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S: 40 Amazing Years... Through Your Family's Eyes

FC: August 28, 1971-August 28, 2011 40 Amazing Years... Through Your Family's Eyes

1: August 28, 1971 - August 28, 2011 Happy 40th Anniversary to two of the most special people on this Earth! | With Love, Doug and Tarah, Lili, Lucas, and Bennett, Rob and Courtney, Hunter and Reid, Marcus and Amy, Ella and Jack

3: t | Dear Mom and Dad (actually, let’s go with Mama and Pops), I’ve heard it said that a child doesn’t truly appreciate his parents until he becomes one. I can’t claim this truth in my experience as a son, but I can tell you with confidence that now, as a husband and a dad, the depth of my appreciation for you has grown. I and my family love you both very, very much and we offer our sincere congratulations on forty years together! It is our hope and prayer that you enjoy many more years as husband and wife, Mom and Dad, Nana and Pops, friend and neighbor. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made on behalf of your family and for your deep love for your children and grandchildren. Thank you for providing leadership to our family even when you didn’t have the desire to lead. Thank you for introducing us to Jesus, who is our only hope for salvation, our source of identity, and the purpose for which we should live. Thank you for your willingness to acknowledge your imperfections and to strive to improve as people and in relationships. Thank you for modeling hard work, integrity, faith and commitment. Thank you for being proud of me. Thank you for praying for me and my family. On this very special occasion of your 40th wedding anniversary, with a heart of deepest gratitude, I give you my honor, appreciation, admiration, and love. May God continue to bless your marriage, and may you enjoy your celebration on August 28 and throughout this special year. I love you, Doug/Coach Sr. (Your favorite oldest son)

11: Dear Mom and Dad, It seems utterly insignificant to simply tell you congratulations on celebrating your 40th anniversary. This snapshot in time captures one significant day; one day that has been preceded by 40 years of life, love, and giving. This day 40 years ago was the beginning of a journey to which we owe our gratitude, our gratefulness, and our very existence. Mom, you were given the very definition of sacrificial love. Dad’s spiritual leadership and desire to give have been the hallmark of his life. When you look at Dad, an overwhelming sense of peace should fill you knowing there is nothing he wouldn’t do for you and his family. Dad, you were given an angel on earth. Mom was born to serve, to unconditionally love, and to put others’ needs in front of her own. When you look in the mirror, nothing short of “Thank you Lord for the miracle that awakes beside me each morning” should suffice. Your love was the genesis of the original three, which has now grown to thirteen. We greatly appreciate all the years of dedication and sacrifice you have given our entire family. However, it is our greatest privilege to see you at a point in life where you can dedicate your time to enjoying each other, strengthening your marriage, and continue to develop as leaders of our family. For the next 40: Always keep in mind that you can’t appreciate the peaks in life without experiencing the valleys. When marital difficulties develop, dedicate yourself to seeing the solution through the other’s eyes and emotions. Let willingness to grow as individuals, together as a couple, and one under God be your greatest focus. It is our most sincere hope that you continue to wake every morning with an unending feeling of satisfaction knowing you have: Hands to hold, eyes to communicate, ears to listen, hearts to love, brains to desire, lips to kiss, fun to have, and another day to appreciate all that God has blessed you with. So rather than saying congratulations, we would prefer to say thank you for the last 40, and we are counting on 40 more. Our love and prayers are with you constantly. Love, The Cords 4

17: Dear Mom and Dad, Truly this one page isn't enough not only to thank you for being my parents, but for telling you both how much you mean to me. But I really don't know that I will ever be able to really tell you what you mean to me - whether on one page, or a lifetime of conversations. In the last two years of being a mom, I think I have appreciated you both in who you are and what you have done for me in my life more than ever before. Because now, as a parent, I see how you put your heart, soul, and life into Doug, Rob, and me. Thank you for that. But beyond these last two years, you have done so much. You have loved me when I am unlovable, encouraged me when you know I need it the most, treasured me, complimented me and reassured me in who I am, supported me, provided for me, taught me about Jesus, prayed for me, and shown me an example of what an amazing parent and grandparent is. In thanking you for you and reflecting on this special anniversary, I think back on what the most important thing your marriage has taught me. And inevitably one thing stands out... never give up. 40 years ago, you made a commitment before God to one another for life. Throughout my 31 years, I have not only seen friends parents’ end marriages, but now I have seen my own friends do the same. Yet you remain committed to one another through the many ups and downs of life. Thank you for that. For showing your children and grandchildren what a real marriage is. It isn't easy. It isn't all pretty and perfect. But, it is forever. So, Mom and Dad, thank you. Thank you for all you have done for us. Thank you for all the sacrifices you have made for us. Thank you for loving me so much. Thank you for loving Marcus and treating him as your son. Thank you for loving Ella and Jack and being such wonderful grandparents to them. Happy 40th Anniversary. I love you more than you know. Amy (and Marcus and Ella and Jack too!)

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