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Happy 59th Anniversary today to my sweetheart, Bob, my life’s partner!!

February 11, 1962
Bob & his brother, Bill…
The week when we first met…
What a ham!!
While we were dating, and engaged,
I was bridesmaid in Bob’s sister, Bonnie’s wedding.
Our engagement was “trying times”

Bob & I both have a deep faith. It was God who put us together. It was our faith and prayer that kept us together. During our engagement, he was in Germany, in the army. I was in college, wanting to enjoy college life. I broke up with him. But, God knew we belonged together. He made sure we got back together again! (Thank You, God!) And He helped us stick it out all these years through good times and bad. I’m so grateful!!

In the car – after the wedding – headed for the reception
We were married nearly three years
before I became pregnant
There’s DeDe and Ty with Bob –
-blowing out his birthday candles

Our children, Ty & DeAna, have been such a blessing in our lives. Thank You, God, for the gift of these children!! During our early married years (after the first 8 months in Germany), we lived in Turlock (for a year) and then San Francisco and San Mateo. Bob worked for Shell Oil and then went back to college (San Francisco State). He earned his teaching credential and then coached wrestling and taught Driver’s Ed at Hillsdale High School in San Mateo, CA.

Bob curled his hair when he became a beekeeper in the 70’s.
We had lots of fun on weekends in the winter
going skiing together.

We moved from the Bay Area back to the San Joaquin Valley in CA. Bob took over his Dad’s beekeeping business when his father retired. Did you know that beekeepers with hair that is close their head (hair that gets greasy or sweaty) are targets for bee stings? With a perm, the bees couldn’t get to the scalp.

You ask why he didn’t just wear a hat like most beekeepers do? Bob hates wearing a hat! He didn’t wear protective gloves either. Those are topics for another day!

I was teaching in Hughson, Ceres, and Modesto, CA in those days.
Then I moved into administration for a dozen years.
Principal and Curriculum Coordinator
Time passed.
Gray hair started to change our appearance!
We both claim we were the one who loved the most!!
After retirement, we were able to travel.
I dyed my hair for awhile before I learned to embrace the gray.
(That’s a good topic for another day)

Our Daughter, De

In 1987, our daughter, DeAna, married Andre’, a Swiss (the first cousin of our AFS exchange student).

She wore my wedding dress 25 years after I did!

I have written about De & Andre’s fairy tale story in the past. She moved to Switzerland when our first grandchild was “in the hopper.” That was nearly 30 years ago! Every other year we would go to visit them (so, no, we didn’t really wait ’til retirement to travel … we just got to do more of it after Bob left beekeeping and we moved here to Montana).

Thank you, Diana Housel, for this gorgeous photo of our dear Montana!!

This is the village of Vissoie, Switzerland where DeDe and Andre’ live now.
Andre’ and De have three boys.
Our Swiss grandsons are Mike, Nick & Chris.
We hope to travel there this October to spend time with them.
Virus, be gone!!!

You will recall, they have a restaurant there!
We NEED to go and see it in person!!

Our Son, Ty

Our son, Ty, blessed our family in 1989
by marrying his sweetheart, Monika.
The two of them adopted four children.
Sam, Hope, Jordan & Faith are young adults now.
I’ve written about them here on my blog.
Our lives are so enriched by this extended family.
Ty & Moni live in CA, near Lake Tahoe.
This picture of them was taken of them
at our youngest granddaughter, Faith’s wedding.
We hope to travel to CA to be with them this year in June.
Virus be gone!!

Pleeeease God, help us be able to travel to CA in June!
I need to see my darling great-granddaughter, Cosette!

Life is Full

Life is full of love and joy and promises for a bright tomorrow. We have so much for which to be grateful. We know we are blessed to have one another and to have lived into our 80s and remained married to that same partner for nearly 60 years.

Embrace Marriage, my friends! And EMBRACE YOUR LIFE’S PARTNER if you are fortunate as I am to have one!

