Friday, February 24, 2012

Special Love


    
     Last night my 14 year old grandson texted me this picture saying it reminded him of his great-grandparents, my husband's parents.  Now how many 14 year olds would even take the time to look at a picture like this, let alone text it to his grandparents because it made him think of his great-grandparents.  What kind of love is so strong that it has made such an impression on a 14 year old? 

     I have to admit, this picture and title does fit my in-laws to a T.  My father-in-law will be 90 in March and my mother-in-law will be 85 the same month.  In my entire life, I have never seen a couple more devoted to each other.  They are the epitome of unconditional love and an example of God's love to everyone who knows them.  They are so cute together; you can still see their eyes sparkle when they look at each other.   You can't  help but feel the love when you are around them. 

     It's no wonder my husband is such a loving and caring husband.  He had the best possible role models he could have had growing up.  His mom and dad were always together and always taught their boys that faith and family were the most important things on earth.  They were active in both church and community as well as hard workers on their dairy farm.   They built a reputation in the community as good, honest people and are still highly respected.

     It's is no wonder my grandson has been influenced by his great-grandparents.  They have always played a special role in their grandchildren's lives and made sure they all knew they were loved.   They have showed them how special they are not just by words, but by actions.   And that's how they have lived their whole lives...putting their words into action.


     This is my in-laws back in better days at mother-in-law's 80th birthday when they were still able to live at home and be independent.  They now live in an apartment in an assisted living home.  He has a hard time getting around and she has severe respiratory disease and COPD.  She is currently in the hospital and has recently been in and out of there frequently.   It is really hard for them to be separated.    

     All the rest of us who have been lucky enough to find our true love can only aspire to the kind of deep, bonding love that my in-laws have shared for 65 years.  If it is true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder  their love is a beautiful thing to behold.  Just ask anyone who knows them.  Even a 14 year old can see it.

Until next time...that's my view.

Kat

23 comments:

  1. What a lovely couple! Thank you for sharing their story.

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    1. Yes, they really are unbelievable after all these years.

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  2. I think couples like that should write books on how to be together. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Unfortunately, they are no longer able to do much writing but they sure are a living example.

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  3. So cool Kat, so very cool. The love through generations shining through. Love it!!!
    Take care and have a blessed weekend!!

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    1. Thank you Julie. It certainly does shine bright where they are concerned. You have a blessed weekend too.

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  4. Pssst... when you have a moment, please stop by my blog and accept your award! :)

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    1. Thank you Dawn. I just did and I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.

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  5. Beautiful. And inspiring for all marriages.

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    1. Thank you Marianne. Yes, they can certainly be an inspiration to all of us.

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    1. Aww, I'm sorry. I understand though because it is such a beautiful thing to see and so sad because things are changing that are beyond their control. Such is life.

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  7. Oh, I love a good love story. In the world we are living it is so delightful to hear about two people who really know how to love forever. I hope we are them one day. ♥

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    1. You are so right Jo. I have to admit Kenneth learned well from his parents and we are pretty much following in their footsteps. I am very blessed. I hope you will be following right behind me. ♥

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  8. What a lovely, lovely post and a fantastic example of marriage for all of us! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Dawn. Yes, they are a great example for all of us.

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  9. I really enjoyed reading this and it is a tribute to you 14 year old grandson that he is a part of such a loving family and knows it1 My Mom and Dad set a tremendous example for us kids and my brothers are excellent husbands and fathers. My bro Ned thought nothing of being Mr. Mom at times and still makes dinner when he gets home first. Living from example. My other bro Pat brought his baby Tara every where with him while wife worked. They married extremely young - at 19 and it did not work out. I think it about killed my brother. She took Tara and moved to Florida and then dropped the bomb shell that Tara was not Pat's child. My parents did not blink, nor did Pat. Nor did the rest of us. Though we have not seen Tara for over 30 years, she is still our little angel. But, that is my brothers story.

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    1. alphawoman, thank you for stopping by and also for sharing some of your family. It is important to have a loving and supportive family.

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  10. One thing that jumped out at me was the line, 'they were always together' that and 'faith and family' speaks so much about who they are. In our world of big business and careers, I think farm life would have a big impact on having a good relationship. We lived on a farm for a while growing up and my parents loved working together everyday.

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  11. I just hope our love stays as half as long. So sweet.
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  12. Well, this one made me tear up, KAT! You captured the essence of these beautiful souls and I can testify personally that you are right about the shining example of marriage, commitment and love they share! Thanks for your beautiful words... I have so many memories and my heart is full when I think of your family and the eternal bond of love!

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