From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Ghosts of Christmas Past (4)

All In The Family... Another Trip Down Memory Lane...



Wedding photo

Twenty-eight years ago yesterday, Dennis and I were married in a little church in Missouri. He was a senior in college, and I had just graduated and was teaching 4th grade.

The wedding was on Saturday and I went back to work on Monday and taught school for a few more days before Christmas vacation finally started. My students were excited and giggly about using my new last name.

I felt a little sad tonight as I looked through the wedding photos to find one to post. So many of the dear friends and family members who gathered for our wedding have now passed away. Even the little church is no longer used as a place of Christian worship. Its members joined with another congregation a few miles away.

On a happier note, we still have a few of the decorations from the Christmas tree in the church (at right in the photo), and they've been used on our Christmas tree for 25 out of the 28 years of our marriage. (We didn't have any Christmas decorations with us when we were in Bolivia for 2 years and we didn't have a tree the first Christmas we spent in Germany.)

And of course we still have each other (for better or for worse, etc.!) Hopefully we will have another 28 years together or more...

4 comments:

Sarabeth said...

Happy Anniversary!

Genevieve said...

Thanks, Sarabeth, and thanks for being a faithful reader. :)

Peggi Meyer Graminski said...

Happy Anniversary to you and Dennis! I love the story of your wedding - I always dreamed of a Christmas church wedding with candles and such, but my hubby and I were married in the dining room of my parents home in June. Of course I know it's the fact that our marriage has lasted for 21 years through ups and downs that is the important thing - hope you two have many more years together filled with happiness and love...Again, many congrats =)!!!

Genevieve said...

Thanks, Peggi. I will say, the one bad thing about being married at Christmas is that the anniversary sort of gets swallowed up in all the holiday celebration. Those who have a birthday in December know what I mean, I'm sure.

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