Monday, March 22, 2010

these are my people...

We gathered together on Sunday.


To celebrate with our children.


Our 30 years together...
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I was overcome with gratitude.


My husband and I came from broken homes.
Homes filled with strife, drunkenness, and loneliness.
God has given us so much.
A deep, enduring love for each other.
A home filled with laughter and children.
Children who are best friends.
Children who love and serve the Lord.
Children who honor us.
This is grace.


We are friends.


We are family.


And now the the blessings continue ...
Are those not 
the most precious cheeks 
you have ever seen?
grandbaby #8

28 comments:

Dayle said...

Wonderful! You're a testimony that even if your childhood wasn't the greatest, you don't have to use it as an excuse not to become something. This is a great post. Very uplifting.

jAne said...

you broke the chains and began a new life - offering such joy and wholesome pleasures to your children...and it flows to the next generation.

beautiful!

hugs,
jAne * tickleberry farm

Julie said...

Congratulations on your anniversary and a wonderful and happy life together--what a gift you've given to your children and all those that come after--thank-you for sharing your love story and beautiful family photos!

fairmaiden said...

The sweetness of family. You are truly blessed. Happy 30th!

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Congrats on 30 years together!!! You have a beautiful family, and that grandbaby is sooooo cute!!! Blessings... Daphne

Cynthia K. said...

Congratulations on your 30th anniversary - such a huge accomplishment!! Looks like ya'll had a wonderful celebration!

Yes, I agree that you are so richly blessed...

Cynthia K. (Beauty and Blessings)

Melly said...

beautiful!!

Tammy/Yesterday's Cottage said...

Now THIS is a success story if I've ever heard one! All we truly have in life are the people we love and who love us. What a blessing!
Congratulations and here's to 30 more wonderful years together!

Sweet Sage said...

Congratulations to you!
We are at 31.
Lovely pic of you and Curt ..
you look like Meryl Streep!
Pretty, pretty.
Beautiful family ..
Beautiful post.
My Best,
kim

It's me said...

Blessings from me to !!

Love and hugs .........Ria

A Cottage Muse said...

Here's to much more love and happiness in the next 30 years! Congratulations!

FlowerLady said...

Congratulations on your 30 years together. You have filled your life with love and laughter, and you have a beautiful family. What a wonderful story of love triumphing over adversity.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

podso said...

Such a wonderful post giving honor to God for what He has done in your lives. You have a beautiful family and congratulations on 30 years!

Lee Laurie said...

What a beautiful family!
I came from a broken family and didn't have much of a childhood. The only really good times that I remember were the ones where I lived with my grandparents. I think that is what makes me like I am today.I strive to make my children's lives happy ones. You have a proecious family. I know that you are so thankful.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Sweet Old Vintage said...

Touching...

Just a little something from Judy said...

This post moved me to tears. Truly, amazing Grace! God delights in using us as His children to create families from His design. This is a richly blessed group of people, and you and your husband are wished many more years together. These pictures are priceless!!!

Sandi said...

Beautiful testimony of Gods love and grace. Congratulations on your 30 years!! YAY!!
Blessings~

Rebecca said...

Bless you, Rene'. May your and your MR. have many wonderful years to share in the future. I'm soooo thrilled for you.

Love to you~Rebecca

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Tears..yes tears of joy for you and your dear family. It is so hard of overcome a negative childhood...I had one too.

Rene' you and your husband have done a wonderful job of raising them..and leading them in the way of the Lord. You have broken the GENERATIONAL CURSE.
http://www.gotquestions.org/generational-curses.html

Our kids also turned out great..one is a practicing Christian, however the other is not...and they have raised 3 children of their own, who are proving to be honorable, law abiding Americans..NOW if we could only get them to attend Church regularly.
Our son~in~law NEVER went to church or bible study when he was coming up...nor his parents..so that is the "fly in the ointment" here.
JMOPO....Marrying a non Christian when you ARE ONE...is VERY OFTEN NOT a good idea..with the thinking you will CHANGE them...often it does not happen that way.

But I pary each day for them..and I will not give up on it.

Rose

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

your family is gorgeous.....I mean that sincerely.

What a blessing:)

Tete said...

I, too, came from broken, drunken chaos- and those who have lived through the darkness embrace the light with the greatest grip. Your light shines brighter than others and you lead so many with your uplifting and honest posts. Congrats on the 30 years and the proof of your love in each other and God- what an awesome family photo.

Rug Cottage said...

God Bless Your Wonderful Family. What a testimony your family is. I just love your blog. You are a very special lady.

Blessings,
Nancy

Claudia said...

Congratulations - what a wonderful celebration with your family. We cannot blame our lives on others; we have to create the life we want. You two did that. Bravo!

xo
Claudia

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Happy 30th Anniversary Rene..... my what a precious family photo of all of you. You are so fortunate to have a great family to spend your time with and to enjoy the pleasure of all your grandkids.

Hugs*

Paula said...

Dear Rene`,
Congratulations on 30 years!!! What a beautiful testimony to God's grace and yours and your husbands commitment to Him!!! Praise God!!! You have such a beautiful family! Oh yes, your grandbaby's cheeks are sweet!!! I am so happy for you Rene`!!! Thank you for sharing such happiness!
Love, Paula

Linda said...

This is such a beautiful post...thank you so much for sharing!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Just beautiful! You are blessed.

::cottage instincts:: said...

How blessed you are!!! Such a lovely family, the best treasures :) And I am so totally ready for grandbabies...my oldest has been married 5.5 years and still thinks he's not read for kids (he *did* marry young).

Your pictures are amazing as always...love my visits here!