip to Chicago was ended in Warsaw, IN by an auto accident and a trip to the emergency room. Actually, the real honeymoon was just beginning and has lasted for 40 years!
8: Jessica Christine December 17, 1972 Amanda Elizabeth December 18, 1975 Thomas Nathan May 1, 1985 | And Baby Makes Three.... And Baby Makes Four....... Oops....Baby Makes Five!
9: We are so proud of each of them!
10: You Are the Best | Daddy on Earth!
11: And the Best Papaw too! | Six and counting, and a great-grandchild on the way too!
12: And They Adore You! | You Adore Your Grandbabies
15: Dancing with a Gorilla A Hot Air Balloon Ride OurFirst Flower Garden (look how beautiful it is today!) The Joy of Holding Your First Born Hair You always make me smile! | Do You Remember?
16: When the kids were young we went on vacations as we could afford them. Often it was a trip to Macinaw Island, Cedar Point, or somewhere within easy driving distance. We had great fun canoing at Chain o' Lakes and hiking at Salamonie Reservoir!
17: As our nest has emptied, we've been able to vacation more often and to go a bit further. We've enjoyed getting away to Holmes Co. Ohio, Sedona, St. Thomas, and a couple of cruises, and special spring break trips to Fort Lauderdale with the entire family. It's a great life!
18: Pets, Pets and More Pets! | Over the years, many pets and miscellaneous wild critters cycled through the Mullins household, most against your better judgment. We've had Zeke the iguana, a chinchilla, numerous gerbils (one of which became a kitty snack), rabbits, field mice, and even a couple of chickens that Jess brought home. The chickens had to go! Remember Izzy,the special needs cat? We weren't "dog people, but we buckled at the pleas of the girls and adopted a German Shepherd mix. He was an outside dog, and didn't last long. A couple of years later we adopted a Cocker Spaniel mix from the pound. | Ricky Fred Lucy
19: , | She returned to the pound after chewing through the air conditioner vents. Cory came to visit with a Chow-Chow pup called Baby, as a gift for Jess. Baby wasn't a very smart dog and we spent way too much time and energy in retrieving him from the far reaches of the neighborhood. Baby went to live on a farm after biting a friend's child. Finally we discovered the gentle Shetland Sheep Dog breed, a perfect match for our family. First came Sonic, who lived to be thirteen years old, followed by Ellie Mae, who was with us for less than three years. We thought we were done with dogs until we discovered a little Papillon we called Shelby. You can say you don't care about a dog, but your actions betray you! | Ellie Mae | Shelby
20: Through the Years | You and I have changed, grown older, gained and lost weight, we've earned some wrinkles, but through it all our love still grows. You are as precious to me as the day we first met.
21: You always have and always will be my best friend. I thank God every day that He gave you to me. I'm looking forward to the next 40 years with you!