I am so excited to dive into this blog post with you and share a little bit of John and Carole’s journey. This post is very special to me because this is about my great Aunt and Uncle. They are some of the most loving people I know! Uncle John, who is also my late grandfathers brother, has such a gentle spirit, always genuinely caring about me. And my Aunt Carole has always shown a special sweetness to me, never forgetting to tell me how much I am loved. I hope this post makes its way into your heart and challenges you to live lovingly!
Just a heads up: The whole month of June we will posting treasured love stories, so grab some tissues and get ready!:)
The fog settled and the rain stopped as our family came together last Saturday morning celebrating the sweetness of a couples sixty years together. That’s right, you read sixty! Uncle John and Aunt Carole met in Pittsburg, PA and my uncle likes to quote his father saying, “I must need go through Pittsburg to get John a wife.” In seventh grade and at twelve years of age in the year of 1948, John and Carole met — as kids — but it wasn’t until their freshman year in High School that they began to date. One of the most beautiful things in this story is how they let God take hold of the pen. Aunt Carole speaks of a dream God gave her and her mother helped her understand that God was calling her. She says, “I loved God, and I followed Him and He never let go of me.” Uncle John credits his father, saying if he had never answered the call of God to go to Pennsylvania, none of us would be here.
On their first date they went to Wilkinsburg high school where a concert was playing. Aunt Carole was in the concert and she would sit for a while and then return to the stage. Uncle John remembers that every time he would put his arm around her, she would skip off saying, “I think I’m up next.” She returned many times and finally Uncle John asked her to stay seated until it really was her turn, while putting his arm around her for good. She stayed. After the musical event they went to a local ice cream shop, Isleys, and each got a cherry milkshake and the night resulted in their first kiss. He also says that is his favorite memory of the beginning of their journey together and Aunt Carole remembered all of the details as well. Even after all these years Uncle John remembers what she was wearing that night. She wore a red and white plaid skirt with a cream blouse that was tucked in with a wide matching belt, ankle socks and loafers. Can I just say, These two were stylin’! At their high school prom, Uncle John snuck out of his house so he could sweep his date off her feet. I wish I had a photo of that night, I have seen one — and they were breathtaking.
Their relationship continued to develop, and one afternoon the high school sweethearts walked down to a jewelry store and Uncle John asked Aunt Carole if she would like to have a ring. Blushingly she said yes and they picked out a beautiful ring together. The simple proposal was the beginning of a promise that has lasted generations and produced many memories. I asked my uncle when he knew that Aunt Carole was “the one” for him. His reply was simply, “when we would write letters, Carole signed her letters as Mrs. John Beers.” Hehe How cute is that!?! They married on June 22, 1956 in a beautiful Wesleyan church. Aunt Carole wore a lace ball gown and Uncle John had a black tuxedo and bow tie. My great grandfather was fantastic in the kitchen and he just so happened to bake their cake.
Isn’t it gorgeous?!?!
My Aunt says their greatest accomplishment and best memory is their family. The had four boys and two girls and she says uncle John walked around in the clouds when their children were born. When asked what one word she would give for Uncle John she said, “Well, I could go on and on. He is kind, considerate, loving, and (my favorite) a prayer warrior.” Uncle John had many beautiful things to s
ay Aunt Carole as well, stating his “one word.” “She has been an awesome help mate and is compassionate and caring.” We clinked our glasses and without fail the sweethearts of 60 plus years exchanged a kiss sweeter than one of a newlywed couple. We all left that day with the big smile and hearts full of pride to have such great examples of God’s gift of marital love.
In this fast-paced, push over world, where “love” tends to forget its commitment more than not, there are stories like this which allow us to breathe! Drink in the refreshing breath of lasting love! I intend to seek out these stories and share them with you.
Keep believing friends and let God hold the pen for when He writes the story it is one of beautiful love.
Much love- Elena
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A few more photos because I can’t help myself! Enjoy!
This is the cabin they stayed at during their honeymoon.
This is the Bible that was carried in their wedding.