~ photo taken by my sister-in-law, Karen ~
[pictured: Frieda (80) her son, Jim and her husband, Jim (83)]
On September 2, 2014, my parents will have been married 60 years. On their recent trip to Germany and Austria with my brother, Jim and his wife, Karen (in celebration of my mother's 80th birthday) my parents renewed their vows in Mirabell Palace where they originally got married in 1954.
These are the words I wrote for the Justice of the Peace to say at the ceremony:
When you came together from different worlds sixty years ago, you had no idea what lay ahead for either of you. You vowed to love, honor and cherish each other through all things; to walk together on an adventure of living. During those years, you have weathered many storms and basked in countless blessings. You have stood strong, side by side, in joy and sorrow, defeat and triumph, laughter and tears, never breaking your pledges.
As you come full circle to the place where you began your walk, hand in hand, you can stand proud before God and your family knowing that you fulfilled your promises to one another and shown us all true dedication, commitment and never-ending love.