Sunday, February 14, 2016

And They Lived "Happily" Ever After

It was yesterday, I tell you, yesterday.  This drop-dead gorgeous, stunningly wonderful woman said, "I do!"   So, what has it been?  A year?  Two years?  Maybe ten years? No, it has been 32 years.  I remember it well. It was a typical rainy February day in Oregon except that it was Valentine's Day and, more importantly, our wedding day.  We had planned on a Christmas wedding, but there were, um, complications.  So, we decided to get married on Valentine's Day 1984 instead.  De'Etta and her mom made the wedding come to life with only 7 weeks notice.  We sent out a boatload of invitations, bought, wrapped, prepared, planned and, well, truth be told, De'Etta and her mom really did handle the lion's share of all of this.  Add into the mix, De'Etta had surgery in early January.  We toyed with moving the date, but there was a determination to make it happen.  When the day arrived, it was rather unbelievable to us.  There were nearly 300 people who came out to share in this day of joy with us on Valentine's Day.  It was yesterday that I saw her in that beautiful white dress.  It was yesterday when we met at the front of Calvary Temple (later Calvary Open Bible).  It was yesterday when we pledged ourselves to each other and to serve our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It was yesterday we heard those words - "I now pronounce you husband and wife."  But yesterday was 32 years ago.  Where does the time go?

So, how do we characterize 32 years of marriage?  Certainly, we have had our share of ups and downs.  We have had a chance to minister to people from Montana to Texas to Alaska back to Texas to Japan to California.  We have been blessed with nine of the most amazing children the world has ever known (modestly speaking, that is).  Now we are adding to this family - a son, soon a daughter and, even sooner, a grand daughter.   Who knew this was going to be such an amazing journey. 

That was then....
Feb 14, 1984

This is now.....
Feb 13, 

With surprises like this who wouldn't want to travel full time?

Written by Michael Goecker

Valentine's Day Kites

This is not an anniversary post (Michael is writing that one), but it is a post sharing part of our Valentine's Day.  Things are always SO crowded on Valentine's Day that we often celebrate our anniversary with dinner on a different day. 

Today, we enjoyed a great morning at church....came back to the trailer and grilled lunch and flew kites..... 

We love the "Beale Blackbirds RC club" air strip out here by fam camp. It's a wide open spot suited for flying Nolan's RC plane, and kites too. 

My Tie Dye kite from Florence - thank you again, Michael - it makes me smile

Spectacular Dragon Kite....takes way longer to assemble

Yuukie is more concerned with guarding this hole than the kites
Bi-plane Kite
Too much wind for the typical "stick" kites - the legs and tie dye are like wind socks....

These great tables are wonderful places to repair kites

The  "legs," a kite given us by my cousin, Launny, is the BEST kite of all.  It literally flies out of the assembly flies in little wind and in gusts of wind.....we need to find more like it. I enjoy watching others when they see a pair of legs in the sky. LOL  The others are awfully pretty, but they sure are challenging to keep in the air.