My absence from blogworld can be explained....really! Between homeschool planning and planning my parents' 50th anniversary, and everything else sandwiched in between, it's been really hard to keep up! But as always, I thank everyone who stops by and those that leave comments! I really enjoy and appreciate each one!
My parents married very young. Mama was 15 and Daddy was 17. I think everyone was skeptical as to how they would fare! Well here it is 50 years later, 2 kids (plus twins in heaven) and 5 grandchildren later, and they're still together! In this world, that is a huge accomplishment and I'm so proud to call them my parents. If you didn't read last year's tribute to them, and would like to, you can click here.
The 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration took place in Alabama this past Saturday, where my brother lives and most of my dad's family. The church where we held the reception is our church away from home....the church where most of our family there attend! There was so much family there that would have to travel that it just made more sense to have it there! My mama's brother and sister were able to come there from Texas and Tennessee to attend! Her best friend came from Missouri. In all there was about 65 people in attendance and it turned out beautiful! My sister in law, Missy, and I were able to pull this thing off by planning long distance (from each other). I guess we worked well together because it went smoothly. There were lots of laughs and even a few tears as Mama and Daddy gave a little speech, which then led to many more including family and friends. Even I, who is definitely not a speak-in-public-type-of-person had a few words to say.
I'm going to share pictures with you from that special day. We had a very simple decor, yet it suited our family perfectly. I hope you enjoy them!
Colt had my camera first and took several black and white photos (which I love by the way). There were so many pictures that I had to pick and choose!
The punch table:
The cake, nuts and mints table:
Missy and I posed for a minute while preparing the food: (a little blurry I think..don't know why):
Okay, here's a better one I just found:
Love this one!
An overview of the tables and set-up before the drop-by reception:
Picture collages through the years...
The guest book and welcome table: (That's my nephew, Kemper, signing in. I just noticed Joy left her brush laying there....oh well!) Here everyone signed the guest book and could pick up a memory sheet to write something special for Mama and Daddy to be placed in a special scrapbook that I am compiling for their celebration, as well as a keepsake bookmark from the special day.
A special place for the guests of honor:
Mama and Daddy:
A sweet kiss:
Joy and Pop:
Daddy with his two ladies (his mom and wife): Isn't that sweet?
My mom with her brother and sister:
Daddy and mama with his mom (my grandma) and his brothers and sisters:
Mama and daddy with mama's best friend, Shelia, through the years, along with her husband, Wayne:
Mama giving her little speech:
Daddy giving his speech:
A kiss from their kids (My brother, Richie, and me):
Beautiful flowers for a beautiful day:
Joy and Laci (the two granddaughters):
After the party, Joy and Laci went outside with Grandmama and Pop and released the balloons! What a sight that was to see 50 balloons released in their honor!
Happy 50th Anniversary, Mama and Daddy!
And Jason and I are more than halfway to the 50 mark (since we just had our 27th)...what a wonderful example we have......I hope we are just as blessed as my parents have been with 50 years together!
Tomorrow is my birthday and I'm thinking about a giveaway real soon...maybe this weekend or possibly Monday....this would be a fall one....so check back! Hopefully tomorrow sometime I will get in a Faithful Fridays post too.
Thanks for stopping by and sharing my parents' special day with us!
Blessings to you all!
~ Tammy ~