Today Joe and I are celebrating fifty-nine years of wonderful marriage. What a blessing, to look back over the years and smile—and to experience such amazing contentment NOW!
Pictured above is one of my hand made anniversary gifts to Joe: a mixed media collage with a photo of the two of us, taken at a ROTC Ball at UW-Madison in 1952. Typical of formal dances in those days, a big band played—I think it was Stan Kenton’s. Dancing was always big in our lives.
Fantastic years—and a beloved family of six children, thirteen grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren! Soon we may be renting a hall or park pavillion for family reunions. I know this sounds like bragging, and perhaps it is. But I give God the glory for keeping our love affair fresh and sweet, protecting our family, and navigating us during times of challenge—as well as throughout those many memorable decades of delight.
God willing, Joe and I will celebrate by going out for breakfast and then strolling through a newly opened antique mall in Waukesha. Who knows what next? Maybe family visits, and certainly a time out for iced tea on our shady patio in the afternoon.
Here we are in the 21st century, 2011 to be exact: ↓
Oh how I love my man!
Margaret L. Been, 2012