Leo and Pam, my brother and sister in law, have been married 35 years as of the 3rd. Thirty five years is a loooong time to put up with you know who! Apparently, though, it can be done.
From what I remember, my brother moved to Louisiana while working as a butcher with our hometown grocery store, Stanley's. I guess he got tired of seeing his little sister's face everyday and decided he needed to be transferred. It just so happens my sister in law worked in the bakery at the store to which he was transferred. Is that fate or what?! Anyway, they stalked made eyes at each other and for some reason thankfully, she fell in love with him and he fell in love with her. The rest is history.
Leo and Pam surely have a beautiful marriage. Don't get me wrong, like all marriages they have had their share of "...for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health", but I believe it is in those highs and lows that life is truly experienced. They are the utmost, perfect example of what these vows stand for. And even after all that you can still see the love my sister in law has for my brother...
...and my brother for my sister in law....
Ok, you might not think that is the look of love, but for my brother, that's as good as it gets. LOL! He tries to act like a meanie, but deep inside he really has a heart of gold.
In between the good, the bad and the ugly, they give...to everyone. I cannot tell you how many incredible meals with which they have nourished our bodies, the bodies of their family, church family and friends. Believe me, the understanding of the amount of work involved has not escaped me. Mmmm, if I had a dollar for all the delicious cakes Pam has made us.... And, I cant tell you how much time and work my brother put into our house on 8th street. He will be putting twice that much into our new place :) Just kidding, Leo. It seems they are limitless with their generosity of their precious time.
My heart is full when I think of the beautiful children they have brought into this world. I am not trying to imply they are perfect, but we so have some unique, precious, kind and incredible nieces and nephews and I am so proud of them, as I know they are in a stage of their lives where they really appreciate their parents.
So, in light of that my niece, Christi, decided to have a nice anniversary party for them on January 1st at the Train Depot in BC. She planned and decorated, with some help from her sisters in law and nephews...
...and her brothers cooked steaks delicious, outstanding steaks (wish I had taken a picture of them...it would have made you drool. Heck, I'm drooling right now). Someone, I won't mention names, (Ron and Jenn) was supposed to take a Papa's cheesecake (Pam's favorite), but in remembering their a$$e$, they forgot the cheesecake...in their ice box. Luckily, Ashleigh and Colton(don't you just love that name? I wish his middle name was Cade :D. Maybe they will name their first born son Colton Cade in honor of my desire to give that name to the son I never had) were going through Houston and were able to pick one up. Whew! When all was said and done, it was a sweet, sweet evening. Look at that brood!
"They might not have it all together, but together, they have it all."
We love you Pam and Leo!
Thanks for knocking on our door today. Hope to see you back again soon!