FC: Our Parents' Love Story...
1: Dear Mom and Dad, Children seldom understand the trials their parents face, the dreams deferred, or sacrifices made Until one day when they are grown with grown-up choices, too, and realize the debt they can't repay. Only you two know all that's gone into your marriage, or how many challenges you've faced. But we know how much we love you for all that you've done to stay together and to model what God intended marriage to be. It couldn't have been easy to keep your patience, your sense of humor, but you always pulled through. And in the process, you taught us a lot about the power of commitment, the importance of family, and how to get by in a less-than-perfect world. We're very proud of you for that. Happy 61st Anniversary and wish you many more! Love, Sally, Cindy and Bruce
2: There was a lovely young lady named Ardith and a handsome young man named Carl | Once Upon a Time | 1948 | 1950 | 1947
3: who fell in love... | 1949 | 1950
4: Mr. and Mrs. John E. Stock Request the honour of your presence At the marriage of their daughter Ardith To Mr. Carl Edward Steffes Saturday, June twenty-fourth Nineteen hundred and fifty Eight o'clock in the evening First Baptist Church Ortonville Michigan Reception following ceremony Brandon Grange Hall Mill Street | 1950
5: Let the Circus Begin! | 1950 | 1951 | 1952
9: 1961-1967 | Always a-kissin' and a-smoochin'...
10: I'm amazed by you, Dazzled by your beautiful goodness, your caring heart, your generous spirit. Every single day, I'm reminded why I chose to spend the rest of my life with you, and why I'm so lucky that you chose to give me a lifetime of your love. I'm reminded by the way you give so much more than you take.... | 1968-1974
11: ...by the way you make me feel deeply loved with something as simple as a tender smile or a soft embrace. With your little everyday kindnesses, you make me happier than I ever thought possible. I love you more every day because every day you give me new reasons to be amazed by you.
12: And with 25 years together, the loving quips become familiar songs... "You'd think she'd realize how lucky she is by now!" | I Love You | 1975
14: 1976-1979 | Love always protects and perseveres
15: "She's a preacher, but without a license." "Well, someone has to keep you on the straight and narrow." | 1978
16: Love is patient and kind | 1985 | 1983 | 1981 | 1980
17: 1987 | 37th Anniversary | "It's too late to start training another woman" | 1986 | 1989
18: 1990-1992 | Love never fails
19: With you by my side, everything in the world seems better. Good things are twice as much fun because I share them with you, I get to see you smile... Bad things are only half as bad because I know I can count on you to help me through them. With you to hold my hand, I know I have someone who sees life a lot like I do, someone who shares the same values, dreams the same dreams... I know that I have someone who understands the parts of me that other people don't know exist. With you in my life, I know I have everything anyone could ever want- Someone who's understanding and supportive, who's fun and interesting... Someone I love who also happens to be my best friend.
20: "I keep finding her a job but she doesn't want it!" "Well , I'm too heavy for light work and too light for heavy work." | 1993
22: 1995-1999 | "She's the best wife I ever had."
23: Still a-smoochin'
24: When I met you, I had no idea how much my life was about to be changed... But then, how could I have known? A love like ours happens once in a lifetime. You were a miracle to me, the one who was everything I had ever dreamed of, the one I thought existed only in my imagination.. . . | 2001-2002
25: . . .And when you came into my life, I realized that what I had always thought was happiness couldn't compare to the joy loving you brought me. You are a part of everything I think and do and feel, and with you by my side, I believe that anything is possible. Thank you, for the miracle of you... You are, and always will be, The love of my life.
26: 55th Anniversary | 2003 to 2006
27: 56th Anniversary | Love hopes for the best
29: "She never hears me when I yell for her, but if I get up to get something (candy), she yells, "where are you going?!" "
30: 2009 | Love is not easily angered and keeps no record of wrongs
32: When we got married, We took each other "for better or worse". . . But I assure you it's been so much for the better! Of course we've had our days, like any other couple. But being married to you has made my life so overwhelmingly good. With you, I always know I have someone who understands and knows me by heart. . . someone who makes the good times better and the tough times so much easier to bear. You're simply my best friend, and I can't imagine what life would be like without you. Marrying you was the best thing I ever did. And I'd do it all over again.
33: 2010 - 2011 | With more to follow. . .