S: September 1969
BC: As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. Psalms 103:15 | Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. Psalms 16:5-6
FC: September 12, 1969
1: After starting our jobs with the state school in Boulder,Montana, Bruce asked me to marry him that same month, June, and we decided on Sept 12 as the date. That was 1969. We would tour Yellowstone with our families and three friends a couple days prior to the wedding. It was a small wedding since we didn't know anybody in Montana. My family drove out from Michigan. Our best man, Terry Wilcox and his wife Danielle, from Pennsylvania picked up our maid of honor, Sherry Andrews, in Virginia and they made the long drive to Montana. I got my gown from JCPennys in Helena for $40 then made my headpiece with the veil and a bleach bottle.
2: We spent a couple really nice days with our families (meeting for the first time) here in Yellowstone. I cannot find some of the pictures that I believe we had from that time except the few on these two pages. But before you are astounded by the photography from then, I must confess that I scanned in three postcards so that you could see it really was Yellowstone. | My best friend, Sherry Andrews. She would marry a missionary to Asia, Dave Yardy, a year later.
3: Terry and Danielle Wilcox with Mom Scollard
4: The wedding was short. Bruce was late and I remember well waiting and watching from the upper bedroom window (a dressing room) of the parsonage and praying he hadn't changed his mind. He was only 15 minutes late and as handsome as could be. Oh my heart! Such a small group of people, just our families, yet I was shaking like a leaf as Dad walked me down the aisle. I don't know why I was so nervous. | My brother Art did a wonderful job of playing The Aspen Grove ("our" song) and the wedding march. | Terry is telling Bruce that he still has time to back out!!
5: My vows were typed out and read: I, Sylvia, take thee, Bruce, to be my wedded husband, and I do promise and covenant before God and these witnesses, to be thy loving and faithful wife, in plenty and in want, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as long as we both shall live. Our single biggest expense was the photographer and we only got a couple dozen pictures. My father took better pictures, but these on this page are the "professional" ones. I just had the one bouquet which I gave to Sherry afterwards. She was my best friend all through college and I was so glad she was willing to come from Virginia to Montana.
6: Me and my two best friends on these pages. Dad took these of Sherry and I. I passed on a job in an orphanage in Illinois in order to work in Montana and be near to Bruce's family in Wyoming. Sherry took that job and met her husband there.
7: Dad took these pictures, too. Over 42 years the color changed and I can't seem to get it right. | Georgetown Lake, Montana was actually a ghost town overlooking twin lakes. Premarital counseling was not offered then, however, the minister, Rev. Ervin D Rymes, was firm about us being born-again Christians, and I liked that.
8: Not a large wedding party, just Sherry, Terry and us. Simple was good for us.
9: We are getting rained with rice, or more like hailed with rice!
11: This is it, the whole group, minus the officiating minister, . Although the weather was a bit cloudy and breezy, our wedding couldn't have been more perfect! God is so good.
12: I forgot about a cake and the reception!!! I forgot about receiving gifts too! Oh good grief! So my folks hurriedly stepped in and made reservations at a hotel in Anaconda for a chicken dinner. They also picked up an 8-inch cake and had a bride and groom put on the top. I thought everything was perfect! A mere forgotten cake and reception were nothing compared to finally marrying the man I loved. I can't tell you how I disliked this haircut. This was about the first time that I can ever recall paying someone to cut my hair and this is what I got. I had always done it myself in the past. But oh well, Bruce never complained and thought I looked beautiful.
13: We took our honeymoon in Canada, driving first up through Glacier National Park in Montana. We spent our first night at Showdow Mountain Lake. The weather was nice but cold, of course, as we climbed in altitude.
14: We lost our Travelers Checks!! Consequently we took an unintended drive further north into Edmonton, Canada to get them replaced at a bank. But we were together so it didn't really matter. Below is the anti-establishmint green Maverick that Bruce's folks co-signed for us. (We never missed a payment.)
15: After the honeymoon we came back to our cabin on the school grounds. I loved our little cabin! Note the stove/sink/refrigerator combination, ha! I loved all of Montana! Our room and board was free so we had no complaints. As you can see, the place was extremely small but we had extremely few possessions so it didn't matter to us. We were not so happy with the twin beds they provided us but we solved that by just pushing them together. | God has blessed us abundantly, far above what we were able to ask or think. Our greatest treasure of all, above all else, is that our children and grandchildren know and love our Lord. | Ps 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.
16: Our 4 babies!!!!! | Our babies! Two beautiful girls and two marvelous sons! God has been so good and merciful to us. What joy it has been to watch the children grow into Godly adults. That was my only true and consistent prayer. They have filled out our marriage and our lives and given us a deeper understanding of our relationship to our Lord and His love for us.
17: 2003 - Ryan, Brett, Anna and Angie I told them to wear any color except black or white. This is what they came up with, on their own, individually. I love my kids!!! | Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, ... but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.
18: the 24 grandkids!! as of Sept 2017