Hey Ya’ll!! Ok so the plan was to post on Friday but Charleston swept me away in it’s beauty and I didn’t find myself back to the hotel until midnight the previous night. So I’m sharing this sweetness today. Just a refresher: this is a follow up post. Scroll down to read the beginning of this story- a poem “5o years of loving” that my mama wrote and it sure is a sweet read. This will also be the last post in the “June Wedding” series on the blog, get ready for some Jesus talk on Tuesday morning:) I want to share some more of my grandparents love story and also put some faces to the names. Enjoy! xo-E
They met when she was only seventeen, and My grandma, Violet Marie, was instantly smitten with the tall and handsome twenty year old. Granddad says he watched Grandma from afar play softball and wanted so badly to meet her. Thanks to his sister Alice, they met at Union Bible College and after a few days Grandma walked by the shop where he was working. “Hi Richard” she said sweetly with a hint of lovely in her voice. The college freshman said to himself at that moment, “I’m going to go over there and asking her out and I’m not pounding another nail till I do.” He had accomplished what he had set out to do and Grandma agreed to his offer.
On their first date they went to a Church revival and then out for ice cream. Grandma says that Grandpa got in trouble for not having a chaperon on their date because he was enrolled in a Bible school at the time but I think Grandpa would say that it was worth it. Grandma says she liked him in the beginning because he was a gentleman and also because he was a good Christian man. God answered her prayers and after eight months, the sweethearts got hitched and started their new lives together. The wedding was beautiful, but I believe the love that they had for each other was what made that day special. Grandma and Grandpa have both said at different times that they felt the Lord’s presence that day in an amazing way. I believe 50 years of marriage is accomplished with more than love, it’s also by holding on to the hand of the Father who walks life with you. When the rains come and the wind blows, Jesus is the one who calms the storm. In the previous post we shared some of their wedding photos. Take a look and you will find more than frozen images. Every time I look at the pictures I can close my eyes and imagine those moments.
For their honeymoon they went to Michigan and stayed with Grandma’s new in-laws. Grandpa’s ten siblings played tricks on the newlyweds and short sheeted their beds, and put rice in their beds as well. They spent that week going to revival, haha. A few years later they went on a second honeymoon and they have fonder memories of that trip. They drove to Detroit and had a wonderful re-do of their honeymoon.
God blessed them with two children, Mark & Martha and now have nine grandchildren. I am grateful for grandparents who sacrificed and emplaced the importance of family in us. They are leaving a legacy, one of great love.
The photos below are some taken from this weeks trip to Charleston SC.