S: In celebration of Dave and Sheron's 50th Wedding Anniversary: A look back through the years
BC: And still going...
FC: Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the LORD. May the LORD bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you live to see your children’s children— Psalm 128
1: When they were young...
2: Summer 1959
3: Senior Year 1959
4: April 14th, 1961
5: And So it began...
8: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2 - 4
10: To get the full value of joy, you must have someone to divide it with.
11: Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be...
12: Beloved Parents, Congratulations on reaching such a remarkable milestone in your life! Thinking back over the last nearly fifty years of sharing in your lives there are so many wonderful memories. Times we’ve shared together, loved together, cried together, and laughed together. You were such amazing parents! I loved the closeness we shared. Not only were you my parents but also were and still are dear friends. With all the challenges and diversity in your lives you still managed to raise four well-rounded children. I believe the truest testament to whom and what you are is in what we have become! Thank you for all that you have given us. With all my love, Your son Mitch
13: Mitchell Dana November 14, 1961
14: Dear Mom and Dad How can I say in words - things that only ones heart can feel? Abraham Lincoln wrote that “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power”. Well the character in you that has been tested day after day and year after year has incessantly stood the test of time. For Fifty Years you have been challenged with things in life that no one person could ever imagine; children, grandchildren, step children and all of the countless life dramas that we all brought to the table. Though the long and winding road has been broken by the weather, blistered by the heat, and repaired on many a season - you have persevered. On your knee’s you have prayed for me on many occasions. In times when I was not able to go on, your love in Christ carried me through. When I drug you down into the valley with me, you guided me out and encouraged me through God’s love all along the way. As a father I now see and feel the depth of the pain that I so recklessly put you through, but yet you never showed it. You stood by me, cared for me, loved me and continued to show me what true love really means. 50 years of marriage!!! I think that you may just be considered a minority these days. Just think how long more than half of today’s married couples will have to live to achieve such a great accomplishment. God has truly blessed this family through the blessings and trials of your lives. ~ His Love shines through you. ~ His Grace is modeled in you. ~ And His enduring love and commitment to His children is ever present in you, as evidenced in the every day, real life joy that you share so freely. I love you both more than my miniscule vocabulary could say, and more than this broken vessel could ever show. Thank you for your love, and for all the time of your life that you have selflessly given to me. Your Son Jeff
15: Jeffrey Scott December 8th, 1964
16: I love that my childhood memories are filled with so much joy. I'm grateful that the secret of parenting hasn't spoiled my child's perspective of growing up. Meaning...I now know that it took immense self control and willpower to be disposable to 4 children as often and as consistently as you were. I now know the bitter ache of being on my knees in prayer when I stubbornly tried (try) to parent without God. I now know that what seemed like confident, larger than life hugs and comforting words were given with thoughts of "are we doing this the right way?". But knowing these things hasn't taken away the simplicity of my memories. And part of me still feels just like I did when I was little. I guess that we are always children and our parents are still somehow...magical. There are so many ways that you've shown your love - I couldn't possibly pen them all. But thank you for every single time you gave without condition (and for the times that there were conditions - for these are acts of love too), for desiring to be the parents that were engaged in their children, for supporting each of us through all our many trials, for praying for us and trusting us to God , and for now loving our children with the same hearts. I am so grateful to be celebrating your 50th anniversary. I thank God for showing Himself through the trials of your life and ours and for bringing us to this day. I look forward to remembering the days following your 50th anniversary and to the new memories and pictures that are just around the corner. With love, admiration and gratitude, Stephanie
17: Stephanie Lynn May 13th, 1969
18: Mom and Dad, Wow, 50 years shared between two very different people. It has been neat to see how God has held your hands over the last 40 years of my life. The many things you have seen, the many places you have traveled, the many lives you have encountered both together and individually over those years. I remember reading a saying, “home is where the heart is” growing up. I believe that you both have shown how true this saying is. The hands that are always there to grab when I stumble, the ear that is always open to hear me ramble and the wisdom you give so freely. It is hard to find the words to describe how much you have meant in my life. I am saddened by all the children who never had parents like mine. God has indeed blessed me with the best a boy could want. I pray that God continues to bless your marriage as He has for the past 50 years and I hope that things only get better to come. With much love and admiration, Steve
19: Stephen Charles September 9th, 1970
21: A parent's love is whole no matter how many times divided.
