A love story {1974}

Nino and Linda
Circa 1974
Nino and Linda today.
Thirty Eight years ago today, these two got married.
Two people who had met at 16 and 15 respectively.
Who were friends, then lovers, then husband and wife.
Who, year after year, obstacle after hardship, blessing after blessing,
are still married.
I'm an adult now.
I'm married with two children.
I can finally understand and realize that thirty eight years is no simple feat.
Vows aren't made to be broken, but often times they are challenged.
Life can derail the simplest of joys.
Perfection isn't always the key.
I get it now.
What they did, and what they continue to do.
My parents have taught me how to love, and be loved.
That laughter is so important in life.
That compromise does not equal failure.
I'd like to share with you the day my parents got married.
Wedding pictures all taken by a point and click in 1974.
Because they didn't have a fancy church wedding like me.
No thousand dollar photographer.
No decorated reception hall.
They almost didn't have a cake.
I'd like to share what they did thirty eight years ago today.
A day where my mom walked down the aisle alone to meet my father, to begin their journey.
And she never had to walk alone again.
Mom says this is right after breakfast.
On her Wedding day.
Before the ceremony.
That's a Coors Original in my Dad's hand.
If you know him, you are grinning right now.
My mom and her maid of Honor, Sandy.
Sandy made her dress.

Mom's is JC Penny off the Rack...
Don't worry I wasn't born until 1978.
The wedding party.
Yes, my dad and his best man are in jeans.
White Levis for Dad.
It was 1974.
This is my favorite picture of my parents.
They had a dinner after at this little restaurant with their family and friends.
The owner knew they weren't going to have a cake.
So he sent someone out to pick one up.
It was a total surprise for them.
This is classic Dad.
This pretty much sums up thirty eight years of marriage for them.
My mom always says
"Its hard to stay mad at someone who makes you laugh"
Smashing cake in each others faces.
With help from my moms sis on the right.
Nice move Aunt Marilyn!
It was so simple, yet so them.
The groom wore jeans.
The bride wore sandals.
A little restaurant would host their party.
They are my parents.
I am so blessed to have them.
And I'm so happy that they have each other.
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad.
Thank you.
PS:  I found a picture of my mom at the alter on her wedding day.
It reminded me of something on my wedding day.
I think if John and I have even an ounce of what they've
had in thirty eight years, we will have been blessed.


  1. This was an awesome post. Chaz and I are cracking up right now. LOVE!

  2. I officially LOVE your parents. This was such a great post. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Aww how sweet! Happy anniversary to them!

  4. What a beautiful and meaningful tribute from a caring and loving daughter. Happy Anniversary and "celebrate" your love on this special day!
    Best wishes, Cindy (Pettis)

  5. Great read after a long week. Thank you

  6. This is so awesome!! I hope my kids are lucky enough to post something like this 12 years from now. I loved reading this.

  7. So sweet. I love the part about how the restaurant owner made sure they had a cake. There must be a special place in heaven for people who go out of their way for other people like that!

    1. You are so right! My parents were so grateful for that. It's the little things, the kindness of strangers, that remind us that God is good!