Saturday, June 27, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The picture above is of a more recent time. I wish I had a more recent one on my computer but oh well. Now my parents have 23 Grandchildren + their spouses and significant others and 11 Great-Grand Children. One was just born this past Thursday. His name is Rylan D. Casper, the son of Rickey and Erica.
I look at the picture of them at their wedding, and then type this information of their posterity, I wonder if they had any idea that they would have this family. The headaches of losing a child and watching their other children go through difficulties. It amazes me and I think it shows how dedicated and loving they are to each other and their family. We all have our normal life challenges and struggle at times, but we are all pretty happy and well grounded. We now all live within 30 miles of Mom and Dad and get together at least once a month. Hopefully they feel proud of what they have accomplished.
So this turns me to Dan and I...
Obviously this is a picture of Dan and I at our wedding. So much ahead of us. Looking happy and dreaming of the life that is to come. Not knowing where we would be and how things would turn out, but determined to love each other and get through things together.
So now it is 2009...
The picture seen here was taken in February of this year. We are a little bigger and older, but I am happy to look at it and see happiness. Dan and I are going to be celebrating our 20th anniversary this year. The 53 years mentioned above for my parents doesn't seem so unreachable anymore. Dan and I have been through some pretty rough things, and continue to experience them, but we are very strongly bonded together and hope to show our children that we are. We have contributed 4 of the above mentioned grandchildren. We have none of our own since our oldest is only 15 but look forward to this in the future. I know that the teaching and examples of both of our parents have helped us to be able to make it through some pretty tough times. Who would have thought we would have the challenges of special needs children and our own health. We keep enduring, even though sometimes we forget the rewards at the end, and our love for each other and our family is what brings us through. I hope that our family will enjoy spending time together when they all have their own families as well. Thanks for the example !