23: But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children...Psalm 103:17
25: Mitch and Kim June 27th, 2004
26: April 10th, 2010 Jeff and Angela | Mom and Dad Beard, I really want to thank you for welcoming me into your wonderful family. It feels like this is just where I was meant to be. Your loving kindness and Godly discipline has made your family what it is today and I am proud to be considered a part of the clan. I am especially grateful to you for instilling in your middle son, the Godly principles that have helped him to become the man he is today. Thank you for all the prayers and tears and sleepless nights that you put in for the sake of your family. And for the strong faith you have demonstrated for them to carry on as your legacy. Congratulations on the milestone of 50 years together and I pray that you can see what a blessing you are to all of us "children." With Love, Angela
28: August 19th, 1995 Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Seifert | Mom and Dad, 50! Fifty! Five, Zero! Wow! Fifty years of marriage, what an awesome accomplishment God has blessed you with! Congratulations! As you look back on the all the memories that make up your life together, the happy and sad, the up and down, the good and bad I pray that you truly do consider it all Joy. I want to thank you for who your both are in my life. In-laws get such a negative rap in our culture and I am so fortunate to know only a positive experience. You have always welcomed me so graciously into your lives and continue to do so today. I thank you for the parents you are to my wife and to me. You both sacrifice so much time and energy to come along side Steph and I in so many ways in this chaotic thing we call parenting and for that I could never thank you enough. Our children are blessed to have grandparents as involved in their lives as you are and you have certainly earned the names Mimi and Papa. Anyone can be a grandparent, but it takes two special people to be a Mimi and Papa! Beyond all this, though, I do thank God for how he has used you in my spiritual life. You have been consistent role models to me since I have met you and I thank you for all your prayers and guidance. Enjoy the celebration of your fifty years and I look forward to sharing many memories in your next fifty years! Your Favorite Son-in-Law, Rodney
31: Steve and Shelley October 25th, 1997 | Mom & Dad – 50 Years! Marriage! Your love has been the foundation for a growing, beautiful family, and because of your strength, patience, love, the Beard traditions and strong faith will be shared for generations to come. I am honored to have such beautiful in-laws that have shared their love & welcome us outlaws with open arms! You offer so much love, support, advice, to both Steve & I. You both have been instrumental in directing our paths and our children to the ultimate designer of marriage, and to that, I am most grateful. May He continue to be the heart of your happiness! According to the Book of Philippians - Chapter 2:2, Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. With Much Love, Shelley
32: Adam Mitchell August 15th, 1989 | Dear Grandpa and Grandma, Thank you for always being there for me and for being supportive. You have always helped make life more fun. Love, Adam
33: Brittney Lynn September 8th, 1989 | Dear Grandma and Grandpa, When I heard it was your 50th anniversary, I was pretty shocked. It's not very common to find a relationship that lasts that long anymore. It is wonderful news to hear that after these 50 years, with children and grandchildren galore (the more the merrier), that you still love each other. I am blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of something so special. Congratulations and love to you both, Brittney
34: Sarah Lorene May 14th, 1993
35: Alec William July 3rd, 1999
36: Natalie Lynn February 8th, 2001
37: Andrew David July 12th, 2003
38: Cameron John November 4th, 2003
39: Nicholas Charles March 22, 2005
40: Gillian Chenevey - April 16th, 2006
41: Katherine Elizabeth - September 2nd, 2006
43: Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. I Peter 4: 8-9
44: "Gandparents, like heroes, are as necessary to a child's growth as vitamins"
46: Loved Ones we miss ...
48: And more family to be thankful for...
49: Dear Dave and Sheri, Congratulations! I cant believe its been 50 years, can you? I remember your wedding day.....I had a really bad cold. Strange the things you remember. I remember the day Mitch was born, I was at spring grove shell station as Dave shouted out the car window to me as he drove by, "it's a boy!". I remember the birthday party for Steven on Ryan road. He stuck his foot in the birthday cake! And how could I forget the time that Jeff wet his pants. All I had to put on him were my own pants. Boy, he sure wasn't happy with me. Stephanie was such a beautiful baby. I remember packing her and Sharon up for church. Stephanie looked lovely. I couldn't forget about Stevie rolling down the hill in the big tire on Gaylord street. Mitch telling Grandpa Beard, "move your ass over." ( he wanted to open the piano bench) Of course there was the time when David caught Mitch's eye lid with a hanger, like you would a fish with a hook! Stephanie answering the door on Ryan road yelling " mommy mommy there's a bum" when Paul and I were coming over to play cards. All of the kids sitting on the counter watching Grandpa make noodles. Mitch flying past the kitchen window at mom and dads while we were doing the dishes. So many memories of loved ones and family. We have all truly been blessed. There is a lot to be said about " a family that prays together...stays together." I do admire you and your family as you have stuck it out through many trying times. Stead foot in your faith. Your faith held you together and has made you stronger. You have set an example for your kids, as our parents did for us as we were growing up. Thank God for them.\ I could ramble on for hours but, I know I must close. Sorry I am not there to give you each a huge hug. Congratulations and God bless you . Much love and admiration, Your sister, Jo
51: Wow! 50 years?! What an accomplishment. I do not know exactly how to write this letter. I know we have not seen much of each other in many years. I do miss being near the entire family. I was lucky enough to see Jeff this year. Felt good, like home. Never an awkward moment. I miss having family get togethers. Stevie telling me he is going to hang me from a wall with nails! ( cousinly love? I guess?) Oh another thing from sweet sweet Stevie...Getting us kicked out of Sea World! Tell him thanks for that. I was petrified! ( if you were unaware of this happening, sorry for spilling the beans!) All jokes aside...you have created a beautiful family. While I have not met a lot of the latest generation of Beards... I have seen pictures and they are all beautiful. At times, Uncle David, my son looks like you. I have a picture from when he was about 4 months old...The grin on his face was yours. 100% yours! My daughter looks like Stephanie quite often....Kerry Jo at times too. I have always felt that even though our family is miles apart...we are always near. I love each and every one of you. Grandpa Harry and Grandma Beard sure have raised an amazing group of people. I truly believe that their faith and love has made a huge huge impact on this family. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have had them as my grandparents. Uncle David, I know that you must have a lot of Grandpa in you. You love your wife and family the way he did. You and Aunt Sherri have a special relationship. One that was built to last. I admire you both for that. I have been with my husband since I was sixteen years old and I know that marriage can be trying and it is a lot of work. I think that all the things that challenge us, make us closer. You are an inspiration to me. I wish you both many more years of love and happiness. Love you both, Jennifer Bruce | Uncle David and Aunt Sherri, 50 years.of adversity and tears, sweet memories and new beginningsall the while raising an Awesome family!!! Cheers to you both as you have my utmost admiration. Love- Tracy
52: You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.