Today, February 11, 2021, our 59th anniversary, starts our 60th year of marriage, doesn’t it? When a baby turns one, they are starting their 2nd year on earth. Yes, that’s the way it works! Sixty years with one life partner!! I am extremely blessed!

With God every day is full
of simple delights
and unexpected joys.

Couples that pray together, stay together.
And it helps to do other things together, too!

On Super Bowl Sunday, we had a Pizza Party.
We made our pizza together.
Turned out pretty well!
We plan to keep on doing things together
as long as the Good Lord allows…

The road is long… and
We’ve come a long way together.

With God’s grace and blessings,
we will continue to travel this road of life together
for many more years to come.
We don’t know what the future holds,
but we know Who holds the future…
and we let Him lead us.

Happy Anniversary,
Sweetheart Bob.
I love you!

Wherever you lead me, I will follow…
I’ll go with you, with you, all the way!

Thanks for visiting JanBeek today.
Have a blessed February 11th.
See ya tomorrow.

Comments on: "Embrace Marriage" (28)

  1. How lovely. Congratulations to you both. What a delightful picture of Cosette

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    • Thank you, Derrick! Actually, that is not Cosette, but it could be… I found that darling picture on the web and thought of my Cosette… praying for her great-grandparents to come visit her, right? Too cute! ❀

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  2. Happy Anniversary to you and Bob! I thank God for bringing you both together and for the love and happiness you have shared. xx
    Thank you for sharing your special memories with us, Jan. πŸ™Œ

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  3. Happy Anniversary! πŸ’•

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  4. Elaina Colby said:

    Happy Anniversary to you Mom & Dad Bee! I’m so blessed to have you in my life. I pray we can have a celebration in person together soon. Love you both! πŸ₯°

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  5. Happy Anniversary πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
    Oh my this is such a beautiful journey, the pictures depicted them very well πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ
    Ps- Bob looked like a Hollywood star and you were looking like a beautiful doll on your wedding day πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ

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  6. Happy Anniversary to both of you may the Lord give you many more! Beautiful post thank you.

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  7. Gene Davenport said:

    Love you two😍 it’s a true blessing to be a friend

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  8. svphillips10gmailcom said:

    Happy Anniversary to you and Bob! Thank you for sharing your story. So glad God kept you both together and that Curtis and I are able to be friends with such wonderful people. Hope your next year together will be as blessed as the rest. Love you both, Susan ❀️

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  9. Congratulations to the both of you! What a fun trip down Memory Lane! Such great photos!! You haven’t changed a bit! :>)

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  10. Oh, thanks, {{{Dwight}}} … but I’m afraid we have indeed changed – some for the better (more patient with one another – more time for conversation and sharing, and more time with our devotionals and Bibles and prayer time) – but some for the worse (not as much energy, health issues to deal with like bum knees and congestive heart failure). But your kind observation is appreciated… the core of who we are is the same – and our Lord’s love does shine through, doesn’t it?

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  11. Such beautiful photos! Congratulations to you both! πŸ™‚

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  12. I loved seeing all these marvelous photos! I’m very very blessed to have my parents still alive and healthy and HAPPY….. TOGETHER!!! I love you both sooooooo much!!! I hope you have many more years together!!! πŸ₯°β€οΈπŸ₯°β€οΈπŸ₯°β€οΈπŸ₯°β€οΈπŸ₯°

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  13. Thank you, {{{Uta}}} – it was fun selecting the memories to share. Thank you for visiting and taking time to comment. ❀

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  14. Thank you for sharing your 59 years. Looking forward to seeing, reading, and being a part of your 60th year! We love both of you very much!

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    • Love you so much, Jodie. Thank you for reading my blog. It means the world to me to know we are sharing our love this way when we can’t be together in person. I pray for a safe connection in June in CA for our family. ❀

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  15. Congratulations to both of you. Indeed, God saw to it that His love joined two cherished souls as one. My father taught driver’s education for years in Billings as well as coaching basketball and some football.

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    • I love that we have that in common in our backgrounds! Driver’s Ed, coaching… and finding the one to cherish and bless our lives. ❀ ❀ More than lucky, we are!!

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