Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Happy 40th Anniversary, Mom and Dad!


Happy Anniversary to my mom and dad who celebrate 40 years of marriage today! This photo was taken circa 1981 or ’82, I think, when my parents were a couple of young’uns (and, yes, they’re tall — 6′ and 6’4″, respectively). On June 25, 1973, my parents got engaged (after an eight-month courtship!), and less than a month later, on July 21, 1973, my parents were married in a chapel in Valparaiso, Indiana. Three weeks after that, they moved to Okinawa, Japan, to begin what would be a 40-year odyssey of living and working and traveling and raising a family overseas.

Earlier this month, my parents made the big move from Germany – where they lived for nearly 24 years — to Missouri, where they will settle and enjoy retirement. They’re beginning a new adventure — one, I’m sure is no less surreal than the one they began 40 years ago — and I wish them the very best.

Here’s to 40 years of memories and to many more happy ones to come! Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

14 comments… add one
  • lemongrass July 21, 2013, 10:58 am

    Happy anniversary, Wendy’s parents! 40 years is definitely something to celebrate. It sounds like you two have had an interesting journey together.

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  • rachel July 21, 2013, 11:04 am

    Happy anniversary Wendy’s parents! 40 years is awesome, and I can only hope to celebrate such a thing someday.

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  • Classic July 21, 2013, 11:50 am

    Happy anniversary Wendy’s Mom and Wendy’s Dad!
    I love the photo. No wonder Wendy turned out so beautiful.

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  • call-me-hobo July 21, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Awww, Wendy, you have your mom’s smile!

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  • LadyinPurpleNotRed July 21, 2013, 12:07 pm

    Happy 40th! That’s incredible!

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  • Fabelle July 21, 2013, 12:37 pm

    Aw, happy anniversary to Wendy’s lovely parents!! I love this picture, they look so adorable (& I remain amazed at how tall they are)

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  • mandalee July 21, 2013, 1:43 pm

    Happy Anniversary to Wendy’s parents!! What an amazing milestone!!

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  • Addie Pray July 21, 2013, 4:47 pm

    Happy anniversary, Wendy’s Parents! What a great story – and how brave of them! They met, married, and were off to live abroad, in less than a year. I wonder what advice Wendy would have given if they had asked. Haha.

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  • SoCangie July 21, 2013, 6:16 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful couple. Happy 40th anniversary. Many happy more.

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  • Auntie Allie July 21, 2013, 7:57 pm

    Mom and Dad, both of you have only grown more beautiful/handsome through the years. I am so glad you got married and then had Wendy and me and that you’re now grandparents to Jackson. I love you both so much, and I wish you many more years of happiness and health.

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  • d2 July 21, 2013, 9:13 pm

    Happy anniversary WM & WD! It sounds like you have had a wonderful life journey together.

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  • Megan_A_Mess July 21, 2013, 11:29 pm

    Happy Anniversary, DW’s Mom and Dad! Here’s to forty more years full of luck, peace, blessings, laughter, and love! Here’s to hoping that forty more years from Tuesday, my beloved and I are celebrating, much like you are. Cheers!

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  • Taylor July 22, 2013, 9:54 am

    Three cheers to you Wendy’s folks! We appreciate you raising a daughter who is helping a lot of us with our relationships and marriages =)

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  • bethany July 22, 2013, 12:12 pm

    Happy Anniversary!!!

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