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13 August 2005 @ 11:54 pm
All that happiness after 69 years of marriage! :)  
Today Mark & I went with my Mom to my Uncle and Aunt's 69th wedding anniversary party. I can't even imagine 69 years of marriage - I'd seen couples who'd been married for 50 years, but this was the first time I'd heard of anyone celebrating almost 70 years of marriage! What was so amazing was at their age (he's 93 and she's 92) they're still healthy and strong, and I wouldn't be surprised if six years from now, we're all back again to celebrate their 75th anniversary. :)

As I've mentioned before, my Dad came from a HUGE family of eight brothers and sisters, all of whom are MUCH older than he was (his oldest brother - who is my uncle that the party was honoring - was 17 years older than he was!) - and he and my Mom were VERY far apart in age (my Dad was 13 years older than my Mom) so most of my cousins are all MUCH older than my Mom and all of my cousin's children are even older than I am! Most of my aunts and uncles are in their mid to late 80s which is generally the age of most grandparents of people my age.

It was so nice to see my Dad's side of the family since I rarely get together with them. It was also interesting to hear that my uncle and aunt (who the party was honoring) had to elope to Kauai to get married because, in 1936, inter-racial marriages were really frowned upon. There was also a wonderful slide show that had lots of pictures of my grandparents (who both passed away when I was very young and who I hardly knew).

It was SUCH a touching celebration and my uncle was literally in tears most of the time because he was so touched that all his family was together for his special occasion. I was just so glad that I was able to be there to help them celebrate! :D

The happy couple celebrates 69 years together! :D

My Dad's oldest brother - who looks wonderful for 93. :)

My Mom, Mark, and I just had to take a picture with the happy couple! :)

Here I am with my Mom as we were leaving the party. I'm so glad that we went! :)

I'd better run so I can give some attention to the fuzzy dog (who was alone for most of the day). Hope you all have a great evening! :)
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Tony: triquetradudepower1982 on August 14th, 2005 12:31 pm (UTC)
I love the group/family shot! :-)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks Tony! *HUGS*
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on August 14th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
All the best to your aunt and uncle! And I agree, both of them really look wonderful. Thanks for sharing the photos - I love this one with all of you. :)

Thinking of Sydney, is she offended if she is so long alone?

Hope you have a nice Sunday, Sheri. Big *hugs* to you and please give Sydney also a hug from me. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 06:40 am (UTC)
Thanks Sabine! :D My uncle is really still pretty active for his age and could barely sit still while we taking photos. :)

Sydney's used to being home by herself a lot (because we're always at work during the week), but the weekends are her time - so when we go out for prolonged periods of time, I feel bad. :P

I will definitely give Sydney a *HUG* for you, Sabine! Thanks so much! Hope you've had a nice weekend too! *HUGS* to you and your two fuzzy little ones too! :D
kristenstarzofhope on August 14th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
aww that is sooo sweeet! they look great for their age. i'm like you because all of my cousins are older then me & my aunts(well now just one aunt) is in her late 80's. but good for your uncle & aunt :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 06:43 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks! :D And how interesting that you have a similar family situation! :) It was kind of hard for me growing up because I was SO much younger than all of my cousins - they were all married before I was even born!
kathyselden on August 14th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
69 years?! How absolutely FABULOUS!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
Isn't it amazing? They're such an inspiration! Just 62 more years before Mark & I can celebrate the same! ;)
karen: rufus plaidwakedistracted on August 14th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
Those are such wonderful pictures. Wow, 69 years! That is absolutely incredible.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks Karen! :) And they're so cute, everywhere they go, they still hold hands! :D Isn't that the sweetest thing?
Danielmilliebroadway on August 14th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
I wish them the best as well.

My gramas 88, and looks and acts like 30 years younger; it's amazing. So healthy as well. You think your Aunt looks good for her age? My Grama would then blow you away ... she "literally" looks lkie she's in her 60s!

I guess all we can do is be grateful to God that we have their genes :)

Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 06:49 am (UTC)
Wow - that's so wonderful about your grandmother! :D My grandma on my Mom's side is 92 and acts REALLY young for her age too! In fact, she still works in the yard, and chases chickens out of her backyard with a broom! ;)

Here's a picture we took at her 92nd birthday party this year on the big island:

She's one feisty woman! ;)
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I'm so cool too bad I'm a loser: kagill - sister & iaudienceawaits on August 14th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
Aw, that's so cute. Such lovely photos, Sheri. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 06:51 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks Gill! They are so cute - they hold hands wherever they go. My cousin once told them, "How cute that you guys still hold hands!" My uncle replied, "If we didn't - we'd both fall down!" :D He's so cute! :D
queenstacey on August 14th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
WOW congrats to your aunt and uncle. That is AMAZING!

I love the pictures!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC)
Thanks Stacey! :D I only wish that Mark and I are as healthy as they are 62 years from now! :) Thanks for your sweet comments!
Kayleakaylea on August 14th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
COOL!! :) thank you for sharing the awesome pictures. It makes me miss my asian side a little bit. It makes me miss my mom and dad. but it's OK. :) You made me smile today. :)
Sheri: Sydney - couchshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 06:55 am (UTC)
Awww, I'm so sorry that I made you miss your Mom & Dad! :(
With a spark: Michi: close-upconchispa on August 14th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
Aww, how wonderful and inspiring!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
Isn't it? I'd be grateful to be as vibrant as my uncle at 80! :)
Mrs Beanshuman_beans on August 14th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
How wonderful!! Omedetto!! Your uncle is so cute and he looks just so happy! I love the picture of the five of you -- that's a keeper for sure. And finally...your mom is simply adorable.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 06:59 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks so much Rita! :D They have always been such a cute couple and still hold hands everywhere they go. :)

My cousin told us a story of how she once told them how cute they were because they still hold hands. My uncle replied, "If we didn't - we'd both fall down!" :D
ex_angeldove677 on August 15th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
Wow!!! 69 years of marriage!! That's awesome!!! Knowing that they're on their 90's and still kicking--that's awesome!! You have a beautiful family. :)
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 07:00 am (UTC)
Awww, Angela - you are so sweet! :) I think they're really amazing! And after all these years, they're so cute and still hold hands wherever they go! :D
karmastyxkarmastyx on August 15th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
Wow, they look great for being 90 somethings. :)

Cute pictures. I'm glad you all had a nice time.
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 15th, 2005 07:02 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks Laura! :) It was really nice to see them since they live SO far away from us and I really hadn't seen them in years! (I don't think Mark's ever met them before!)
Blanche: rooblanche on August 15th, 2005 03:18 pm (UTC)
69 years of marriage, that's awesome! And they look great!
Sheri: Mark & Sheri 1999shutterbug93 on August 17th, 2005 08:39 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks! I hope Mark & I are that lucky to be together for that long! :D
Smithasmittenbyu on August 18th, 2005 12:55 am (UTC)
wow... that is amazing and beautiful! In a world of divorces it's always wonderful to see and hear these stories!! It brings hope! :) Great pictures!
Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on August 18th, 2005 05:04 am (UTC)
Thanks Smitha! They're so cute - I love that they still walk around holding hands. :D